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Nexus 7 Dock Shows Up On A Few Regional ASUS Website’s Revealing A Early December Release

Yep, the Nexus 7 is now the perfect tablet. Nexus 7 owners will be thrilled to hear that a new accessory for the tablet will be releasing in the very near future. A Nexus 7 dock (90-XB3XOKDSS00020-JAN) recently surfaced on a couple of different international websites. Among those websites was ASUS Japan, showing that the dock is scheduled to arrive early December. The dock touts a USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack on the rear side of the dock, which means that the dock will also probably be using the Nexus 7’s pogo pins for charging the device and outputting audio. Extra accessories for the Nexus 7 seems to be one of the most requested additions for the device, and thankfully it’s almost here!

ASUS Japan is selling the Nexus 7 dock for 3,480 Japanese Yen. That turns out to be equal to $41 USD. Talk Android notes that a Norwegian site is showing the device for 240 NOK ($42 USD) and a Portgual website showing it for a low €23.90 ($31). There’s been no word as to when or if we’ll be seeing the dock in the United States, but if it did, you could probably expect (based off of international pricing) to shell out $40 for the dock. Hopefully it will be coming to the U.S. though, there would be a lot of consumers anxiously awaiting to get it in the Play Store.

Are you looking for the possibility of a Nexus 7 dock here in the United States? What would you use it for?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Talk Android

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Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10: Which Tablet Should You Get This Holiday Season?

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With the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 both being announced within a span of a few months, one would obviously be confused as to which one to get. The obvious first choice will be the Nexus 7 simply because it arrived first in the market. The Nexus 10 has just arrived in the market though, and is certainly one of the best Android tablets ever made. However, the price is in favor of the Nexus 7. So we can understand your confusion, and also realize that most of you are waiting to get the fancy new Nexus tablet this holiday season for yourself or your loved ones. So which one should you get? Read on to make your decision process easier. Bear in mind that some of the features I mention below are highly subjective.

The Nexus 7 is a very handy and portable device as you already know. It also features a more than decent Tegra 3 quad core chipset by NVIDIA, which promises great performance and incredible graphics performance.  However, if there was one gripe I had with the device, it was the lack of a working data connection other than Wi-Fi. Google has now fulfilled that wish too with the updated 3G version of the tablet. The tablet does have a few more shortcomings though. Firstly, it’s one of those devices which isn’t the best looking out there. This is clearly understandable as Google and ASUS had to cut production costs so as to make it available at such an attractive price. This is where the Nexus 10 will be more appealing to tablet lovers. While substantially bigger than the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 also has a neat body construction with its rubbery back covering (prone to tons of finger prints), and a rounded edge surrounding the bezel area. Hardware wise the Nexus 10 is miles apart from the Nexus 7 too as it features a bigger 10.055-inch display with a resounding resolution of 2560×1600 giving it a pixel density of 300ppi. And yes, this is a tablet we’re talking about here and not a smartphone. With that resolution, the display blows everything out of water.

Now let’s make sure you have your priorities set. If you’re looking for a tablet to just casually read through eBooks and do some web browsing, then the Nexus 7 should fit your needs perfectly. However, if you’re a power user willing to watch a lot of videos and like to play games and surf the web at most times, the Nexus 10 is what you should be looking at. But alas, the Nexus 10 isn’t without its flaws. Google is offering the device for $399 (16GB) and $499 (32GB). While the storage variants aren’t too bad for a tablet, it is the lack of data connectivity (3G or 4G) which comes as a huge disappointment. We see that Google was looking to target a particular price point, but with cellular connectivity on a tablet like the Nexus 10, we personally couldn’t look anywhere else. This is where the Nexus 7 scores over the bigger Nexus, as the 32GB Nexus 7 comes with a 3G variant.

