A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices. » Read the rest
Flagship phones always get the center of attention, but lower-tier phones are growing in popularity, especially in developing countries. Over the last year there has been a trend in better quality low-tier phones, such as the Moto G. Now it looks like Google might have something in the works as well.
A report out of China has Google partnering with MediaTek for a very low-priced smartphone. Those of you that generally buy flagship phones are probably not familiar with MediaTek. Like Qualcomm, they are makers of mobile processors, but they are generally found on budget phones. This rumored phone is expected to sell for only $100.
This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks shared the Isai FL in blue.
Things get interesting thanks to the design of this device. Like the LG G2, the space between the display and the edge of the handset is very small. Also, LG’s rear buttons are back in action on this device. What is even more interesting is that the design language of this device is eerily similar to that of the Nexus 5. Just look at the shape and frame of this device. It closely resembles LG’s most recent Nexus. » Read the rest
We know a KitKat update is going to be announced soon, we just aren’t sure when. Thanks to Android Police, we also know that Google has begun the dogfooding phase for the 4.4.3 update on employees, which likely means the update will go live soon.
Now, dogfood testing typically means we’re still a few weeks away from an actual release, which gives Google time to sort out any last minute kinks in the software. The update has reportedly gone live for the main Nexus line, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10, but GPE devices and the Moto X are said to be on track for an internal update, as well. » Read the rest
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.
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New indications from Asian news source DigiTimes suggest Google is working on a 2014 Nexus device, the rumored Nexus 8, that will come with an 8.9-inch screen. The last two versions of the Nexus tablet from Google, in 2012 and 2013, have both been 7-inch devices. They have proven to be very popular, albeit sales of the 2013 version have been a bit disappointing, and helped drive the tablet market to the 7-inch class size. Meanwhile, larger tablets have lagged a bit, accounting for only 30% of the tablet market. Apparently Google thinks this move will help entice manufacturers to move to larger devices, even at the lower end of the range, as opposed to extremely large tablets. This move could also help differentiate tablets from phones as the line between them, at least based on size, continues to blur as phones get larger.
Earlier this year Samsung released several tablets in the large tablet category, including the recently released 12.2-inch Note Pro and Tab Pro devices. However, other manufacturers who had been looking at the extremely large tablet market have started to back off. Supposedly Apple was considering a 12.85-inch tablet, but that has now been scrapped. Meanwhile, Asus has delayed a 13.3-inch tablet. All these signs point to interest in extremely large tablets not being as large as expected.
Do you think 8.9-inches is a good choice for Google for their next Nexus tablet or should they have gone for some other size?
We’ve known Google has been working on a smartwatch for a while now, but we haven’t gotten a clear look at anything they’ve been planning. Now, thanks to Android Police, we’re getting a pretty decent glance at what Motorola was developing for Google prior to the Lenovo sale.
The images show a prototype smartwatch with Motorola branding on the front face of the device, as well as a volume rocker on the top of the screen and a back button below the screen. It had a rubberized wristband that also looked to be detachable. » Read the rest
HTC has never been successful when it comes to the tablet market. While the company has only made a few tablets, most notably the Flyer, it never made any ground in that area. In fact, because of this, the company pulled out of the tablet market altogether. However, it appears that HTC is looking to be getting back into the tablet game, and with the help of the Nexus program.
According to the Taiwanese Media, who’s cited the Taiwanese financial newspaper, The Commercial Times, HTC has won a bid to make a “high-end” Nexus tablet. The tablet is said to be shipping in the third quarter of this year. There isn’t any information as to if this will be the new Nexus 7, a new Nexus 10, or something new entirely. However, HTC isn’t new to the Nexus line as it was the company behind the first ever Nexus phone.
Of course all of this is speculation, but even so, a Nexus device with HTC’s premium design might be a dream come true. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
Now that Lenovo is set to acquire Motorola, everyone is wondering what’s going to happen with that new partnership. The latest leak comes from Eldar Murtazin, the same guy responsible for dropping the hint that Google would be ending the Nexus program.
Murtazin has tweeted that Lenovo will be responsible for making one of the last Nexus devices this year, and that it’s going to be aimed at the US market instead of Lenovo’s home market in China. Now, he only said Nexus “product” so while it’s obviously going to be some kind of electronic device, it could be a tablet, a phone, a follow-up to the Nexus Q, or anything else that Google might be wanting to try. Since Motorola doesn’t have much experience in the tablet space, I would think this means phone, but anything could happen.
Either way, we’re sure to start hearing rumors about Lenovo’s first phone with Motorola in a few months. Maybe we’ll hear more about Google extending the Nexus program, too.
Last year when Google introduced the first Google Play Edition (GPE) devices, many wondered if the Nexus line would be dead. Even yours truly made the prediction that we wouldn’t see a Nexus 5 phone, and of course, I was dead wrong. Well Eldar Murtazin sent out an interesting Tweet a few hours ago that stated that the Nexus line will end by 2015. He even went on to say that we can expect 2 or 3 devices this year, and that would be it.
Assuming this is true, why would Google wait that long to end the program? Why did they even bother releasing a Nexus 5? We all know that phones aren’t produced in 6 months. Between the design process, engineering, prototypes, and so on, it can take a couple of years. Google probably wanted to give those phones (and tablets) a chance rather than scrap them.