Android 5.0.1 was pushed to AOSP last night with factory images posted for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10. We are sure this update fixes a slew of bugs, but a couple of notable ones include a factory reset bug as well as a video playback issue on the Nexus 7.
The factory reset bug involves the lock screen in that it could automatically trigger a factory reset. As you might know, if you have a security lock screen, you can configure it to wipe the device after a certain amount of failed attempts. The initial Lollipop update had a bug in that just tapping the device was recorded as a failure when utilizing the Pattern unlock method. This is an unlikely situation for most people, but nobody wants to reset their device accidentally.
If you own a Nexus tablet, you might want to check out Google’s latest factory image page. The WiFi versions of the 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and brand new Nexus 10 all have official factory images for Android 5.0.1 available to flash. This should be the start of a gradual rollout to all Nexus devices, but the tablets are getting the first crack at the incremental update.
If you need help installing the factory images on your device, you can find our guide here.
T-Mobile has announced that it will soon start stocking the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S in stores for customers to add to their mobile plans. The tablet will be available for $0 down and will cost $27.08 per month for 24 months, putting you at about $650 for the LTE-enabled tablet.
The Nexus 9 with LTE was announced at the same time as the WiFi version, but no release date was given, other than “later this year.” According to Swedish site netonnet.se, they will be getting stock in on December 4 and will start to fulfill pre-orders.
Still no official word from Google, but we have to be pretty close now that product is starting to roll.
As of yesterday, Android 5.0 is rolling out to LG G Pad owners for the Google Play Edition.
Google is offering sales and deals all over its website, from Nexus devices to watches, to even Nest.
In the rush to be an early adopter of the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, some buyers discovered some quality issues with the HTC built tablet. Despite their struggles in the market, HTC generally has been viewed as a manufacturer of quality devices, so the shortcomings were probably unwelcome news for HTC executives. Based on a new post on reddit, it looks like HTC has stepped up to address at least some of the problems for buyers.
One of the issues that was identified was a problem with the volume and power buttons on the edge of the Nexus 9. Some users were reporting the buttons were difficult to press apparently because they were sitting too far in the device relative to the chassis. The reddit user who posted up the image above shows how HTC has made sure the buttons are raised up higher.
Another issue for the same reddit user, along with other early buyers, was excessive light bleed from the display. Reports indicate this was improved, though not eliminated, in the replacement unit provided by HTC.
Amazon’s having their Thanksgiving sale scattered through the week, and it’s the Nexus 9′s turn. Amazon is slashing prices of all of the models of the tablets by $50, bringing the price of the 16 GB version to $349.99, and the 32 GB version to $429.99. Both have free shipping with Amazon Prime.
You can check out the deal via the Amazon source link below.
Two low-cost tablets from Amazon just became even cheaper. The Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 normally cost $99 and $139, respectively. Just in time for the holidays, the two now have price tags of $79 and $109. Giving the gift of an Amazon product is valuable due to the core services built around them. Thousands of applications, movies, and television shows are available alongside the traditional Amazon shopping hub. Of course, it has the Kindle name and at its roots are a premium reading experience.
[Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6] [Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7]
How about a deal that tackles two device categories with one excellent price? That is what Expansys has going on right now. For $179, customers can take home the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 from 2012. The price reflects a discount of 28% (or $70).
They are devices from two generations ago, but Android 5.0 Lollipop is available to them. This would make an excellent gift for people that are just getting started with a phone and tablet. Or you can just keep it for yourself! We won’t tell anyone.