Nexus tablets get the software
Even as many wait for Android 5.0 from their carrier — which can take several weeks after Google provides the software — Android 5.0.1 is here now for three Nexus tablets with phones surely to follow.
According to a tweet sent by the official Android account, Lollipop has started rolling out to “most Nexus devices.”
Google announced the start of its Android 5.0 rollout to Nexus devices on Monday but it hasn’t happened yet. A Wi-Fi bug on the Nexus 5 may be the culprit. Now that it’s fixed, the software could start flowing.
Android Lollipop, the latest major version of Google’s mobile operating system, isn’t just for new devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus…
Google added the Nexus 9 to the Play Store earlier today. Surprisingly, it also stopped selling the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, which are still available from other retailers.
While the Nexus 7 and its 16:10 aspect ratio is great for content consumption, it’s not ideal for productivity in landscape mode. Perhaps that’s why Google may make the Nexus 9 with a 4:3 aspect and an optional keyboard folio case.
Some readers might be surprised to learn that I use Android, not just iOS.
For now only the Nexus 5 and latest Nexus 7 tablets can run the developer preview of Android L. That could change soon though as Google updated binaries for older Nexus devices, such as the Nexus 4, 2012 Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
Google is providing Android L software images for the Nexus 5 and 7 devices. But what if you don’t want to flash your device with beta software or you don’t have a Nexus? Here’s a way you can run Android L on your computer now.
Typically a product that shows nothing but yearly growth, Apple’s iPad slipped in sales this past quarter, marking otherwise excellent results. Was the drop due to inventory management as Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
More than one out of two people browsing the web in North America on an Android device do so on on a Samsung. The company picked up usage share according to Chitika, while HTC and Motorola declined.
Google’s Nexus 7 debuted last July with a Wi-Fi model, followed by an LTE version. It’s only now that Verizon is selling the device as it took six months to certify the tablet for the carrier’s LTE network.
News of KitKat coming to more Galaxy Note 3 handsets is a good thing, unless you use a third-party case, that is. Asus showed off a pair of Nexus 7 docks while the Galaxy S5 home screen may have leaked, looking very different.
A pair of docks for the 2013 edition Nexus 7 tablet now appear on the Asus site. Both charge the slate and let you use the tablet in either portrait or landscape but one charges wirelessly using the Qi standard.
Google has launched a same-day delivery service in the Bay Area that can bring a Chromecast, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 to your door in less than 24 hours.
Office Depot is selling the new Nexus 7 for as little as $179.
For a limited time, when you buy a Nexus 7 from Google Play online, you’ll get a $25 credit to the Google Play app store.
Can you live a happy “Google” life in iOS? Now more than ever, the answer is yes. For that reason, and because I get a superset of content options in iOS not found on other platforms, I sold the Nexus 7 for an iPad Air.
You won’t find a deal on a 7-inch tablet much better than this: GameStop is offering the 32GB 2012 Nexus 7 with for just $99.
Which flagship tablet has the best touchscreen when it comes to responsiveness? Apple takes the crown with the new Nexus 7 twice as slow. We’re talking about milliseconds though, so most users won’t likely notice.
Consumers have never had more tablet options and more reasonable prices for slates. With so many manufacturers in the game, it comes down to which platform and ecosystem you prefer and which tablet maker you trust to make a good product.
Want a little LTE in that Nexus 7? You can have it for $349, which includes 32 GB of storage. Oh, and T-Mobile is throwing in a SIM card with a free month of LTE service up to 2 GB. Smart move.
The Nexus 4 smartphone is now so much of a bargain as to be a no-brainer — as long as you’re happy to live without 4G. Meanwhile, the revamped Nexus 7 tablet is now available in Europe and elsewhere.
Sprint will offer Samsung’s new hybrid slate/phone with an unlimited data plan. That raises an interesting question: Is the old carrier dichotomy between smartphones and tablets breaking down?
Has your old Nexus 7 gotten slower over time? Before you toss it in a closet or upgrade to a new model, consider upgrading to Android 4.3 first. It includes a fix for non-optimized flash memory that slowed down your tablet.
A wild week is summed up in three podcasts: Google takes on the Apple TV and iPad mini while Apple reports earnings, as the team behind Twine creates another smart device: This time, it’s a thermometer.
After months of leaked images, specs and information, this week finally saw the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3. So what are they like? Pretty impressive and worth the wait based on my first look.
There’s no need to wait until next week to get a new Nexus 7: Best Buy has them in stock and is making them available now. Starting at $229, this Android 4.3 tablet is a nice improvement over last year’s model.
Google’s new Nexus 7 is here and the new screen has already impressed me. How does the rest of the tablet stack up? Here are my first impressions of the new small slate, which starts at $229.