Price too is a major factor to consider. The Nexus 7 starts from $199 for the entry level version, while the top end 32GB 3G variant costs $299. The Nexus 10 has only two variants as we mentioned above. But considering the price to features ratio, we have to go in favor of the Nexus 10. Simply because a bigger screen real estate means there’s so much more one can do with the device. A 7-inch tablet feels a bit crampy, especially if you’re used to iPads or other big sized tablets. On the other hand, you do have the luxury of carrying it around wherever you go due to its form factor, which is something you can’t do with the Nexus 10. So if you’re seeking an ultra portable media device, the Nexus 7 (with 3G) is the perfect gadget for you. And for this reason, we would recommend you go for the Nexus 7 first and then perhaps invest in a Nexus 10. Although both the devices don’t function completely different from each other, there are some tweaks made to Nexus 10 which sets it apart from the Nexus 7. Nexus 10 is as close a tablet can get to a PC, so it comes highly recommended if you plan on typing a lot of documents. The Nexus 7 is for your leisure time reading eBooks and other media with some moderate gaming or social networking on the side.

So let us know what you’ll be getting this holiday season. I’m sure existing Nexus 7 owners are already contemplating getting a Nexus 10. Are you one of them?

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Google/Huawei Nexus 6P vs LG Nexus 5X – specs comparison

They say the smartphone space is slowly but steadily getting too crowded for anyone besides Apple to post a constant profit. Tablets are dying, and conventional PCs linger in purgatory, yet an obvious market saturation seems to prevent handhelds from further growing.

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As such, it’s no wonder companies like HTC or Microsoft badly want to streamline their mobile product rosters, reducing the number of eerily similar Lumia and One models released year after year. Meanwhile, BlackBerry seeks an Android Hail Mary pass in utter desperation, and Samsung may soon need to enforce cost-cutting measures of its own to stop an abrupt, free fall in revenue.

Bottom line, everyone acknowledges the industry’s identity crisis, acting in accordance with various austerity tactics, except for Google. The search giant has adhered to the conventional 11 or 12-month hardware upgrade cycle and one phone a year launch standard since the very inception of the Nexus program, but all of a sudden, that’s no longer enough for Sundar Pichai & co.

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Enter the Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG-produced Nexus 5X, the first duo in the family’s history to get a simultaneous announcement, and target different audiences. In case you’re confused regarding exactly what’s different, and what’s not, let us clear the air for you:

Nexus 6P vs Nexus 5X – design and build quality comparison

As the name suggests, the N6P is larger. Specifically, 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm vs. 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, as far as the N5X is concerned. So, 12 mm taller, 5 wider, and remarkably enough, around half a millimeter thinner. Also, 42 grams heavier (178 vs 136), and most importantly, half an inch larger in screen diagonal (5.7 vs 5.2).

But of course, the aesthetical distinctions don’t stop there. In fact, size is the least important of them, with build material contrasts much more relevant for your buying decision. The higher-end, bigger Nexus 6P is arguably handsomer as well, courtesy of anodized aluminum use, compared to “premium injection molded polycarbonate.”

Translation – plastic for the Nexus 5X, and the same type of metal alloy employed in the aeronautical industry on the 6P. Too bad the latter’s rear camera looks God-awful, even though we wouldn’t exactly call the former’s main photographic unit a beaut either. Both stick out like a sore thumb, and the slimmed-down chassis around them seems a huge waste of space. Why oh why didn’t Google just make them thicker overall, and add extra battery capacity in the equation?

Display and cameras

No more racking their brains to come up with the “sweet spot” in terms of footprint and screen real estate for Google engineers! There’s no such thing, by the by, which is why it’s great phablet lovers and fans of smaller phones alike can finally come together.

The only catch is, if you’re into “diminutive” Androids, you’ll have to settle for 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, LCD technology, 423 ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The jumbo-sized new Nexus ups the ante across the board, to 2,560 x 1,440, AMOLED, 518 pixels per inch, and Gorilla Glass 4.

