It’s all but confirmed that Android 4.4 and the new Nexus 5 phone will be announced tomorrow, on Halloween. A fitting date for the launch of the ‘Kit Kat’ OS.
We’re likely to see some changes on the Google Play website once both are announced, but for now, we’re actually seeing some differences in the Devices section UI of the site.
The site offers a series of drop-downs on the Nexus 7 page which will allow customers to select specifics about the device they’re about to purchase, including internal memory and connectivity.
This marks a pretty good improvement, making it easier for customers to see exactly what they’re buying, and feel more comfortable and confident in their choices.
One year has passed since Sandy destroyed parts of the East Coast, and now that efforts have been put together to help in the cleanup of the areas affected, Google has decided to do their part.
The company has donated 17,000 Nexus 7’s to New Yorkers affected by the storm, and are being placed in libraries, senior centers, businesses, and community centers. They will be used to support multiple programs, including those outlined by Governor Cuomo earlier in the week:
We’re starting to see a couple of new Nexus 7 2013 edition commercials surface for everyone’s favorite Google tablet on a budget. And like previous commercials for any Google device, they’re targeting the heart. The first ad reveals what appears to be a college student about to perform an all night cram session for a biology exam. The commercial conveniently touts Google’s new text book rental service while also showing off its ability to provide our everyday standard services we’ve come to love, such as, looking for 24 hour coffee shops (been there!). The second ad officially aims for the sweet spot as well as the student’s mother hits him up to let him know man’s best friend at home isn’t feeling too well. The kid instantly high-tails it home providing a glance of what Google Now can really do. The app warns him of a storm coming and alerts him that his flight is canceled as a result. He then leaves his re-route home at the mercy of Google Now, which seamlessly recommends an express train home. Not bad for a quick 15 and 30 second spot. As you can see, in typical Google fashion, it only took a few seconds to show off the powerful combination of software and hardware the device provides. So, the only question left is, are you getting one? Check out the commercial spots below and let us know what you think. Read more
The Nexus 7 LTE 2013 is receiving a surprise update bringing it to Android 4.3 .1. It’s most likely an update with bug-fixes and patches, however Google had updated the non LTE version a few times with bug-fixes and had not changed the version number, so this is a bit odd. There might be more to this update than we currently know.
The update is OTA obviously, so if you haven’t received it yet, you will soon. Be patient!
Android tablets have finally joined their phone counterpart up top. According to ABI Research, tablets running Android outsold Apple’s iPad in Q2 of 2013. Revenue for the entire tablet market hit $12.7 billion in that quarter. Since the same quarter of 2012, there was a 23% surge year-over-year.
While there isn’t much information on the Android manufacturers, it is easy to understand why Apple has been overthrown (for now). The research firm explains that smaller tablets around the 7 or 8-inch mark have been selling the most. Across the board, many companies have been aiming at this size. Amazon’s Kindle Fire line ranges from 7 to 8.9-inches while Samsung has been pumping out tablets endlessly. Also, Google refreshed their Nexus 7 with the latest specs. Even NVIDIA is in pursuit of some market share. Clearly consumers have taken to the smaller form-factor and lower prices.
Source: ABI Research
While Verizon’s LTE Nexus 7 is still awaiting certification, AT&T’s may be on its way. Retailer Best Buy has posted a listing on their website for the device and much like the LTE edition on Google Play, the Nexus 7 is priced at $349.99 for 32GB. Where things become interesting is under the device’s description. It reads “Tablet sold inactivated. Activation done in-store. Carriers Offered: AT&T.” As to when this LTE Nexus 7 could become available is unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know.
Source: Best Buy
KitKat recently released a video showing a contest they held which involved winners sitting on a KitKat-branded bench at a certain time in order to win a Nexus 7. Great idea by the company, as they continue to do their part to market the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS. It’s a pretty simple concept, although the video may have overdone it a bit. Check it out for yourself below.
A minor update is rolling out to Nexus 7 (2013) owners. The build is JSS15R and it’s 8MB in size. We don’t have a changelog, but we are assuming it is for a few bug fixes and/or security updates. We are also hopeful that this update will finally fix the touchscreen issues that many of you are having, including myself. As usual, the update is rolling out gradually, so it might take a couple of days until you get it. Let us know if your touchscreen issues are gone for good.
source: Android Authority
AT&T announced today that 4G LTE will be available for Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Unlike the 32GB models from Google, this version comes with an AT&T 4G LTE SIM card. Besides that, all specs are identical to other versions – it has a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 with AT&T 4G LTE is currently available via the Google Play Store for $349. If you decide to sign a two year contract before the end of the year, however, AT&T will give you “a $100 AT&T bill credit,” bringing the final price down to $249.
Source: AT&T Consumer Blog
The Nexus 7 LTE is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, but unfortunately Verizon is looking the other way because it’s not part of their current device lineup. News of this broke quickly once Jeff Jarvis, co-host of This Week in Google, was denied an activation. He took to Twitter and said, “Knock, knock, @VZWSupport, is anybody there? I’m trying to give you money. You’re making it hard. No, impossible.” Verizon’s response was, “I’m excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our lineup and can’t be activated ^JH.”