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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    Android 4.4 KitKat is literally days old, so how can you get it on your Android-powered smartphone or tablets? Luckily, Google released the code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and developers have been working non-stop to bring the latest goodness to otherwise unsupported devices. Are you feeling a little daring and want to give KitKat a try on your device? If so, here's what you'll need to do: 0. Assume the risk Doing this sort of thing could render your device useless -- or awesome -- but don't continue unless you're willing to assume the risk. 1. Prerequisites Next, you'll ...

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    The Nexus 5 has seen its share of coverage this week - not just at Pocketnow, but all across the internet. It's not just the newest major Android smartphone to see release; it's the once-a-year Nexus phone straight from Google. As such, it commands a degree of exclusive excitement, a hipsteresque appeal that merits a whole lot of media coverage - despite bolder devices hitting the market elsewhere. Much of the excitement for the Nexus 5 comes from owners of the current-generation Nexus 4, last winter's Googlephone Of The Moment that warranted almost the same level of feverish fanboyism. ...

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    After far too much speculation, lots of waiting, and a surprise name-change in the middle of things, Android 4.4 KitKat is official. It's not the huge card-based UI overhaul that we thought it might be, and it doesn't introduce a Pie-like launcher, but it is filled with sweet goodness. So, sit back and let's break off a piece of that KitKat bar OS and see what new KitKat features Android 4.4 brings. Tighter Google Now integration We've been asking for tighter integration with Google Now since we first saw it. Android 4.4 KitKat finally brings that. Similar to the Moto X, Android ...

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    There comes a point where rumors and leaks become so old, that we just get bored of covering them. Still, there are certain products that are just so hot, and so game-changing, that we can't get enough of all the drama that goes around it's probable future. For the last couple of months, we've followed Google's plans for their Nexus line-up, and even though we still don't have event dates, nor press invites, that doesn't mean our wallets can't wait for it to happen. Watch today's Top 5, as we go through our predictions of what to expect for Google's Nexus line-up in the next couple of ...

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    Ubuntu is a popular distribution of the Linux operating system, primarily for desktop and laptop computers. It is named after the South African philosophy of ubuntu, which literally means "human-ness", though it is often translated as "humanity towards others". Ubuntu, the philosophy, is very deep-rooted, and a concept that is beyond the grasp of much of society today. We seem to be caught up in our busy, everyday lives, and although we live in one of the most "connected" times in history, we're connected to networks and devices -- and losing that connection to other people. Ubuntu, the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's record quarter results, and the fact that their high-end phones aren't their highest contributor. We then talk about some leaked documents from Best Buy that claim that the Galaxy Gear is getting returned in alarming rates. The LG G Flex is up next as we have more leaks that talk about US variants and specifications. The iPhone 5S and 5C take the spotlight next as studies talk about bad sensitivity in the display. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 and its possible release date, along with reports that an LTE ...

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    If you listened to our Pocketnow Live Google+ Hangout this morning (and why wouldn't you?) you probably heard us talking about the possibility of seeing Google release a new version of the Nexus 4 with LTE officially enabled from the get-go, rather than accessed via some hacky tricks. It's an interesting theory, and one that's been showing up in rumors lately, but is it really a likely possibility? While we continue to search for answers, some new evidence for the existence of such a model has arrived... or has it? Over at the Bluetooth SIG, there's a new listing for the LG-E960 (that's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's bash on their own Surface RT, and their hope that the Surface 2 can do better. Amazon and HTC are next as both companies are already hard at work at bringing us their first smartphone collaboration. Nokia is next as apparently the company is working on bringing us their first music player, dubbed the Nokia Guru. We then talk about the Nexus 4, which is rumored to stay alive for another year along the Google Nexus 5. We end today's show talking about Apple's October 22nd event, and some of our predictions that involve a lot of iPad. ...

