New Nexus 7 2013 Commercials Surface. Targets Procrastinating Students and K9 Lovers All Over The Globe (Video)

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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

Nexus 7 LTE 2013 receives surprise Android 4.3.1 update

 

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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!

Source: PhoneArena

Android tablet sales surpass Apple’s iPad for the first time ever in Q2 of 2013

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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

LTE Nexus 7 shows up on Best Buy’s site as ‘coming soon’

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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 contest gives away new Nexus 7s as part of Android 4.4 promotion

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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.

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Nexus 7 (2013) getting another minor update, could finally fix touchscreen issues

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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 4G LTE Nexus 7 now available for $249 on contract

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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

Verizon Wireless refuses to activate Nexus 7 LTE tablets

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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.”

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LTE model of new Nexus 7 released by Google to eight new markets

 

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In a Google+ post today, Google announced on their +Nexus page that the new Nexus 7 (LTE model) is now available in eight new markets from the Play Store. These locations include Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan and Korea.

Pricing is expected to be similar to the US pricing structure, and the device comes with a 1080p 7-inch LCD display, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 3,950mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities, NFC connectivity, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

If you’re from one of the above markets, will you be getting your hands on a new Nexus 7 anytime soon?

Source: Google Play

 

LTE-Ready Nexus 7 now available in the Play Store

t_mobile_lte_nexus 7Those of you who were waiting for the Nexus 7 with LTE are in luck. As of today, you can purchase Google’s 7-inch tablet for $349 via the Google Play Store. It’s compatible with all the major U.S. carriers, but T-Mobile is offering 2GB of free data for the first month as a promotion for their LTE network. The LTE Nexus 7 will also hit T-Mobile stores soon. As a reminder, the new Nexus features a 7″ Full HD display featuring 323ppi, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of storage all seamlessly connected to LTE.

You can order from the source link below. T-Mobile’s presser after the break

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