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…)
Another week, another Nexus 7 (2013) deal to be had through eBay. Today’s is for a “like new condition manufacturer refurbished” version with 32GB of storage and WiFi-only connectivity, priced at $159.99 with free standard shipping and a 90-day warranty. The regular retail price for this model through Google Play is $269.99, but Google currently doesn’t even have it in stock.
While it may not be brand new, you are looking at manufacturer refurbishing that has dropped the price by $110. Not a bad deal if you are looking to enter the tablet game, pick up a 2nd for around the house, or flash the Android L preview.
To kick off the 4th of July weekend, how does a decent deal on the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE sound? eBay is running a daily deal on the 32GB version today, which typically runs $349 through Google Play. Should you jump on this deal – with limited quantities available – you are looking at paying $294.99, but that includes free expedited shipping.
You should be aware that the device is “manufacturer refurbished.”
Google published the Android 4.4.3 (KTU84L) factory image and binaries for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE today, weeks after making the same update available to the WiFi model and all other current Nexus devices. Google will probably never reveal why there was a delay, but I would imagine it has to do with proprietary binaries or being allowed to publicly give post related files. (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…)