Posts tagged with: Nexus 7 2013
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    To be able to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet, you really need to be able to trust it: trust it with details about your personal life, your finances, and plenty of other specifics that you'd rather not fall into the wrong hands. The companies behind these devices are growing more cognizant to that fact, and we just heard from Samsung about how it intends to make security a big priority going forward, and plans to deliver monthly security updates to its Android phones. Just after posting that news we got word of a similar initiative from another major Android player, as Google ...

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    A couple of days ago we've seen a certain T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 being allegedly updated to Android 5.1.1, and, if true, this could be an excellent thing for the manufacturer, carrier, and owners (if true), as not even Nexus devices have received the new version of the OS. That thing chances now, as Google has made the Android 5.1.1 factory images available for the Wi-Fi-only versions of the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7, as well as the Nexus 10. The build is LMY47V, and, aside from the fact that it should fix a memory leak plaguing Nexus devices (and not only), not much is known about ...

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    After Android 5.0 Lollipop debuted with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 last fall, Google was quick to start making Lollipop updates available for most of the rest of the Nexus family. We saw phones and tablets alike graduate from KitKat to Android 5.0, then 5.0.1, and most recently, a few select models have been graced with Android 5.0.2. And while that was great, not every Nexus device was so quick to join the Lollipop party: despite Google making numerous Lollipop updates available for its WiFi-only tablets, neither the 2012 nor 2013 cell-enabled Nexus 7 had seen similar updates for themselves. ...

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    Google's latest Android release is 5.0.2, though that might come as a surprise to even many Nexus users, as the company's been a little slow in getting updates out to its own flock of pure-Android hardware. First the 2012 WiFi Nexus 7 saw a factory image land back in December, and just last week a couple new images arrived for the 2013 WiFi Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. If you've got a locked bootloader and aren't too wild about backing up your data just to flash a factory image, you may have been holding off on updating. In which case, we've got good news for you, as OTA packages for a couple ...

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    Four weeks back, Google got the ball rolling on Android 5.0.2, dropping a factory image for the first-gen Nexus 7. Despite concerns that it might be a minor, forgettable, maybe even hardware-specific update, a closer look at the code did manage to reveal some important changes, maybe most importantly a fix to make sure that flash file system cleanup occurred as intended. While 5.0.2 is proving to be slow to spread to other models, today we see some of the first signs of progress, as Google releases factory images for a couple additional Android tablets. Today Google adds Android 5.0.2 ...

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    Overnight, Google flipped the switch on the very latest Android platform release, getting the ball rolling with Android 5.0.1 for the WiFi editions of the latest Nexus tablets. The company was quick to make available the 5.0.1 factory images for these devices, but as anyone who's installed one will be quick to tell you, flashing one of those can be a bit of a pain, forcing you to restore all your apps, data, and settings after the fact. Really, it's OTA updates we're interested in, but as of last night none of the 5.0.1 releases were available in that format. By now, some of the pertinent ...

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    We know that you're all super-tired with Android 5.0 at this point, it's just so old. In case you somehow feel that way, we have quite the treat for you: say hello to Android 5.0.1. The update, mainly to squash the various bugs we found in the initial Lollipop build, has been pushed to AOSP and factory images have been made available for select Nexus devices to sideload as well. As far as we can tell, build number LRX22C (which flies in AOSP as Android 5.0.1_r1, by the way), brings no functional changes to Lollipop – it's mainly a compilation of fixes to a bunch of bugs noted by ...

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    It's a big day for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and following Motorola's confirmation that this year's Moto X and Moto G were seeing their Lollipop updates go public, we got word from Sprint that we should be on the lookout for an update to the Nexus 5. As we mentioned in an update to that story, Google has since tweeted that “the rollout has started,” but we were careful to not read too much into what it meant there without getting some further confirmation. Based on a growing number of reports from end users, we can confirm that OTA Lollipop updates are headed out for certain Nexus models. ...

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    This week's been a pretty significant one for Android, as users get their first taste of the public non-dev-preview Android 5.0 Lollipop release in the form of the Nexus 9. We've seen Google update its online codebases with new Lollipop sources, as well as deliver factory images for some of this new 5.0-running hardware. But despite how hard we've been looking, there's been nary a peep of Lollipop updates for existing Nexus devices – models like last year's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. There's still no official news, but rumors now suggest that Google might have hit a small delay in getting ...

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    The times, they are a-changin'. Following this week's launch of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, Google's Play Store is beginning to reflect the company's shifting focus to sales of these new devices. Listings have arrived for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (for which pre-orders are now open), and the new Nexus Player (even if that's outside our mobile-focused wheelhouse). But their presence hasn't come without cost, as we see Google appear to kill-off sales of the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Under the Play Store's phones and tablets listing, you'll now find the Nexus 5 (but for how much longer?), the Nexus ...

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    Earlier this week, we got news from Google about its plans for the public release of Android 5.0 Lollipop: while the new Nexus devices would (obviously) ship with Lollipop, updates for existing models were announced as arriving sometime in the weeks to come. Well, what does that mean? Will Nexus 5 owners be waiting until Thanksgiving before they have a chance (beyond the dev preview, at least) to bring Lollipop to their phones? Today we start to get a better sense of just who's getting what when, as a leak attempts to reveal Google's distribution strategy. The first release should be in ...

