Nexus 7 Tablets Get Bricked After Updating to Android 5.0

Some Nexus 7 owners haven’t had a chance to fully take advantage of what Google’s Android 5.0 brings. It is reported that some Nexus 7 users had their tablets bricked after updating the device to the latest Android OS.

The devices appear to be stuck at the Google logo, but nobody seems to know exactly why. One theory suggests that there could be a problem with the flash memory, or a problem with the software itself. However, given that the problem appeared only after updating to the latest Android OS, all indications point to a software issue.

Normally Asus or Google would have reassured their customers they are looking into it through social media by now, but the reality is that the companies have not yet responded to any of the complaints that pile up on Twitter.

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Google Is Planning to Release Two New Nexus Smartphones

There is a rumour that Google is planning to release two new Nexus smartphones later this year. More surprising is the fact that the company giant might be working with LG and Huawei, which is an interesting choice of partners.

Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, which is also on the rise in terms of popularity around the world. It would make sense for Google to work with Huawei in order to target the rapidly evolving smartphone market in China through one of the most popular brands of smartphones on the Chinese market. Also, by working with LG, Google can easily target a vast consumer market outside China.

The smartphones would most probably be showcased at the Google I/O 2015 event, where Huawei will most likely show how a smartphone can properly make use of the Android 6.0 OS alongside LG and its variant of the handset.

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Android 4.4.2 Already Rolling Out For All Nexus Devices

The Android 4.4.1 update began just last week, but it looks like a new hotfix is already arriving as version 4.4.2. Users have reportedly started receiving an update for their Nexus devices in the last hour. It has been spotted so far on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 in the near future, according to an article from Android Police.

It seems that updates are on a roll as of late. Given the recent releases have a lot of major bugs in them, for example the newly released Nokia Lumia 2520 and its Sleep Mode issue, it does not come as a surprise for developers to release updates in such a short time. The real question here is why do they release hardware or software that is not yet ready for the market? That’s a really good question indeed.

Nonetheless, the 4.4.2 comes as a surprise to most people, therefore details about it are scarce. Android Police came across a few vague insights of what the update might contain, which are listed below. For now, Nexus users should just wait and see for themselves what the new update brings to their devices.

Enhancements/Fixes

  • Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
  • Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
  • Various additional software fixes
  • Security enhancements

Thank you Android Police for providing us with this information
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Nexus 4 No Longer Available On Google Play

With the arrival of the Google Nexus 5 yesterday, it appears that the Nexus 4 handset has disappeared from the Google Play store. Having cut the price down to $199 for the basic model with the arrival date getting closer for the Google Nexus 5, the time has come and the Nexus 4 has been discontinued. Phone Arena has checked the U.S., U.K., German and French Play stores to confirm and all of them list the devices as ‘no longer available for sale.’

This does not come as a surprise given the fact that this has also happened with the Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition at launch, as the tablet replaced the 2012 edition. You can still find Google’s last year’s 7-incher at third-party retailers that still have stock, but the official Google Play store is not selling the device. The same story repeats itself with the Nexus 5 and 4. You’d probably still be able to find the Nexus 4 at third-party retailers, but not on Google Play and that means you probably won’t be able to capitalize on that alluring $199 sale offer.

What we can see here is a continuous pattern and we would expect the same thing to happen for future Google devices sold on the Play store. As soon as the new one appears, expect the old one to be discontinued.

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Google Announces New Wireless Charging Pad With Support For Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google announced a new charging pad which is supposed to go on sale in the Play Store today. I was previously seen with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 last year, but it appears to have been delayed up until now.

Google’s new wireless charging pad is officially compatible with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, though as a Qi charger it should also be compatible with devices like the Nexus 4 and even some Nokia devices.
But the new Google wireless charger also features magnets that help devices stick to it, a feature that only works with devices that also have magnets in them. Currently, that’s only the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

The new Google Nexus wireless charging pad features a redesigned look and feel that better matches the aesthetic of the Nexus 5. The pad is an upside-down trapezoid, a square that’s wider on top, with a glossy black finish that looks like it might be slippery for devices without magnets in them. Compare it to the Nexus 4’s wireless charger, which resembles a hockey puck with sticky rubber on top.

