This morning, Google announced that screen mirroring via Chromecast is now in public beta and would be available via the Chromecast app over the coming days. If you own a Nexus, you can start casting immediately without the Chromecast app. Thanks to built-in “Cast Screen” support that you have likely seen show up from time to time over the last couple of months in your Quick Settings Panel, a separate app isn’t needed.
Once Google announced that Chromecast mirroring was live, I watched as the “Cast Screen” button on both my Nexus 5 (running Android L) and Nexus 4 (running Android 4.4.4) went live. With a simple tap on that button, a menu appeared with nearby Chromecasts that were available to cast to. Once tapped, I was immediately connected and began mirroring my phone’s display through Chromecast. (more…)
When Google released the Android L Developer Preview last week to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), I can imagine that a number of you were disappointed – namely those with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10. While Google still hasn’t released flashable images for any of those devices today, they have pushed Android L code for each to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP),
which means that your favorite developer will likely having something for you shortly in the form of a ROM. (more…)
We are quickly approaching the 1-year anniversary of the launch of the Nexus 7 (2013). We have no idea if a new 2014 model will replace it, so if you don’t feel like waiting for Google to make that decision or announcement, take a look at today’s deal on the current model through eBay.
For $129.99, you can pick-up the 16GB version in “manufacturer refurbished” condition. That is actually a pretty substantial discount, since the unit retails for $229 in “new” condition. If you want more storage, the 32GB model in “manufacturer refurbished” condition can be had for $169.99.
eBay Links: Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB ($129.99) | Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB ($169.99)
Google surprised us yesterday with an update to Android 4.4.4 for almost all current Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and both Nexus 7 (2012) models. The update is a security fix, so don’t expect it to change the game or the way you use your phone. We didn’t get a new dialer app, that’s for sure. But hey, updates are updates.
So as has become customary around these parts whenever a new update arrives for Nexus devices, we have created a 1-stop shop to get you updated. Since the over-the-air (OTA) process takes time to hit all devices, we go ahead and list all of the links as they come in, so that you can update as early as possible. All you have do is download the correct .zip for your specific Nexus device and then flash the file with a quick adb command to get officially updated.
Below, the list has already begun for Android 4.4.4 files. (more…)
A brand new Nexus 7 (2013) with 32GB of storage will run you $269 through Google Play, plus an arm and a leg for shipping. Today, through an eBay deal, you can have the same tablet for $159.99. The deal is for a “manufacturer refurbished” model, but as we have noted time and time again, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Often times, refurbishing a product brings it back to a “like new” state with known issues addressed that may not have been addressed yet in a brand new unit.
As a refresher, the Nexus 7 (2013) features a 7-inch high-resolution display (1920×1200), 2GB RAM, 3,950mAh battery, Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core) processor, 5MP rear camera, and the newest version of Android (which currently is 4.4.3).
The deal includes free standard shipping.
What, you are telling me that you don’t already have an Android tablet? It’s time to fix that. Android tablets are great. You can leave them on your couch, play games or browse the web, plus they are the perfect companion devices for a few of your favorite shoes.
Regardless of what you will use it for, Woot! currently has a deal on reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi+LTE tablets, pricd at $269.99, which usually retail at $349.99 on Google Play. (more…)
Update: A new deal has popped up that is even better than the original we featured. eBay is selling a brand new Nexus 7 (2013) with 32GB of storage for $189.99. That’s $10 cheaper than the refurbished model. [eBay Link]
Update 2: It looks like the original deal for the refurbished model has now dropped from $199 to $169. Both are solid deals. So you can either grab a brand new Nexus 7 (2013) with 32GB of storage for $189 or a refurbished version for $169.
The Nexus 7 (2013), a tablet that many would still consider to be the best of the last year, can be had in “manufacturer refurbished” form through eBay today for $199 with 32GB of storage. Again, the device is refurbished, so it is not brand new. But like we mention in almost any post that features a deal for a refurbished product, there are those who consider manufacturer refurbished products to be almost better than new, since it gives the manufacturer an opportunity to button up any known issues and potentially re-release the product in better shape.
A brand new Nexus 7 (2013) with 32GB of storage currently retails through Google Play for $269, so you are looking at around $70 in savings. Keep in mind that this eBay deal also includes free expedited shipping, whereas Google will only give you free shipping on 3-5 day ground.
As a refresher, the Nexus 7 (2013) sports a 7-inch HD display (1920×1200), 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (quad-core), 2GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, dual stereo speakers, and runs the latest version of Android, which is 4.4.3.
Every time a new update surfaces for a Nexus device (like Android 4.4.3), there is a mad dash to find the OTA URL from Google’s own servers so that those who were not lucky enough to receive the update over-the-air can sideload the .zip file. You know, because none of us have any patience whatsoever these days.
The problem is, we often see users get prompted with the update who don’t know how to capture that URL for everyone. So we thought we would put together a quick tutorial on how to do just that – capture a Nexus OTA URL. That way, should Android 4.4.4 or 4.5 or 5.0 show up some day, we will all be prepared to bring update love to the rest of the world. (more…)