As we creep towards the end of the year with no new phones on our radar and countless major releases now in our rear view, it seems like the perfect time to ask which phone you are currently carrying. We last asked in May, but since then have seen releases like the Moto X, Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, new DROID family, and of course, the Nexus 5 (our review). We also saw the HTC One finally reach Verizon and haven’t forgotten about other early flagships like the Galaxy S4. If you think about it, we have actually had quite the phone-filled year. 2014 has a lot to live up to.
In the poll below, we’ve listed out most of the major phones that we figured would be in your pockets at this stage. However, we can’t cover them all or this list would run off the page. We included a “other” category, so if your phone isn’t listed, be sure to pop in the comments and say which it is. Also, don’t forget to drop in there and mention which carrier your phone is on. We’re dying to see which prepaid carriers that new Nexus 5 owners have jumped onto.
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…)
Google chairman Eric Schmidt took to his Google+ page this weekend, laying out the basic guidelines for any iOS user making the switch to Android. The process might seem daunting at first, given a certain level of investment one might have in an ecosystem, but Schmidt relates the switch to the same people that went from PC to Mac years ago – once you go Mac, you don’t go back. As a little poke at Apple, Schmidt also references the latest data, that Google’s Android OS controls 80% of the world’s smartphone market. It’s quite the stat, so he wants to make sure that converts are in for a smooth transition to Android. (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…)
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.
From the day Kit Kat and the Nexus 5 both arrived, users took to Google’s Product Forums to submit bugs that they were experiencing and hoping to see fixed in a timely manner. One of those that seems to have entered our inbox a dozen or so times already is focused around corporate Exchange syncing and sign-in. In a thread started on November 5 to address the issue that has grown to some 14 pages and 331 posts, we still don’t have a resolution, but a Googler by the name “Ersher” has said that Google has flagged it with “high priority.” (more…)
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.
Yesterday, the official accessories for the Nexus 5 started popping up on Google Play. Both the Bumper case (in a variety of colors) and the Quick Cover became available at $34.99 and $49.99 prices, respectively. By no means is either cheap, but if there is one thing we know about Google-branded accessories – they are made to fit like a glove. And that’s exactly the case here. (more…)