Samsung sees big setback
Since April, the shares of North American tablet web traffic from iPads and Kindle Fires has increased by 0.8 and 1.2 points, respectively, according to new data compiled by Chitika Insights. The figures put the iPad at 78 percent of traffic, and the Kindle Fire at 7.3 percent, the latter displacing Samsung tablets in aggregate (down to 6.3 percent). Google and Microsoft -- also generally considered prominent tablet makers -- managed shares of just 2.1 and 1.4 percent.
Head of Android Engineering at Google refutes claims of Nexus death
Google will continue to offer Nexus devices for the foreseeable future, the head of Android Engineering has confirmed. Putting to rest rumors of the Nexus line's demise, Dave Burke advised it will not be replaced by the rumored Android Silver nor the recently-announced Android One program, with new Nexus devices to be expected when the next version of Android is officially released.
Nexus tablet from HTC claimed to have 8.9-inch display, Tegra K1 processor
The rumored next Google Nexus tablet from HTC has allegedly surfaced, under the guise of the HTC Volantis. Believed to be called the Nexus 9, the Volantis is said to have an 8.9-inch 2048x1440-resolution display, giving it a pixel density of 281ppi, with the body also claimed to use a zero-gap aluminum construction, a departure from the earlier Nexus tablet designs.
Flounder mentions possibly alludes to rumored Nexus 8 tablet
Google is still planning to introduce an 8-inch tablet to the Nexus range, according to a report. The search company has apparently started to remove all trace of the term "flounder" from view in the Android source code, a codename believed to be related to the Nexus 8, and could possibly lead to an unveiling of the rumored device at the Google I/O developer conference next month.
Report claims Google considering switch from Asus to HTC for next Nexus tablet
HTC may be working with Google to produce the Nexus 8 tablet for a third-quarter release, according to a report. Marking a departure from its previous work with Asus for the Nexus 7 tablet, the move to partnering with HTC apparently stems from previous production discussions before Asus became involved, though there is also talk of it possibly being the last iteration of Nexus tablet.
Low-cost Nexus smartphone could be priced at under $100
The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.
Red Nexus 5 joins white, black versions, sold at same price
Google has released a third color option for its popular Nexus 5 smartphone, with the rumored device fitting alongside its existing black and white-colored offerings. The red version of the LG-produced device has gone on sale through Google Play, with the smartphone sharing the same specification, storage options, and price as its more stand-colored stablemates.
iPhone only smartphone with increased activity
Apple devices remained firmly in control of North American web traffic through Christmas, but the iPad lost some ground to devices from Amazon, Microsoft, and Samsung, according to new Chitika analytics. The data was collected from "tens of millions" of devices between December 20th and the 29th, and used to gauge the growth or decline of various brands. Apple's iPhone was the only smartphone to gain share, advancing 1.8 percent to 54.3 percent of the market.
iPad for $150, Nexus 7 for $180 and more
Right now at CowBoom.com, save on the first-generation 16GB iPad in refurbished condition, which has been reduced to $150 with free US shipping. That's $50 less than the lowest price found for a refurbished unit anywhere else. It features a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, 3G data service, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 16GB of storage, though buyers should be aware that this unit cannot run iOS 6 or 7 (there are still plenty of compatible apps available, however). Warranties can be purchased starting at $15.
Apple's new iPads topping all in tablet sales
The tablet market is performing strongly this holiday season, and Apple's iPad Air and iPad mini are leading the pack among all contenders. This according to a new report from market analysis firm Canaccord Genuity, which saw the two newest iPads outpacing entries from Samsung, Amazon, and Google throughout November and the first half of December. The findings are in keeping with previous analyses of the tablet market, which showed Apple in the lead but Samsung and others increasing share.
Apple's future phone takes on the Google phone
Two of the hottest smartphones on the market right now come from two companies that were once close allies, but have been divided by Google's decision to enter into the smartphone market with a very similar product. While Apple may or may not have legitimate grievances about what transpired depending on your view, there can be little question that consumers have benefited as a result of what transpired. While their current respective flagship smartphones offer similar functionality, the Apple iPhone 5s and the Google Nexus 5 are both symbolic of how the two companies differ fundamentally in their approach to winning customers. So which is best?
AT&T killing support for U-Verse on Xbox 360 at end of 2013
AT&T will stop supporting the Xbox 360 under its U-Verse service after December 31st of this year. The service, which allowed the game console to act as a secondary set-top box for watching TV, with a representative advising Polygon that it was being pulled due to "low customer demand," and that it will not appear on the Xbox One. An e-mail sent out to a number of subscribers details a $99 credit to cover part of the cost of Xbox Live Gold membership, as well as the required conversion kit.
