While Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) owners have been enjoying the Android L Developer Preview for a couple of weeks, owners of other Nexus devices have been wondering when they will get in on the action. Well if you own a Nexus 4 (mako) or a Nexus 7 2012 (grouper), you can thanks to ported ROMs.
We know that Google is likely to launch a Nexus tablet this fall alongside the release of Android L. The sizing for Volantis’ display is allegedly 8.9 inches, which would put into question whether or not it would be titled Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. A new entry in the Indian shipping site Zauba may have tipped off what the name will be. On June 30, a “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE” appeared, claiming it is similar to the Nexus 7.
A Nexus 8 tablet has been rumored for a very long time, and this prototype does not confirm anything. Being that it is indeed a prototype, Google may have scrapped this specific device and is now focusing on something else. Either way, we are expecting a new Nexus device this fall considering the program is not dead.
The preview of Android L can now be tried on additional Nexus devices. Last week at Google I/O, the source code was made available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) while others were left out. Google has added the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 to the Android L preview. Older Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are obviously being left behind due to age.
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After hearing various rumors that Google would be discontinuing the Nexus program, new information has surfaced suggesting that isn’t true. While Android Silver may be released in the near future, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Nexus devices will be getting the axe.
“People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make,” said Dave Burke, head of engineering and the Nexus program. It’s nice to hear that the successful program will not be put to an end, and the expectations are now that Android “L” will be released alongside a Nexus refresh.
Source: Android Central
Well folks, it’s finally here.
Want to grab the Android L developer preview factory images? Just hit the break. (For the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7.)
Over at the Google web site for all things Android, in the Phones & Tablets section you may notice a new option for the Nexus 5. According to the description, the device is available in four colors. Black, white and red have all been available, but a new choice – yellow – is now listed in the block of text. If you are interested in a yellow Nexus 5, it looks like you will need to be patient for a while longer though. Following the link to the Google Play store to place an order shows yellow missing from the choices offered to buyers. » Read the rest
While many Nexus devices are already receiving Android 4.4.4, Google is making sure one of its tablets don’t fall too far behind. The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is receiving Android 4.4.3. Google has posted the factory images and binaries, ready for your consumption. We do not know how far behind Android 4.4.4 is for this tablet, but we would have to assume it will not be to long. Just hit the links below to grab everything as the over-the-air (OTA) update has yet to go live.
Android Silver is purportedly launching in February 2015. So Google has to have something of its own before then, right? Maybe. Despite previous claims that the Nexus 6 does not exist and LG saying it has no plans for such, the device may possibly arrive to officially put an end to the Nexus program (at least for phones). » Read the rest
Need a new tablet at a great price? The Nexus 7 still holds the title as one of the best overall tablets, even when not considering price. But now through September 30, purchasing the Nexus 7 through Google Play will include 3 months of All Access for free. After that, you must cancel your subscription or pony up the $9.99 per month price.
Not too bad, Google. Are you interested in purchasing the Nexus 7? Or are you waiting for something else? Let us know in the comments.
Waiting for the Nexus 8? So are we. But the next tablet from Google could actually be called the Nexus 9. The alleged device has leaked, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display that has a 2048×1440 resolution. The aspect ratio for such would be 4:3. It is believed to be manufactured by HTC and therefore an aluminum zero-gap construction would be obvious. The leak does claim that stereo front-facing speakers will be present, but the device in the image does not appear to have them. This could merely be a placeholder image.
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