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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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[Deal] 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for $109.99

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The 2013 #Nexus7 is on the verge of reaching end of life status, but it’s no doubt one of the best pure Android tablets you can find out there. Well, if you’re looking to snatch up a tablet on the cheap, today might be your lucky day as an eBay retailer is offering the 16GB model for just $109.99.

We must mention that this here is a manufacturer refurbished version of the tablet, so it’s not going to be shiny new. However, when you’re paying a cent short of $110 for the device, that shouldn’t be much of a concern. The seller promises that the device is in fine working condition and should function as a brand new unit would.

To refresh your memory, the 2013 Nexus 7 comes with a 7 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a 1.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of non-expandable storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 3,950 mAh battery. Interested? Grab the tablet from the link below.

Get the 2013 Nexus 7 for just $109.99 from eBay!

[Deal] Refurb 2012 Nexus 7 selling for $79.99

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Nexus 7 (2012)

The manufacturer refurbished model of the 2012 Nexus 7 can be bought for a throwaway price of $79.99, thanks to a new deal on eBay. This is Google’s first ever Nexus tablet and gained recognition for being one of the most affordable and feature packed Android tablets at the time.

Although the device has been used and refurbished, we can’t neglect the fact that this is a great value for the price here. The 2012 Nexus 7 packs a decent hardware for the price and can still be your daily driver, despite running a relatively older operating system (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop). There’s no Marshmallow update on the horizon with the device officially out of Google’s software support umbrella.

The 2012 Nexus 7  comes with a 7 inch HD display, a 1.2 GHz quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, a 4,325 mAh battery and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Head over to the link below for more details on this super affordable tablet.

Get the 2012 Nexus 7 on the cheap courtesy of eBay!

[Deal] 2013 Nexus 7 now available for $99.99

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The 2013 #Nexus7 is almost forgotten in the tablet industry, but a new deal over at Groupon promises to get your attention back. This deal is offering the 16GB WiFi only model of the 7 inch tablet for a miserly $99.99, along with an optional travel cover for free. This is a brand new version of the tablet and not refurbished, so you’re getting the best value for your money.

The 2013 Nexus 7 comes with a 7 inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a quad core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, a 3,950 mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Android 6.0.1 already rolling out to the device.

Considering that you’re getting a Nexus tablet with the latest software on board for just $99.99, this deal is hard to miss. Keeping that in mind, we suggest you give it a closer look, especially if you’ve been wanting a tablet for some casual reading or web browsing. Deals like these don’t come often.

Source: Groupon

Via: Android Police

Next gen Nexus 7 tablet to launch in 2016: Rumor

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The CEO of #ASUS, Jerry Shen, recently pitched the idea of a third gen #Nexus7 tablet, without providing much clarity on the matter. A new report from a Chinese social media site is now claiming that this tablet is indeed real and will release in 2016. However, the report goes on to say that the device will be produced by #Huawei instead and not ASUS as many would have expected.

Given Google’s recent partnership with Huawei for the Nexus 6P smartphone, this merger does make sense. The recently revealed Nexus flagship has received widespread acclaim for being a very capable successor to the Nexus 6 from last year, so we don’t see why Google wouldn’t want to partner with the Chinese OEM again.

But as is the case with every rumor, we suggest you take this with a large grain of salt until there’s enough prove to suggest otherwise. Would you be interested in a Huawei made Nexus 7 tablet?

Source: Weibo

Via: Techno Buffalo

CEO of ASUS suggests third gen Nexus 7 could be a reality

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#Google took a major step last year when it decided to go with HTC’s #Nexus9 as the preferred tablet for the year. This came as a surprise to many as it also meant that the company’s partnership with ASUS came to an end. However, according to the CEO of the Taiwanese company, there might just be a third gen Nexus 7 tablet on the horizon.