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    Well here's an interesting spin on the Nexus 5 launch rumors: so far, we've been waiting around today to see if Google will actually go through with announcing the phone, but none of the rumors have really touched on the fate of the Nexus 4. Ever since Google discounted the price and apparently sold out, we've been working with the impression that the model was done for good, but a new theory suggests that it could live on, and its continued presence might mean the Nexus 5 could be a little more expensive than suggested. Last we saw, Google was selling the old 16GB Nexus 4 for about $250. ...

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    Google released the Nexus 4 (codenamed "Mako") just about a year ago. It was announced on October 29, 2012, and launched the following November 13th. Unlike other unsubsidized and unlocked phones, the Nexus 4 was aggressively priced. Due to either massive popularity or a ridiculous shortages, or a combination of both, the phone sold out in minutes in many markets, and shortages have plagued it ever since. Now, with another October approaching, leaks galore, and a new version of the operating system itching to be leaked, we sit on the proverbial eve of the announcement of the next ...

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    Google came out of the blue with its announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat yesterday, but getting confirmation of the next Android flavor was only part of the news; what began as the reveal for the new KitKat garden sculpture on Google's campus quickly became fodder for gossip, with a video from the event possibly giving us a sneak peek at the new Nexus 5. Google's also up to some changes on its website for the Nexus family in general, and we're wondering if this all might not be tied to the pending launch of that new Nexus model. One facet of the new look for those Nexus pages that's getting ...

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    It's the show that kicks off the fall season in consumer electronics and mobile technology, and we're going to be there, as always, to cover it. But IFA 2013 is next week - and last we checked our Novice's Guide to Chronometry and Basic Time Theory, there's a whole lotta time between this week and next. So let's fill it with speculation. Join Jaime Rivera, Taylor Martin, and Michael Fisher on a whimsical journey into the prospective future, as they bat around rumors and leaks concerning such luminaries as Samsung's Galaxy Note III, LG's new G Pad, a futuristic Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's "camera lens" alternatives and their insane price tag. We later talk about the HTC One Max and some possible options for fingerprint scanning technology. Microsoft is up next as new reports talk about a merger between Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT. Then we go through a batch of Apple rumors that include the iWatch and even a possible iPad launch on September 10th. We end today's show talking about the LTE Nexus 7 reaching Europe, aside from the recent price drop to just $199 of the Nexus 4. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    There was a time when a phone was just a phone. Nowadays we want to customize them. We want to personalize them. We want them in all kinds of different colors. After Motorola started hinting that its Moto X would be available in a wood finish, dbrand got to work. Pocketnow's Taylor Martin and I both have a few products from dbrand, Inc. which we've shown off on Pocketnow Live and talked about on Pocketnow Weekly. On August 19th, 2013, dbrand announced on its Facebook page that mahogany was coming to the Nexus 4. I whipped out my wallet and threw my money at the product. Yesterday it ...

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    The LG-made Google Nexus 4: still a great phone, if you're into vanilla Android, and the entire Nexus experience. At the time of our review (actually, until just very recently), the phone had a price tag of $299/$349. However, the Android-company decided to make a Google Nexus 4 discount, maybe as an indication of things to come (LG-made Nexus 5 anyone?). The bottom line is this: according to the official Google Play Twitter account, you can get one "for 25% off or more in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Korea, US, UK" and France. The new prices are $199 for the 8GB version and $249 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how NVIDIA's CEO has begun teasing the future of Microsoft's Surface tablets. Samsung is next as "confirmed" reports say that the Galaxy Note III will launch with Android 4.3. New leaks also talk about a possible change in manufacturer for the future Nexus 10. Then we go through some new reports that the future Nexus smartphone will be made by Motorola. We end todays' show talking the new ads that have reached Google Maps. All this and more after the break. Stories: - NVIDIA CEO teases the second-generation Surface - Samsung Galaxy Note III ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    Google's Nexus 4 is essentially an LG Optimus G, which has LTE support -- so why don't we? In short, Google disabled it. But we're Android Power Users, aren't we? Yes, we are! Here's how to get LTE on your Nexus 4. First up, some disclaimers. This information has been around for a little while and some of you may say that it's "old news". That's partially true. Although the radio in the Nexus 4 has support for LTE, it doesn't have the certification and some hardware optimizations that are needed to implement it fully. Originally, you could simply make a few changes and get LTE to work for ...