No pricing has been revealed for Google’s wireless charging pad up until now, but will shortly come on display in the Play Store later on, and those who are interested can keep scouting the Play Store for the wireless charging pad to get full details and pricing.

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Nexus 7 2013 To Arrive Next Month, Former Nexus 7 Priced At Rs. 8,999 In India

It appears that Nexus news is in the top of it all this week, and here’s another one that is more specific to the Indian sub-continent. Sources close to The Times Of India have revealed that the new Google Nexus 7 2013 tab will be launched in India early next month. Running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the new Nexus 7 features an impressive 7-inch Full HD display having a 1920 x 1200 resolution, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 5 MP rear camera with 1080p recording, 1.2 MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wireless Charging, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a 3,950 mAh battery. According to the publication, Google is currently testing local apps on the tablet, which will come pre-installed with the tablet. The retail pricing is expected to fall between the range of Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 18,000 for the 16 GB WiFi variant.

In other news, online retailer Flipkart is selling the first-generation Nexus 7 16 GB for an irrestibly attractive price of just Rs. 8,999. For all those who have been looking for a quality budget Android tablet, look no further. The Nexus 7 will serve all your needs, and more. Better yet, it actually costs lesser than many Chinese and local Indian branded tablets.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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ASUS To Make Google Nexus 10 – 2013 Edition

According to sources from @evleaks, ASUS is taking the step in making the new Google Nexus 10 Edition. If it turns out to be true, ASUS would become the maker to both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets for Google, and that’s a good thing. Considering the amazing device that the new Nexus 7 2013 is, we are looking forward to seeing what ASUS has done with the new Nexus 10. One thing is guaranteed, and that is an appreciable build quality, much better than Samsung’s plastic toy, the Nexus original 10.

This way Google will secure the series of its own Android devices, with the Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition – slate, already out, the Nexus 5 handset fast approaching, and now the last piece of the puzzle shown in preparation.

The Google Nexus 10 already leaked out once in an UK electronics retailer inventory with a pricing of $399 ( £349 ) or the original Nexus 10 pricing. Asus also makes Google’s 7″ Nexus tablet, and this year surprised us very pleasantly with a Full HD screen resolution at a rock bottom price, so we can only imagine what it would do with 10-inch, but we don’t know exactly what it will be based on quite yet.

The chances are great that the new Nexus 10 will be based off the Transformer Pad Infinity TF701T, which has a brilliant 2560×1600 pixels display making it only the third 300ppi Android 10-inches, and its brilliant IGZO technology will allow up to 13 hours of battery life on a charge, as claimed by Asus. The slate is powered by a quad-core Tegra 4 chipset, has 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, cameras with zero shutter lag and HDR abilities. Last but not least, it measures only 263 x 180.8 x 8.9mm and just 585g of weight, despite the metallic chassis, though we don’t know if the exact same design will be kept by Google.

The expected pricing of the new Nexus 10 2013 is around $399 ( £246 ) for the base model, but no word on a launch date as of yet, but it could happen before the end of this year.

Thank you NextPowerUp and PhoneArena for providing us with this information.

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Leaked Inventory Listing Reveals ASUS Nexus 10

The second incarnation of the Nexus 10 is due to be made by ASUS, not Samsung who make the current Nexus 10. Android Police have managed to spot the Nexus 10 on a leaked inventory listing coming from a PC World employee on Twitter. The above image that was leaked suggests that the Nexus 10 will be made by ASUS, as previously speculated, and that it is nearing its launch. The leak also gives us pricing of $349.99 for the 16GB version and an estimated price of $550 for the 32GB version.

The confirmation means that Google have ditched Samsung in favour of ASUS, probably due to the relative success of the Nexus 7 and relative mediocrity of the Nexus 10. Expect ASUS to take that rather average plastic large-bezel Samsung Nexus 10 design and throw it out the window. In its place expect something more solidly built, probably similar to the new Nexus 7.

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Second-Gen Nexus 7 4G LTE Version Now Available On Google Play For $350

Google has just recently made available the second generation Nexus 7 with 4G LTE over at the Google Play Store. If you reside outside the U.S then you actually won’t be able to pick up the Nexus 7 32GB 4G LTE tablet, in South Korea you can grab the 4G LTE version of the 16GB version whilst the rest of the world has to keep waiting for a 4G LTE second generation Nexus 7.

