When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10.
It was back in September that consumers found out that Verizon wouldn’t issue new SIM cards for the Nexus 7 LTE tablet, even though it would work with an existing SIM taken from another device. Verizon’s response was that it wasn’t certified yet even though Google announced the tablet as compatible with the network. Still, Verizon said it would take about 8 weeks to get it certified. Well that was a long 8 weeks because it’s finally going to be available on Big Red this Thursday, February 13.
It will be priced at $349.99, but if you want to sign a two-year contract, you will get a measly $100 off the price bringing it to $249.99. Of course, if you already own the LTE version of the Nexus 7, you will be able to activate it with a new SIM card after a quick software update. Either way, you can add your existing or brand new Nexus 7 LTE to your Share Everything plan for $10 extra per month.
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
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.
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
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…
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?
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.
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 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.