Two LG Isai FL photos leak, could be indicative of the G3 or even the Nexus 5 successor

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This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks shared the Isai FL in blue.

Things get interesting thanks to the design of this device. Like the LG G2, the space between the display and the edge of the handset is very small. Also, LG’s rear buttons are back in action on this device. What is even more interesting is that the design language of this device is eerily similar to that of the Nexus 5. Just look at the shape and frame of this device. It closely resembles LG’s most recent Nexus. » Read the rest

Nexus 10 listed as “coming soon” on Google Play

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Details about the new version of the Nexus 10 have been a little cloudy of late, and there have been a number of rumors about who would make the new device. The Nexus 10 has been listed as out of stock since the new Nexus 5 was released, and not much has been detailed about the Nexus 10 since then. Today, however, the device was listed as “coming soon” on Google Play.

This really doesn’t give away too much about the device, and we still don’t know who the manufacturer of the device is, but we should find out more information soon!

Source: Google Play

Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off

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Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.

Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.

Source: Google Play

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update soon

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A week ago, we reported that a new version of Android (KTU65) showed up in the Chromium code. Yesterday, folks at myce spotted the Android 4.4.3 running on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 with the build number  KTU83 running on Nexus 5, codenamed “Hammerhead”.

In addition, a Google employee was found running build KTU79 on a Nexus 7 device which was created on March 21. We explained before in detail what each letter or number in the build number designate and the first letter designates the Android version (‘K’ for KitKat). So the build number KTU83 starts with the letter ‘K’ referring to KitKat. The second letter is the branch code, which for KitKat is a ‘T’, although Google used other letters previously as well. The ‘U’ and the numbers after it refer to the quarter release, ‘U’ is Q1 2014 and after ‘U’ comes the number 83 which means the 83rd day of Q1 which basically means that it was built on March 24.

Source: myce

Nexus 8 could come at a premium price point

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nexus_8_promotional_fullsizeWith sales of the Nexus 7 not hitting their mark, rumor has it that Google is already looking to July to release a new generation of tablet that’s just a little bigger. More rumors have the 8-inch tablet coming in at close to nine, 8.9 inches to be exact. While the Nexus line is famous for bringing quality hardware at a lower-than-premium price point, a new rumor suggests that this new tablet will break away from that tradition.

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Nexus 5 and 7 now available in 20 total countries

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Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TAGoogle’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.

The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.

Source: Google Play Support

 

Google Nexus 8 may come with an 8.9-inch screen

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New indications from Asian news source DigiTimes suggest Google is working on a 2014 Nexus device, the rumored Nexus 8, that will come with an 8.9-inch screen. The last two versions of the Nexus tablet from Google, in 2012 and 2013, have both been 7-inch devices. They have proven to be very popular, albeit sales of the 2013 version have been a bit disappointing, and helped drive the tablet market to the 7-inch class size. Meanwhile, larger tablets have lagged a bit, accounting for only 30% of the tablet market. Apparently Google thinks this move will help entice manufacturers to move to larger devices, even at the lower end of the range, as opposed to extremely large tablets. This move could also help differentiate tablets from phones as the line between them, at least based on size, continues to blur as phones get larger.

Earlier this year Samsung released several tablets in the large tablet category, including the recently released 12.2-inch Note Pro and Tab Pro devices. However, other manufacturers who had been looking at the extremely large tablet market have started to back off. Supposedly Apple was considering a 12.85-inch tablet, but that has now been scrapped. Meanwhile, Asus has delayed a 13.3-inch tablet. All these signs point to interest in extremely large tablets not being as large as expected.

Do you think 8.9-inches is a good choice for Google for their next Nexus tablet or should they have gone for some other size?

source: DigiTimes

Xiaomi launches MIUI software designed for tablets, works on Nexus 7

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Xiaomi has released its MIUI Android ROM which supports tablet devices. The ROM is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7.

The company said that this isn’t just based on the MIUI V5 software, but is a completely revamped software with native apps, system menus and new screen animations suited for both screen orientations.

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Verizon offering low price, contract encumbered Nexus 7 for $49.99

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Verizon is making the Nexus 7 tablet from Google available for only $49.99 to users willing to sign-up for a 2-year agreement. That may be a good deal for users short on cash, although it is unclear just how much savings, if any, the deal represents. Verizon is also offering the Nexus 7 for $349.99 off contract, the same price that the device can be purchased from Google Play.

If you really want to go through Verizon or want to take advantage of purchasing a Nexus 7 over time via a 2-year contract, hit the source link.

source: Verizon

Could Google drop Snapdragon in favor of Intel’s chip for Nexus 8?

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With Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to be released this July alongside Google I/O, several other rumors about the device has surfaced. One glaring rumor is that Google is opting for Intel’s Moorefield CPU rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which is currently being used in their Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 devices. The Moorefield chip clocks in at a max of 2.33 GHz and is powered by a PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, so either way, there’s no doubt that the rumored Nexus 8 will be a powerhouse whichever direction Google decides to take.

Of course, these are just rumors so take all of this with a grain of salt. Either way, we’ll all know for sure this coming Google I/O 2014!  On a side note, do you guys think Google will unveil a new OS, or next iteration of Android (4.5, 5.0)? Or will they still stick with KitKat and just bump it up a notch to 4.4.3?

source: AndroidPit