He obviously didn’t divulge information on when this device will be launched, but that’s simply because he doesn’t know it himself. He said that the company is still in talks with Google as to how to potentially improve the third gen Nexus 7 from the 2013 model. This is said to be the biggest obstacle for the company right now.

He also noted how the tablet market is in decline right now, which doesn’t make us too optimistic about the third gen Nexus tablet coming to fruition anytime soon. But with that being said, the fact that the Chairman is even considering the idea means that there could be something after all.

What do you think?

Source: Trusted Reviews

Via: Android Headlines 

Best small (7-inch) Android tablets available today

Winter is coming, and with it, comes possibly the most fruitful time of the year for both electronics retailers and tech consumers. Yes, you can find compelling promotions on Android gear from January to December nowadays, as competition heats up, manufacturer profits shrink, and upgrade cycles are shortened.

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But the best deals on smartphones, tablets, wearables and everything in between still allow you to spend the holidays without worrying the bank accounts are empty, or you’ve been left behind by the latest wave of fall releases.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, they’re all nigh, and while technically the onslaught of discounts isn’t in effect yet, some of the best small Android tablets can be had for historically low prices. Is it likely they’ll drop any further? Hard to imagine, especially as far the first few models on our list of the best 7-inch tablets around are concerned:

Amazon Fire 7 – $49.99

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Is this the world’s best 7 inch tablet at the moment? Hardly. But it’s easily the cheapest, and if you buy five units, the sixth comes free. As always, Amazon doesn’t care about profit margins on hardware sales, aiming instead to draw as many people as possible away from Google apps, and hooked on their own software ecosystem.

That said, the Fire OS 5 Android “fork” is much less intrusive than its predecessors, and most important of all, microSD storage expansion is now permitted. Well, it should really be compulsory on slates with just 8 gigs of internal space, even if the 1,024 x 600 pix res screen will make you think twice before trying to consume or hoard video content.

Toshiba Excite Go – $75

Toshiba Excite Go

The main (only?) selling point of this decrepit KitKat-running gadget has been suppressed by Amazon’s newest ultra-low-cost effort, so Toshiba may as well retire the Excite Go. Unless you absolutely need to have Intel inside every device you own.

Lenovo Tab 2 A7 – $80

Lenovo Tab 2 A7

Still no Lollipop update? Afraid not, though it’s planned, and could make its way over-the-air any day now. On the plus side, the 8-hour advertised battery life sounds pretty good, and it’s all thanks to a frugal but respectably zippy quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek SoC.

The 1,024 x 600 display also plays its part in conserving energy, albeit it’s not necessarily a strong suit of the A7.

BLU Touchbook G7 – $88 GSM unlocked

BLU Touchbook G7

SIM-free phone specialist BLU hasn’t produced a lot of tablets so far, and this G7’s marketing is almost nonexistent, despite only a few months having passed since its launch. Then again, anyone would be ashamed to aggressively promote a gizmo featuring 512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM, a dual-core MediaTek chip, and 3,000 mAh (!!!) battery in late 2015.

That’s not a tablet, it’s a toy, and the best you can hope to get is a decent e-book reading experience. Relatively smooth web browsing, with a couple of tabs open max, too. Oh, and 3G voice call placing and receiving.

Acer Iconia One 7 B1 – $90

Acer Iconia One 7 B1

Released with pre-loaded Jelly Bean, brought up to KitKat recently, and unlikely to ever score a Lollipop makeover, the B1-730HD is at least 720p-capable, not to mention it can accommodate 16 gigs of data locally.

Sure, microSD cards aren’t overly expensive, but if you’re looking to spend less than a Benjamin on a nice Christmas gift for a loved one, it’s best to keep the slot empty. Too bad the screen bezels are, well, horrible. What’s that, a 50 percent display-to-body ratio? Come on, Acer, you can do better than that!

Asus ZenPad Z170C – $94

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One of the newest best small Android tablets available on Amazon, this obviously runs Lollipop off the bat (version 5.0), rocks much slimmer borders, the same spacious 16 GB ROM, but a non-HD 1,024 x 600 IPS panel.

