Nexus 5 Bug Fix

Google promises fix for pesky Nexus 5 bug that eats into battery life

By on March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

Google promises fix for pesky Nexus 5 bug that eats into battery life

Nexus 5 users who have noticed an annoying camera bug that often sees a software process called “mm-qcamera-daemon” eat up CPU resources and drain their handset’s battery can now rest assured that Google is on the case. As noted by Phandroid, Google has officially acknowledged the Nexus 5 bug on its Android issue tracker website and promised that a fix is in the works. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we still have no timeline as far as when the fix might be issued, since Google would only say that it will be implemented in a future Android software update. More →

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Google Now Launcher Download

Make older Nexus devices and Play Edition phones look like the Nexus 5 with Google’s new free app

By on February 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM.

Make older Nexus devices and Play Edition phones look like the Nexus 5 with Google’s new free app

The Nexus 5 is a fantastic smartphone. The bang-for-the-buck factor is clearly the smartphone’s biggest draw, but the appeal doesn’t end there. The Nexus 5 is fast, powerful and sleek, and it also packed an awesome feature that no other phone in the world had — until now. More →

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iPhone Switch Android Review

This is what life is like for an iPhone loyalist who switches to Android

This is what life is like for an iPhone loyalist who switches to Android

By on February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is an odd one but it’s also quite prevalent among technology enthusiasts, so we cover it often here on BGR. Among the more interesting aspects of the debate are the perspectives shared by users who jump from one camp to the other and then share their thoughts; since we use both mobile platforms constantly here at BGR, the occasional outside commentary is interesting.

In the past, we covered an account from an Apple fanboy who couldn’t stand using the Nexus 5 even for a full 24 hours, and we also found a more level-headed anecdote from someone who switched from the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S4 for six months.

Now, a Silicon Valley investor and marketer has shared his thoughts on Android after switching from the iPhone a few weeks ago. More →

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Red Nexus 5 Release Date Price

Red Nexus 5 now available from Google

By on February 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM.

Red Nexus 5 now available from Google

The rumors were true: as of February 4th, our favorite Android smartphone of 2013 is now available in red on the Google Play store starting at $349.99, a listing which features the exact same photo @evleaks provided last week. The “bright red” Nexus 5 is identical to its black and white companions in terms of specifications, but the new sheen could make the stellar Android device a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. According to the listing on Google Play, the phone is currently available and should leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days. In case you’ve forgotten, the Nexus 5 features a 1080p 5-inch display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 16GB of internal storage and it all runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Nexus 5 Chromecast Sales

Google’s mobile hardware plans may have a bright future after all

By on January 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Google’s mobile hardware plans may have a bright future after all

In an earnings conference call for its fourth quarter results, Google revealed that it sold more than ads last quarter, with a couple of hardware devices having performed very well during the period. The list includes the Nexus 5 smartphone that was launched late last year, and the Chromecast dongle, which was the company’s best-sold gadget during Q4, an affordable device that was further discounted as part of many interesting deals during the Christmas shopping season. More →

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Red Nexus 5 Photos

This is the red Nexus 5

By on January 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

This is the red Nexus 5

All things considered, the Nexus 5 is the best Android phone in the world. We explained why when we named it the best Android smartphone of 2013 last month, but it boils down to a great design, solid specs, terrific performance and a shockingly low price tag. While Google undoubtedly has a new Nexus phone in store for us at some point this year, the company isn’t yet done with the 5. We’ve seen the rumors surface over the past few days but now the deal is apparently sealed — a new leak from @evleaks shows the Nexus 5 with a fresh new coat of red paint. No other details were provided in this most recent leak, but we’ll likely see the red Nexus hit virtual store shelves soon enough.

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Red Nexus 5 Release Date

The red Nexus 5 may launch sooner than you think

By on January 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

The red Nexus 5 may launch sooner than you think

After initially being thought to be nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor, the red Nexus 5 appears to be very real and may launch as soon as next week, according to Sprint documentation leaked by Android Police. The purported internal sprint document tells dealers that “Google Nexus 5 in red [will be] available in Google Play Stores” on February 4th. More →

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Nexus 5 Red Yellow Color Options

You might be able to buy a red Nexus 5 after all

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

You might be able to buy a red Nexus 5 after all

After a video that suggested Google might soon launch the Nexus 5 in up to six extra color options was proven to be fake the other day, a new image has surfaced suggesting that the company may indeed be getting ready to offer buyers more color options. Vietnamese site Vietnamnet.vn (via CNET) has posted a picture of a red Nexus 5, although the device is yet to be made official. The website says that the red Nexus 5 has “suddenly” appeared in Vietnam, with the product in the image being just a sample. A commercial version of the product will reportedly be available in late February or March. More →

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Google Nexus 5 Color

Don’t hold your breath for a Nexus 5 in new colors

By on January 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

Don’t hold your breath for a Nexus 5 in new colors

A video making the rounds claims that Google will soon let buyers choose from a wide range of new colors when ordering the Nexus 5 – the phone is currently available only in black and white – including red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, according to a Phone Arena tipster who sent it in. The video shows what appears to be the official Google Play store listing for the Nexus 5, with a user switching between the eight available color options. However, chances are that this is just a trick meant to attract some attention, a “really bad fake,” as Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo puts it. More →

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Top 10 Best Smartphones 2013

The best smartphones in the world, 2013 edition (part 3)

The best smartphones in the world, 2013 edition (part 3)

By on December 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

Part one of our three-part series on the best smartphones of 2013 listed the best smartphone design, performance and display of the year, and then part two covered the best fit and finish, the best smartphone value and the best phablet of 2013. Now, in out the third and final installment of our series, we cover the biggest categories: Best Android Phone, Best Windows Phone and Best iOS Phone, and Best Overall. Each category had competition that was more intense than ever before (especially the iOS phone category, which had competition for the first time ever) and picking winners certainly wasn’t easy. Picking an overall winner for the title of Best Smartphone of 2013 was particularly difficult since so many great handsets launched this year, but there was one phone that managed to edge out the competition (and it has the sales numbers to prove it). With that, it’s time to wrap up our three-part series on the best smartphones of 2013. More →

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Top 10 Best Smartphones 2013

The best smartphones in the world, 2013 edition (part 2)

The best smartphones in the world, 2013 edition (part 2)

By on December 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

In part one of our three-part best of series covering the top smartphones of 2013, we named the HTC One the best-designed smartphone of the year. We also said Apple’s iPhone 5s features the best performance and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 had the best display of any phone in 2013. Now, in part two of this series we cover three more categories that are just as important: Best Fit and Finish, Best Value and Best Phablet. Each of these categories included plenty of stiff competition this year, especially the phablet category since that space really started to heat up toward the end of 2013. But in each category, there can be only one winner. More →

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How To Replace Cracked Nexus 5 Screen

How to replace a cracked Nexus 5 screen yourself

By on December 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM.

How to replace a cracked Nexus 5 screen yourself

When it comes to smartphones, is there anything worse than the feeling you get as your phone slips out of your hand and plummets towards the ground? Kick and flail as you will, but only fate will decide whether your handset’s screen lives or dies once it hits the ground. If you own a Nexus 5 you’re likely reasonably savvy when it comes to technology, and if your phone takes an unlucky fall that ends up shattering the screen, perhaps you’d like to try fixing it yourself to save some money. Lucky for you, the supply chain experts turned bloggers over at ETrade Supply have put together a great guide that walks you through each step of the process for Google’s latest smartphone. All of the tools you’ll need are easy enough to find and while swapping out the phone’s screen yourself will definitely void your warranty, so will taking it to a third-party cell phone repair shop, which is what most people do.

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