Nexus 7 with 4G LTE coming to Verizon next week

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Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.

There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.

Source: Droid Life

Nexus 8 could arrive in April due to disappointing Nexus 7 2013 sales

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The rumored Nexus 8 could arrive sooner than expected. Rumors have the 8 inch tablet pegged as arriving mid 2014, but as Nexus 7 numbers continue to disappoint, that time frame has been moved up. The lack of sales appears to stem from a combination of bigger phone displays and other similar sized tablets. With phablets blurring the lines between bigger smartphones and smaller tablets, the need for smaller sized tablets has been decreasing.

According to DigiTimes, the Asus made tablet is expected to ship two million units starting out and should arrive at the end of April. Even though it’s rumored that HTC has won the bid for a new Nexus tablet it looks like Asus will be making this one.

source: DigiTimes

[Deal] 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases via Google Play

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For a limited time you can get 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases from the Google Play Store. These include The Nexus 5 Bumper Case ($26.24), LG QuickCover for the Nexus 5 ($37.49), Nexus 7 sleeve ($22.49), Nexus 7 Folio (out of stock), and Nexus 7 case ($37.49).

You don’t need to enter a coupon code or any other funny business. The discounted prices are already reflected when you add them to your cart. Google is saying this is for a limited time, but we don’t know for how long, so don’t hesitate.

source: Google Play

Image of Verizon’s Nexus 7 leaks, there really is no branding (finally)

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Yesterday, @evleaks let the world know that the Nexus 7 “is about to be added to the Verizon lineup” very soon. He also said that it would not have any Verizon branding. Well, it is true. He tweeted the image above and there really is no branding from Big Red. It doesn’t even look like Verizon’s 4G LTE icon is present. A great sign for their customers. Now, if only we knew what Google and Verizon are working on for this year… » Read the rest

Latest leak says Nexus 7 finally ready to debut on Verizon

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While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.

Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.

Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?

source: @evleaks

Support for Ubuntu Touch ending on Galaxy Nexus, 2012 Nexus 7, Nexus 10— Nexus 5 support will not come

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Ubuntu Touch, the popular operating system’s mobile version, will be stopping support on several high-end Nexus devices— the 2012 Nexus 7, the Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu, hopes to scale down focus in order to improve Ubuntu’s current version, 14.04. Making one operating system work seamlessly on multiple devices is a lot of work, and for a project so early in its life, this may be a good idea.

Plans for support on the Nexus 5 have also not been announced, so don’t expect that to come any time soon either.

Although support is being dropped in the short term, this marks an effort by Canonical to continue pushing for the long-term growth of Ubuntu Touch. The more solid and stable the product, the better.

Source: LaunchPad

Best Buy offering $30 discount and $25 Google Play gift card with Nexus 7 purchase

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Best Buy has a belated Christmas present for us. The electronics superstore is offering the Nexus 7 at just $199, which is $30 off the suggested retail price. That’s not all though, as the store is also giving buyers a free $25 Google Play gift card to go along with their new tablet. The deal is just for the 16GB device, as the 32GB device is still running at its full price of $269.

As a reminder, the Nexus 7 has a 7-inch LCD screen Android 4.4, 16GB of internal storage an a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. It’s unclear just how long this deal will last, so hop on it fast, via the source link, if you’re interested.

Source: Best Buy

Nexus devices still suffering from several Bluetooth bugs

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Nexus devices are great. They get software updates directly from Google very soon after the new versions of Android are made available. The downside of that is that newer versions of Android aren’t always bug-free. We’ve seen Google push out minor updates to Android 4.4 right after release to fix a small number of bugs, but it looks like there are still a handful of issues surrounding Android’s Bluetooth stack that was introduced in 4.2 to replace the older, less-functional stack in prior versions of Android. » Read the rest

Google adds several products from Play Store to Shopping Express service, guarantees Christmas delivery

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If you’ve accidentally put off your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you’ll be happy to know Google is trying to lend a hand to the late shoppers. Thanks to Google’s Shopping Express service, you’ll be able to get a handful of Google Play products delivered before Christmas. In fact, anything ordered up until 5 PM on Christmas Eve is guaranteed to make it to your home in time for Santa to stop by.

There are a few catches here, obviously. First off, Google only offers the service in a select few areas, namely in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Anywhere else in the US, and you can’t take advantage of the service. Secondly, Google isn’t offering everything in the Play Store. You’ll be able to pick up a few things like a Chromecast or a Nexus 7 tablet, but selection is pretty limited based on stock availability. Right now, the Chromecast, 16 GB Nexus 7, 32 GB Nexus 10, and white Nexus 7 folio case are available, but that will likely fluctuate a bit until Christmas.

source: Google Commerce Blog

Need to get something from the Play Store by Christmas? Standard shipping eligible by noon Monday

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If you are on the verge of picking up something from the Google Play Store, do it fast. Standard shipping can score you certain items you would like by Christmas. But, you have deadline. Monday, December 16, at noon. Items listed are the Nexus 7 (white too), Nexus 10, Chromecast, and some cases and a wireless charger. It is likely limited to just these items; therefore, if you’re picking up a Nexus 5, you likely won’t be able to take advantage of this. And, of course, you can still choose rush shipping to ensure a timely delivery. Hit the source link to see all of the items listed.

Source: Play Store