Google announces the Nexus 10, available November 13 for $399/16GB or $499/32GB

Earlier LG and Google made the Nexus 4 official and now they made the Nexus 10 official. As expected, it’s made by Samsung and it will feature a 2560 x 1600 display with a whopping 300ppi. It’s the highest resolution tablet on the planet. It will feature a battery that will give you 9 hours of playback time and 500 hours of standby time. It will sport Google’s latest update, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and front-facing speakers just like the Galaxy Note 10.1. It will be the first truly sharable tablet with support for multiple users that you can easily switch from the lockscreen.

The Nexus 10 will be available for $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for 32GB starting on November 13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.

Full specs:

  • 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display at 300ppi
  • 1.7GHz A15 dual-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • microUSB and microHDMI
  • Dual Side NFC
  • 263.8mm x 177.8mm x 8.9mm
  • 603 grams

Hit the break for a quick video that features the Nexus 10 as well as the full press release

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LG and Google make the Nexus 4 official

Since Google cancelled today’s event, we didn’t think we would be reporting anything official on the Nexus 4, but it looks like we are now. LG and Google decided to send out an official presser announcing the said device. The specs are what we expected and are as follows:

  • 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB of internal storage
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 133.9 x 68 x 9.1mm
  • 139 grams
  • 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
  • NFC
  • Wireless charging

The next important thing is pricing and availability. It will be sold as unlocked starting November 13 in the Google Play Store, US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia for $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB. T-Mobile will also offer the 16GB version for $199 on contract. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.

This is the first Nexus device made by LG and it’s obviously something they are proud of.

“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Com-munications Company. “Users will be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of form and function with the latest generation of Android.”

“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Ru-bin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood.”

Full press release after the break:

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[Update] LG Nexus 4 video surfaces online, subsequently pulled, purportedly showed off “quick settings”

Another day, another leak regarding the LG Nexus? That seems to be the case for the lucky few that were able to view it before the “Google police” swooped in. The leak apparently originated on a Swedish site showing off the LG Nexus 4 in video, walk-through form.

Granted, a video that’s been pulled is not quite newsworthy. However, what may be of interest is the rumored “quick settings” being a feature as mentioned here before regarding Android 4.2. The subjects in the video described a feature as “easily accessible settings.”  There’s no mention of the “double pulldown” feature we touched on in that article however. It even looks like they make mention of the feature looking “different than we might expect” possibly alluding to that original sketch. What were they looking at in the video and how exactly did it look? Anyone able to view it before it was taken down? Hopefully we hear from Google soon regarding an official announcement of the announcement.

Update:  It appears from the newly acquired shot, pulled from the video, that the quick settings are in fact not part of a double-pulldown menu. Also, thanks to one of our readers (Ronny), he was able to view the video before being pulled and confirmed that the quick settings are accessed via the notification pulldown through a separate icon, not through an additional pulldown.  Thanks, Ronny!


source:  Android Central

DLNA certification possibly outs smaller Note 10.1, Samsung GT-N5100

Smaller tablets seem to be all the rage these days. I think, for most part, they hit that form-factor sweet spot spanning price, usability, and functionality. Most smaller tablets lately are coming with beefy processors so it’s not like there’s a drop-off in performance.

Samsung seems to be going that route with their Note 10.1 if this information from DLNA certification services is accurate. Samsung’s smaller Note 10.1, the Samsung GT-N5100, would fit in that 7″-8″ category. It’ll purportedly have an HD display and rock the now-familiar EYNOS 4412 1.6 ghz quad-core. Does the idea of a smaller Note 10.1 excite anyone?


source:  SamMobile

Walmart Becomes Latest Retailer To List 32GB Nexus 7 For $249


OK OK— I’m sure you all are well-aware that the 32GB Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, but one retailer isn’t letting the crummy weather stop it from putting up some very important information for interested customers. Walmart has casually listed the 32GB Nexus 7 tablet in stock and is available for an expected price of $249. More eye-popping is the fact Walmart also has the 16GB Nexus 7 officially lowered in price to $199, which lines up with what we’ve seen in recent days. Oh and for those of you that care– there’s no listing of the 3G Nexus 7 just yet, but probably won’t hold our breath until Google decides when it wants to reschedule its Nexus event.



source: Phandroid

Huawei Announces Honor 2 Smartphone. Brings Quadcore Goodness This Time


Huawei is determined to gain major influence in the Android world and with that in mind, it has announced the Honor 2 smartphone. The device will come jam-packed with a ton of features including an in-house developed quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM, 8 gigs of onboard storage (sigh) and a superior 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 display with a snazzy 326 ppi. The device will be available for pre-order in China for 1,888 yuan (around $302 USD)— though there’s no indication of if or when the device will be released elsewhere.

