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.
Today Google posted the Android 4.4.4 factory images for a number of the Nexus devices. The news is fairly unexpected, especially after the recent and highly publicized release of Android 4.4.3.
In fact, it seems that the release is to patch up a security flaw that appears in Android 4.4.3. The flaw is essentially an OpenSSL bug that allows a man-in-the-middle attack, similarly but different from Heartbleed.
Experiencing problems with the Android 4.4.3 update on your Nexus device? You are not alone. While just about every Nexus device with the update is being affected by bugs, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have apparently been hit the hardest. Issues being reported included WiFi connection drops and lagging within the Dialer app. The Nexus 4′s rebooting issue has even returned despite supposedly being fixed with the update. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are also experiencing issues in the form of battery life and notification woes.
Hopefully Google moves quickly and releases a patch or promises some changes with the next version of Android. That could be a long wait, though, as Google I/O is just over one week away. Some of these issues are not minor.
Source: Android Origin
T-Mobile recently tipped off the media that the Android 4.4.3 factory image would be released to Nexus devices, and it looks like that tip-off was right. Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries pages. You can hit the source link to download it for yourself, or you can wait for the over the air update.
Source: Google (Factory Images), Google (Binaries)
Next Friday, a slew of Nexus devices could be getting a software update. The next version of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, will allegedly be pushed to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 on May 23. While this update will likely bring minor changes, Google is bound to be cooking something for I/O next month. So we will just have to wait and see.
Be sure to let us know next week if you get the update.
Source: Android Geeks
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
Last week, reports indicated that HTC would be making a high-end Nexus tablet this year, and today we are getting a little more information. According to DigiTimes, HTC will be making the Nexus 10 followup. Now last week’s report indicated that whatever HTC was working on, it would not come until the 3rd quarter. If it’s really the Nexus 10, that is a little surprising since it would be close to 2 years from the original Nexus 10 launch.
Unfortunately DigiTimes didn’t offer a timetable, but they did offer something else quite interesting in that apparently HTC was offered the original Nexus 7, but they turned it down. At that time, HTC had taken themselves out of the tablet market. The HTC Flyer (pictured above) was their last tablet.
Earlier today, Twitter’s @evleaks posted the image of above, seemingly the new Nexus 10 tablet (although he could not verify). Alongside the image were some specifications that would be included in the Samsung-made tablet. They include Samsung’s Exynos 5 processor with 3GB of RAM, 5MP rear / 3MP front cameras, and a display with 2560×1600 pixels. Incredible, right?
However, the tweet was shortly pulled and @evleaks wanted to clear something up. Apparently the information made its way to “multiple publications, along with slightly differing ‘corroborating evidence’” and thus deeming that “signs of a hoax.”
Nothing to see here, folks. Move on with your day.
Ubuntu Touch, the popular operating system’s mobile version, will be stopping support on several high-end Nexus devices— the 2012 Nexus 7, the Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu, hopes to scale down focus in order to improve Ubuntu’s current version, 14.04. Making one operating system work seamlessly on multiple devices is a lot of work, and for a project so early in its life, this may be a good idea.
Plans for support on the Nexus 5 have also not been announced, so don’t expect that to come any time soon either.
Although support is being dropped in the short term, this marks an effort by Canonical to continue pushing for the long-term growth of Ubuntu Touch. The more solid and stable the product, the better.
Traditionally, Google doesn’t usually announce Nexus devices at CES, but that could change this year. DigiTimes is reporting that the new Nexus 10 could be unveiled next week at CES. The new Nexus 10 will be manufactured by Samsung and could sport an AMOLED display. We might also see other Samsung tablets as well.
We are only a few days from the biggest tech event of the year, so we don’t have to wait too long to find out if this rumor is true.