Security vs. performance?
When the Nexus 6 handset arrived late last year, it came with full data encryption enabled out the box. Google also pushed its…
VoLTE and 700MHz on the way
Although the Google Nexus 6 is a fairly universal phone that works on all major U.S. carriers, those who use it on…
back in stock
In December, it looked like Google had phased out last year’s Nexus phone in favor of the bigger, newer, and more expensive…
a strategic purchase
Since the Nexus 6 was released, it’s been evident that Google’s developer flagship came very close to having a fingerprint scanner. Thanks to…
Personal help for Androids
Troubleshooting an Android phone can now be as easy as installing an app from Google, if you’ve got the right kind of device, thanks to a new Google app called Device Assist.
Contrary to popular belief, the Motorola-made Nexus 6 does in fact have a notification light. As spotted on Reddit, it’s right beneath the speaker grill at the top of the headset, and it can turn red, blue, or green.
After years of watching device makers take their time getting the latest Android updates prepped, the pace has quickened, which is good for consumers. LG says it will start a limited release of Android 5.0 for its G3 flagship this week.
Google’s new Nexus devices, the first to run Android Lollipop, will go on sale in the next two months. In a change from previous years, carriers will sell the Nexus 6 smartphone discounted with a contract.
There aren’t many scenarios where a pair of new Nexus phones makes sense. That’s what one supply chain source says will happen however. Perhaps the 64-bit chip transition is part of the equation here?
Next week, Motorola will debut a new Motorola phone that’s “priced for all.” It’s likely the Moto E and images of it leaked out early. So too did code indicating a two new Nexus devices and one probably won’t be a phone.
Android 4.4.3, the upcoming bug fix release for Android, had a changelog pushed on Friday that names two new Nexus devices, Flounder and Molly. Molly appears to be a set-top box.
With new devices and time off from work, did people in the U.S. and Canada surf more on mobile devices? Probably, but which ones did they use? Based on Chitika’s ad network, not the ones you might expect.
Google is reportedly working on a Nexus-branded TV set-top box. But how much of this is really about wooing consumers?
You ever wonder what sorts of workloads Stack Overflow sees and what sort of infrastructure it uses to handle them? Nick Craver has some answers for you.
After much speculation about Google’s floating barges, a San Francisco television station says it has the answer. The barges are part showroom and part luxury decks, all to better compete with Apple’s retail stores.
This week’s podcast gives you all you need to know about the new Android, Nexus 5 and the picture trouble on Twitter.
Amazon recently introduced its new lineup of Kindle Fires including new HDX devices that have faster processors, more memory and a brighter, richer display. Here are my early impressions of the tablet, which will come to market later this year.
Hot on the heels of the Moto X, Motorola might be work on Google’s next Nexus smartphone in time for a Q4 launch.
Another manufacturer may be joining Samsung and HTC in offering “Google Experience” smartphones. Sony is expected to announce a version of the Xperia Z with pure Android as the Nexus line could be lower priced phones.
No new hardware appeared at Google I/O, but a recently released phone debuts as a Nexus-like device. Meanwhile, Google updated Android, without adding further fragmentation issues, through dozens of new services, apps and APIs.
In advance of Google I/O more Nexus 7 refresh thoughts hit the web this week. Will Google move to a 1080p or better display? Android @Home could be a surprise feature at I/O, while Google’s X Phone may have been FCC tested
Is a Nexus 11 tablet coming later this month? Leaked information suggests it could happen. LG’s new Optimus G Pro is here and first impressions are very positive, while a free app turns the Wii Fit Balance Board into a smart scale.
Google may be up-sizing its tablet line in a few weeks: A reported Samsung road-map shows a Nexus 11 tablet with two potential firsts. This could be a Nexus with memory expansion and also use an octa-core Samsung Exynos chip.
So what’s in the Android 4.2.2 software update that’s tricking out to Nexus phones and tablets? Just a few visual changes it seems, but they will help improve the Android experience.
Although there’s no official announcement yet, Google is rolling out Android 4.2.2 to Nexus phones and tablets. Can’t wait to get it? Here’s how you can install it manually.
Google wants to take its tablet magazine storefront global. But, while its media partnerships executive Madhav Chinnappa expands mobile initiatives, he faces proposed European legislation that could impact on Google News’ website.
About that Nexus 4 with no LTE. Turns out it has LTE, but only on a single band. Android owners got a Skype update this week and can expect to see more AirPlay-like features in the future from Google for media and apps.
On this week’s show we examine the fascinating and frightening idea of live tweeting military action and then move on to less serious matters to get all Google-y about TV, Nexus 4 and Chrome OS.
The new Android flagship took minutes to sell out in the UK and Germany, but the Google Play Store makes it look as though it never even went on sale. The company needs to work on its retail mechanisms.
