Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here. » Read the rest
Earlier today, Google sent some people into a frenzy thinking that the Nexus 9 (codenamed Volantis) was teased. On the Google+ account for Think With Google, the image above was posted. It looks very much like the 4:3 aspect ratio that the upcoming 8.9-inch tablet is expected to have. It turns out, though, that image is merely a stock one obtained through Shutterstock. So there is actually nothing to see here except an image featuring a dummy tablet with some summer items.
It was only a few months ago when we thought the Nexus program was dead.
But then came rumors of Volantis, HTC’s codenamed 9-inch Nexus tablet to be released alongside Android L this fall.
Since we hadn’t heard much regarding a new Nexus phone to come out this fall, we were perplexed, but assumed that a new phone would not be coming. Until now.
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.
Hit the break for individual links to each device. » Read the rest
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.