The price you have to pay for the 32GB 4G LTE Nexus 7 is $349 and all orders ship in 1-2 days with free shipping. The tablet uses a T-Mobile SIM in the sale package with up to 2GB of 4G data for the first month with no obligations. After that month you’d obviously have to arrange your own 4G LTE mobile SIM.

For those who unaware of the basic specifications of the second generation Nexus 7 well here is a quick recap:

  • Quad core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 Graphics
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16 or 32GB of internal storage
  • 1920 x 1200 display with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS

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ASUS Reveal Budget MeMO Pad HD 7 For $149

ASUS have just released their new 7 inch tablet. The ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 is a 7 inch tablet from ASUS coming in with a budget price point of $149. It features a 1280 by 800 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT8125 processor, and 1GB of RAM. The tablet has a 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Android 4.2, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, micro USB, a 10 hour battery life (size not disclosed) and weighs just 0.67 lbs/303 grams.

The ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 essentially rivals the first generation Nexus 7 on specifications and costs a similar amount making it a good value proposition. The new second generation Nexus 7 starts at $229. ASUS are making the MeMO Pad HD 7 available in blue, green, pink and white. ASUS are providing 16GB of internal storage as well as complimentary cloud storage (ASUS Webstorage). Audio is provided by ASUS Sonic Master sound technology through the dual stereo speakers.

In the USA the MeMO Pad HD is currently available at Newegg, Amazon and Tiger Direct for $149.99.

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Second Generation Nexus 7 Starts From $229

According to a report by Android Central the new second revision or refresh of the Nexus 7 will start at $229.99.

The price starts at $229.99 for the 16GB version while the 32GB model is $40 more at $269.99.

The rumoured specifications of the second generation Nexus 7, storage aside, are a Snapdragon 600 quad core processor, 5MP camera, possibly a 1080p display and apparently a new updated Android 4.3 OS.

Currently the 32GB Nexus 7 generation 1 tablet costs $249.99 and $199.99 for the 16GB model. This makes the newer ones only a fraction more expensive to the tune of $30 for the 16GB and $20 for the 32GB. If the rumoured hardware upgrades prove to be true the Nexus 7 second generation tablet could be one of the best value small form factor tablets on the market (Chinese white-box imports aside).

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Second Generation Nexus 7 Shows Multiple LTE Band Support

Google’s Nexus 7 was an incredibly popular tablet but if anyone had complaints it was that the device lacked LTE and network support, being a WiFi only device – although it was possible to get mobile WiFi for it. According to fresh reports from Droid-Life the second generation Google Nexus 7 will pack LTE support.

The new Nexus 7 was spotted recently as the ASUS K009 undergoing FCC certification and it has also made an appearance in Bluetooth SIG certifications too.  Now with LTE band support it should be able to host Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile LTE connectivity. The second gen ASUS Google tablet will have LTE bands 2,4,5,13 and 17 support. Furthermore it will also support GSM bands 850 and 1900MHz making it compatible with AT&T GSM bands and potentially T-Mobile HSPA+ bands when/if they make a full transition to 1900MHz bands.

I think this is pretty big and exciting news because the Google ASUS Nexus 7 will be a much more versatile device after getting native mobile network support.

What are your thoughts on the next generation Nexus 7 getting LTE support?

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Specifications Leaked On The Next-Gen Google and ASUS Nexus 7

The Current Nexus 7

An analyst at KGI securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, has publicly announced that Google will be unveiling the next generation of Nexus 7 tablet next week at the Google I/O 2013 event. In addition the analyst also revealed some potential specifications that are very impressive to say the least:

  • 7-inch LTPS display with 1920×1200 (WUXGA) resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core (the same processor in the Nexus 4)
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back
  • HD front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 4000mAh battery with Qi wireless charging
  • Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean

As you can see the specifications rival that of some high end smart phones that are priced in the $400-600 region yet the next-gen Nexus 7 is expected to cost only $199. The analyst also detailed who he thought would be the suppliers of the next-gen Nexus 7 and he believes that Google and ASUS are still partnering together to build these tablets.

