Nexus Android Lollipop Update

Carriers have officially ruined the best thing about Nexus smartphones and tablets

By on December 3, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Carriers have officially ruined the best thing about Nexus smartphones and tablets

The most important feature of Nexus smartphones and tablets is the software. These devices are specifically crafted by Google and its partners so that the latest pure Android version can be shown off in all its glory and used by smartphone owners and developers as soon as Google releases it. However, moving forward, Nexus devices may not receive new Android OS updates as quickly as they used to, at least those handsets and tablets that are sold by carriers. More →

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Google Nexus vs Android Silver

Android vendors reportedly shot down Google’s bold anti-fragmentation plan

By on October 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Android vendors reportedly shot down Google’s bold anti-fragmentation plan

Android Silver was supposed to be Google’s next-gen line of high-end devices that would offer users access to top hardware and a stock Android experience. While the Search giant never confirmed these plans, reports said that Google wanted to replace Nexus and Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets with Android Silver, with some people even claiming the Nexus 6 might have been sacrificed in the process.

However, it turned out that Google had to postpone its Android Silver plans, and the company confirmed soon after I/O 2014 that it isn’t interested in dumping the Nexus device line. More →

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$100 Google Nexus Smartphone

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

By on April 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

Google may be working on a new kind of Nexus device that could be even more affordable than its predecessors, a new report from Asia says. However, the device won’t be a high-end model like the others, but rather an entry- to mid-range device that would sell for under $100, thus being significantly more affordable than any previous Nexus handsets. More →

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Google Nexus Smartwatch Leak

Meet the Nexus smartwatch that never was

By on February 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Meet the Nexus smartwatch that never was

While Google is rumored to currently be working on a secret smartwatch project of its own, with LG expected to manufacture the device, earlier rumors suggested that the company was previously developing a Nexus smartwatch with Motorola’s help. Android Police has posted purported images of a device that fits that description. According to information from an anonymous source, “the device was allegedly going by the name Google Watch, with the official code name Gem, and fell into the Nexus category of devices.” More →

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HTC Nexus Tablet Launch

‘High-end’ HTC Nexus tablet reportedly in the works

By on February 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

‘High-end’ HTC Nexus tablet reportedly in the works

HTC is the latest company rumored to be working on a Nexus tablet for Google, after recent rumors have named Samsung, Asus, LG and Lenovo (Motorola) among the companies that could make such devices. Unsurprisingly, HTC did not confirm reports, telling the Commercial Times that it “does not comment on market rumors or speculation,” Focus Taiwan says. More →

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Google Nexus Discontinued

Google to reportedly discontinue beloved Nexus device lineup next year

By on January 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM.

Google to reportedly discontinue beloved Nexus device lineup next year

Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin said on Twitter that the Nexus line of devices will be discontinued in 2015, replaced instead with a new brand spawned from the current Play Edition family. Google has launched various Play Edition devices this year, including the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the LG G Pad 8.3, the Sony Z Ultra and the Motorola Moto G. Essentially these devices run a pure version of Android, with no OEM user interface and bloatware on top. However, these devices aren’t updated directly by Google, but by OEMs, meaning that new Android OS versions first reach Nexus devices, and only later Google Play Edition devices. More →

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More photos of LG's Google Nexus smartphone leak as retail listing may confirm device

By on October 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM.

More photos of LG's Google Nexus smartphone leak as retail listing may confirm device

LG Google Nexus Smartphone Images Leak

LG (06657011) and Google (GOOG) are believed to be working on a new Nexus smartphone together. Following Tuesday’s leak, xda developers forum member “4shael” posted two clearer images of the purported LG Nexus smartphone. 4shael also reports that the device has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (no microSD card slot), an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,184 x 768 at 320 pixels per inch and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. 4shael says the device is about as large as the Galaxy Nexus and doesn’t have LTE, but does have DC-HSDPA — though it is possible that the companies are working on several versions of the smartphone. The Verge also managed to get its hands on a Carphone Warehouse inventory listing that shows “LG Nexus4 Black” and “LG Nexus4 White” placeholders. LG’s Google Nexus smartphone is expected to be announced by the end of October. More →

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More photos of LG’s Google Nexus smartphone leak as retail listing may confirm device

By on October 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM.

More photos of LG’s Google Nexus smartphone leak as retail listing may confirm device

LG Google Nexus Smartphone Images Leak

LG (06657011) and Google (GOOG) are believed to be working on a new Nexus smartphone together. Following Tuesday’s leak, xda developers forum member “4shael” posted two clearer images of the purported LG Nexus smartphone. 4shael also reports that the device has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (no microSD card slot), an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,184 x 768 at 320 pixels per inch and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. 4shael says the device is about as large as the Galaxy Nexus and doesn’t have LTE, but does have DC-HSDPA — though it is possible that the companies are working on several versions of the smartphone. The Verge also managed to get its hands on a Carphone Warehouse inventory listing that shows “LG Nexus4 Black” and “LG Nexus4 White” placeholders. LG’s Google Nexus smartphone is expected to be announced by the end of October. More →

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LG’s Google Nexus smartphone specs reportedly leak [updated]

By on October 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM.