Compromises were mandatory to attain a premium design, with ergonomic rounded edges, a fashionable leather back pattern, polished metallic frame, and 8.4 mm profile. Somehow, the 7-inch ZenPad also promises 8 hours of endurance on a single charge, at a measly 265 grams weight, which is probably unfeasible in real life.

LG G Pad 7.0 – $105 AT&T GSM unlocked; $80 Wi-Fi only

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Can’t decide between the older, pricier, KitKat-stuck but cellular-enabled model, and the newer, cheaper, Lollipop-boasting but Wi-Fi-limited configuration? We reckon the former is the smarter buy overall, with LTE speeds, Snapdragon 400 power, 16 GB internal storage, and a 5 MP rear camera.

The latter isn’t half bad either, in spite of its missing LTE modem, adopting a Snapdragon 410 processor that should help with autonomy.

Amazon Fire HD 7 – $130

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Justifying the existence of this OG isn’t easy at almost three times the introductory price of the 2015 Fire 7, particularly sans microSD support, and with an older, uglier, clunkier Fire OS 4 UI. Why is the Fire HD 7 on our list of best current small tablets then?

As the moniker suggests, the display sports HD resolution (1,280 x 800 pixels), and furthermore, you get 1.5 GHz quad-core punch, Dolby Audio stereo sound, 8-hour battery, and a slightly more robust build.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – $143

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Honestly, the sole reason this made the cut is the brand name on it, and the hope it’ll be discounted come Black Friday. $100 would likely be a fair price to pay for Android 4.4 software with TouchWiz atop, a 1,280 x 800 TFT screen, thin bezels, 8 GB flash memory, 1 GB RAM, 3 and 1.3 MP cams, microSD capabilities, a quad-core Marvell SoC, and all the connectivity bare necessities.

Asus/Google Nexus 7 2013 – starting at $149

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It says a lot about the market’s evolution, or rather stagnation, that a two-and-a-half-year-old earns a well-deserved top ten spot, not having to resort to extreme price cuts… yet, and running a newer Android iteration than every single one of its rivals.

Yes, Marshmallow goodies are available OTA for this OG beast, which remains a stunner in the display res department, with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, and a multitasking champ, courtesy of 2 onboard gigs of random-access memory.

Unofficial Android 6.0 ROM now available for the Nexus 7 (2012)

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Nexus 7 (2012)

The 2012 #Nexus7 is officially out of Google’s software support umbrella with the device getting the axe after the introduction of #Android 6.0 #Marshmallow. While this move is not surprising, it has obviously disappointed a lot of users. But knowing the Android dev community, it was only a matter of time before a solution was found.

And now, a developer has managed to cook up a custom Android 6.0 ROM for the 2012 Nexus 7 based on stock Android. However, he warns against using the ROM with the Xposed framework and some other third party offerings which could make the device unstable. While this appears to be a solution for users, it won’t be devoid of issues.

But with that being said, this is the only way to get a taste of stock Android if you own a 2012 Nexus 7 right now. If you’re aware of the procedure involved with installing a custom ROM, make sure you head over to the XDA link below and grab all the details you can along with the download link.

Source: XDA Forums

Via: Pocket Droid

Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolling out to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 next week

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The #Google #Nexus family saw the addition of the #Huawei #Nexus6P and the #LG #Nexus5X earlier today. Along with showing off some new hardware, the company was also mindful of existing users. Not keeping us waiting any longer, the company has now officially announced the Android 6.0 rollout for its Nexus devices.

The compatibility list is relatively small this time and sees the exit of the Nexus 4, the Nexus 10 and the Nexus 7 (2012). The compatible devices now are Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 as well as the Nexus 7 (2013). The company has mentioned that the update will start rolling out next week, although it could take a couple of weeks to reflect on all devices globally.

