Posts tagged with: Nexus 7 2013
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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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    Is it too early to already start talking about the next-generation Nexus 7 tablet? We've only had a little more than two months with the 2013 Nexus 7, which is a totally solid tablet in its own right, and rumors are already chirping away about what might be in the works for next year's model. Instead of anything like specs or capabilities, though, today's rumor puts forth the idea that maybe Google won't be inviting ASUS back to the party, and could go with another OEM. At least, that's the notion we're hearing trumpeted this evening, though we're not quite sure how much faith to put in it ...

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    Just as August was winding down, we caught wind that a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet was slowly creeping out to retail. When this year's Nexus 7 first went up for sale earlier this summer, we only saw the WiFi models available. Then late last month, the LTE-enabled version of the new Nexus 7 started being offered by European retailers. At the time we wondered how much longer US customers would have to wait for their own shot at this cell-connected tablet. Our answer came last night, as the LTE Nexus 7 2013 joined its WiFi-only brethren in the Google Play Store. The LTE version of the ...

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    Back on Tuesday, Google sprung news of Android 4.4 upon us, confirming the build's name not as the long-expected Key Lime Pie, but as KitKat, instead. As only seems fitting for the use of a name like that, content on Google's site pointed to a forthcoming contest involving Kit Kat the candy bar (yes, there's a space in the candy's name but not in Android 4.4's name, and no, we haven't a clue why that is), but links to the details weren't yet available. We still haven't seen Google release any Android 4.4 updates, but it looks like the contest is getting underway all the same, and we ...

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    It's been a little over a month by now since Google first announced the new 2013 version of its Nexus 7 tablet. We've seen sales of the tablet begin, and have generally been pleased with the hardware. However, we still haven't seen the complete new Nexus 7 picture, as Google has yet to get the ball rolling with sales of the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 – so far, it's only been pushing the WiFi model. Back at launchtime, Google indicated that the LTE Nexus 7 would become available in a few weeks – so where is it? While Google itself is keeping quiet, some retailers in Europe have begun ...

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    Software updates are on their way for users of Nexus devices. Android build JWR66Y started going out a little earlier this week, and is followed by JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7. The official release notes (especially for JWR66Y) are pretty light on details, so what's Google changing here? A quick look at the AOSP offers us some insight into exactly what's new. The big news is that JSS15Q for the new Nexus 7 fixes the tablet's issues with multi-touch performance, which we've mentioned earlier. The reason this device gets its own update is because these last-minute Nexus 7 fixes may not prove ...

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    Three weeks ago Google announced the new version of its 7-inch tablet, the 2013 Nexus 7. It came to the Play Store and other resellers in two versions: 16GB and 32GB. Both were WiFi only. The LTE version, according to the announcement, will arrive in "the coming weeks". We are now just five days short of one month later, and there's still no sign of the LTE Nexus 7. I'm not complaining, I'm simply pointing out that the weeks are ticking by. Technically, Google has up to eight weeks before its "coming weeks" statement is wrong (at that point it should have been "the coming months"). Even ...

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    This year's Nexus 7, though a fantastic tablet by many accounts, hasn't arrived without it's share of hiccups. First there was that business about Google Wallet incompatibility, and last week we heard about the AOSP mess that was driving Jean-Baptiste Quéru to abandon his role. Now we're learning about two more issues with the tablet, impairing both touch input and GPS functionality. The GPS issue manifests as everything starting out fine, with the tablet acquiring a satellite lock as normal, but eventually the lock is lost and no manner of effort seems able to get it back. The touch ...

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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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    The original Nexus 7 was a game changer. For the first time a relatively high-end tablet was affordable, and it did so without sacrificing much in terms of specifications. It was a flagship product and it forced the industry to change. Behind the 7-inch screen was a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The 8GB version (which I have) resold for under US$200. After the honeymoon was over we started to see some shortcomings: 8GB just wasn't enough storage space, the Tegra 3 processor was a bit under-powered, and the screen didn't stand up to scrutiny. We all started to look forward to the ...

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    We're on the eve of the launch of a most significant (if not spec-packed) smartphone, the Moto X. We're hot on the heels of the industry's latest benchmark-juicing scandal with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 tweaking. We're only a week away from seeing what LG has to offer with its G2 (though we already know what accessories it's launching with). And we're not even a week out from the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, but we're already in full-on fretting mode about our favorite Finns. That roster would be enough to fuel two podcast episodes this size, to say nothing of listener mail! But thanks to ...

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    Google Wallet, what with its NFC-based mobile payment system – has long struggled to attract interest. At times it almost seems like there's a conspiracy trying to keep it from finding mainstream success, yet so far Google's kept putting up the good fight. Lately, however, there's been the sense that even Google could be tiring of Wallet, and it looked like the company was backing away from its plans for a physical Google Wallet card. Now, the new Nexus 7 has launched, and despite being a pure-Google device, free from carrier meddling, it lacks basic hardware support for Wallet; is this ...

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    I know: that's a bait-y headline that begs for qualifiers, and we'll get to those in just a second. Before that, though, I'd like to apologize to those who've been waiting for our full review of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. For those of you who've gotten lost in the avalanche of news since we took delivery on our own Tab 3 8.0 review unit, we unboxed the device a few weeks back - and then we immediately put it up against its closest Samsung-branded competitor, the Galaxy Note 8.0. We promised a review on the heels of that comparison, but then something significant happened: a Nokia Lumia 1020 ...

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