Android 4.4 starts global rollout stateside, tablets first in line
Android 4.4 'KitKat' updates have started rolling out to Nexus 7 Wi-Fi-only and Nexus 10 users, according to Google. Users will be able to update their devices over-the-air, although Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 with mobile data are advised that their respective updates will be available 'soon.' Android 4.4 is the latest version of Android and comes pre-installed on the Nexus 5 smartphone, bringing with it speed and user interface enhancements along with new features.
KitKat launch delayed Google, Asus in fixing tablet issue
Verizon will not be attempting to certify the Google Nexus 7 for use on its LTE network until Android KitKat is released, the carrier has revealed. Though the carrier advised that it was trying to get the tablet through certification to allow it to activate on the cellular network a few months ago, it has blamed Google for the delay in the process.
Possible Nexus 8 sighting echoes Nexus 5 leaks
Google may be planning to offer a larger Nexus tablet to users, if a new rumor is to be believed. An image on the Android website shows an unnamed phablet or tablet being used, one which is thought to have an eight-inch display, with the leak being a somewhat similar story to that of the Nexus 5 mistakenly appearing in other Android promotional materials before its launch.
Flagship Google smartphone introduces Google Now wake commands
After weeks of launch rumors, Google has finally introduced the Nexus 5 smartphone. The LG-produced device features a Gorilla Glass 3-protected 4.95-inch Full HD IPS display, giving it a pixel density of 445 PPI, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU.
Camera said to be improvement on Nexus 4 sensor
An unboxing of the upcoming Google Nexus 5 suggests that there is an iCloud-style back-up system included in the device. Accompanied by a number of photographs that leave little doubt to the device's existence, the Nexus 5 is said to feel similar to the LG G2 when held, though without the volume control buttons on the back.
Non-profits to use tablets in helping people in areas still affected by Sandy
Google, working with Governor Cuomo, has donated tablets to a New York non-profit in order to help people still affected by Hurricane Sandy, a storm that is estimated to have caused around $65 billion in damage when it hit the eastern seaboard one year ago. A total of 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets worth over $2.7 million at retail were handed to the New York State Community Action Association, and will be provided to a number of locations to help support a range of existing programs.
Wind Mobile pre-registration page for Nexus 5 pulled
Yet more leaks suggest that Google will be launching the Nexus 5 soon, thanks to a Canadian carrier and LG. Wind Mobile published and later pulled a pre-registration page for the Nexus 5, along with what could be a complete specification sheet for the device, while another photo shows that stock of the device may have already reached distributors.
8MP camera, 2560x1600 display touted in upcoming Google tablet
New specifications for what is believed to be the Nexus 10 have allegedly leaked, with details apparently appearing on the Google Play store before being removed again, just as it did for the Nexus 5. The display of the Nexus 10 will apparently have a resolution of 2560x1600, giving it a pixel density of 300ppi, and protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
New OS, new hardware may launch with November
Serial leaker @evleaks has tweeted on Sunday a picture of a white variant of Google's long-awaited Nexus 5 smartphone, along with a report that the device will be available on November 1. As the Nexus are Google's means of showcasing a "pure Android" build of its latest operating system updates, @evleaks' prediction would seem to indicate that Android 4.4 KitKat will debut at the same time. Google has yet to make any announcements regarding a media event.
Nexus 4 apparently will remain on offer with LTE
An LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 4 has shown up for Bluetooth certification, seemingly confirming that Google will continue selling the handset even as it prepares to launch an expected follow-up in the Nexus 5. The filing is not entirely unexpected, as some had speculated that Google would keep the older Nexus version around, giving Google a more rounded smartphone lineup going forward. The search giant has not revealed anything with regard to either device, though the Nexus 5 launch is thought to be imminent.
Sources claim no hardware, software announcements at Google Play event
Google has started to send invitations to an event on the 24th of October, one which could feature a number of software and hardware announcements. The event, asking attendees to "Join us for a night out with Google Play," could potentially be the launch of Android 4.4, KitKat, as well as the expected official reveal of the Nexus 5 smartphone.
No confirmed specs, other than $349 price for 16GB model
Adding to the panoply of leaks about the new Google device, a detail-free listing for the Nexus 5 appeared with no fanfare, and has since been pulled, on the Google Play store. Other than an image, no details were made available, except for a price -- the anticipated phone is listed at $349 for 16GB of storage.