We’re guessing updates will be prioritized for devices like the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 given that they are the most recent devices on the list. It’s good to see that Google is wasting no time in sending out the updates to its beloved Nexus devices. We’re still wary about cellular tablets getting the update on time though, but hopefully Google will have it figured out this time.

 

This week’s best deals on phones, tabs, wearables, and accessories: September 28 – October 4

Have you had enough of the shameless iPhone 6s and 6s Plus marketing propaganda, revolving around 3D Touch “breakthroughs”, “7000 series” aluminum, and the sales records Apple will inevitably crush if we don’t properly do our jobs of recruiting iFans onto the “dark side” before it’s too late?

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You’re not seriously going to fall for the avalanche of build quality-lauding drop, bend and even water immersion tests, are you? Clearly, you can’t take Cupertino’s flagships for a swim, and the fact they don’t curve under mild pressure is hardly a selling point.

As far as robustness go, we know a dozen Android-powered handhelds made of metal that probably resist free falls and contacts with tough surfaces at least as well as the new iPhones, and some cost half as much. Don’t get us started on the countless super-affordable iPad rivals, or the Apple Watch “killers” that will soon support iOS if you really must own one of those.

Without further ado, here’s another installment in our never-ending weekly deal saga:

This week’s top smartphone bargains

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 – $530 factory unlocked blue topaz; $534 white pearl

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You know the drill. We’re going to keep recommending a member or two of the S6 – S6 Edge – Edge Plus – Note 5 quadrumvirate every week until you all make up your mind, the Galaxy S7 comes out, or Samsung stops discounting these models. Whichever comes first.

A halt to price trims? It’s not very close-by, as the standard GS6 used to cost $650 three or four months back, and gradually dropped ever since. Any chance of seeing it go below the $500 mark? It’s all possible with Black Friday and Cyber Monday on the horizon, but a Marshmallow software update could help the non-edgy, non-phablet powerhouse stay in the limelight.

Samsung Galaxy J5 – $218.99

The humble J1 wasn’t the greatest family pioneer in history, and the J5 sits miles behind the Note 5 on the Galaxy totem pole, yet at 220 bucks, it’s not half bad. It’s got 5.1 Lollipop goodies pre-installed, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor under the hood, 1.5 gigs of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera around the back, and get this, a 5 MP selfie shooter equipped with LED flash, always ready to light up your face.

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser – $233

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Everybody loves the 4 GB RAM configuration! But this photography-centric 2 gig version, with the same arched design, LG-homaging rear controls, 5.5-inch 720p display, octa-core SD615 chip and, most importantly, laser autofocus camera, offers pretty remarkable bang for your buck too.

Oh, and did we mention you also receive 4G LTE connectivity for US GSM networks (including AT&T and T-Mobile) for less than $250? How cool is that?

Sony Xperia Z3 – $459

Now that it’s becoming clearer and clearer 4K resolution is a gimmick on a screen smaller than, well, 15 inches, are you ready to give the Z5 Premium and Z5 the cold shoulder, admit the Z4 doesn’t exist, and settle for the Z3?

It’s relatively inexpensive, waterproof (to a certain extent), a multitasking champ, courtesy of 3 GB memory, not to mention an excellent choice for shutterbugs, with a 20.7 MP main cam in tow.

LG G Flex 2 – $49.99 with Sprint pacts

LG G Flex 2

We don’t often speak highly of on-contract phones, but when you can skip a less-than-extravagant dinner in town for two, and score a curved Snapdragon 810 beast with the savings, it’s worth we bend our rules a little. Remember, LGs are microSD-expandable, so storage isn’t a problem, and the 13 MP rear camera on the G Flex 2 sports a dual LED flash system, OIS, and laser autofocus. A-mazing!