With all those specifications at a widely anticipated $199 price point the next-gen Nexus 7 looks sure to kill the iPad Mini. The only blemish is that the 4000 mAh is slightly less than the 4325 mAh on the current Nexus 7, although if it uses more power efficient components then this shouldn’t matter.

What are your thoughts on these rather impressive specifications? More importantly, what do you think the chances are of this arriving at a $199 price point? Will you be buying one if these are the final specifications?

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Second-Generation Nexus 7 To Cost Just $150?

The Current Nexus 7

According to speculation Google will launch a new version of its highly popular Nexus 7 tablet from July. The new tablet will be based around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor and is expected to be very aggressively priced at $150. Google is still pushing the current ASUSTek made Nexus 7 tablets aggressively in an attempt to snatch market share from Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Google’s plan is that by bringing the price of the Nexus 7 down to a very affordable point it will be able to get exposure for more of its adverts – where Google makes the most revenue. For those who aren’t familiar with the Kindle Fire, Amazon do a similar thing with adverts and offer users money off the price in return for allowing lock-screen adverts and the like.

Nvidia will most likely be very sad with this news as it means their Tegra 3 chip is being replaced. Apparently Google weighed up both options (Nvidia’s Tegra 3 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon) but chose Qualcomm’s Snapdragon because of power reasons. The screen is also expected to get a revamp with a much thinner bezel and a higher resolution, the current Nexus 7 has a 1280 by 800 resolution.

Although we have stated that pricing could be $150 there are two “pricing options” the market has learned of. The first is that Google price the new Nexus 7 at $199 and discount the old one down to $149. The second option is that Google offer the new Nexus 7 at $149 and discontinue the old generation once stock is cleared. Either way we are pleased to see Google improving the very popular design.

What are your thoughts on a new Nexus 7? Will you consider buying one? If you bought one last time will you upgrade this time?

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Microsoft To Launch Surface Mini 7-Inch Tablet by June

Microsoft hasn’t said much about the prospect of a smaller version of the Surface table although market analysts say it is definitely coming. Microsoft is expected to release a 7″ or 8″ Surface Mini tablet, which will be running either the Windows 8 OS or the upcoming Windows Blue OS.

No release date has been rumoured just yet, but an analyst has stated that we could expect the device in June when the company announces the first beta of Windows Blue. The evidence for the 7 or 8 inch version comes with the fact Microsoft has been altering Windows 8 and Windows Blue to support 1024 by 768 resolution devices. This is expected to be the resolution of the new mini tablet from Microsoft.

Microsoft has already confirmed it is looking to expand its Surface product range but is yet to give a clear indication that the Surface Mini is how it intends to do this. In launching a Surface Mini Microsoft would face stiff competition from other small and popular tablets on the market right now like the Google and ASUS Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini. If Microsoft’s Surface Mini is going to succeed, the value for money has to be there and the choice of an operating system has to be viable and right.

Would you consider buying a 7 or 8 inch Microsoft tablet, what might convince you to buy one or what specifications or requirements would you have for it? Let us know your thoughts.

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LG Nexus 5 “Megalodon” Smartphone Specifications Detailed

The Nexus series of products from Google has taken the tablet and smartphone markets by storm, offering never-before-seen Bang-For-Buck from such a high end vendor. Google, generally speaking, doesn’t produce much themselves, the Nexus 4 was made in partnership with LG, the Nexus 7 with ASUS, the Nexus 10 with Samsung and it looks like the Nexus 5 will also be made in partnership with LG according to fresh speculation.

The LG produced Nexus 5 is going by the name “Megalodon” and the specifications look set to make it one of the, if not the most, powerful smartphone ever released into the market. Speculation suggests that the Nexus 5 will be released in October 2013 this year and the specifications are rumoured to be as follows:

  • 5.2″ OLED Display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
  • 3GB LPDDR3 Ram
  • 16/32/64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
  • 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
  • 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Front positioned stereo speakers
  • Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
  • Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
  • Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)

I don’t know about you but a 2.3GHz quad core, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is something you certainly do not expect to find on a smartphone. Not to mention the 16MP rear camera with 4K recording capabilities is a huge leap forward in technological capabilities compared to the kind of video capabilities most smartphones have.

