Remember the Nexus 7 debacle from September? In a nutshell, Verizon refused to activate the 2013 Nexus 7 claiming it wasn’t “certified” yet. The only problem was that it’s compatible with the carrier and works with any other SIM card that was previously activated. The issue was that Verizon refused to activate new SIM cards. At that time, Verizon did say they were working on “certifying” it. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks, which just so happens to be right about now.
One of our favorite leakers, @evleaks, just tweeted, “Nexus 7 headed to Verizon.” Unfortunately no word on when, but we can only assume this tweet means it’s really close since the certification process should be just about completed. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear more.
It would appear that Verizon is looking to claim its small stake in the affordable tablet market with its new announcement of the “Ellipsis 7“. The Ellipsis 7 tab is the company’s new device hoping to compete with popular small tabs such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX. Specs include a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8 gig’s of on-board storage and a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU from an unknown manufacturer. The device will be sold as the company’s very own tablet and first in the line of “Ellipsis” devices. It will also sport LTE connectivity and a front facing camera for video chats. It’s been also said the device will be running an OS version close to stock Jelly Bean and confirmed to hit stores on November 7th for $249.99 with no contract.
Only time will tell whether or not the tab can quickly gain ground over Apple and Samsung products, though it’s highly unlikely. Big Red will also include its RedBox Instant streaming service with the package to sweeten the pot a little. We’re sure, being the “first in the Ellipsis family…’ we’ll see another device between 8-10-inches assuming the 7-inch device does well. Do you think this device has what it takes to compete in the already crowded tablet market? Check out Verizon’s page via the source link for more details on the product and if you happen to snatch one up on opening day let us know what you think in the comments below. Read more
Verizon has had some major issues with carrying feature Android devices in the past. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus took forever to hit the market because of Verizon’s long software review process, and the Nexus 4 didn’t even support LTE in a world where pretty much every new device had LTE capabilities. Then there was the whole Nexus 7 controversy. It was initially announced that Verizon would be supporting the tablet at I/O 2013, but the carrier later said it wouldn’t be supported, and refused to activate the tablet after launch. After an enormous amount of customer complaints, Verizon said that it would be supported soon. (So we know it wasn’t a matter of it being possible or not, it was purely a business decision.)
Today, Google’s Sundar Pichai said that the Nexus 5 will not be on Verizon— it will, however, run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s network. (AT&T not yet known.)
However, Pichai did say that Google is working with Verizon on a set of projects for 2014. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but hopefully it’s a Verizon version of the Nexus 5, or maybe even a Verizon Nexus 7— maybe even an entirely new device.
Source: The Verge
Wireless charging isn’t anything new when it comes to Nexus devices, and Google-branded charging pads aren’t anything new either— the Nexus 4 launched with a dock/charger for the device last year.
But this year, Google has redesigned its wireless charging pad, changing up its design and adding magnets for improved device stability.
The charger is also glossy on top, and no longer features a sticky, dust-collecting rubber finish. The new model is compatible with both the Nexus 5 and the new Nexus 7.
It’s also expected that Qi-compatible devices will also work with the pad (last year’s Nexus 4), but only phones with magnets inside of them will actually stick to the charger.
The device should be available on the Play Store online today, but pricing and shipping availability information is not yet available.
Hit the break for info on new cases from Google and LG.
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