But surprise, surprise, the two primary cams are identical. Truly so, with the same 12 MP sensors, 1.55 μm pixels for superior details in low-light conditions, f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, dual LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities at 30 fps.

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Selfie addicts are better served by the Nexus 6P, which sports a pretty amazing front-facing cam too, despite lacking flash illumination. You get 8 generous megapixels, f/2.4 aperture, and 30 fps HD video capture, whereas the N5X barely offers 5 MP.

Processor, RAM and battery life

In the octa-core Snapdragon 810 vs hexa SD808 battle, the question is not who wins in the raw speed department, but whether the fiery hot 810 can at last be contained and cooled down. Hopefully, in a 2.1 iteration, it will.

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Likewise, the accompanying Adreno 430 GPU easily eclipses the 808’s 418 inside the Nexus 5X in graphics performance, yielding no stability concerns fortunately. The memory duel takes the Nexus 6P one step closer to total N5X annihilation, as the updated 5.2 incher merely matches the RAM count of its two year-old predecessor, at 2 GB.

In addition to packing 3 full gigs of the good stuff, Huawei’s rookie Nexus effort also touts the significantly heftier cell – 3,450 mAh, compared to 2,700. We’ll obviously have to wait for real-life battery tests before concluding which device lasts longer, but the good news is you get rapid charging features either way.

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The Nexus 6P should be able to keep the lights on for around 7 hours after 10 minutes of juicing activity, while the N5X can provide 4 hours or so endurance in the same timeframe.

Software, storage, and others

Say hello to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, possibly the most energy-efficient, security-focused variant of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, and hopefully, the smoothest, fastest, most stable too.

As you can imagine, Google doesn’t play favorites on this front in 2015 either, and loads up the same stock goodies on both new Nexuses. You have your intuitive Now on Tap function, Doze frugality, App Standby enhancement, customizable permissions, zippier and smarter Google Camera and Photos apps, plus native fingerprint recognition.

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Needless to highlight that latter feature would be useless without actual fingerprint sensors, located on the back of the 6P and 5X, and endowed with something called Nexus Imprint that “gets smarter with every touch” by “incorporating measurements each time you use it.”

What else? Well, since you predictably can’t expand the internal storage space via microSD cards, it’s vital to note the smaller handheld accommodates 16 or 32 GB data, whereas the Nexus 6P allows you to store up to 128 gigs, starting at 32 instead of 16.

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Then you have dual stereo speakers on the 6P, and a single audio player slapped on N5X’s face, three microphones with noise cancellation for each model, LTE Cat. 6, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band across the board. Oh, and let’s not forget the two’s reversible USB Type-C ports, which help make super-fast charging possible.

Pricing and availability

Up for pre-orders straight from Google, the vanilla Android powerhouses look like phenomenal bargains, commanding tariffs of $379 and $499 respectively in “entry-level” configurations. Considering all the Nexus 6P’s fortes listed above, the 32 GB flavor isn’t a lot pricier than its 5X counterpart, which sells for $429.

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Craving for 64 or 128 gigs of digital hoarding room? Then be prepared to spend $549 or $649. The ultimate deal sweetener comes in the form of free 90-day Google Play Music access, and complimentary $50 Google Play credit for orders placed before October 25. And yes, you’ll be able to activate the Nexus 5X and 6P on all four major US carriers, including Verizon.

[Deal] 32GB Nexus 5X for $259.99

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The 32GB version of the #Nexus5X is now available for just $259.99 on eBay. The smartphone was launched last year along with the Nexus 6P. This isn’t a high-end offering by any means, but is a worthwhile purchase for $260. The Nexus 5X will be supported by Google with frequent software updates, so buyers can be assured that they will receive frequent software support for a couple of years at least.

The Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 2,700 mAh battery. The handset is sold in Quartz and Carbon color variants, with the Ice version listed as out of stock.

Be sure to check out the smartphone from the link below. Given the kind of deal on offer here, we won’t be surprised if stocks don’t last long.

