Posts tagged with: Nexus 7 2013
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    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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    2013 will ultimately be known for a lot of things, but will anyone remember it as the year we finally had to stop waiting for our smartphone orders to be delivered? A couple weeks back we told you about Verizon's program to get new smartphones into the hands of customers the very day they order them online. Now Google's following up with a similar program of its own, offering same-day delivery for select Nexus devices to shoppers it its service area. This is part of Google Shopping Express, a relatively new project that's built all around the idea of same-day delivery for online orders. ...

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    As we told you a little earlier today, the mysterious LG V510 no longer seemed much like the rumored Nexus 8 we talked about on Monday, and the tablet instead was looking to be a Google Play Edition of the G Pad 8.3, the first-such tablet to take the honor. While the evidence was very strong, we still expected this one to remain unofficial for a little while longer, prior to going up for sale. As it turns out, however, this tablet has some serious momentum to it, and just a day after popping up on our radar, and hours after the picture becoming clear, the GPE LG G Pad 8.3 has landed in the ...

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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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    We're typically picky when it comes to tablets. Unlike smartphones, which most people would rather not do without, tablets aren't a necessity for most. For the most part, they're still luxury items, and their hefty price tags often turn potential buyers away. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule, such as budget tablets. Oh, and the occasional killer deal. Black Friday is a great time to buy new tech. Millions of shoppers across the United States will line up with the masses late Thanksgiving evening or early Friday morning to stock up on holiday gifts, new, cheap goods for ...

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    With Black Friday just days away, you've no doubt found yourself inundated with news of sale after sale – it's enough to drive you crazy, but we'll be doing our best a little later this week to guide you through what deals are out there. Until then, we just saw Google announce a holiday bargain of its own, sweetening its already nice offer for this year's Nexus 7. If you live in the US or Canada (hey, at least Canada got tossed a bone this time) and purchase a Nexus 7 from Google while this deal is active, you'll get both free shipping on your order, as well as a $25 Google Play credit. ...

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    The 2013 edition of Google's Nexus 7 is easily one of our favorite tablets around. It doesn't seem like we're able to look at any other tablet out there right now without our thoughts shooting to a Nexus 7 comparison. And why not? It's a big improvement over the already great 2012 model, and makes those changes without a big bump it price – but still, we did get a bump. Last year's Nexus 7 started at about $200, while this year's base model goes to $230. Not a big, big deal, but there was just something so magical about that $200 price point. Google's still charging full price for this ...

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    Two of the biggest mobile rivals have now released compelling and intriguing miniature tablet hardware for 2013. Google first launched the new Nexus 7 back in July. Price may have been its big selling feature, but that wasn't the only wallop it packed. It sports great specifications, a gorgeous display, and a quaint yet beautiful design. The iPad mini with Retina Display, which we unboxed earlier this week, is just about its polar opposite. It boasts premium hardware, the absolute best specifications Apple could muster, and calls for premium prices. Which mobile giant's small tablet ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7 is one of the hottest tablets out there, and for users in the United States, Verizon offers some of the best LTE coverage around. With this year's Nexus 7 launching with an LTE option, the two seemed like a perfect match – until you try to go an activate the Nexus 7 with Verizon. Users attempting such feats have been met with frustration, with Verizon appearing either unwilling or unable to set up new service – on the other hand, moving an existing Verizon LTE SIM over to the Nexus 7 worked like a charm. We've been waiting for the carrier to get around to ...

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    Yesterday we've seen an unknown tablet being featured on a Google Android website, namely the the Apps & Entertainment section. There was a lot of speculation on whether it is a simple Photoshop mock-up, web-graphic-designer being carrier away, or a prototype of an upcoming, so far unknown slate, claimed by many to be the Nexus 8. Well, because of all the hype, Google has now replaced the image, as you can see in our collage above. We're no longer seeing that small-bezel-slate, but, instead, the Nexus 7 is being displayed front and center. This doesn't mean that the chances for the ...

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    Last week sure did bring us the Nexus 5 (still time left to enter our contest) and the arrival of Android 4.4, and while both of those announcements mirrored last year's Nexus 4 launch, there's one component we didn't get this time around: the release of a new Nexus 10 model. As we wait to learn that model's ultimate fate, there's another tablet that's getting a lot of attention today, but is it really everything it seems to be. The image above comes from Google's Android site – specifically, the Apps & Entertainment section. While it seems to be about the right size to be a Nexus 7, ...

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    We all can agree that the iPad mini probably never should have existed without a Retina Display. For many, it was a step backwards for Apple, and something Apple once said it would never do. In fact, calling 7-inch tablets dead on arrival, Steve Jobs, elaborated: "While one could increase the resolution to make up some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size. Apple has done extensive user testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this ...

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    As afternoon starts rolling in to evening, we think it's more than safe to call it: no new Nexus phone today. That's fine, as it's sure to be just around the corner, anyway, and we'll no doubt be getting word of its launch in just another week or two. Still, we can understand if you've been jonesing for a new Google product announcement. Even if we can't deliver there, we've got a little something that could at least help ease that hole in your heart, with a couple new Nexus 7 videos. Google touches on things like the ability to download textbooks to the tablet, but the heart of both these ...

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    A new version of Android is usually a decently significant deal, even when we're only looking at an incremental bump to the version number. OK, maybe 4.2.1 wasn't any game-changer, only doing a quick little bugfix over 4.2 and getting Bluetooth joypad input, but 4.2.2 had some good stuff, like USB debug whitelisting to boost security, improving the functionality of Android quick settings, and a number of other additions, beyond more bugfixes. Today, the latest such update arrives, and it's got a lot of people wondering: just what's changed? Right now, Android 4.3.1 is on its way to owners ...

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