Posts tagged with: Nexus 4

Google's 2012 Nexus handset, the Nexus 4 marks the company's first Nexus partnership with LG. The phone is essentially the LG Optimus G, though with its LTE radio disabled by default. The launch of the Nexus 4 was notable for the exceptionally low price at which Google was able to offer the phone, with the 8GB model selling for just $300 without contract obligation. The Nexus 4 runs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, has 2GB of RAM, and features a 4.7-inch 720p display.

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    I'm writing this literally minutes after pulling the trigger on a new Moto X purchase. It will be at my doorstep in five days, and it's exactly the phone I've wanted ever since Motorola unveiled the line back in July. So why didn't I get it earlier? The Moto X has been on sale for months - so long, in fact, that we've already published our durability report and an After The Buzz re-review of the plucky little smartphone from Google. Sure, today's hour-long sale provided a little nudge, but my impulse control isn't honed enough to resist buying a drool-worthy phone for five hours, let ...

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    I've been a T-Mobile customer for well over a decade. Since I picked up my T-Mobile G1 (way back in the day) I've been a happy user of both the carrier and Android as a platform. As time progressed I loved the ability to tether other devices to my smartphone and use some of my 5GB of data on a tablet or laptop. I was never a heavy user of tethered data, and only used it when WiFi wasn't an option. Then T-Mobile tried to tell everyone that "tethered data" was somehow different from "device data" and phones bearing the T-Mobile brand forced users to purchase a separate tethering plan. ...

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    We've been cautiously optimistic about Canonical's chances for really seeing Ubuntu Touch take off this year, especially with the promise of relationships with OEMs bringing us the first commercial hardware intentionally designed for use with Ubuntu. But thus far, if you've wanted to experiment with the platform, that's meant flashing a Ubuntu ROM to one of several Nexus devices. Unfortunately, your options going forward are going to be a lot more limited, as Canonical announces that support for the majority of Nexus models is being dropped. Last year we were showing you one of those early ...

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    When talking about our smartphones and tablets, there seem to be two things we always want more of: battery life, and speed. Ironically, the two may not be mutually exclusive, since completing tasks faster means the processor can return to a more energy-efficient speed quicker. How the speed boost is achieved will have a significant impact on how much battery life will be saved -- or squandered. Overclocking and overvolting are two popular ways to speed up any device, but they're also notorious for causing more power drain and increased heat -- both will zap your battery fast! There's ...

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    Revisions are common, and it’s really the way things should be. If a product needs to improve, there’s no better way to delight a customer, then to address their needs through a fix to the problem in their product. Now, notice I’m being very specific about saying “their product”, and yes, I am referring to the product that the customer already has. If the customer’s product didn’t get fixed, can we really call this a revision that benefits the customer who complained? According to the dictionary, the word “revision” means - a change or a set of changes that corrects or ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced when Google released the Nexus 5. Earlier this month we heard of an "incremental update" that was supposed to fix a few things specific to the Nexus 5 called Android 4.4.1. Now, even before the 4.4.1 OTA update reached any of my devices, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed to users. What's with all the updates? What is new in Android 4.4.2 that wasn't in 4.4.1 or 4.4? Bugs and patches One skill I bring to the Pocketnow team is my experience as a software developer. As such I'm intimately aware of the product lifecycle -- and the fact that bugs are everywhere. ...

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    We're not even sure everyone managed to grab the Android 4.4.1 update that started rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and some Nexus 7 devices recently, and now Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to pure-Androids. The update's size might vary but it is a small one (sub-2MB), and it apparently brings bug fixes as well as security enhancements to the table. The build you should expect is KOT49H and is rolling out to all Nexus devices, including last year's Nexus 7, which didn't get the 4.4.1 refresh. Among the changes there are also reports that this update will fix the SMS hack that was ...

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    The Nexus 5 started getting its Android 4.4.1 KitKat update two days ago and the main entry in the change log is the camera fix; while the specs of the phone are great, its camera left many users wanting more. With the latest update, Google hopes to fix this issue; however, Android 4.4.1 is now being also pushed out to Nexus 7 (2013) LTE tablets, and the Nexus 4; meantime, it is hitting AOSP too. While we don't know much about the update, aside from the Nexus 5 camera fix, according to some reports, Google also made improvements in the call quality, auto-brightness settings, and camera ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new color options for the Galaxy Note 3, even though they're oddly not being announced everywhere. We then talk about HTC, the company's 2014 forecast when it comes to sales, and also the Android 4.4 update to the HTC One. The news later cover the recent SMS-based attack that's becoming a problem for Google Nexus smartphones. Stephen Elop is next as we continue talking about the future of Microsoft. We end today's show talking about Samsung, its Galaxy S 5, and how we expect it to not include OIS on its camera. All this and more ...

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    Most of the attack vectors we deal with when we're talking about Android security are easy enough to avoid: don't sideload apps from untrusted sources, or start clicking around links on skeevy backwater websites. But then there are those times where we learn of an attack that's a lot more difficult to hide from, one that could hit your phone regardless of any action on your own part. Unfortunately, that's exactly what we're looking at today, upon the announcement of a new DoS vulnerability affecting certain Nexus-family handsets. The problem is with how the phones handle a special type of ...

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    Google's Android 4.4 update for the Nexus 4 is on its way out to phones currently, but not everyone's seeing it at once. A little earlier today, we heard from Google's Dan Morrill about just why that is, and he also dropped a little advice of a specific way not to try forcing the update, if you wanted to avoid any glitches with your apps. Still, we did mention a few legit ways to get Android 4.4 early, including flashing the factory image. That's probably further than many of you are willing to go, but what about the other option, manually flashing the update through your phone's recovery? ...

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    It sure took long enough, but the over-the-air Android 4.4 update for last year's Nexus 4 is finally on its way. As users anxiously check for their update's availability, the temptation to lose patience and try to speed things up can be a hard one to ignore. You still have some options, but Google's Dan Morrill took to Reddit yesterday to both offer some insight on how the update process works, and to advise against one way of getting your update early. As Morrill describes, when Google releases an update for a device like the Nexus 4, it starts by setting a threshold for what percentage ...

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    If some Nexus tablets are still waiting to receive their update to Android 4.4 (including our own 2012 Nexus 7), some happy Nexus 4 owners are reporting that an over-the-air update, 239MB in size, is hitting their phones. It's the KitKat update for last year's LG-made Nexus phone, and the build, as reported, is KRT16S. There's a screenshot above to prove the report, so let us know if your Nexus 4 is joining the chocolate party. On a related note, the official bumper case for the Nexus 5 is now available on the Google Play Store. Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray color options are available to ...

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    Two weeks following the launch of the Nexus 5, and we're finally seeing Google start making Android 4.4 KitKat available for existing Nexus series models. Yesterday we told you about the OTA updates for the Nexus 10 and both Nexus 7 models getting their distribution started, and while Google mentioned that a similar update would be hitting the Nexus 4 “soon” we didn't have any specifics. Well, we're still waiting to see that OTA arrive, but Google just released the next best thing, posting the Android 4.4 factory image for the Nexus 4. Sure, it's not as convenient as an OTA update, and ...

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    (Updated to correct SoC error in software section.) As anyone who's ever sold an old phone on eBay or Craigslist knows, there's a wonderful waterfall effect that follows when a new piece of consumer technology launches. Very often, in the case of early-adopters, last year's top-of-the-line widget goes on the auction block, the proceeds from its sale used to defray the cost of whatever New Hotness has just dropped. The Onion expertly captured this phenomenon with a 2009 piece called "new device desirable, old device undesirable," brilliantly lampooning the fickle tastes of consumers and the ...

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