Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Chromecast Available in All Sorts of New Countries

Last night, Google pushed forward on its quest to bring its range of hardware to other parts of the world outside the U.S.

The Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are now available in eight new countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

Google’s HDMI dongle, the Chromecast, is now available in eleven new countries including Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. Retailers like Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn, and Media Markt will all carry it.

And, yep.  (more…)

Deal: Best Buy Selling Nexus 7 (2013) With LTE for $299

Best Buy is currently selling the Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE for $299, $50 off its retail price. This is the same tablet that Verizon now sells for $349 or $49 on-contact. This is also the same Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE that can be purchased on Google Play and will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Big Red’s LTE networks.

For $299, and with LTE connectivity on those three carriers, you can’t really beat the value.

Best Buy Link

Cheers Scott and Stephen!

Android 4.4.2 Build KVT49L Factory Image and Binaries Released for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

Remember that update for the LTE Nexus 7 (2013) that rolled out earlier this week to help the tablet better connect to Verizon’s network? We now have a factory image and binaries for it as Android 4.4.2 build KVT49L. Or as Google is calling it “release 2.”

If you own the LTE Nexus, feel free to grab the factory image, you never know when it might come in handy.

Links:  Factory Image | Binaries

PSA: LTE Nexus 7 2013 Available for Purchase Through Verizon

Today marks the end of a ridiculous saga:  the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 2013 is available for purchase through Verizon. It only took six months, but the Google-branded tablet has finally been “approved” to work on Big Red’s network. Talk about a thorough certification process!

It’s no secret that LTE Nexus 7 owners have long been able to use the device on Verizon’s network through unofficial methods, but the carrier’s approval and a a software update released yesterday will make the process a lot simpler. (more…)

Nexus 7 LTE Receiving Update to Enable “Full Compatibility With Verizon’s 4G LTE Network”

The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is receiving a 37MB update this afternoon that “enables full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” That’s literally all it says. The screenshot we have mentions that it’s Android 4.4.2, but as you all know, that update came long ago for Google’s 7-inch slate.  You are looking at a new build number of KVT49L, though.

The timing for an update that deals with Big Red’s network couldn’t be better, as the tablet is set to launch with official compatibility tomorrow in stores and online. We first reported the news that the Nexus 7 would be sold by Verizon this Thursday, even showed pictures of the unit in stores with a line-up of accessories(more…)