Nexus 5 could possibly cost more than Nexus 4 with LTE
The next Google smartphone could start from $399, higher than the $299 price tag rumored earlier, according to a new report. The Nexus 5 will also allegedly be accompanied by a new version of the existing Nexus 4 which will offer LTE, with the entire range possibly appearing alongside Android KitKat on a new potential launch date on Friday 18th of October.
Bluetooth SIG notice suggests launch within next week
The upcoming Google Nexus 5 has allegedly surfaced yet again, this time passing through the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for certification. The device, labeled as "LGE LTE Mobile Phone (LG-D821)," is believed to be the Google smartphone, which is rumored to be launching on October 15th at the same time as Android KitKat.
Device unveiling expected next week
Rumors and leaks surrounding Google's next-generation Nexus handset and the forthcoming Android 4.4 update have continued to roll in. The latest screenshots appear to show a KitKat build running on a Nexus 5, with an integrated tap-to-pay feature for making local payments via NFC.
Mobile OS, Google smartphone alleged to be shown early next week
The Google Nexus 5 and Android KitKat, version 4.4, will be coming out next week, according to a new rumor from developers. The next Google smartphone and the updated mobile operating system will apparently be launched together on Tuesday October 15th, with the Nexus 5 also said to carry a price tag lower than £250 ($400).
Nexus rumors continue to swirl
Adding to a regular flow of leaks and rumors, a source claims that the LG Nexus 5 smartphone will retain its $299 entry price despite a list of major upgrades over the Nexus 4. PhoneArena has also been told that the available configurations will have two different battery capacities, allegedly pairing a 2300mAh component with the 16GB edition and a larger 3000mAh cell with the 32GB variant.
Asus-made Nexus 10 shown in retailer's stock system
Google could be planning to launch an updated Nexus 10 tablet in the coming weeks, according to a leaked store inventory screenshot. The claimed image from a retailer's inventory system arrives at the same time as another rumor suggesting a change of manufacturer for the Nexus 7 tablet could also be on the cards for next year.
Close shot appears to show final Google Nexus 5 form
Another photograph showing what is believed to be the next Google Nexus smartphone has surfaced, giving a close look of the Nexus 5 outside of the recent FCC filing. The closer image comes at the same time as an alleged leak of logs for the Nexus 5 running on Android 4.4 Kitkat, apparently providing a fairly complete list of specifications for the smartphone.
Back of smartphone matches that of pulled Android KitKat video
The Google Nexus 5 has apparently appeared again, this time as part of a second FCC filing. Photographs of the LG D820, believed to be the successor to the Google Nexus 4, show the inside and clear shots of the front and back, with the device looking remarkably similar to the phone spotted in the now-withdrawn Android KitKat promotional video.
Google employee seen using large Nexus smartphone in video
Google may have accidentally leaked the Nexus 5 in its promotional materials. A video revealing the new statue for Android 4.4, Android KitKat, showed what could be the next Nexus smartphone being used to take images, with Google not only removing the video it posted itself, but also those of others mirroring the video clip.
Google said not to restock lower-capacity smartphone
The 8GB model of the Google Nexus 4 has sold out on Google Play in the United States. The smartphone, recently subjected to a price cut of $100 down to $199, is now showing as "out of inventory" for its lower-capacity model, and directly hints towards an overall clearance of the device, potentially as preparation for the speculated Nexus 5.
New rumor rules out LG involvement in Nexus device completely
Following the launch of the Moto X, Motorola is now rumored to be releasing the next Nexus smartphone later this year. The new claim from a consistent tipster, going against earlier denied rumors of LG's involvement, states that Motorola will start shipping the expected Nexus 5 to customers in the fourth quarter.
GPS on refreshed tablet usable for short period, stops
The new Google Nexus 7 tablet appears to be having a few teething issues a short time after its launch. A number of owners of the second-generation device are complaining on forums about its GPS navigation, with position tracking seemingly working fine for a short period of time, before suddenly stopping and becoming unusable.
Revised Nexus 10 to be made by Samsung, according to comments
Google is said to be working on a revision to its Nexus 10 tablet. While the company's breakfast event yesterday saw the reveal of the new Nexus 7, alongside the new Chromecast media streamer and Android version 4.3, the company is looking to do the same to the ten-inch model in partnership with Samsung.
