How to: Grab the OTA File URL for Nexus Updates

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…)

Deal: Buy a Nexus 7 from Google Play, Get 3 Free Months of All Access

In case you needed a reason to pick up a spare Nexus 7 (2013) or two, Google is offering fairly good incentive for residents of the US.

From now until September 30, you can get 3 free months of Google Play Music All Access with the purchase of a Nexus 7 through the Play Store. Only customers who aren’t subscribed to All Access or who haven’t already activated a free trial before are eligible. (more…)

People Also Sees Much-needed Polish in Android 4.4.3

We are still digging through Android 4.4.3, looking for major changes to talk about, like the newly re-skinned dialer that we already showed you. Unfortunately, the update is starting to look as minor as expected, so we aren’t finding much much else in terms of up-front overhauls to give you a look at. The People app did receive some much-needed love, though, making it look a lot more like Gmail and a lot less drab.  (more…)

T-Mobile Says Android 4.4.3 is Coming to the Nexus 5 Today (Updated: Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 Too)

According to T-Mobile support, the Nexus 5 will receive an update to Android 4.4.3 starting today. The update includes “security enhancements” and “various bug fixes.” The build number is KTU84M. And that is about all we know.

The Android 4.4.3 update has seemingly been in the works for a few months, with supposed rollout said to happen “at any minute” a couple of times.

Update:  T-Mobile says the Nexus 7 (2013) is getting Android 4.4.3 today as well, build KTU84L. Cheers BiggiePhat!

Update 2:  Nexus 4 now added to the list.

Is today finally the day?  (more…)

Deal: 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for $139 on eBay

If you want an Android tablet, finding a good deal on one is not difficult. In fact, I don’t know why anyone would pay full price for an Android slate at this point. Whether it’s something from Samsung or the latest Nexus tablet from Google, someone is bound to have a discount worth considering. Take today’s deal on eBay for example, where you can grab a refurbished 16GB variant of the Nexus 7 (2013) for $139.99. The device originally retailed for $229 in a “brand new” state, but thanks to the manufacturer having to tinker with it, you can save $90.

The Nexus 7 (2013) may be almost a year old, but it is still widely considered to be one of the best available.

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Deal: Nexus 7 (2012) 32GB for $99 From eBay

It might be two years old at this point, but eBay is running a flash sale on the original Nexus 7 (2012) with 32GB of storage for $99. The device is manufacturer refurbished, but as we have mentioned countless times, many believe that refurbishing a product gets rid of issues and actually makes a product better in some situations.

The device runs a Tegra 3 processor, has 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch display. It also runs the newest version of Android, which is Kit Kat 4.4.2.

If you need a super cheap tablet that also carries the Nexus brand and stock Android, this isn’t a bad deal. The deal also includes free shipping.

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