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    Six weeks ago today, a day after Google detailed the arrival of Android L at its Google I/O keynote, the company released the first Android L Developer Preview images. Downloads were available for both the 2013 Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5, and we quickly took advantage of these resources to bring you a hands-on look at the updated platform. In the time that's followed, Google's been hard at work on finalizing Android L with its eye on a public release this fall, and today we check out the next step on the path towards that goal, as a couple new Android L Dev Preview releases arrive for those ...

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    Google's Android L release so far has differed from the norm in as many ways as possible -- for one, an early developer preview version has been made available for non-public consumption until the general release comes around this fall. Now, an AOSP push has begun for the Android L developer preview source code for most Nexus devices. To be clear, as Googler Bill Yi puts it (in the source link below), this is "not a full platform update and only for reference." That means, yes, custom ROMs based off of this code won't be possible quite yet. For the devs among you, we're sure you want ...

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    Android 4.4.3 is still brand new, with only certain Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Motorola devices having received it at this point (and even within this select group, there are issues). In an incredibly odd move, however, Google has released factory images for Android 4.4.4 (build number KTU84P). At first glance, there isn't much difference, but there of course is that little something that caused Google to release the update so soon after 4.4.3. Both factory images and binaries have been posted for KTU84P, with only certain Nexus devices seeing the love at this time -- there's ...

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    One of the best tablets of 2013 was easily the Nexus 7 2013, the second collaboration between Asus and Google for a pure Android device. The tablet itself was already touted for its remarkable price, but this Nexus 7 2013 sale brings it down to a ridiculous $150 -- that's a full $80 less than its usual asking price. The Nexus 7 2013 includes a 7" 1920x1200 display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, and the latest version of Android (4.4.3). As the device is a Nexus, Google will continue to support it with speedy updates for many ...

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    If you've wanted to purchase a Nexus 7 2013, you've probably already bought it at full price, or hopped on a deal to grab it at a reduced price by now. If you haven't, though, there's never been a better time to do it -- eBay today is listing the 32GB model for just shy of $190, $80 short of the model's usual retail listing. For those unfamiliar with the tablet, it boasts a 7" display with a resolution of 1920x1200, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and is updatable to the latest version of Android, 4.4.3 KitKat. The seller has an impeccable rating on eBay, and ...

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    Need something to help you bite the bullet on a brand-new Nexus 7 2013? Google may have you covered. Its latest Nexus 7 2013 deal tacks on a few months of Google Play Music All Access to the purchase of the tablet. If you haven't already subscribed to All Access, or had a free trial in the past, you're eligible to get three free months of the streaming-music service. This is valued at just south of $30, which is a fairly decent discount (considering this tablet only costs $230). To recap the technical specifications of the device briefly, it features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro ...

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    Yesterday brought word that Android 4.4.3 was finally due to arrive, with T-Mobile sounding the alarm. Problem was, this wasn't the first time we'd heard a carrier advise its users that 4.4.3 was about to arrive – would this be another dud like Sprint's announcement? We waited patiently all day and eventually we saw Google release a number of 4.4.3 factory images for Nexus devices: the update was confirmed. But where were those OTAs? Surely, Google wouldn't leave us with just factory images, forced to wipe our devices while updating, right? Worry not, for this morning brings word of the ...

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    It feels like Android 4.4.3's been hanging just out of reach for months now. It's not that we're expecting any kind of game-changer, and it seems we'll be getting what by all accounts is mostly a bug-fix update, but we're still quite curious to learn when it will ultimately arrive. Will we be waiting until Google I/O later this month? It turns out that 4.4.3 may arrive significantly before then, as today T-Mobile posts notice that updates are on their way for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. This isn't the first time we've seen a carrier tell us that 4.4.3 was on its way, with Sprint pulling ...

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    Will the Android community ever see another Nexus tablet? At this point, no one seems to know, and despite rumors about a possible Nexus 8 model (not to mention the occasional glimmer of hope that we could see a Nexus 10 follow-up) this whole Android Silver rumor has arrived to throw a big-ol' wrench in the works. While uncertainty plagues the Nexus family's future, one of its present entries turns up today with some decent Memorial Day savings we wanted to share with you. For today's one-day sale, an authorized ASUS distributor is unloading current-gen refurbished 16GB Nexus 7 models for ...

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    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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    Google does a great job when it comes to selling some very affordable, competitively performing Android hardware: we've come to expect nothing less from the company's Nexus family. But for all those awesome values on smartphones and tablets, the accessory situation has been a lot less attractive. While it might sound nice to get an officially sanctioned case to go with your new Nexus 5 or Nexus 7, Google's prices are on the steep side of things, and the designs haven't always won us over. But for all their failings, at least you could be comfortable knowing that official cases are going to ...

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    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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    Both of Google's Nexus 7 have been renowned for being such great bargains. The current-gen Nexus 7, made by ASUS, retails for a staggeringly low $229, yet it features pretty impressive specifications and performance, all things considered. Samsung is no stranger to the small tablet category, but the real question is: can it's latest miniature tablet compete with the likes of Google's budget-friendly option? On a price scale, not quite. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 retails for $399.99. But what about in value, performance, specs, and overall usability? That's what we aim to answer in this Galaxy ...

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    Verizon sure has been taking its sweet time in getting its act together with the 2013 Nexus 7. While the hardware has physically supported Verizon's LTE network this whole time, the carrier has been dragging its feet in officially welcoming the tablet, making it a real pain for anyone to activate – it's not like there weren't work-arounds, but we craved something more formal. Last fall, we heard that software issues might have been delaying Verizon's certification, and that the arrival of KitKat would finally start changing things – but even after Android 4.4 arrived, Verizon still ...

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