AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has begun offering 4G LTE service for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet. AT&T’s 32GB model will feature Wi-Fi and 4G LTE data, but unlike the other 32GB models from Google, this one will include an AT&T SIM card. Other than that, the AT&T Nexus 7 is identical — it has a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 with an AT&T 4G LTE data plan is now available on the Google Play store for $349. AT&T is also offering “a $100 AT&T bill credit” to users who sign a new two-year service contract between now and December 31st, 2013, bringing the final cost down to $249.
The new Nexus 7 has all the makings of a great tablet but it’s been plagued by multiple problems ever since its release, including faulty GPS and a bug-riddled touch interface. Because of this, Consumer Reports is warning tablet fans to avoid buying Google’s newest tablet until the company fixes all these issues. The publication in particular singles out the Nexus 7’s shoddy touch screen implementation as particularly headache-inducing. More →
The problem with the coming wave of low-cost tablets may be that you get what you pay for. Following news of a pesky GPS bug that was causing problems for early Nexus 7 adopters, more recent reports suggest many new Google tablets are having some serious issues with their touchscreens. Some users are reporting a bug where their Nexus 7 tablets are registering phantom touches and the problem seemingly gets worse over time. The good news, however, is that Google has acknowledged the problem. “The Android team is aware of this issue and investigating,” Google’s Paul Wilcox wrote on the company’s forum. There is currently no indication of when a fix might be released. A video that shows how the bug impacts touch input follows below. More →
Google’s new Nexus 7 may have the best display of any small tablet but it’s showing some deficiencies in other areas. PhoneArena reports that several early adopters of the new Nexus 7 have complained about the tablet’s GPS performance and have said that it will shut down after being online for as little as two minutes. From there, users say they have to reboot the tablet to get the GPS to work again, although there is still no guarantee that this tactic will work. PhoneArena says that Google is aware of the problem and is apparently working on a fix, although there’s no timeline for when it will be released.
Early responses to Google’s refreshed Nexus 7 tablet have been very positive, but that apparently might not stop Asus from losing its Nexus contract. According to a research note from plugged-in KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo picked up by 9to5Google, Google will likely dump Asus for its 2014 Nexus 7 model and instead turn to LG to build the device. LG has previously manufactured the Nexus 4, so this wouldn’t be the first time the two companies collaborated on a pure Google device. According to Kuo’s note, new display technology will be a main focus of Google’s next Nexus 7 tablet.
Everyone who wants a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet should head to Google Play right now. Google on Friday announced that the next-generation Nexus 7 is now available to order on the Google Play store, days before its expected retail launch. Google’s new Nexus 7, which it unveiled during a media event earlier this week, features a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3. Google is selling the tablet starting at $229 and is pledging that orders will ship by July 30th.
Google on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its much rumored next-generation Nexus 7 tablet, which is easily the most impressive small-form tablet in the world on paper. Featuring a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, many industry watchers see the Nexus 7 as a winner and consensus estimates for 2013 shipments fall between 5 million and 7 million units. But a new research note from plugged-in KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests Nexus 7 sales will miss estimates by a potentially wide margin, and the real star of the show where Google devices are concerned is the upcoming Moto X smartphone. More →
Try to act surprised: Google on Wednesday took the wraps off of its brand new next-generation Nexus 7 tablet. After a string of leaks and rumors that culminated with Best Buy prematurely putting up preorder pages, Google has finally made its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet official. In line with earlier reports, the new Asus-built slate features a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and the newly unveiled Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. More →
Google is hosting a press conference on Wednesday to share the latest and greatest Android has to offer, and the event is being streamed live. There is little mystery as far as what’s in store — the next-generation Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 have leaked extensively over the past few weeks — but Android boss Sundar Pichai could certainly still have a few surprises in store. Want to see the action unfold live? The live video stream from Google’s Android event is embedded below and the show is scheduled to start at noon EDT. More →
Google hasn’t yet unveiled its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet, but the device is already available for preorder from nationwide retailer Best Buy. In line with numerous earlier leaks and rumors, the tablet features an improved 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of DDR3LM RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Also in line with earlier reports, the price has gone up — Google’s tablet now starts at $229.99 for the 16GB model while the 32GB version costs $269.99. Additional images of the tablet follow below, and those interested in preordering the new Nexus 7 will find links to Best Buy’s website in the source section. More →
A new report suggests that Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 tablet will be released at the end of July. According to an image of an upcoming Best Buy flier published by Phone Arena, the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will be available at Best Buy stores starting on July 30th. The leak also seemingly confirms the device’s 1920 x 1200-pixel display, 16GB of internal storage and $229 price tag. The latest rumors claim the Nexus 7 2 will also be equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, support for both wireless charging and 1080p output, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.T he second-generation Nexus 7 will be available in both 16GB and 32GB sizes, with the latter expected to cost $269. The leaked image follows below. More →
Google’s first Nexus 7 tablet was a solid hit and the company is hoping to find similar success with its Nexus 7 sequel. @evleaks has posted a picture of the new Nexus 7 that confirms it will have a rear-facing camera, which was one of the features that the original version of Google’s tablet sorely lacked. Other than the new camera, though, the new Nexus 7 looks very similar to the original from a design perspective. Specs for the Nexus 7 sequel are rumored to include a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1980 x 1200 pixels, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The leaked image of the device follows below. More →
A new leak claims to reveal the specs for Google’s upcoming second-generation Nexus 7 tablet. According to Engadget, the slate will be equipped with a 7-inch display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel camera on the back. Earlier rumors had suggested that the display would include a 1980 x 1200 pixel resolution, and it is still unclear what processor model the next-generation Nexus 7 will include. Some reports had claimed it would feature a Snapdragon 600 chipset, while others said it would include a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. The latest leak also notes that the device will run Android 4.3 and will feature wireless charging capabilities and a “slim port” for 1080p output. The second-generation Nexus 7 is expected to be released later this month or in early August. The 16GB model is said to be priced at $229, while the 32GB will reportedly be offered for $269. The leaked image follows below. More →