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Google has started to roll out Android 4.4 to the Nexus 4 smartphone. Reports claim that Nexus 4 owners are starting to see the Android KitKat update being made available for their devices, with the operating system upgrade coming to the smartphone after being made available on the Moto X, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 tablets.
Owners of Google's Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 smartphones and the Nexus 7 tablet can now get a specialized wireless charging device. The device appeared Tuesday in Google's Play Store, and it ships in 1 to 2 business days. The device provides wireless charging for each of the Nexus devices, though it only has room to charge one device at a time.
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.
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.
Google has run out of stock of the 16GB model of its Nexus 4 smartphone on Google Play in the United States, and is unlikely to make a return. The sell-out of discounted mobile devices, coming two weeks after the 8GB version did the same, is said to be a stock clearance before Google starts selling its expected Nexus 5 smartphone.
Like many people I am still coming to grips with the reality of Apple’s product announcements yesterday after months of rumors (some accurate, some not) leading up to the official unveiling of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. While Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c caught many by surprise (it is not a ‘cheap’ or a ‘budget’ iPhone), its pricing of the iPhone 5s is worth scrutinizing too. Although Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s varies from market to market, it is interesting to note than in Australia, an iPhone 5s 64GB will retail for $30 more than a MacBook Air with 128GB.
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.
Google has slashed the price off the Nexus 4 by $100, or 25 percent, fueling speculation that it is clearing inventory for the launch of the rumored Nexus 5. The Nexus 4 was launched in late October last year and was the first device to debut Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean.' Both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the Nexus 4 have received the price cut, with the reductions available in the US, Canada, Australia, Korea, Spain and the UK.
Reliable Vietnamese rumor site Tinhte has started to leak early details about the forthcoming Google Nexus 5, expected to land in October. Confirming a rumor dating back to March, the device will be made by LG and will be loosely based on the new LG G2 flagship. Like the Nexus 4, which was loosely based on the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 5 will take some of the key features from the G2 including its 5.2-inch 1080p display as well as its Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz.
LG has reported its second quarter results for 2013 returning a net profit of $139 million, almost in line with its results for the same period last year. A bright note for the company was it set a record for smartphone sales, shipping 12.1 million units worldwide. The company has started to make its mark in the Android space dominated by archrival Samsung with phones like the Optimus G, G Pro and Nexus 4 all boosting the company’s brand profile.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k