Get the 32GB Nexus 5X for just $259.99 on eBay!

[Deal] 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for $389.99

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The #Huawei #Nexus6P is now selling through eBay for just $389.99. The retailer is offering the 32GB version of the smartphone here, which means you’re getting the base model for this price. The pricing might seem a bit steep, but when we consider the fact that this is a flagship product by Huawei and will probably be supported by Google for the next year at least, the price tag can be easily overlooked.

The Nexus 6P was praised as one of the best Nexus phones produced, thanks to the perfect blend of software and hardware. The device comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,450 mAh battery. The Nexus 6P is also featuring Android Pay support with a fingerprint scanner located on the back.

Get the unlocked 32GB Nexus 6P for just $389.99 on eBay!

[Deal] 32GB LG Nexus 5X for $279.95

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The 32GB version of the #Google #LG #Nexus5X is now available for $279.95 on eBay. The smartphone packs a fairly attractive hardware underneath, even at this slightly steep price tag. We have previously seen the smartphone selling for much cheaper, but the arrival of the #Pixel phones have had a strange impact on the Nexus 5X. This also suggests that there’s still some demand for Google’s 2015 Nexus offering. While the Nexus 6P is also quite expensive right now, we don’t think it’s seeing the same demand as the Nexus 5X.

The Nexus 5X is sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Nougat), and a 2,700 mAh battery. The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back along with support for Android Pay.

Taking these factors into account, we feel the Nexus 5X is a very good purchase at this price.

Get the 32GB LG Nexus 5X for just $279.95 on eBay!

[Deal] 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for $389.99

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The 32GB variant of the #Huawei #Nexus6P is now selling on eBay for $389.99. This might seem like a slightly expensive price to pay for the device, especially considering the fact that it’s a 2015 device. However, for the kind of hardware it’s packing underneath, we think this is an excellent price for the phone. However, 32GB of storage might not be meant for everyone given that it doesn’t have a microSD card slot.

The Huawei Nexus 6P sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Nougat), and a 3,450 mAh battery. The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back with support for Android Pay and device authentication. This, coupled with the attractive hardware specs sheet makes the Nexus 6P a fairly desirable offering even today.

Check out the phone from the link below.

Get the 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for just $389.99 on eBay!

[Deal] Unlocked 32GB Nexus 6 for $179.99

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The 32GB iteration of the #Motorola #Nexus6 is now selling on eBay for just $179.99. The smartphone comes with a fairly attractive hardware specs sheet underneath, and the fact that it is a Nexus phone should convince prospective buyers of its potential. The handset is fairly large for a modern day smartphone, which makes it stand out amidst the competition. So let’s run you through the hardware specs of the handset.

The Nexus 6 comes with a 6-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Marshmallow and Nougat), and a 3,220 mAh battery. The handset is only available in Midnight Blue at the moment with the Cloud White model seemingly sold out.

If you’re interested in getting this particular handset, head over to the eBay link below for more details.

Get the unlocked 32GB Nexus 6 for just $179.99!

[Deal] 32GB LG Nexus 5X for $249.99

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An eBay seller is now offering the 32GB model of the #LG #Nexus5X for just $249.99. This is the last Nexus handset that you can get your hands on, so it holds some significance out there in the marketplace. The smartphone comes unlocked and with the promise of frequent software updates from Google, making it a desirable prospect for Android purists.

The Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 2,700 mAh battery. The device also comes with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, with support for Android Pay. The handset might be going out of stock fairly quickly, so make sure you grab the device while it’s still up.

Unfortunately, the seller is only offering the handset in Quartz at the moment, so you won’t be able to choose between the Ice and Carbon models of the handset.

Get the unlocked 32GB Nexus 5X for just $249.99 on eBay!

[Deal] 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for $399.99

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The #Huawei #Nexus6P is now available on eBay for just $399.99. The smartphone sold here is available in a 32GB configuration, which makes this an attractive prospect for potential buyers. Although the Nexus 6P is awaiting a refresh in the form of the Pixel XL, a pricing of $399.99 seems pretty attractive, given the hardware on board.