LG’s Google Nexus smartphone specs reportedly leak [updated]

LG Google Nexus Specs Leak

About a year after Google (GOOG) gave Samsung (005930) the rights to build its flagship Galaxy Nexus, it’s now rumored that LG (06657011) is next in line to build a Nexus-branded Android smartphone. According to MoDaCo, LG’s Nexus smartphone will be derivative of its  beefy Optimus G that BGR took a look at last month. MoDaCo says it has “confirmed” the following specs for LG’s Nexus: quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1280×768  resolution display, on-screen soft keys, 8-megapixel camera, 8GB and 16GB internal storage models (no microSD card slot), non-removable battery and wireless charging. In addition to the purported spec leak, MoDaCo says that it’s also possible that other manufacturers might be building Nexus smartphones as well. That jibes well with news that Google could split its Nexus smartphones among numerous handset makers. LG’s Nexus smartphone will reportedly be released in mid-November.

UPDATE: CNET has reportedly confirmed with its sources that a modified version of the Optimus G will be announced under the Nexus-branding at the end of October. More →

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5-inch Google Nexus smartphone reportedly in the works from HTC

By on September 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM.

5-inch Google Nexus smartphone reportedly in the works from HTC

Google Nexus HTC

HTC’s (2498) rumored DROID Incredible X smartphone has allegedly been chosen as one of Google’s (GOOG) upcoming Nexus devices, according to a report from GSM Arena. Google is widely expected to have not one but five new Nexus devices available to consumers this fall. Earlier this year, the search giant partnered with ASUS (2357) to release the Nexus 7 tablet, the first Nexus-branded device of 2012. The Mountain View-based company has reportedly partnered with HTC to produce the Google “Nexus 5″ smartphone. More →

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BlackBerry 10, webOS and the platform predicament

By on May 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM.

BlackBerry 10, webOS and the platform predicament

BlackBerry 10, webOS and the platform predicament

During the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January 2009, a struggling smartphone company that had once helped shape the mobile industry unveiled its next-generation platform. It was gorgeous. The design was unique and appealing, the gesture-based controls were smart and intuitive, and the company’s new smartphone operating system offered a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by just two major players, Apple and Google.

On August 18th, 2011, less than three years after this promising new platform was unveiled, it was effectively laid to rest.

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Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates

By on April 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM.

Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates

Android smartphones are not typically updated very frequently, leaving many owners to either try and update their own device, or wait for months or even years to get the latest operating system. The technical lead developer on the Android Open Source Project believes the slow update rate many Android users have had to endure is “very reasonable.” Sometimes, Jean-Baptiste Queru revealed his opinion on his Google+ page in a congratulatory post towards Sony, who recently updated its Tablet S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The developer said the Japanese company was the biggest contributor to Android, leaving all other manufacturers playing catch-up. Due to its contributions, Sony is able to ensure timely updates for its own devices, while helping the community as a whole. Queru said the complexity of moving from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0 is the reason it took Sony five-months to updates its tablet.

“This is actually a very reasonable time, since under the hood Ice Cream Sandwich is quite different from Honeycomb (and upgrades from Gingerbread are likely to take longer as those differences are huge),” he said.

The employee did express disappointment that some of Google’s own flagship devices had not been updated, and he places the blame on “operator approvals.” Queru went out to praise Google’s latest effort to continue selling smartphones directly to consumers through its online store. “I’m very glad that Google is back in the business of selling phones directly without any middlemen to interfere, and I’ll be even happier when I see that program expanded to more countries.”  More →

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Google Nexus tablet reportedly delayed until July

By on April 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Google Nexus tablet reportedly delayed until July

The Google-branded Nexus tablet the search giant is rumored to be co-developing with ASUS may be pushed back until July. Earlier reports had the device slated for launch some time in June, with an unveiling possibly set for Google’s annual I/O conference on June 27th. Unnamed sources informed The Verge on Friday that Google pushed back its planned release so it could tweak the device, however. The 7-inch tablet is supposedly equipped with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Wi-Fi connectivity. The device would reportedly cost $249 in its current state, but Google and ASUS are both looking to reduce the price. Earlier rumors indicted that the Mountain View-based company was attempting to offer the tablet for as little as $149. It has also been speculated that Google could be delaying the planned release in order to pre-load its tablet with the next version of Android — Jelly Bean. The Verge claims this scenario is unlikely though, as the current product is designed for Android 4.0. More →

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