Google has yet to roll out the official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its existing Nexus smartphones, including the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4, but it looks like Motorola has already beaten its former parent company to the punch. Ars Technica reports that one 2014 Moto G model has already been updated to Lollipop, and it’s the U.S. unlocked model, which has now received its 386.8MB Android 5.0 update. More →
The world has Android 5.0 fever, and while most Android device owners will have to wait until next year at the earliest to get Lollipop on their phones and tablets, enthusiastic Google fans don’t have to wait another minute. We told you earlier this week that near-final versions of Android 5.0 Lollipop had been made available for some Android devices, including the Google’s “pure” Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 smartphones, as well as one version of the Nexus 7 tablet.
Well, thanks to the XDA Developers forum, the latest version of Android 5.0 can now be downloaded and installed on those devices and many others. More →
A 7-inch Google tablet has been spotted at the FCC, but it isn’t the third-generation Nexus 7 version that some Android fans would like to see in stores. Droid-Life has mentioned the FCC listing for a device identified as the A4R-NX74751, noting the device has a NVIDIA Tegra chip, global LTE roaming and a strange LG-made 2,480mAh. Meanwhile the eagle-eyed folks at TuttoAndroid have figured out what the device is, revealing that the NX74751 is actually the model number of one Google tablet not all Nexus fans will get to play with. More →
Google may be ready to roll out new Nexus hardware this year, but that doesn’t mean potential Android tablet buyers should forget last year’s models. In fact, Google and Asus are currently offering U.K. residents a very interesting Nexus 7 deal on the 16GB model: each purchase comes with a free £50 Google Play store credit, and is valid through June 1. More →
The advent of media tablets has been a fantastic development for consumers ,who now have a great inexpensive option for mobile devices with big displays. It has also added a nice additional source of revenue for many top consumer electronics companies. Tablets are still stuck in an awkward place for most users, however, since they can’t really replace a laptop computer or a cell phone. As such, these mobile devices had better be as light and portable as possible if we’re going to carry them with us and not leave anything else behind.
With that in mind, CNET has compiled a nice little list of the thinnest and lightest tablets in the world. More →
It’s been a long time coming, but the latest version of the Nexus 7 is finally available for Verizon Wireless customers as of February 13th. Verizon’s Nexus 7 unsurprisingly features the same specs as the tablet has in previous releases: 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution 7-inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 5-megapixel rear camera. Interestingly, Verizon refers to the Nexus 7 as an Android KitKat tablet, although it ships with Jelly Bean on the Google Play Store. If you’d like to purchase a Verizon Nexus 7, you can pay $349.99 for an unlocked tablet, but if you’re willing to sign on for a two-year contract, the price drops to $249.99.
There are dozens of different features to weigh when buying a new tablet. The size is important, the platform and ecosystem matter of course, specs and available storage impact buying decisions, and plenty more must be considered. Battery life is likely near the top of many tablet buyers’ lists as well, since buying a tablet means having yet another device that needs to be charged on top of your smartphone and laptop. So for those who find battery life to be extremely important, which tablets offer the best battery performance on the market today? More →
Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphone isn’t just the best value on the planet, it’s also the only device that runs the latest version of Android. Rather, it was until Tuesday night, when Google began rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the first round of older devices. The Android team announced on its Twitter account that the first-generation Nexus 7 tablet, the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus 10 tablet will all be updated to KitKat beginning today. A subsequent tweet clarified that the Wi-Fi only versions of the Nexus 7 will be getting the update immediately, while the Nexus 7 will cellular data and the Nexus 4 smartphone will be getting the updates sometime in the near future. For more details on the new functionality included in Android 4.4 KitKat, check out our Nexus 5 review.
Apple may not like the implications for its margins, but smaller, cheaper tablets are on the rise. Stephen Baker of the NPD Group writes that his company’s research has found that sales of tablets that measure in at under 9 inches have grown by a whopping 550% so far this year while sales of tablets that are more than 9 inches have actually fallen by 36% over the same period. One of the most interesting things to watch over the next few months will be how well Apple’s Retina-equipped iPad mini is selling now that it has a $400 price point even though the iPad Air is priced at just $100 higher. The original iPad mini was a hit at $329 last year and while Apple is still selling the year-old device for $300 it remains to be seen how well it still competes with cheaper tablets with higher display resolutions such as Google’s newest Nexus 7.
Now that Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is here, pure Google fans’ attention has collectively turned to the Nexus 5 smartphone. We have seen the new Nexus phone leak in photos and on video, and it looks pretty fantastic. Google has retained LG to handle the design of the Nexus 5 just as it did with the Nexus 4, just like vendor partner Asus designed and built the first two generation of the Nexus 7 tablet. According to a new rumor, however, Google may be changing things up next year. More →