Android 4.4.3 could be dropping today

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We already know that Google is readying an update (4.4.3) to squash a number of bugs. The only question is when will will land? Well that day just might be today.

Turns out that Sprint has announced an update to their version of the Nexus 5. This update (KTU48F) does bring Sprint Spark bands 26 and 41 to the phone, but it doesn’t appear that’s all. There is no changelog yet, but “miscellaneous Android updates” were mentioned.

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Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off

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Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.

Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.

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Nexus 5 and 7 now available in 20 total countries

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Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TAGoogle’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.

The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.

Source: Google Play Support

 

Nexus 5 has low-core functionality for “always-on listening” voice recognition

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If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.

However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.

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Nexus 5 camera is causing battery drain, fix on the way

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A lot of people have been complaining about their battery discharging a little too fast on the Nexus 5 ever since the 4.4.2 update. It appears the culprit is the camera, and more specifically mm-qcamera-daemon. It causes the CPU to run more than needed, which subsequently causes the battery to drain quicker. It seems as if other third party apps like Skype is accessing the camera too often. However, the problem isn’t with Skype or other third party apps. It’s something Google needs to fix.

If you have noticed your battery draining quicker than normal, you can head over to Settings/Battery and see if mm-qcamera-daemon is listed. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything you can do to alleviate the situation other than doing a reboot, which is basically like taking an aspirin since the issue will come back. You can also look to uninstall any apps that utilize the camera, but then again, if you make use of those apps a lot, that might be difficult.

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Win a red Google Nexus 5 by telling Google what you’re passionate about

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, Google is giving away the chance to win a red Google Nexus 5! All you have to do is tell Google what or who you love by submitting a picture of a person, place or thing.

To enter the competition you must be over the age of 18, live in the US, and submit an image that qualifies. If you meet those requirements you can head over to the official contest page to submit your entry. You also should share your photo on your preferred social media site with the tag #iheartred. You could also win $25 in Play Store credit.

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It’s real – red Nexus 5 now available in Google Play Store

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With all of the leaked images showing up, it was looking more and more like the red Nexus 5 was a real product getting ready to hit the Google Play store. True to the predictions of various tipsters, the device has shown up in the Google Play Store today. Like its black and white counterparts, the red version of the Nexus 5 will set you back $349 for a 16GB model or $399 for a 32GB model. The Google Play Store currently lists the device as in stock and ready to ship within 1-2 business days. » Read the rest

Press image of red Nexus 5 appears online, could launch Feb. 4 on Google Play

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This could either be the biggest hoax in the history of smartphone rumors or it could be just a simple expansion of color options from a popular smartphone— either way, the red Nexus 5 rumors are going to keep coming.

@evleaks just tweeted out a press render of a red Nexus 5— it looks pretty legit, but there are also some pretty legit Photoshop experts out there as well. The new color may be available on Google Play on Feb. 4 (next week), so we’ll just have to wait and see for confirmation.

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Google has a strong Q4 thanks to big sales from Chromecast, Nexus 5, and the Play Store

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Google’s fourth quarter earnings are in, and they look pretty good. Despite rumors swirling around about Google cancelling the Nexus line, Google says the Nexus 5 was a very strong performer for the company. The Nexus 5 and Chromecast built a lot of good momentum for the company, and although the search giant didn’t disclose exact numbers, it’s pretty clear they turned a profit. Google did note that the Chromecast was their best selling product during Q4.

The Play Store was also a very strong revenue driver for Google, which were likely helped out by the Chromecast’s huge numbers. Chromebook sales through the Play Store weren’t great, but most of those are sold through places like Amazon and Best Buy. » Read the rest

Internal Sprint documents suggest red Nexus 5 coming to Play Store on Feb. 4

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An internal Sprint document notes that a red Nexus 5 will be available through the Google Play store on Feb. 4.

We’ve already seen plenty of fake colored Nexus rumors, and plenty of ones that also seemed very real (and here). There’s definitely more to come on this, so stay tuned for now.

Source: Android Central