Google is upping its commercial game with the launch of three new Nexus 5 TV spots. They are quite short, timing in at just 15 seconds each, all focused (pun) primarily around the device’s camera. Google highlights Photo Sphere, Google+’s Auto Awesome feature, and the camera’s HDR+ setting. (more…)
The Nexus 5 and Moto X are without a doubt the most hyped phones of 2013 for us. We certainly covered the HTC One and Galaxy S4 aplenty, but as we inched close to the launch of both Google and Motorola’s new phones, it’s all anyone could talk or think about. We were often greeted on unrelated stories in the comments with, “Not about the Nexus 5, not news.”
So as I received my Nexus 5 (white “panda” with 32GB of storage), it seemed only fitting that I had to put down my Moto X for a bit. As painful as that was, I told you months ago that this would happen. As good as a phone may be, including the Moto X, our job is to bring you Google’s view of Android, and nothing does that better than a Nexus. (more…)
To round out our coverage of the official Android 4.4 (KRT16S) updates for the Nexus line, we’ve now got Nexus 10 files for you. Should your device not have received the device over-the-air, you can always sideload it. With that said, I just turned mine on for the first time in quite a while and it automatically pulled the update. I’d say we are pretty close to a full rollout. To check, head into Setttings>About tablet>System updates.
We received an email last night from a reader in distress. He had updated his Nexus 7 (2012) to Android 4.4, and was saddened by the changes he didn’t see after installing the newest version of the OS. Given that there are probably a few people who will run into the same issue, we wanted to quickly go over what some device owners can expect not to see when updating their devices to Kit Kat.
Nexus 4 owners, we know that you aren’t the happiest bunch at the moment, thanks to what seems to have been a delay in your OTA update to Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” In fact, the Moto X managed to beat you to the fun. Sorry about that. The good news is that the update is finally rolling out, and we have the direct link from Google for you below. (more…)
We are Android users. When an updated version of the OS becomes available, we want it right then and now. When we don’t see it in a timely manner, we start becoming anxious. This anxiety leads to many users overusing the “Check for Updates” button under the system settings menu, which usually leads to nothing. If continuously mashing doesn’t work, the next step we usually suggest is to clear data from your Google Services Framework apk, which is found under your system settings menu as well. As it turns out, each of these steps aren’t helping you get the update any quicker, and could potentially be hurting your chances as a result. A Googler took to Reddit to explain this process, and offers advice for those who always have to be running the latest version of Android. (more…)
You know that trick in Google Chrome and Maps that allows you zoom seamlessly with one finger? That would be with a double tap, hold then drag? That same trick works in Gmail on devices running Kit Kat. My Nexus 5 is currently allowing me to perform the trick, as is my Moto X on Android 4.4. However, the same experience can’t be had on my Moto X running Android 4.2.2.
Did you pick up the official Nexus Wireless Charger that went on sale through Google Play yesterday? I can imagine that the $49.99 price tag made some of you hesitate on pulling on the trigger, so as always, we picked one (or two) up to give it a quick spin and share our thoughts. For those not familiar, the Nexus Wireless Charger (NWC) is officially supported by the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 4, since each has wireless charging built-in. With that said, I would be surprised if this charger didn’t work with other wireless charging-capable devices like the new DROID line. Unfortunately, we don’t have those in house any longer, so we won’t be able to test.