So much for surprises at breakfast with Sundar: Best Buy is already taking orders for the new Nexus 7 on its website, complete with full specifications. With the tablet, Google beats Apple in releasing a small slate with Retina-quality display.
In advance of a planned Google even this Wednesday, leaks of an updated Nexus 7 continue to appear. This time its a Best Buy ad slated for next week, showing a $229 Nexus 7 with 1920 x 1200 display.
Rumors of a new Nexus 7 tablet in July look to be confirmed by two bits of evidence: A video look at what may be a prototype of Google’s small slate and retail inventory tips. Google is also holding a press event next week.
For a company that knows mobile is big business, the HP Slate 7 seems like a half-hearted experiment more than a big effort to compete in this market. The tablet is now just $139, but still not a compelling purchase.
First came the “phablet”, now we have the “phomera”: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom is part point-and-shoot with 10x optical zoom and part smartphone. A new Nexus 7 looks to be coming soon as does the HTC One Mini, perhaps by August.
After a trail of breadcrumb evidence, an FCC certification report indicates that a new Nexus 7 is on the way. The device forgoes an Nvidia chip for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S600.
Google’s Nexus 7 is nearly a year old and likely due for a refresh but didn’t make an appearance at Google I/O. Based on a Bluetooth certification this week, it looks like a new Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 is on the way.
With no refresh of the $199 Nexus 7, the latest Android tablet from Hisense is worth a look. It has nearly all of the same hardware features as Google’s tablet, plus a few more, but costs $50 less.
The expectations of a new Nexus 7 keep rising. This week an analyst notes that Google will use a 1920 x 1200 display and Snapdragon 600 chip for an updated small tablet.
You can finally buy an HP Slate 7 in the U.S. for $169.99, but will you? I think it’s a tough sell for HP when the Nexus 7 is priced just $30 more and has a better screen.
With data gathered from nearly a million of its users, Animoca’s information shows that five of the top six Android tablets are small slates. That’s good for Microsoft, if it is indeed planning a smaller Surface tablet.
It’s about time Google’s Nexus 7 tablet gets a refresh and sources tell Reuters it will happen in July. Here’s what to expect in terms of pricing and hardware changes.
Nexus 7 owners paying attention to Google Play may have scored the official tablet dock for $30 … if they were quick. The dock is already sold out; another sign that Google needs to up its sales and inventory game.
Apple’s iPad mini may be the right device at the right time. According to Display Search, shipments of smaller tablet screens far outnumbered those for large slates early this year.
We’ve heard it before: So-and-so year will be the year of the mobile payments. A group of mobile industry experts, however, believes 2013 will be the real deal. Google and the carriers had their chance. Now it’s the banks’ turn.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire makes for a great tablet, so long as you don’t mind the custom user interface and lack of supported Google services. A new custom software installation turns the Kindle Fire into a fully functional Android 4.2.1 tablet and it looks great.
Subsidized reading devices are a reality for digital content publishers. News Corp’s Times is giving a big discount off Google’s Nexus 7 to folks who pay for its news each month.
The week started with a nifty wireless NFC experiment but not ever Android phone has NFC. Free software accomplishes the same task of toggling Wi-Fi based on location. The Nexus 7 dock makes an appearance as does Xbox SmartGlass for Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet.
In five months, PC messaging startup MightyText has quintupled its user base to 1.2 million, and it’s now ready to expand to its Android-to-PC SMS synchronization service to new tablets.
Google’s Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are now on sale and ship with Android 4.2, which brings a number of software improvements and new features to the platform. Older Nexus devices are getting the software too, plus you can manually install it on the Nexus 7.
On this week’s audio podcast, Kevin shares hands on impressions of the iPad mini: he likes it better than iPad 3. Meanwhile, Matt explains what Microsoft announced at the Windows 8 launch event and recaps his usage of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet.
Apple’s iPad mini is here, but does it offer a big experience in a small package or is this just a useless device for many? I like the form factor and it turns out that the lower resolution display isn’t all that bad!
By all measures, Google had a terrible day yesterday. The earnings news was accidentally released earlier than expected, and poor financials saw the stock tank. But there was some good news: Estimates of Nexus 7 tablet sales are near 1 million units for the quarter.
Apple’s iPad Mini isn’t yet a real product: It hasn’t been announced yet. However, that may change soon with talk of an upcoming event. And now there is a retail inventory system reportedly showing tablet pricing in 4 different storage capacities with Wi-Fi and cellular.
After months of alleged leaked images and mass production reports, we may see an end to the iPad Mini rumors: Apple is expected to hold an invitation-only event later this month to introduce the world to a smaller iPad, just in time for the holiday season.
Google is rolling out Android 4.1.2 to Nexus 7 tablets around the world, but it could take time before your slate sees it. Here’s how to get it now along with a video of the updates to notifications that Google included in the software.
