Taking a quick tour through any of the Nexus device pages on Google Play these days doesn’t return much. Sure, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 are all still listed, but few models are actually available for purchase. Over the last couple of months, we have watched as inventory levels of each has come and gone. However, those “out of inventory” notes seem to be sticking as of late. To be fair, the Nexus 10 went out of stock well over a year ago, but only recently have the Nexus 5 (in many colors and storage sizes) and Nexus 7 (2013) remained unavailable. (more…)
A new Nexus phone should be here within the next three months, but if it’s the whale rumors are predicting it to be, you may be better off sticking with last year’s much more manageable Nexus 5. Now isn’t a bad time to consider one either, thanks to a daily eBay deal that has the black or red models with 16GB of storage priced at $329.99.
This is the LG-D820, which is the US-specific variant. It’s also brand new and includes free economy shipping with purchase.
The Nexus 5 with 16GB of storage currently retails for $349 through Google Play, but Google tends to charge an arm and a leg-and-a-half for shipping. If you jump on this deal, you are saving over $20.
Alongside the announcement that the Google Fit preview SDK is now available, Google snuck out new images for the Android L developer preview. The new images weigh in as build LPV81C and are still only available to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi.
Google has yet to add these to the Android L preview site as I write this post, so you will have to go through the Google Fit SDK page to grab them.
It appears as though Google will soon be making the Nexus 5 a bit more customizable, at least, according to the newest leak from Android Police. In screenshots reportedly ripped from a dog food version of the Play Store, Google is working on a Workshop, which will allow consumers to create and customize their very own Nexus 5 covers, as well as custom live wallpapers to go along with their exterior theme. (more…)
Google posted a Nexus 5 factory image and binaries for a new Android 4.4.4 r2 build (plus pushed it to AOSP) this afternoon as KTU84Q. Don’t get too excited about, though, as it has been posted “For 2Degrees/NZ, Telsta/AUS and India ONLY.” In other words, you probably won’t see it as an OTA any time soon unless you are in New Zealand, Australia or India. But hey, it happened! (more…)
The Nexus 5 in both 16GB and 32GB variants is on sale today through eBay’s daily deals. The 16GB model in black can be had for as little as $334.99, which is $15 cheaper than you would pay through Google Play. You also get free standard shipping, which would run you $9.99 if ordered from Google directly. The 32GB model in black, white, or red is available for $374.99, which is also $15 cheaper than you would find on Google Play. The same free shipping deal applies.
I know that the Nexus 5 seems to be aging at this point, but for under $400, you won’t find many smartphones this good.
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…)