Posts tagged with: Nexus 5
  • by | April 18, 2014 1:04 PM

    We started the week off with Sprint posting an update to its Nexus 5 software version page, advising users that a new release was incoming. While the initial build number of KTU48F it gave was confusing, that turned out to be a typo, later corrected to KTU84F. We had already associated recent builds like this with Android 4.4.3, and the carrier sure seemed to be confirming that a release was imminent. But then Tuesday came with no update... as did Wednesday and Thursday. With the week winding down, is KTU84F still on the horizon? Not according to Sprint, which has reverted its Nexus 5 ...

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  • by | April 17, 2014 7:16 AM

    The Nexus 5 was unveiled on October 31st of last year, and offered for sale through Google's Play Store the same day. In those several months I've run the stock version of Android, though about half way through I rooted it and run several apps that require those elevated privileges. That's pretty significant. It's the first personal phone that I haven't run a Custom ROM on since my very early days with Windows CE. Even back then I ran "cooked" ROMs on my Pocket PCs. Since then, running a Custom ROM has gotten significantly easier. Rooting toolkits are available that take all the guesswork ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:56 AM

    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 11:42 AM

    Google's been working on a new release of Android: no surprise there. We've spotted evidence pointing to development of Android 4.4.3, with versions in testing on both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. We've even had a decent sense of what to expect from the update, with rumors suggesting that this was primarily a bugfix update, without a focus on new features. The only big question was when we might see this new Android actually released, as despite all the signs of Google's testing, we really didn't have any proper sense of an ETA. Well, this might as well be platform-update-Monday, as in ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 11:35 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's Galaxy Tab4 line-up. Then we talk about Google's future update to the Nexus 5 camera view finder. We then talk about about the probability of a Google Nexus 10 announcement coming soon. Nokia takes the spotlight next as we talk about the Lumia 930, and the possibility that it won't make tomorrow's event. We end today's show by talking about the Apple vs. Samsung trail, which has just begun. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Galaxy Tab4 lineup goes official: 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 inches - Google Android camera ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 5:38 PM

    Back in January, we were tipped off to the existence of a limited time sale Google was having on accessories in the Play Store, offering cases for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 models at 25% off the list price. If you missed the boat that time around, you're in luck, as the same sort of deals are making a return, giving you one more opportunity to snatch them up. We're still looking at 25% discounts, this time with two options available apiece for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. For the Nexus 5, you can score the “bumper” case for a little over $26, or the hinged quick cover for $37. For the Nexus ...

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  • by | March 28, 2014 11:42 AM

    What's next for Android? We're three months removed from the release of 4.4.2, and there's already plenty of talk about new updates. Much of that has focused on delivering bugfixes to the Nexus 5 and maybe even Nexus 7, and just last week we saw a reference to a previously unknown KTU65 build for the Nexus 5 (4.4.2 is KOT49H), seeming to reveal Google's testing efforts. Today we've got a little more of that sort of thing, spotting not only two even more recent builds, but finally seeing one of them connected to the name Android 4.4.3. Granted, 4.4.3 was the logical place for Android ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    For as much as we rely on Google's products and services, it's all too easy to forget that not everyone has the same level of access, and in many cases availability is highly constrained along international borders. Anytime that's about to change, and we learn that Google's making an effort to get its products available in new nations, we're eager to get the details. Earlier this month we heard Google talking about plans for beginning sales of Chromecast in a whole bunch of additional countries, and today we see confirmation of not just that change, but of a number of new areas where the ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 7:16 AM

    Back when I started working for Pocketnow, I brought my own HTC-made T-Mobile G1 with me. Shortly thereafter I was sent the Nexus One (also made by HTC) and used that as my daily driver until I replaced it with another HTC device. Over the years I've had long-term experience with every single Nexus out there, which is fitting for the type of user that I am: I'm a power user and a developer. Even for tech journalists, devices in the Nexus family were (and arguably still are) the best by which to reference all the different OEM "flavors" of Android. The Nexus program worked well. Devices ...

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  • by | March 13, 2014 7:33 PM

    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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  • by | March 11, 2014 11:43 AM

    Voice control for smartphones really started hitting the mainstream with the introduction of Siri, and since then we've seen it expand to address new platforms (like the forthcoming launch of Cortana for WP8.1) and offer new abilities, like the Touchless Control always-listening mode offered by Motorola's Moto X. While it was cool to see the Moto X pull off such a trick, we were left scratching our heads as to why dozens more Androids couldn't do the same. After all, such functionality was teased as one of the Snapdragon 800's abilities long before the chip ever saw the light of day. So ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 3:47 AM

    If you're currently rocking the Google Nexus 5, chances are you're not really enjoying the recent Android 4.4.2 update. Much is still to be complained about its photo quality, but even worse is a nasty camera bug that has got a lot of users complaining. If you've noticed your device heating-up and the battery dropping like a rock, you're not alone. Google has now acknowledged that there is indeed a bug that's causing the CPU to max-out on the Google Nexus 5 while the camera app is working, and this is the cause for the dramatic battery drain that many of you are experiencing. The company ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 3:07 PM

    When the Nexus 5 arrived, it brought with it a new spin on the Android launcher, making Google Now just one swipe away from your home screen. Problem was, that's where it stayed, and initially Google didn't show any signs of bringing the experience to other devices. But then earlier this month an update to Google Search started rolling out, and it revealed a new name for this launcher – no longer was it the Google Experience Launcher, but now the Google Now Launcher. While far from a certainty, the embrace of the “Now” name had us optimistic that it could soon be becoming a larger ...

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  • by | February 13, 2014 5:42 PM

    Snow storms have their ups and downs. On the one hand, they keep you from partaking in all the Nokia unboxing fun your comrades in more seasonable climes are enjoying - but on the other, they put you in mind of all the friends you have in the great Arctic North. One such person is friend of the show Nick Gray of HTCSource and Android and Me, who joins us today for a special extended episode taking a long look at all the HTC M8 rumors of the past few weeks. That's followed by the rest of the news, which this week ranges from Galaxy Gear 2 and iPhone 6 speculation to riffing about Android ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:24 AM

    Generally speaking, whenever Apple introduces a product, many claim it to be "perfect". This always strikes me as odd when a new iteration comes along, and somehow "improves" on the previous one (which was supposed to have been "perfect"). One thing that was "missing" from Apple's phone offering until recently was a "low priced" device. When the iPhone 5C came out, many saw a new era of low-priced iPhones in the not-too-distant future. That future has thus far failed to materialize. iPhone 5C When it comes to smartphones, adding a splash of color not only makes otherwise "bland" devices ...

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