Tablet deals and steals

 

Google Nexus 9 – $318 with 16 GB internal storage space; $340 in 32 GB config

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They say the search giant’s glamorous press event tomorrow won’t be about any new stock Android-running tablets, but do you really want to risk losing the N9 to a prospective N8? There’s no telling when Big G will pull the plug on the HTC-manufactured 9 incher, which reportedly didn’t do so well at the box-office.

Get it while you still can therefore, and while it’s accessible to the masses, super-high-res panel, Tegra K1 SoC, 8 MP cam and all.

Nexus 7 2013 – $149

Why in the world would anyone purchase a slate over two years old, with an ancient Snapdragon S4 Pro processor onboard, and a price tag three times as exorbitant as the newest Fire 7? One word – Marshmallow.

Asus MeMo Pad 8 ME181CX-A1 – $99.99

It’s no ZenPad S, it’s stuck on KitKat, it looks… humdrum, and the cameras are crappy, but it’s larger than your typical sub-$100 7 incher, can accommodate 16 GB data internally, another 64 via a microSD card, and it’s no slouch, with Intel inside.

Toshiba Excite Go – $64

Toshiba Excite Go

The Japanese OEM is far from a household name in the business, the Excite Go is archaic and outdated, and the specs almost couldn’t be worse. But at a little over 60 clams, this remains a decent $50 Fire alternative for those who simply can’t make peace with Amazon’s Google-rejecting ecosystem.

Low-cost wearable recommendations for the week

 

Microsoft Band – starting at $137

Normally listed at $200, the cross-platform (Android, iOS and Microsoft) fitness tracker is awaiting for a sequel, and fluctuating of late between $100 and $180. There’s no question the wrist-worn gadget is a must-buy at $99.99, while for $137, it’s… reasonable.

Microsoft Band

Strongest points? A sharp 1.4-inch TFT display, built-in GPS, and wide array of sensors, from ambient light to skin temperature and UV. Fatal flaws? Design, comfort (or lack thereof), plus battery life.

Pebble Time Round – $249.99

Finally, a Pebble released directly on Amazon instead of Kickstarter. Alas, merely pre-orders are open now, with deliveries underway November 10. Slimmer, sleeker and, well, rounder than the Time and Time Steel, this bad boy compromises on autonomy and liquid protection. It’s also too “bezelicious” for some. But it’s circular. And it weighs 28 (!!!) grams.

Garmin Vivoactive – $199 without heart rate monitor

Garmin Vivoactive

Yes, the HR-bundled variant is more convenient and functional for hardcore sports users, but it’s $100 pricier as well. Meanwhile, this sub-$200 contraption “only” vows to monitor your runs, walks, swims and various other specific athletic endeavors, lasting up to three weeks on a charge with a high-res, sunlight-readable, color touchscreen display.

Huawei Watch – $350 and up

Low-cost? Not even close. Recommended? Highly, for fashionistas first and foremost, and Android and Apple enthusiasts alike. No, the Huawei Watch hasn’t shaved a dime off its MSRP following the recent public announcement, but if you hurry, you might actually receive it before long, given it’s in stock at last on Amazon.

Pivotal Living Tracker 1 (second generation) – $15

Pivotal Living Tracker 1

Little more than a glorified pedometer, the “smart” band looks a little awkward, may act out from time to time, and break easily. But if it does, you can simply skip breakfast one day, and buy another unit. It’s that cheap.

Mobile accessories on the cheap

 

Samsung wireless charging pad – $39.93 (60 percent off)

Samsung wireless charging pad

It’s not the “fast” type, but it’ll help you get rid of (a few) cables, requiring just one. And a Qi-certified handheld, like the S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, Note 5, Note 4, Note Edge, Note 3, S5 or S4.

Vtin Dew Bluetooth wireless headphones – $19.99

They didn’t make our recent list of best earbuds available today, but a sizzling hot discount puts them on our radar, where they deserve to be also thanks to their comfort-focused design, resistance to sweat, 5-hour talk/play time stamina, and 12-month worry-free manufacturer guarantee.

