Do you feel “Scroogled” and want to show it with a range of trendy-as-ever Microsoft-branded clothing? Or are you more of a quiet type who simply wants all their subscriptions to be tied together in a single app that bears an identical name to the iOS service that does a similar job? This week’s for you so let’s dive in and take a look at what’s been going on in Mountain View!
It’s been a busy week in the world of Android, with Google’s Android and Chrome event hosting a bunch of pretty major announcements, including an update to one of our favourite 7-inch tablets. Let’s dive in and take a look! (more…)
Google’s Nexus program has been absolutely vital to the Android ecosystem over the years. In fact, most of the Nexus devices came along right when they were needed, acting as a guide for the Android OEMs. A couple months ago, the Android ecosystem was completely shocked when Hugo Berra took the stage at Google I/O. While many were expecting a new Nexus 7 to follow in last year’s pattern, Hugo dropped something different entirely. He showcased a Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android.
The excitement and speculation this generated only increased when Sundar Pichai announced a similar take on the HTC One at The Wall Street Journal’s D11 conference. People were of course very pleased to have two popular flagships running stock Android, but they were also concerned about the future of the Nexus program. There were rumors going around that some companies were losing interest in Nexus phones which only fuelled the speculation that the program might be finished. This, obviously, is not the case as the Android ecosystem needs a Nexus device now more than ever.
This week we saw Valentine’s Day and the industry certainly recognised our love of the robotic operating system with a consistent slew of news. Want to hear of the $10,000 Android smartphone, learn of the release of Nexus 4 wireless charging orbs or what’s new with the stock operating system? Be sure to check in after the jump! (more…)
The new brigade of Nexus devices were made available this week over the Play Store in several countries, including the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and more.
However, the debacle ensued with the order process where many people weren’t able to checkout, and the devices went out of stock quite quickly. It seems that many of you liked these new Nexuses and created such a rush on the Store that the servers weren’t able to handle it!
Putting aside what Google could or could not have done to prevent this whole mess, we’d like to know whether the new lineup was interesting enough for you to consider placing an order. After all, this is the first time we have a simultaneous launch of 3 different categories of official Nexus devices. Not to mention that they’re all starting at a reasonable price and with quite a few advantages over their direct competition —aside from their stock experience and priority software update status.
I don’t know any Android enthusiasts who prefer HTC Sense, Samsung TouchWiz, or any other third-party UI over stock Android and Holo. Most people I know either buy Nexus, or root their device and install CyanogenMod. But then, I’m in an unusual position, surrounded as I am by Android tech writers — perhaps that’s not the case for everyone.
Still, I have to wonder why manufacturers continue to insist on using these skins. I know, I know, it helps with branding and to differentiate their Androids from all the other Androids – but with the dozens of devices out there, I’m surprised that the only top-of-the-line stock devices (hardware-wise) are in the Nexus line.
So this week’s question is a simple one: if a manufacturer did make a decent device running stock Android, without it being a Nexus device, would you consider buying it? Yes or no only — elaborate in the comments if you like.
THe launch of the Nexus 7 created a storm in the mobile market – it quickly because THE 7″ tablet to get, bar none, finally staging something of a challenge to the iPad’s dominance in the tablet market. For a super-low $199, the Nexus comes with all the top-of-the-line hardware you can imagine: a quad-core processor, a gig of RAM and a brilliant HD LCD display.
Now although the Nexus 7 comes with a bunch of wallpapers already on the device, including the now famous Jelly Bean background, that’s never really enough, is it? If you are anything like me, you’re going to quickly go find some awesome images to customize your home screens with some brilliant imagery. Well, let your search begin here. Here are 50 of the best wallpaper images I could find to help you deck up your Nexus 7 and show it off at the next chance you get.
The Nexus brand has made some major strides since it was first introduced to us back in 2010. At that point it only represented a phone with a vanilla version of Android. Its purpose was simple: show people the true power of the Android operating system.
Since then, the brand has grown to mean more than just the name of a specific phone; it now describes a specific experience. These past couple of months, starting with Google I/O, gave us much deeper insight into what Google plans to do with the Nexus program — and I couldn’t be more excited.
At Google I/O, amongst new tablets, new operating systems and extreme sports demos, Google announced the Nexus Q, a new device for the living room that describes itself as a social streaming media player.
The Nexus Q is clearly out to compete with the Apple TV, a product that Apple majorly refreshed in late 2010 with AirPlay, a feature to stream media from one Apple device straight to a TV. However, while it seems like a product that only exists to let Google cover that particular base, it does signify another product joining the “pure” Google Nexus experience.
The Nexus One, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus are all flagship Google phones, each being the first to use the then-latest version of Android (2.2, 2.3, and 4.0, respectively), each being free of any third-party UIs like TouchWiz or Sense, and each being the only flagship phone at any one time.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google might change how it handles that last point. Apparently, rather than partnering with one handset manufacturer at a time to create a single, de facto flagship device, Google might work with up to five manufacturers at once, to create a whole stable of Nexus devices – including tablets.
For more details, read the original article. Do you think it’s a good idea?