Since these details and the image were sent by an anonymous source to “android and me” the likelihood of these being 100% accurate are slim. In fact many people and websites have pointed out that the possibility for this to be an elaborate hoax. However, given how far technology has come and how ambitious Google likes to be I personally wouldn’t be very surprised is this was in-fact entirely true. I’d like to think that we are now capable of producing such innovative and powerful smartphones after years and years of R&D.

What are your thoughts on this new smartphone? Does it have the potential to be an iPhone killer? Would you consider buying one if the price was right? Let us know your thoughts.

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Android Tablets to Overtake iOS Tablets this year

Apple’s dominance over the tablet market has been something that most people have become accustomed to. For the past few years the various incarnations of the iPad series have reigned supreme whether you’ve liked it or not. However, according to the latest research by the research firm IDC Android is beginning to take a lead over iOS based Apple tablets. This year, it is expected that Android tablet sales will comprise of nearly 3% more of the market than iOS tablet sales. This is a gap that is expected to be maintained as we move to 2017 where both Android and iOS lose out as Windows and Windows RT tablets grow in popularity.

2012 figures saw Android grab 41.5% and Apple gain 51% so you can see that much of Android’s growth was, and will be, at the expense of Apple’s iOS.

As far as the global trends are concerned IDC have increased the worldwide tablet shipment estimates from 172.4 million units to 190.9 million units for 2013. This is a rather buoyant increase that suggests tablets are doing better than expected despite many other technology sectors, like PC shipments, doing not so well. It begs the question “to what extent is the success of the tablet feeding off the demise of the PC and laptop?” Either way this is a significant increase that is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

IDC claim that one in every two tablets shipped were below 8 inches in size. This is an important characteristic because it shows how smaller, and more importantly cheaper, tablets will be the way forward for the majority of tablet market growth. Google’s Nexus 7 stands out as one of these pioneering sub-8″ tablets that has led to this market trend forming.

As far as Windows 8 goes, IDC were critical and skeptical of Windows 8 RT suggesting Microsoft would be better placed focusing entirely on the Windows 8 operating system for the tablet experience. Windows 8 RT is expected to experience lackluster and sluggish growth at best over the next few years while Windows 8 tablets should do much better – nearly tripling in market share compared to this year. IDC had this to say:

“Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far. Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.”

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Arrives – Enhanced Competition for the Nexus 7?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has been in-dev for a very long time now and its presence hasn’t exactly been off-the-radar. However, we are now finally seeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 officially materialise at the Mobile World Congress 2013 event in Barcelona, Spain. Being an 8 inch tablet, it is obviously different to the plethora of 7 inch tablets we are used to seeing, the 8 inch display makes it noticeably wider. Journalists at the MWC have reported that the Galaxy Note 8 is made out of similar materials to the Galaxy Note 10.1 except with a bit more metal in the construction for solidity.

All that extra metal has been compensated by a very tin design leaving it at 0.74 pounds – only marginally heavier than Apple’s iPad Mini. The bottom of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features three bezel buttons for menu, home and back, in left to right ordering. Samsung has added the functionality of being able to use their S-Pen with the three buttons, something that was missing off their previous Note II.

Other features include a rear facing 5MP camera, positioned centrally at the top, and a front camera at the top right. Along the bottom edge the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 includes two speaker grills, a micro USB port and the slot for putting the S-Pen back. The choice of OS is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s “TouchWiz UI” being layered over the top. Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+21) and Wi-Fi, although for some reason the USA is limited to a strictly Wi-Fi only version.

The choice of display from Samsung is an 8 inch panel utilising a 1280 by 800 pixel screen which equates to a ppi count of 189. Powering this device is a quad core 1.6GHz A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and other key hardware components include the aforementioned 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, SD Card slot, S-Pen, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer and a digital compass. Storage will vary between models but you have a rather predictable 16GB or 32GB choice.

Samsung have, unsurprisingly, declined to offer pricing information at this stage which means making a judgement on the value of the tablet impossible, especially against the Nexus 7 dubbed this tablet’s biggest competitor. Expect more news of the Note 8 as the product comes to market in the second quarter of this year (2013).

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