Braven BRV-1 wireless Bluetooth speaker – $69.99

What can we say about this muscular audio player? It’s universally compatible, of course, protected from rainfall, water jets, splashing and even immersion, capable of delivering 3-watt sound, absorbing outside shocks, and rocking on for up to 12 hours continuously.

Google rolling out security updates to a bevy of Nexus devices

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Following the revelation of the #Stagefright vulnerability, #Google promised to send out monthly security updates to its #Nexus devices. The company has now started sending out updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6 as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets. The updates will only bring some bug fixes and won’t change the visuals in any way, so don’t expect any massive changes on board.

It’s good to see that the company was serious about sending out frequent security updates to its devices in order to squash any bugs that might have surfaced over a short period of time.

Although Google has started rolling out the update right away, we must mention that it might take some time to hit all the aforementioned devices depending on the region, so don’t lose your patience if the update isn’t visible on your smartphone or tablet yet. The build number will remain unchanged at LMY48M with Android 5.1.1 being the Android version.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android and Me

What to expect when you’re expecting: 2015 Google Nexus upgrade (s)

It’s all (relatively) quiet on the Nexus release front, and with a measly few days left until the Google I/O 2015 opener, that can only mean one thing. Whatever Big G has planned for the stock Android-running hardware program, we won’t be able to check out any N5, N6 or N9 sequels in the flesh just yet.

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Of course, it makes perfect sense, if you think about it. It’s simply way too early for “pure Google” phablet or tablet reboots, not to mention the technology isn’t really there for radical, palpable improvements. Snapdragon 810 processing power? 4 GB RAM instead of 3? Too little, too… soon.

Meanwhile, the increasingly more plausible 2015 edition of the 2013 Nexus 5 could debut any day now, yet the utter lack of visual exposés or concrete, believable, detailed specification disclosures suggests this ain’t happening very soon either.

Granted, Android’s M build is almost certainly imminent, but like last year, we expect an unfinished beta, aka developer version, to go official months ahead of the commercial source code dispatch. Once again therefore, it makes sense if Nexus upgrades keep us waiting until late summer/early fall.

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No matter, we’ll still dream of the new Nexus trio with our eyes open, and contemplate all sorts of utopian scenarios where they revolutionize the mobile tech universe. Here’s what we currently anticipate they’ll bring to the table, based mostly on educated guesswork:

Google Nexus 6 2015, aka Nexus 6 second-gen, aka Nexus 6-2

First of all, don’t ever call this the Nexus 7. That would be beyond confusing, plus it’d create a shadow the Huawei-made handheld couldn’t possibly escape. Yes, we believe Huawei will manufacture it under El Goog’s careful supervision.

Nexus 6

It’s high time a rising Chinese star got a chance to truly shine on a global scale, and Huawei certainly has the production muscle needed to qualify for a Nexus “license.” They also have this iPhone-homaging sense of style we feel the Android ecosystem might be able to polish and help thrive.

Likely circling 6 inches of screen real estate, especially if a long overdue N5 follow-up is nigh as well, the second-gen phablet should “settle” for an original-matching Quad HD pixel count producing outstanding 490 or so ppi.

Under the hood, there’s a (slim) chance Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 will be ready in time. But the S810 remains the front-runner. Unless it’s truly as flawed as some sources suggest, and the 808 enters the picture. Or here’s a crazy idea: what if a Huawei-designed octa-core 64-bit Kirin CPU gets the unexpected vote of confidence?

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3 gigs of supporting RAM are our safest bet right now, with a 4 count possible but not probable. 20 megapixel OIS rear camera? 8 MP selfie-friendly front shooter? Fingerprint recognition capabilities? 3,500 mAh+ battery juice?

Allow yourselves to dream, since rumor is Android M will feature native finger authentication, and Huawei is more than focused on top-notch front cams and pacemakers. It all depends on the targeted price tag, which may hinder the cutting-edge nature of the jumbo-sized phone, given the $600 and up OG N6 reportedly posted underwhelming mainstream sales.