The handset is equipped with a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, 32GB of non-expandable storage, 3GB of RAM, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (upgradable to Nougat), and a 3,450 mAh battery. The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back with support for Android Pay. There’s a reversible USB Type-C port on board as well.

If you’re interested in snatching up this handset, we suggest you hurry as stocks might run out quickly. The seller is offering the Aluminum and Graphite versions of the handset.

Get the 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for just $399.99 on eBay!

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE getting Android 7.0 in the coming weeks

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There has been some confusion among #Nexus users as to when their devices will officially start getting the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Google has now mentioned that the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 LTE  will get the update in the coming weeks. Now that’s a very vague timeline to give, although it means that the updates are not far away.

This will probably be the last update for the likes of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 as they have now received updates for 24 months after their release, something that Google promised. However, if hardware is no constraint, we don’t see why future iterations of Android cannot be supported by these devices.

But that’s a question for the long term future. For now, users will be glad to know that Google is readying an update to Nougat for these two devices. Do you own a Nexus 6 or a Nexus 9? What do you make of this revelation?

Via: Android Police

[Deal] 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for $399.99

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The 32GB model of the #Huawei #Nexus6P is now available via eBay for just $399.99. The smartphone is only available in one configuration from the seller, so there’s a dearth of choices here. In terms of color, you’re getting the option to choose between the Graphite and Aluminum, which are basically black and white versions of the phone. It’s a little disappointing that the Gold version is missing out from the listing, however.

So what can you expect from the Huawei Nexus 6P? Well, it’s packing a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable storage, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (upgradable to Nougat), and a 3,450 mAh battery.

Since this is a Nexus device, it will be one of the first devices to get the coveted Android 7.0 update in the coming weeks. So you have that added incentive to get the Nexus 6P. Hit the link below for more details.

Get the 32GB Huawei Nexus 6P for just $399.99!

Report: Google to launch Pixel and Pixel XL in lieu of Nexus devices this year

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According to a new report that surfaced earlier yesterday, #Google will launch the HTC Sailfish and the Marlin as the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This comes after a pretty detailed report had mentioned that the Nexus name will be dying this year. Putting Google’s upcoming phones under the Pixel brand makes complete sense given that the two handsets are set to be designed mostly by Google, although HTC will handle the manufacturing side of things.

Much like the Pixel C, we can expect a refined user experience with the Pixel phones and the naming convention couldn’t have been any better. Whether this was a last minute plan or something that Google always wanted is only for the company to answer, but we certainly like the sound of this.

It is said that the two devices will be launched sometime early next month. We should have more details on the date when Google announces or schedules the official launch event.

Do you like the Pixel and Pixel XL monikers? Sound off in the comments box below.

Via: Android Police

Report: Google to discontinue the Nexus moniker this year

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The #Nexus lineup hasn’t exactly been lucrative for #Google over the years. Although it showed great promise initially, the Nexus phones never could match up with the OEM versions of Android smartphones. And it seems like Google has finally come to a decision now with regards to the future of the Nexus program.

A new report is mentioning that Google is going to ditch the Nexus branding with its forthcoming phones, sticking to a different moniker instead. What this moniker will be is anybody’s guess, but it’s certainly very big news given how Nexus devices have been synonymous with pure and unadulterated versions of Android.

What’s interesting is that the company will apparently make custom software optimizations to these new phones, so one won’t be able to call it stock or vanilla Android. To give you a better idea, this new software experience won’t be anything like what we see on beta builds of Android 7.0 Nougat. So perhaps Google will design a separate UI with some exclusive features just for these new phones.

There’s still quite a lot that we don’t know about this (allegedly) proposed plan, so it would be unfair to jump to conclusions just yet. What do you make of this whole thing? Good idea or bad?

 

Via: Android Central