Posts tagged with: Nexus 7
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    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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    The original Nexus 7 was quite a piece of work when it was originally released back in 2012. Pocketnow's own Brandon Miniman even rated the device an 8.7 out of 10 in his review. Not bad for a tablet that cost less than US$200. What starts to happen almost immediately after we get our fancy new devices? They start to slow down. At least that's what it feels like, right?  Usually this perception is caused by installing a whole bunch of apps that take up more space in the system's RAM, apps getting bigger and slower, and updates to the operating system taking up more space. All of these are ...

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    The other tablet Huawei's CEO specifically called out -- alongside the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display -- when talking about the new MediaPad X1, is the LG-made Google Nexus 7. While we didn't have a 2013 version of the Google slate with us, we compared the MediaPad X1 with the original Nexus 7. Not to worry though, we're not focusing on specs and horsepower specifically, but we're looking at how two tablets with the same display size can have dramatically different overall physical dimensions. That, plus it's the eternal question of whether you want stock Android (and timely updates), ...

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    The Nexus program is a somewhat shrouded in mystery. We suspect that Google it running it to a platform upon which it can demonstrate the "pure" version of Android, and to serve as a reference platform from which the other OEMs can look to. It also proves that fairly high-end and high-quality hardware can be made and sold for a very reasonable price -- in the States at least. Thus far, Google has selected one OEM to partner with at a time to make a Google-branded smartphone or a Google-branded tablet -- tablets being the late arrivals to the lineup. So far, Google has partnered with HTC to ...

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    We may be nearly seven months removed from the initial launch of the second-gen Nexus 7, but Verizon has still not gotten around to officially offering the tablet on its network, despite compatible LTE bands. Recently, though, it's been looking like the carrier was finally coming around to the Nexus 7, and last week we both got an early look at Verizon-branded Nexus 7 accessories, as well as heard a rumored launch date: this Thursday, February 13. As we wait to see if that info's accurate, the retail leaks continue, with a shot of the Nexus 7's packaging, complete with Verizon logo. ...

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    We've been cautiously optimistic about Canonical's chances for really seeing Ubuntu Touch take off this year, especially with the promise of relationships with OEMs bringing us the first commercial hardware intentionally designed for use with Ubuntu. But thus far, if you've wanted to experiment with the platform, that's meant flashing a Ubuntu ROM to one of several Nexus devices. Unfortunately, your options going forward are going to be a lot more limited, as Canonical announces that support for the majority of Nexus models is being dropped. Last year we were showing you one of those early ...

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    There’s no denying that the tablet industry has evolved at a tremendous pace in less than three years. For those of us non-believers of the original Microsoft Tablet PC, or even the first iPad and its potential, it was hard to even predict that the services and devices that we see ubiquitous today, would’ve been possible so quickly. That being said, there is no such thing as a perfect tablet, and not every device fits every user. Make sure you watch today’s Top 5 as we talk about the things we all wish to see happening in 2014. We discuss the things that are still not fixed, and the ...

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    When talking about our smartphones and tablets, there seem to be two things we always want more of: battery life, and speed. Ironically, the two may not be mutually exclusive, since completing tasks faster means the processor can return to a more energy-efficient speed quicker. How the speed boost is achieved will have a significant impact on how much battery life will be saved -- or squandered. Overclocking and overvolting are two popular ways to speed up any device, but they're also notorious for causing more power drain and increased heat -- both will zap your battery fast! There's ...

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    The LTE version of the 2013 Nexus 7 should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Verizon LTE. That last one isn't as easy as you might think that it should be. Why? Verizon hasn't added the IMEI numbers from the Nexus 7 to their "approved" list. There is a work-around, and it's relatively simple -- but it does require either a helpful store manager, or a little bit of social engineering. Hit play, and watch as I go on-location and under-cover to tell you how to get your Nexus 7 to work on Verizon LTE. The only thing keeping the Nexus 7 from working with Verizon's LTE is the lack of its IMEI ...

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    Even though most of your holiday shopping is over, we know that there is a slight possibility that Santa didn't leave the gift that you really wanted this Christmas. Still, if you're like any of us, then we're sure you're most probably broke already from so much celebration. The great thing is that it's never too late to get the smartphone or tablet that you wanted, and there are some great devices out there that are worth every penny. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about some of the best deals you'll find in this holiday season. We're not just talking about devices that are affordable, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's same-day delivery of certain Nexus devices. Then we talk about the Geekphone Revolution, which was talked about almost a year a go, and which plans to include iOS and Firefox support. Samsung is next as we talk about the rumors of new line-ups for 2014, including pro and lite tablets. We later shift our focus to the Moto X, as its back on sale again, though for a catch. We end today's show talking about the origins of Android, and how the first iPhone affected it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google starts offering ...

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    Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced when Google released the Nexus 5. Earlier this month we heard of an "incremental update" that was supposed to fix a few things specific to the Nexus 5 called Android 4.4.1. Now, even before the 4.4.1 OTA update reached any of my devices, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed to users. What's with all the updates? What is new in Android 4.4.2 that wasn't in 4.4.1 or 4.4? Bugs and patches One skill I bring to the Pocketnow team is my experience as a software developer. As such I'm intimately aware of the product lifecycle -- and the fact that bugs are everywhere. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.4.2 update that just reached Nexus devices, and why it's important. We then go through some of the issues that are haunting Lumia customers due to a bug in the Nokia Camera app. Qualcomm follows the news as its new Snapdragon 410 processor was just announced with 64-bit architecture. We then talk about our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and our chance to win a nomination for a Stitcher award. We end today's show talking about the Google Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, aside from the new and white Google Nexus 7. All this ...

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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 seven-inch Nexus has received its 2013 refresh, and so did the Nexus phone, making the Nexus 10 the only Nexus product to be refreshed. Though it was launched last year, together with the Nexus 7 -- which already got its successor -- we didn't see a refresh this year; some even argue that, due to the generous spec-sheet, it doesn't even need a follow-up, at least not at the moment. This leaves us with the question: what other Nexus tablet is Google preparing? The image below, possibly snapped off of a user agent profile, or a similar description, has been posted by @evleaks, with a ...

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