Barnes & Noble’s new Nook HD tablets, priced starting at $199, aim to stand out from the pack with reader-centric features and enhanced reading experiences for magazines and catalogs. The company’s goal is to drive book discovery and purchasing through the tablets in new ways.
What’s normally a quiet time turned into a busy week: Before the new Kindle Fire HD tablets launched, Motorola introduced three new Razr phones while Samsung touted its Galaxy S III sales figures: 20 million to date. Android tablets sales are on the rise too.
The common belief that “there’s no tablet market, just an iPad market” may be changing. Based on the number of daily device activations, the gap between Google tablet sales and those of Apple’s iPad is closing. Improved software and the Nexus 7 tablet are likely reasons.
Personalized tablet magazine Zite is releasing a large upgrade to its Android app Tuesday afternoon. Among the changes: The end of support for large-screen Android tablets, enhanced sharing options and bug fixes.
The week ended badly for Samsung, but did it do the same for Android in general? Perhaps, since Apple’s patents protect navigation features used by all Android devices. My new Nexus 7 case and Nikon’s Coolpix S800s camera with Android uses patented features too – uh oh.
Can a $15 tablet case really be any good? After just one day with the Blurex Ultra Slim case for Nexus 7, the answer is yes. Aside from protecting the tablet, it gives full access to all controls and offers three viewing angles in landscape.
I was planning to buy Google’s official Nexus 7 case but it’s not in stock. That’s actually a good thing because this case from Blurex looks better, has more features — including magnetic smart wake and sleep — and costs $5 less than Google’s own product.
Market research firm IHS iSuppli shows that iPad shipments surged in Q2 2012, as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablets saw major drops. Kindle Fire’s share of the media tablet market fell to 4.2 percent, with B&N’s at 1.9 percent.
Barnes & Noble dropped prices on its Nook Tablets and Nook Color on Sunday, bringing the price of the Nook Tablet 16 GB in line with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s 8 GB Nexus 7. The bookstore chain has failed to gain much tablet market share.
How long has Apple been thinking about a smaller iPad? Since they read impressions about the Galaxy Tab 18 months ago. Matt shares experiences with Nexus 7 cases — and explains what pickleball is — while both hosts discuss the Chrome OS and T-Mobile’s new (old) Galaxy Note.
Android 4.0 is finally getting out on phones and tablets according to Google’s dashboard. Surprisingly, the next version, Jelly Bean, is gaining adoption quickly too. Google’s Wallet now supports more credit and debit cards while T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note blurs the lines between smartphone and tablet.
The wait for a Nexus 7 dock may not be much longer. According to leaked images and details, a $49.99 landscape dock is planned to launch in late August, along with a premium Nexus 7 case. Sounds legit since the original images were removed “by request”.
Amazon is expected to introduce up to 6 new tablets, including a 10-inch model. Why not? Few besides Amazon have the consumer data, shopping experience and content to make multiple screen sized tablets, proving that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to mobile devices.
The Apple rumor mill has been abuzz lately with talk of an iPad Mini release. Rags Srinivasan tries to get inside the mind of Apple’s strategy team to divine the impact this device would have on Apple’s bottom line.
Google Nexus 7 just launched and already there’s a documented method to get hacking on the small slate. Liliputing offers up a list to root the device, unlock the bootloader so you can install custom software and replace the standard recovery software with a third-party version.
Kickstarter continues to drain my monthy mobile gadget budget, this time for POP, which is short for “portable power.” The nicely designed device looks like a small trash can in shape, holding a 25,000 mAh battery and four retractable cords for iOS and micro-USB devices.
Will the Nexus 7 be the “standard” for future tablets smaller than the iPad but bigger than a phone? After using a review unit for nearly two weeks, I think so, even though the Nexus 7 isn’t without a few minor flaws. Overall, I’m impressed.
The Nexus 7 costs less than you think to make but will Google earn money from it? Maybe not, but it should pressure the future price of small slates. Motorola’s Atrix HD gets a first look video while the Galaxy Note may soon hit T-Mobile.
For the Android crowd, this was an eventful week, thanks to the many announcements at Google I/O. Here’s my first look at the Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus, which is temporarily unable to be sold due to Apple winning an injunction.
The rumors were true: Google launched the Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday at its annual Google I/O developer event in San Francisco. Nexus 7 runs Android 4.1 and will be sold directly from Google in the Google Play store alongside the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
All eyes of the Android faithful will be squarely on Google this week, as the company is holding its annual Google I/O event in San Francisco. Here’s a look at what is likely to be introduced, even though Google could yet have some additional surprises.
Google is widely expected to debut its own Nexus tablet later this week at its Google I/O event, but early details are reportedly leaking out. According to Gizmodo Australia, the tablet is dubbed the Nexus 7 and will start at $199 for an 8 GB model.