The Nexus program is here to stay indefinitely. Android Silver, once seen as the Nexus program’s successor, has been shelved due to concern from within Google and its partners. The exact status of Android Silver is that it is “on hold,” according to The Information. So it looks like this fall will see the release of another Nexus phone alongside a tablet from the program.
At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.
Leaker TKTechNews has some interesting information regarding the upcoming Nexus device, including its name (the Nexus X) and some possible features. However, be warned that there are some inconsistencies between what TK is reporting, and what we’ve heard in the past (specifically regarding display size), so take all of this with a grain of salt. Hit the break for the juicy details.
We’ve seen a ton of devices with different model numbers that could end up being a Motorola Nexus 6, and today you can add the Moto XT1112 to that growing list. The XT1112 showed up in Zauba’s database, which is an import/export system that tracks devices coming in and out of India. Interestingly, though, the description for that particular model is “SHAMU PHONES (PROTOTYPE) (FOR DEMO PURPOSE) MOTOROLA XT1112″ which could just mean that particular model is the version that’s going to be sold in India. Or, it could be something else entirely. At this point it’s anyone’s guess.
It is expected that a Nexus tablet will arrive this fall to coincide with the release of Android L. We have seen it referred to as Flounder, Volantis, and Nexus 9. The tablet, regardless of what you call it, is widely expected to be manufactured by HTC and a tablet matching its profile has received WiFi certification on August 15.
The certification is filed under the “Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)” section rather than WiFi-only. This means that Google is presumably going to carry both a WiFi version and an LTE-ready version. Here, have multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) and that likely confirms the different various; however, it could also indicate a choice of color or storage for this Nexus device.
Source: Wi-Fi Alliance [PDF Download Link]
It’s no secret now that Motorola will be responsible for the upcoming Nexus 6 phone, which is starting to look like a beast (specs-wise) of a device — something rarely seen in Nexus devices.
This new Motorola device, which is currently going by the codename “Shamu,” will apparently be called the “Moto S” once is comes to market.
Because this device (according to the photo at the top) seems like it’ll be branded as the Moto S, we believe that this could be the first Android Silver device, and not necessarily a Nexus phone, but there’s more to come on that for sure, so stay tuned.
The phone, which is looking to be a Verizon exclusive (for now), has some conflicting reports on specs, but some remain constant. Hit the break for all the details.
Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.
The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
Google appears to be working on a new method to custom accessories for Nexus devices that is currently dubbed Google Workshop. From the looks of it, Google may have learned a few things from their Motorola experiment, including the Moto Maker platform for creating customized Moto X devices. Google Workshop takes some of those same concepts and applies them to the production of cases and live wallpapers for the Nexus 5. It is unclear whether it would expand to other devices if it goes live.
Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here.
Earlier today, Google sent some people into a frenzy thinking that the Nexus 9 (codenamed Volantis) was teased. On the Google+ account for Think With Google, the image above was posted. It looks very much like the 4:3 aspect ratio that the upcoming 8.9-inch tablet is expected to have. It turns out, though, that image is merely a stock one obtained through Shutterstock. So there is actually nothing to see here except an image featuring a dummy tablet with some summer items.