I’m sure many of you are itching for more details, so you’ll find additional details once you hit the source link.

source: Engadget




Amazon touts Kindle Fire HD over iPad mini, declares more bang for your buck

With the iPad mini announcement creating a surgance in Kindle Fire HD sales for Amazon, it’s not surprising that the company would take advantage of these record-setting figures by comparing its 7-inch tablet against Apple’s new 7.9-inch miniature iPad.

To show the various reasons why a consumer may want to purchase Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD instead of Apple’s new iPad mini, the online retail giant has posted a side-by-side comparison of both devices. The list touts the Kindle Fire HD’s High-Definition display, dual stereo speakers and its faster MIMO Wi-Fi chip. Although, the most attractive detail is the fact that Amazon’s new tablet costs only $199, compared to the sizable $329 price tag on the iPad mini.

Source: Amazon
Via: DroidDog 

Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD security update to include Isis support

Yesterday we reported on Verizon’s and Motorola’s plans to roll out a security update for their Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD devices. Verizon updated their support page today with documents describing the update process and another that describes the benefits of the update. Today’s updates to the documents indicate a Google security patch will be installed. The updated documents also show support for the Isis Mobile Wallet will be included. The inclusion of Isis support really only helps customers in Salt Lake City, UT, or Austin, TX, as they are the only two locations where Isis is active. For everyone else, you will at least be ready to use Isis when it comes to your location.

The Verizon support page still indicates the update is “Coming Soon.” If you want to manually check to see if it is available, and perhaps become one of the first to receive the update, on your device go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Download to check. Verizon indicates the update is 6MB in size and should take 3-5 minutes to download and another 3-5 minutes to install.

source: Verizon

Office Depot outs 32GB Nexus 7 for $249,16GB Drops to $199

Hopefully all of these leaks will subside soon by default, if anything. Like you, we were looking forward to Google’s event on Monday to hopefully quash the many rumors out there and to officially announce what we may already know. Today’s unofficial “announcement” comes by way of Office Depot regarding the 32GB Nexus 7. Going up today on display at Office Depots is the 32GB Nexus 7 for $249, and also providing proof that the 16GB version will drop to $199. There you have it; a two-for-one as it were.

It goes without saying that we’re very anxious to see how the cancelled Google event affects news coming out of the Google camp. Was the LG Nexus supposed to be available on October 30th via the Play Store? Were they going to officially announce the 32GB Nexus 7? When was it supposed to be available on the Play Store? You’ve got to now wonder about the logistics of all of this. We’ll keep you posted for any official news regarding the Nexus 7.


source:  Droid Life

Original Asus Transformer Gets Experimental 3G/GSM on Jelly Bean


Android devices typically never get the kind of manufacturer support that we all want, and that’s the case with the original Transformer. The TF101 and its close cousin, the TF101G (which includes radios for 3G connectivity) have gotten ports of multiple, fully functional Jelly Bean ROMs. Unfortunately for the TF101G, the 3G radios aren’t functional in the ROMs developed for the TF101, and so anyone using those newer ROMs lose 3G functionality. And of course it’s not fair to give users the choice between losing features they paid for or staying on older software.

XDA, like always, to the rescue. One dev has figured out a way to get those 3G radios working on the TF101G. It’s still only an experimental build of Cyanogenmod 10, and it’s appropriately labeled a WIP, but if you’re the owner of a Transformer and you’re really missing 3G functionality on Jelly Bean, this is a great breakthrough for you. The dev is also planning on releasing source later for anyone to help out.

So if you’re feeling adventurous today, give the build a shot. The dev is asking for feedback, since it is still an experimental build that may have some bugs. But sometimes that’s the fun part of flashing, isn’t it?

Source: XDA