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.
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
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
Office Depot has the 2013 Nexus 7 WiFi 16GB model for $179, which is a savings of $50 and a smoking hot deal. Back on Cyber Monday, refurbished models were selling for $169, so this is only $10 more for a brand new unit. They also have the 32GB version for $229, which is a $40 savings.
The best part of this deal is that it’s available online and in stores and NO coupons or coupon codes to deal with. The deal ends on December 21, but we can’t guarantee their inventory will last that long.
Unfortunately, if you desire the white 32GB version, you will have to pay full price from the Play Store, but don’t forget, Google has that Chromecast combo deal as well.
source: Office Depot - 16GB or 32GB
You say you decided to spring for the new white Nexus 7 or took advantage of Google’s bundle offer for a Nexus 7 and Chromecast device? Don’t forget to get some extra protection for your new tablet with a new Nexus 7 Folio. The case now listed in Google Play comes in black or red with a price tag of $49.99 in the U.S. The case is made from polycarbonate with elastomer. The bumper-style case has a trifold cover that gives users a couple different options for how the devices sits depending on how it is being used. Your Nexus 7 will also be able to tell when the case is opened or closed and will wake-up or sleep as appropriate. The case will work with wireless chargers as well.
To grab one, just hit the source link to head over to the Google Play store.
source: Google Play
Google is busy with new deals in the Google Play Store today, releasing some new devices and new versions of existing devices. However, if you have just been waiting to get your hands on a couple devices that have been around for a while, this new deal may just be for you. Google is offering a $35 credit for buyers of a Nexus 7 and a Chromecast device. Just for good measure, they are also throwing in free shipping.
The Nexus 7 and Chromecast must be submitted on the same order. Once the order ships, Google will send the information for buyers to claim their credit via email. The credit can be added to a Google Wallet account and must be added no later than March 31, 2014. If you are ready to place an order this combo of devices, just hit the source link. Act fast though, as Google does not indicate how long this particular promotion will last.
source: Google Play