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Google Releases Official Nexus 7 Microsuede Case

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 17:27 -- Sammy Snyder

Google has launched its first official case for the new Nexus 7. The new cases are made to the exact specifications of the 7-inch tablet, and feature built-in stands to make typing and watching movies easier. The microsuede cases are available in four colors (black, white/red, gray/blue, gray, red) for $50, and will begin shipping tomorrow.

Official Google Nexus 7 CaseGoogle-branded accessories, like the Nexus 4 bumper, have been known to sell out quickly. We can only hope that Google has learned its lesson from previous shortages and have plenty of stock available, but pre-ordering your Nexus 7 case right now may not be such a bad idea. You can reserve your Nexus 7 - 2013 case via Google Play.

Google Changes Android 4.4 Nickname to KitKat

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:40 -- Marshall Walker

In an effort to make Android 4.4 more recognizable, Google has changed its nickname from Key Lime Pie to Kitkat. Lohn Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, told the BBC that the name change came after Google employees realized "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie." Lagerling also explained that Nestle, the company who makes the popular candy bar, had given Google permission to use the name.

"This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," explained Lagerling.

Google Android Lawn OrnamentsGoogle's SVP Sundar Pichai later confirmed the name change on Google+, and posted an image of the new Android Kitkat lawn ornament. Little is known about Android 4.4, but Pichai said he "can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites." Pichai also noted that over 1 billion Android devices has been activated since its launch.

Google Slashes Nexus 4 Prices

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 20:14 -- Marshall Walker

Google has reduced the price of its Nexus 4 handset by $100 a few weeks before Apple is expected to announce its new low cost iPhone. The 8GB model is now $200, and the 16GB model is only $250. The new price tag puts the Nexus 4 in line with the iPhone 5 and many other popular Android devices. However, unlike most smartphones, the Nexus 4 doesn't require a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. It is also unlocked, which makes it cheaper and easier to use overseas, but it is only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's networks in the US, and it doesn't support 4G LTE speeds.

Nexus 4 Price CutSome analysts believe Google discounted the Nexus 4 to complete with Apple's iPhone C, which could cost around $100 to $149. Apple is expected to announce the low cost, plastic iPhone alongside the iPhone 5S on September 10. Google could also be making room for the next-generation Nexus phone reportedly being manufactured by Motorola for a late 2013 launch.

Android Device Manager Helps You Recover Your Lost Device

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 13:49 -- Marshall Walker

Google's Android Device Manager is now live. The website allows Android users to locate their lost smartphone or tablet, or perform a remote wipe if it is stolen. The new service is available for all Android devices running Android 2.2 or above. Android Device ManagerThere are several ways Android Device Manager can help you locate your device. First, if you happen to misplace your smartphone nearby, you can activate its ringer at maximum volume for 5 minutes. This also works if your phone is set to silent. Or your can use Google’s location services to find your smartphone or tablet on a map. This is useful if you forget your device at a bar, at work and so on.

What is Moto Maker?

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 14:39 -- Alex Gardner

After numerous leaks, Motorola officially unveiled the Moto X in New York City on Thursday. The 4.7-inch smartphone is equipped with a Motorola X8 processor (1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro), 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 10MP Clear Pixel camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, plus more. The Moto X will launch on multiple U.S. carriers starting at $200 with a two-year contract. Pretty normal stuff, however, what makes the Moto X unique is its Moto Maker.

Moto X ColorsThe Moto Maker offers customers 2,000 different ways to customize their phone. This mostly involves picking what colors you want your device to be, but you can also create a personal start-up greeting, have it engraved with your signature, sync it with your Google account, and bundle it with a case or other accessories. Your personalized Moto X will ship four days after you design it, and will be ready for use right out of the box. The Moto Maker will be exclusive to AT&T at launch, with other carriers eventually offering the service too.

Second Generation Nexus 7 Now Available at Google Play and Best Buy

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 18:34 -- Sammy Snyder

The 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only models of the second generation Nexus 7 tablet are now available through Google Play and Best Buy. For some unknown reason, Best Buy lists the tablet as in stock, while Google Play is sticking to the originally announced July 30th shipping date. The new Nexus 7 LTE model from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile is still a "couple of weeks" away.

Second Generation Nexus 7The 16GB model is $229, and the 32GB version is $269 from both Google and Best Buy. Both models are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.3. The new tablet boasts a 7-inch 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi), a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera, built-in wireless charging, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Other features include SlimPort support, stereo speakers, surround sound and up to 9 hours of active use.

What's New About Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 17:55 -- Marshall Walker

Google announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean alongside the second-generation Nexus 7 at a press event held earlier this morning. The new OS will ship with the Nexus 7 tablet on July 30th, and it will begin rolling out to the first-generation Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus today. As expected, Android 4.3 is only a slight upgrade to the Google operating system. Here are the new features Google announced at the press event.

Android 4.3

Multi-User with Restricted Profile

This allows users to lock down a profile. This feature is perfect for parents, who can now monitor what apps their kids are downloading and block in-app purchases.

1080P HD Movies

Neftflix now supports 1080P HD streaming to Android 4.3 devices.

Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth 4.0

The Nexus 7 can now used with Bluetooth devices like the Runtastic heart-rate monitor Google previewed at the event. This opens the door for many more Nexus 7 accessories to be made in the future.

Google Announces Thinner and Lighter Nexus 7 With Android 4.3

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 14:13 -- Marshall Walker

Google has officially announced the new Nexus 7 tablet. The ASUS created device has received a bump in resolution from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200, giving it 323 PPI. It's powered by a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro CPU, an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It will also ship with the newly announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet 2The tablet has retained its 1.2MP front-facing camera, but it has also gained a rear-facing 5MP camera. The new Nexus 7 is also 50g lighter and 1.8mm slimmer that its predecessor. Other new features include wireless charging, NFC capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0, and SlimPort support.

Confirmed: Sony Xperia Z Google Edition

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 13:25 -- Penelope Wang

Sony Mobile and Google are collaborating on a special Google Edition of the flagship Sony Xperia Z smartphone. Android Central explains that the device will bring the "Nexus user experience" to Xperia Z later this year. Other phones that have received the Google Edition treatment include the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Sony Xperia Z display
Just like these devices, the Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will be launched to US consumers via the Google Play Store. Google Edition features a stock version of Android, referred to as "vanilla" since the operating system avoids bells and whistles typically added by device manufacturers. The special Xperia Z may also receive system updates at a faster pace than its non-Nexus cousins.

White Nexus 4 Unveiled, LG Nexus 5 Not Happening

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:42 -- Alex Gardner

LG has announced that the White Nexus 4 is headed to Hong Kong tomorrow, May 29th, with plans to launch it in Europe, North America and the rest of Asia over the next several weeks. The new Google handset features the same specs as its predecessor, and will most likely carry the same $350 price tag for the 16GB version.

White Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 was originally launched on November 14, 2012, but quickly sold out in under 30 minutes. The device was made available in the Google Play store again on January 29, 2013, and has been in stock ever since. It features a 4.7 inch 1280×768 IPS Plus display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2GB of RAM, and it was the first device to ship with the new Android Jelly Bean operating system. The White Nexus 4 is expected to ship with Android 4.2.2, not Android 4.3.

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