LG Nexus 5 2015 preview

While we still have our doubts in regards to Huawei’s entry into the fold, LG’s recruitment for a compact, possibly low-cost new N5 feels guaranteed. The Koreans deserve the comeback, and if they don’t return, we can’t see the Nexus 5-2 happening.

Nexus 5

It’s worth pointing out the forerunner has almost completely disappeared from US stores, commanding a $333 tariff on a lagging Amazon listing with no US 4G or valid warranty. Ergo, the sequel really could drop any time after I/O. June, July, August at the latest to help Android keep Apple’s next iPhones at bay.

A fingerprint scanner is one of the few speculated features at the moment, alongside a slim-bezeled G4-like chassis. 1,080p resolution? Probably, if Google intends to charge $400 tops outright. Snapdragon 808, 3 GB RAM, G4’s winning 16 and 8 MP photography units?

Nexus 5 2015 concept

Maybe, though like it or not, camera compromises could be mandatory for the same noble, affordability-seeking purpose. Don’t be too shocked if you only end up with 13 and 5 megapixels respectively. Perhaps even 2 gigs of random-access memory.

Fingers crossed for battery capacity well exceeding the first Nexus 5’s modest 2,300 mAh, improved wireless charging functions and louder, sharper speakers. USB type-C connectivity? Let’s not push it.

Second-gen Nexus 9 speculation

They say HTC plans to bring an entry-level H7 7-inch slate to light this summer, but “they” don’t say a thing about a premium N9 follow-up, which like the 2015 N6, we beg of you not to call Nexus 10. That brings back a rush of memories, not all very pleasant.

Nexus 9

Now, we don’t think last year’s Nexus 9 sold like hotcakes, but if the H7 is real, it couldn’t have flopped that hard. Ergo, HTC should try again.

This time, with more metal on the outside and maybe a “mainstream” Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The Nvidia Tegra X1 is obviously a decent possibility too, coupled with 3 GB RAM and, hopefully, backed by a larger 8,000 mAh or so cell.

At the same time, we wouldn’t rule out Google signing a different manufacturer and going a less impressive design and hardware path looking for N7’s glory past. Asus stands by, plus LG, with the latter’s surprisingly robust and solid G Pads sounding like the perfect basis for a new Nexus… 8?

Nexus 7 2013

Finally, it’s not out of the question Big G will abandon Nexus tablets sooner or later, in acknowledgment of the product category’s approaching and inevitable extinction. Before that happens, head over to Amazon and purchase a beautiful N9 starting at $380, or an oldie but goldie Nexus 7 2013 in exchange for $165.

If you’re struck by extreme nostalgia, the 2012 N7 is itself still available, at $149.99 brand-new or $110 certified refurbished.

Here’s a thought – what if, instead of ditching them, Google decides to refresh both the antiquated Nexus 7 and much newer, much hotter 9?

2012 Nexus 7 (WiFi) now receiving Android 5.1.1 update

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Nexus 7

With Google recently beginning the roll out of Android 5.1.1 for some devices with factory images going live on its official site. The company has now started sending out the OTA update to the 2012 Nexus 7 (WiFi), making it one of the few Nexus devices to get it.

The update changes the build number to LMY47V and is not expected to bring any massive changes to the fore. It’s only 9.6MB in size, so it should finish installing before you know it. There’s no word on when the cellular variants of the tablet will start getting the update, but we’re not holding our breath.

Google has been notoriously slow in bringing Android updates to cellular variants of its Nexus tablets and the trend hasn’t changed as of yet. We’re hoping the company will provide more details on the Android 5.1.1 update rollout for other devices. As of now, only the Nexus 10, the 2012 Nexus 7 and the 2013 Nexus 7 have received the update.

Via: GSM Arena