Processor claimed 1.8x as fast as previous model, GPU 4x faster
Google has revealed the new version of the Nexus 7 tablet, one year after the launch of the original, at its breakfast event today. Appearing briefly at Best Buy earlier today, the new Nexus 7 is said to be a more portable version of the tablet line, having shaved a few millimeters from each edge and 50 grams of weight, while retaining the screen size of the first version, and will be the first device to ship preloaded with Android 4.3.
Reddit user shows new Google tablet in pictures before launch event
Benchmarks for the revised Google Nexus 7 have leaked online, along with a confirmation of the 1920x1200-resolution display leaked in a Best Buy flyer earlier this week. The specifications list is accompanied by news of a Reddit user receiving the tablet early, and that Best Buy has started off pre-orders for the tablet, all ahead of its expected launch at a Google event later today.
Flyer claims Google Nexus 7 to be available on a Tuesday
The next version of the Google Nexus 7 has appeared in an advertisement for electronics retailer Best Buy. The marketing material is accompanied by a separate leak showing off a full press render of the tablet, and effectively confirming the appearance of a rear-facing camera for the first time on the tablet line.
Quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, 5MP rear camera suggested
Chat support for Asus may have provided information about the expected update to the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Screenshots shared on Google+ appears to show an employee at the electronics manufacturer stating some unconfirmed specifications for the Asus K009, something which is believed to be the upgraded version of Google's popular Android slate.
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 32GB storage also detailed
An Asus tablet that could be the successor to the Nexus 7 has appeared at the FCC, matching previous rumors. A device by the name of "ASUS Pad" with the model number K009 appeared in a filing, and according to details listed in the Commission's paperwork, would include LTE connectivity as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera.
European VP of LG Mobile hints at tablet investments
LG Mobile will not be working with Google to make the next Nexus device, according to comments made by the company's European Vice President. Kim Wong advised that the company does not have the rumored Nexus 5 in development, despite having officially announced a white version of the Nexus 4 earlier today.
White Nexus 4 likely to cost same as original model
LG has made the white version of the Nexus 4 official, after months of rumors. Leaked in photographs earlier this month, the white counterpart to the original black Nexus 4 will be going on sale through various markets in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America in the next few weeks, starting with Hong Kong on May 29th.
Tablet to switch from Nvidia to Qualcomm processor
Google is said to be launching a revised Nexus 7 tablet by July, according to a report. The new tablet will apparently replace the Nvidia Tegra 3 inside the current generation with a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, citing a reduction in power consumption, as well as having a higher resolution screen and thinner bezel, and may also cut the price down to $150.
Caveat emptor when it comes to buying hardware from the Play Store
So you see a great deal on some Nexus hardware on Google Play, what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot it seems, if my recent Google customer experience is one by which its customer support can be judged. I have been trying to return my second faulty Google Nexus 7 and I still haven't managed to get it back to Google since first initiating the returns process in January…
LG would-be Nexus 5 features 5.2-inch display, Snapdragon 800
The first purported leak of the Google Nexus 5 has surfaced courtesy of Androidandme. Google is reportedly evaluating a number of prototype devices from several manufacturers, although the details of a model submitted by LG, codenamed ‘Megalodon,’ has been the first to leak out. If accurate, the LG’s would-be Nexus 5 promises to continue the trend towards ever-larger displays packing a 5.2-inch 1080p OLED display.
Long delayed Nexus 7 dock appears on Google Play store
The long-absent Nexus 7 docking station has finally surfaced on Google Play for purchase. The dock charges the tablet by way of the device's pogo pins, and also has a 3.5mm audio-out jack. It does not, however, synchronize through the microUSB plug. The dock is available only in black, and sells for $30 on the Google Play store and other online retailers in the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the UK. Google has established a limit of two docks per customer.
Android 4.2.2 factory image available for download
Google has posted the factory image of Android 4.2.2 for Nexus devices. The availability of the factory ROM for download follows the arrival of the patch over-the-air for Nexus users last week. Although the update has not reached all users with the staggered global rollout of the patch, users with sufficient experience can manually flash the new ROM with the availability of the download.
New update specific to Nexus, future device implementation unknown
Google has started pushing an update to Android 4.2.2 to Nexus 4 devices, after starting the roll out with the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 two days ago. The biggest fix implemented with the update is a fix to Bluetooth implementation to limit audio stream stuttering, and a codebase change to limit random rebooting. A workaround that enabled LTE connectivity on very specific markets and networks has been disabled by the patch.