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    Android 4.3 is upon us. It's no game-changer by any means, but it still has a number of interesting things to offer, and any Android fan worth his or her salt is going to be itching to try out this latest build. Google announced that updates would be on their way for the Nexus 4, old Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the GSM Galaxy Nexus, but at least here in the US, tapping away at the "Check now" button on a Nexus 4, we haven't seen any arrive just yet. We know it should only be a matter of hours, but if you just can't wait, some Android 4.3 factory images have hit Google's Android Developers site. ...

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    Android 4.3 has been teasing us for the last several months. We originally thought this build may be the mythical "Key Lime Pie" release, but as we've gotten more information, it looks like it's just "another flavor of Jelly Bean". Finally we're starting to see leaks, and in those leaks we're beginning to get a picture of what's included in the next version of Android. A few builds have surfaced for the Nexus 4, and we've managed to get our hands on a couple. Watch as we go hands-on with the Nexus 4 and see what's new in Android 4.3. 1. Auto-complete in the Dialer These are, after all, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X event finally becoming a reality on August 1st. Nokia's Lumia 521 is next, as it may not be hot in specs or features, but it sure is hot for its $100 price tag on T-Mobile. New Nexus 7 leaks show hardware details, and another look at Android 4.3 on the Nexus 4 show significant improvements in performance. VLC for the iPhone and iPad is next, as Apple has finally approved it again, but hurry up and download it before Apple changes its mind. We end today's show talking about Sony's new idea of bringing their Alpha department together ...

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    For all the rumors about Android 4.3, the leaks that have surfaced in recent weeks, and the hope that it's nearly about to go official, it's been difficult at times to get particularly excited about this release. Maybe it's because so many of us are still thinking about Key Lime Pie and Android 5.0, or because the feature set we know of for Android 4.3 – things like enhanced Bluetooth support and some updated Google apps – aren't the most attractive. Well, here's at least one reason to be anxious for Android 4.3 updates to finally arrive: evidence of faster phone performance. We know, ...

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    With that Google event scheduled for next week, and following all the leaks we've seen so far, there's a decent chance that Android 4.3 is about to go official. While we already had that 4.3 ROM ripped from a Google Play edition Galaxy S 4 to play with, it may soon be time for Nexus 4 owners to have a chance to check out the latest Android themselves, with the discovery of another of the handsets running Android 4.3. But haven't we already seen 4.3 on a Nexus 4? Sure, in pictures, but this time there's access to the software. As the story goes, the owner supposedly bought the handset from ...

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    Here's a weird one for you: back when Google first started selling the Nexus 4 late last year, the copy it used to describe the phone on its Play Store webpage for device sales was "the new smartphone from Google." It stayed that way for quite a while, but right around when the white Nexus 4 came out, Google updated that text to instead read "the best smartphone, starting at $299." It stayed that for over a month, until today when Google once again edited the description to "the first Google smartphone, starting at $299." What happened to being the best? We know, this could be totally ...

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    The Nexus 4, codenamed "Mako", is the fourth fourth Nexus-branded Android-powered smartphone to hit the market. The phone was designed by Google and is manufactured by LG Electronics. It's my daily driver and still holds its own against the latest-and-greatest flagship devices from the other OEMs. Nexus 4 Shortages Since its introduction on October 29, 2012 and subsequent launch on November 13th, the Nexus 4 has had supply issues, selling out in minutes in some markets, and not to returning for weeks on end. A white version of the flagship phone was announced in the end of May, 2013, and ...

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