Google posts binaries and factory image for new Nexus 7, including controversial Qualcomm files

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Since officially releasing the Nexus 7 (2013), Google’s latest device has been receiving positive reviews in general. However, some issues have come up, like some GPS problems that Google is aware of and is working on a solution. Another problem that surfaced that has the potential to impact Android fans beyond those who own the new Nexus 7 have been issues revolving around the release of Qualcomm binaries for the device. The issue was so contentious, that Jean Baptiste-Queru went so far as to submit his resignation and walk away from the AOSP project due to the difficulties in getting factory images released. Apparently the bad press related to that was more than Google could fathom as they have now released the factory image and binaries, including the Qualcomm files in question.
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ASUS roadmap points to smartphone devices for U.S. market

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ASUS gave a presentation in France earlier today to discuss their roadmap for tablet and smartphone devices, including intentions to get into the U.S. market with their smartphone devices. Two slides from the presentation show the breakdown of devices in each class. Common to both smartphones and tablet devices is the MeMO line, with the MeMOFone HD 5 apparently headed to the U.S. market. Other smartphone devices include the PadFone Infinity, PadFone mini, FonePad HD 7 and FonePad Note FHD 6. The last item in that list appears to imply ASUS will be producing a stylus equipped device to compete in that market.
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New Nexus 7 gets an official release date in the UK

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We don’t need to speculate anymore as to when the new Nexus 7 will be released in the UK. It’s officially going to be August 28. The makers of the tablet, ASUS, had a press event in London and showed the above slide. It will be priced at £199 for the 16GB version and £239 for the 32GB version. If you’re really anxious, some stores will be open at midnight for the launch.

As you can also see, the slide shows us September 1st and September 6th release dates for the MeMo Pad HD 7 and the MeMO Pad FHD 10 respectively. The HD 7 will run £129 and the FHD 10 will set you back £299.

source: UnwiredView

Are you having GPS issues with the new Nexus 7? You’re not alone

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If you just picked up the new Nexus 7 and having problems with the GPS, you’re not alone. Many users are saying that it will get a satellite lock and work great, but at some point it will go back into a “searching” mode with the GPS icon blinking. The length of time that it’s locked in seems to be different for everyone. We have seen as low as 2 minutes and as high as 30 minutes. Rebooting can help, but not guaranteed.

The good news is that Google is aware of the issue and a fix is coming soon. Don’t ask me when because we don’t have a timetable just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long since Google is the one working on the fix.

Are any of you noticing the problem? I haven’t even attempted navigation with mine.

source: Google
via: PhoneArena

Change.org petitions pops up asking Qualcomm to allow Google to release Nexus 7 factory images

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By now I’m sure most of the Android community has heard about the difficulties Google is facing getting factory images available for their new Nexus 7 tablet and head of AOSP Jean-Baptiste Queru leaving the project altogether. Because Qualcomm refuses to allow Google to publish a factory image for the tablet because of proprietary binary code in it that Qualcomm doesn’t want the public to have.

In an attempt to remedy the situation, a Change.org petition has been started asking Qualcomm to let Google release those much desired factory images for their newest flagship tablet. Right now, it only has a few hundred signatures, and if it’s going to get any attention from a big company like Qualcomm, it’s going to need quite a few. Hit the link below to read it and put your name in the list.

source: Change.org

Nexus 7 tablet experiencing difficulties in getting factory images available for the masses, causing Jean Baptiste-Queru to give up and leave AOSP all together

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As excited as we are about the ushering of the new Nexus 7 tablet, there have been some quiet— but major technical snafus for the Android hardcore which has resulted in one of the most important pieces of the AOSP disappearing from the project all together. Tech stud Jean Baptiste-Queru officially confirmed the various rumors regarding his AOSP position and thus, confirmed that he was leaving everything all together because of his frustration with the difficulty of getting factory images for the newest Google tablet. Check out the following for his reasoning:

 

Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP.

 

There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.

 

The reasoning is certainly legit, but what’s really eye-opening is the part where he talks about a Google flagship device not being able to boot to the home screen because of the lack of GPU support. Android purists will recall that the Nexus 4— which also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip— originally didn’t have the factory image and source code released in full. Naturally the issues were addressed, but owners of the device weren’t able to enjoy the true Nexus experience since the source code/factory images couldn’t be modified. Now we’re going through the same exact issue as the Snapdragon-powered Nexus 7 doesn’t have the factory images available to the masses. Is it a coincidence that both devices that two Snapdragon-based Nexus devices have had factory image issues? Probably— but one thing’s definitely for sure: it’s certainly going to suck not having Jean Baptiste Queru for our AOSP needs. Hopefully the Android team will find some sort of fix or remedy for future Nexus devices.

source: Android and me

New Nexus 7 likely to ship 3.5 million units this year

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According to the latest snooping in the supply chain, ASUS is on track to ship roughly 3.5 million new Nexus 7 tablets this year. At first, that might seem like a great number for the remainder of the year, but when you consider that the first generation Nexus 7 has shipped over 6 million units and the second half of the year is generally always strongest for technology sales thanks to the holidays, that 3.5 million probably isn’t as high as it should be. Part of the reason is speculated to be that the device will never be available in China because of some Google/China disagreements, as well as some pretty stiff competition in the 7-inch tablet space.

Regardless, this will probably still be a hot ticket item around Christmas in the States this year.

source: DigiTimes

Android 4.3 support added by Nexus Root Toolkit, allows for easy root with low ‘bricking risk’

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The Nexus Root Toolkit is a really nice piece of software which will help you with pretty much all of your rooting needs for your Nexus device. Yesterday, the software added support for Android 4.3 as well as the new Nexus 7 tablet which is really good news for anyone looking to root their new device. The software will automatically download all the necessary files to carry out the operation, has the ability to bring your device back into stock form, features a backup tool which will backup all of your data in case of  a problem during the process, and can flash ZIM files, install applications, modify permissions, and more. Go grab it for free in the source link— donations are appreciated!

Source: WugFresh

Possible Key Lime Pie build spotted on Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 devices

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Over in Google’s Chromium bug tracker, an entry has shown up suggesting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie may already be running on some Nexus devices. The entry is included in a bug report regarding a notification the developers wanted to remove when a user is logging in to Chrome. In verifying the issue has been addressed, several devices are listed which have been tested and are working as intended. Even though the new Nexus 7 comes with the latest, greatest Android build, 4.3, the entries for the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 4 report the Android build number is KRS36B. For the other devices, a trio of Samsung units, the build numbers all start with the familiar letter J associated with Jelly Bean builds.

Could the build number starting with a K be an indication that Key Lime Pie is already running on devices within the halls of Google as a test platform for other apps or is this just a typo?

source: Chromium
via: Ausdroid

Asphalt 8: Airborne trailer surfaces, show some extremely impressive new gameplay

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Asphalt is an extremely popular racing franchise for mobile devices that’s really come close to blurring the lines between console gaming and mobile gaming in its last few iterations. Now that we’ve gotten a look at the trailer for Asphalt 8: Airborne, it’s safe to say that trend is going to continue.

The trailer shows off the stunning graphics that the series is known for, as well as a few new gameplay tricks, including launching your car off of objects on a track and pulling off stunts in the air. Realistic? Probably not. Awesome? Definitely. It’s also coming with a brand new physics engine, 180 events, and 47 cars to test drive. Pretty impressive for a mobile game, right? Also, if you’ve managed to pick up a new Nexus 7, Asphalt 8 is optimized to run on its uber-high-resolution screen. Excited yet? Check out the video below to really get a feel for what they’re adding.
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