HTC is now rumored to be working on a Nexus 10 tablet for Google, only days after a report suggested the Taiwanese Android device maker would team up with the Search giant on a high-end Nexus tablet. However, the previous report did not specify what size HTC’s first Nexus tablet would be. Meanwhile, Digitimes has learned from unnamed industry sources that HTC will make the next Nexus 10, a device that has not been refreshed last year, as it was expected. More →
The long overdue Nexus 10 upgrade failed to make an appearance at CES, but a recent leak might help us fill in the blanks. The dependable @evleaks shared an image of what looks to be Samsung’s Nexus 10 on Twitter, but this leak comes with an unusual addendum alerting followers that he can’t vouch for the leak’s validity. According to the tweet, the new Nexus 10 will feature an Exynos 5 chip, WQXGA display, 3GB of RAM, 3- and 5-megapixel cameras and Android 4.5. The tablet will also come in 16GB and 32GB variants. It’s a very sketchy leak, but until Samsung or Google make an official announcement regarding the next Nexus 10, it’s all we have to go on. More →
Samsung will reportedly announce a new version of the Nexus 10 CES 2014 in a few days, Digitimes says, without disclosing sources for its report. Samsung happens to be the manufacturer of the original Nexus 10 tablet that launched in late 2012, a device that’s currently out of stock with some U.S. retailers. Samsung’s new Nexus 10 is rumored to pack an AMOLED display. The South Korean Android device maker had been rumored back in late July to be working on the next-generation Nexus 10 tablet, although more recently, companies including Asus and LG have also been reported to make the device. More →
Google recently released the Nexus 5, one of the best Android phones on the market, and the company might be looking to follow it up with a brand new tablet later this month. A Telefonica employee has released a purported press image of the Nexus 10 (2013) on Reddit, with a price tag of £299 (~$480 USD). The render does not display the tablet’s navigation bar, although the current image on Telefonica’s website for last year’s Nexus 10 is missing this feature as well. Pocket-lint shares the details of another Reddit post, since removed, which claimed that the Nexus 10 will launch on November 22nd with black and white models. The second image also shows the tablet’s codename, LG-V510, and a large LG logo is plastered over the image. Google might be refreshing the Nexus 10, but Samsung has apparently been replaced by LG as the manufacturing partner for the second edition. More →
Google’s Nexus 10 tablet wasn’t a hit like last year’s Nexus 7 was, but that’s apparently not stopping the company from making a sequel. Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati wrote on his Twitter account that Android boss Sundar Pichai says Google and Samsung are teaming up to create a new Nexus 10 tablet that should be released in the near future. While we don’t know what specs the new Nexus 10 will have, it’s likely that it will at least match some of the hardware used in the new Nexus 7 tablet such as a display with a pixel density of more than 300 pixels per inch, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, NFC, wireless charging support and the newly unveiled Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system.
Although Google’s Android platform has been wildly successful, the company’s efforts to make its own consumer electronics have often faltered. While we’ve heard a lot about anemic Chromebook sales recently, Enders Analysis strategy consultant Benedict Evans has done some detective work and found that sales of Google’s Nexus 10 tablet likely aren’t doing that much better. Essentially, Evans has extrapolated traffic data from the Google Play store to produce a rough estimate that there are currently just 680,000 Nexus 10 tablets in use, versus around 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablets currently in use. As Evans notes, this estimate means that Nexus 10 sales were bested by Microsoft’s Surface tablet, which has almost universally been regarded as a flop.
People-centric ads have done wonders for Samsung (005930) over the past year and now Google (GOOG) is trying to get in on the action with a new ad for the Nexus 10 that depicts the tablet as a perfect helper for prospective parents. The ad shows two expecting parents using the tablet to help them pick out names, to read books on parenting, to film videos of their baby shower and even to watch relevant comedies such as Knocked Up. While the new ad does fit in with the well-established convention of tablet ads that give laundry lists of applications, it focusses more than most on telling a coherent story and of showing how the tablet can make life easier for people in a specific situation. A video of the entire ad is posted below. More →
Google (GOOG) may be preparing a major upgrade for its flagship 10-inch tablet. The Nexus 10 is equipped with a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor and Mali-T604 GPU. Due to the tablet’s massive 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution display, however, consumers have noticed significant lag and other performance hiccups. According to a report from Bright Side of News, the company may boost the specs to a quad-core processor and a new 8-core Mali-T678 GPU, while the other internal hardware, such as the high-end display and 2GB of RAM, are expected to remain the same. Bright Side of News speculates that Google will announce the slate at Mobile World Congress in February. Pricing is expected to be the same as the current Nexus 10.
Following availability in the Europe and Australia, Google (GOOG) made both the Nexus 4 smartphone built by LG (06657011) and the Nexus 10 tablet built by Samsung (005930) available on its American Google Play Store. And judging by how fast customers in the U.K. snatched up the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, we didn’t expect stock to last very long in the United States, especially since the Nexus 4 starts at $299 unlocked. And lo and behold: Both the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 sold out within minutes after Google put them up on the U.S. Google Play Store.
Google (GOOG) apparently isn’t wasting any time when it comes to pushing out Android 4.2 to its older Nexus devices. ZDNet reports that some Galaxy Nexus owners are getting Android 4.2 pushed out to their devices, well ahead of when most carrier-locked Android devices are likely to get their updates. Additionally, The Verge reports that Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet has also started getting the Android 4.2 upgrade. Android 4.2 is a small update to Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system that adds a new feature called Photo Sphere that makes it easy for users to take panoramic photos on their smartphones or tablets.
Surprise, surprise. It looks like Hurricane Sandy can’t hold Google (GOOG) down, as the company has just gone ahead and unveiled the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet even though its press conference was canceled. Nexus 4 specs include a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 1,280 x 768-pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone starts at a shockingly affordable $299 without any contract or subsidies, and it will launch in the United States on November 13th. More →
Hurricane Sandy may have cancelled Google’s (GOOG) big event on Monday but that doesn’t mean we’ll have to wait to see the new Nexus 10 tablet. BriefMobile has posted a short video of the Nexus 10 that shows the tablet opening up its Chrome browser. The website has also reported that the tablet will feature a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The full video of the Nexus 10 is posted below. More →
Images of what appear to be Google’s (GOOG) upcoming Nexus 10 tablet were published on Friday by BriefMobile, which also confirmed that the 10.1-inch slate will be manufactured by Samsung (005930) and support a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 298.9 pixels-per-inch. The Nexus 10 is also equipped with a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, the same CPU powering Samsung’s latest Chromebook, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, front-facing speakers, NFC, a front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera. As previously reported, the device will run Android 4.2, an upgraded version of Jelly Bean that includes multiple user accounts and a quick access bar, among other features. Google is widely expected to announced the Nexus 10, along with additional Nexus goodies at an Android event on October 29th. Tune into BGR on Monday at 10:00 a.m. EDT for live coverage of the event. Additional images follow below. More →