Google’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.
The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.
Source: Google Play Support
Xiaomi has released its MIUI Android ROM which supports tablet devices. The ROM is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7.
The company said that this isn’t just based on the MIUI V5 software, but is a completely revamped software with native apps, system menus and new screen animations suited for both screen orientations.
Verizon is making the Nexus 7 tablet from Google available for only $49.99 to users willing to sign-up for a 2-year agreement. That may be a good deal for users short on cash, although it is unclear just how much savings, if any, the deal represents. Verizon is also offering the Nexus 7 for $349.99 off contract, the same price that the device can be purchased from Google Play.
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The 2013 model of the Google Nexus 7 was released way back in July, but Asus has just released both wired and wireless docks for the device. Although there are already a number of third party docks on the market, many people have likely been waiting for the official Asus ones.
Both docks can be purchased from a number of different retailers, including Amazon. While they both certainly look pretty nice, they come at a price, with the wired one costing $50 and the wireless one coming in at $90.
This may seem like a lot of money, especially when you consider the fact that many third part docks come in at around half that price, however a lot can be said about the quality and reliability of official accessories.
Source: Amazon (Wireless) and Amazon (Wired)
While the Nexus 7 LTE is coming to Verizon tomorrow, that doesn’t mean other LTE models cannot be used with Big Red’s network. A software update is currently rolling out to Nexus 7 LTE owners that adds “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” The exact build number for this update is KVT49L. If you are going to purchase the Nexus 7 LTE from Verizon, it will cost $349.99 or $249.99 with a new two-year contract.
Via: Droid Life
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. Read more
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.