Virgin America Distributing Nexus 7 Tablets Across Entire Fleet for Crew Members

If you fly Virgin America, be prepared to see the Nexus 7 making frequent appearances in the skies, as the company recently announced that they are to outfit their flight attendants with the Google and ASUS-made hardware.

Nicknamed the Crewpad, the device is used to help flight attendants assistant passengers better. For example, whenever you order food or drinks through Virgin’s inflight entertainment system, the attendant will receive a notification on their tablet, then fulfill your request.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB for $129 on eBay Deals, $100 Off

Another Friday, another deal on the Nexus 7 (2013). In today’s price slashing, you are looking at the 16GB WiFi model for $129, which is $100 cheaper than a brand new retail unit through Google Play. You also get free standard shipping with purchase.

This unit has been “manufacturer refurbished,” so it is not brand new.

This may be the best deal we have seen yet for last year’s Nexus 7-incher. Even though it is a year old, and Google decided not to give us a 2014 model, the N7 is one hell of a tablet that still has at least a good year of updates ahead of it. Keep in mind that this is the version that has an Android L developer preview available to it, in case that interests you.

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“Cast Screen” Button Now Works for Screen Mirroring to Chromecast

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…)

Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated)

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…)

Deal: Refurbished Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB for $129 From eBay, 32GB for $169

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)

Download: Android 4.4.4 KTU84P OTA Update for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4

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…)

Deal: Refurbished Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $159.99 on eBay

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.

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