This week was huge for Android devices. The Nexus 7 gained a 3G model and more storage for less money. LG’s Nexus 4 launched with a low no-contract price of $299 while for $100 more you can get a Nexus 10 tablet with outstanding screen.
Google’s Android platform now comes in three sizes, available directly from the company’s store. The Nexus 4 smartphone, built by LG, is an unlocked GSM handset while the Nexus 7 gains storage and mobile broadband. And Google’s high-res Nexus 10 tablet launches for $399.
Google sent out a cryptic invite to media and press on Wednesday, with a New York City event taking place on Oct. 29. The focus will definitely be on Android, but will it be new hardware — the next Nexus, perhaps — new software, or both?
Keeping the next Nexus phone under wraps is proving to be difficult: This week a Russian site shared details, photos and even an early review of the Nexus 4. Meanwhile, new markets will see Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini and everyone can download Opera Mobile.
On Tuesday, Google announced Android 4.1.2 for the Android Open Source Project, which brings home screen rotation to Android devices. Third-party apps have supported this feature in the past, but Google needed to add it and avoid new users from having a bad experience.
Google’s Nexus Q music streaming device officially went up for sale on Google Play this week. The device wants to compete with Sonos, btu also stream videos from YouTube and Google Play. How well does it work? Check out our video review.
Google took a first step towards music hardware Wednesday with the introduction of the Nexus Q, a device that aims to bring cloud music straight from Google Play to your living room. Here are all the facts you need to know.
In this week’s audio podcast, Matt shares a customer service horror story between AT&T and Amazon Wireless while Kevin loves the latest Kickstarter project: A smart home screen for Android tablets. Also: here’s what we know so far about the HTC EVO 4G LTE delivery delays.
A new intelligent home screen app for Android tablets appears on Kickstarter and for $5, it looks well worth it. Google is finally taking more control by planning several Nexus device partners and more direct sales, plus Samsung’s Galaxy S III is already in great demand.
China is expected to rule soon on Google’s proposed acquisition of Motorola, with the deal already approved elsewhere. Google needs the deal, especially for tablets, says Goldman Sachs, because the costs are too high to be the default search engine on Apple’s iPad.
Google (s goog) may be rethinking its Nexus Android strategy in a big way and addressing two major concerns about the evolution of the software: its proposed deal with Motorola and the slow pace of software updates for Android phones.
Early adopters with a Galaxy Nexus can add Google Wallet software without rooting their handset. Wallet is gaining the spotlight for two reasons: both the convenience factor and the debate over whether Verizon is violating open-access requirements by not including the software on its Nexus.
Google’s current Android flagship phone, the Nexus S, is available at no cost for new or upgrade customers willing to commit to a two-year contract through Best Buy. The deal is good for one day, starting Tuesday night, but could help Google push its Wallet service.
AT&T (NYSE: T) has agreed to sell the carrier-oversight free Nexus S for its network, bringing Samsung and Google’s flagship Nexus phone to…
An app that allows phones like the Nexus S to access the Google Videos movie store found its way to the Android Market a few days ago, only to be quickly taken down again. The leak could hint at movie rentals coming to more Android devices.
Android devices come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, as anyone who has had to write applications for Google’s mobile platform wi…
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is hooking up with a new friend in the wireless industry. Two announcements from Sprint (NYSE: S) and Google Monday woul…
Just after announcing Google Voice integration for all of its customers, Sprint follows up with the Google Nexus S 4G WiMAX handset. Do these two collaborations, in conjunction with AT&T’s planned purchase of T-Mobile, mean more Sprint partnerships with Google, or perhaps even a buy-out?
Google dominated the Android news this week, as the company announced a number of products and updates. Front and center was the Nexus S and Gingerbread (Android 2.3), and we had a quick unboxing video. Gmail got Priority Inbox support, and YouTube got a facelift.
Google’s Nexus S handset has landed at GigaOM HQ and we’ve got a short video showing unboxing and overview of the handset. The Nexus S will be the first smartphone to ship with Android 2.3, or Gingerbread, and offers support for near-field communications and video calls.
The Nexus One was designed to push the state of Android hardware and establish a direct-to-consumer model for unlocked phones. Now Google seems to be trading its ground-breaking approach for something more familiar, friendly and safe with the Nexus One’s heir apparent, the Nexus S.
Sprint this week took the wraps off the Android-based HTC EVO, the first smartphone to include WiMAX support, and Samsung became the latest handset manufacturer to unveil an Android-based phone with the Galaxy S. Disappointed with sales of the Nexus One? HTC’s CEO sure isn’t.
HTC plans to release two new Android phones overseas this spring, the maker of the Nexus One said this week, though no word yet on plans for a U.S. debut. And those hoping an Android version of Mobile Firefox would soon appear had those hopes dashed.