Spotted by Japan’s Blog of Mobile, an LG-made device with model number V510 passed through the Bluetooth certification process recently. If you will recall, the LG G Pad 8.3, which is model V500, was announced back in mid-October, and is now on sale at Best Buy for $349.99. What has us excited is that Google is apparently “teasing” an unmarked Android tablet through Kit Kat promotional materials, but we know the device pictured is not a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. Could the V510 be a Nexus 8? (more…)
Last week on the Droid Life Show I mentioned that I don’t think Nexus devices really matter anymore. With the Nexus 5’s release just around the corner, a lot of readers became very defensive of the Nexus program. Call me self-absorbed or too worried about what people think about me (I’m working on it), but I read through every comment on our site and YouTube regarding my statements. After reading through the comments and listening to our discussion on the show again I’ve decided to try to go into more detail about why I feel this way about the Nexus program. It’s not that I hate Android or Nexus phones, but rather that I believe they could mean so much more than they do today. (more…)
Invites haven’t gone out or anything, but we’d be shocked if Google wasn’t preparing for some sort of Fall event to unveil Android 4.4 “Kit Kat,” a new Nexus phone (likely the Nexus 5), and potentially even a smartwatch (internally known as “Gem”?) or new Nexus 10. We know for sure that Android 4.4 is coming, and that a Nexus 5 has already stopped by the FCC, but other mysteries remain.
For example, what will Kit Kat bring that was worthy of an entire name change? Will there be massive UI changes, new services that we have yet to unravel, or something else under the hood that will magically make updates easier for OEMs? And what about that Nexus 5 that we seem to think we know so many details for? Will Google still find a way to surprise us? Will the price be as shocking as that attached to the original Nexus 4?
And let’s not forget that beyond the new Nexus phone and Android 4.4, there is a chance we see even more. Are you excited to see what Google can do with a smartwatch or have you seen enough from that niche thanks to Pebble and Samsung? Does something like a Nexus 10 refresh have you all hot and sweaty? Does Google have something else up its sleeve that we haven’t quite put our fingers on?
In the poll below, give us your quick vote as usual, but then take to the comments to tell us which new potential Google announcement you are most excited for.
I think it’s pretty safe to assume at this point that LG is making the next Nexus phone for Google. There have been enough leaks out of bars, the FCC, and even Google’s own campus to leave us with little doubt. The only things we don’t know for sure, are what the name will be and if Google has any tricks up its sleeve to set this device apart from a crowded market with a dozen or so legitimate top tier players. If a recent benchmark through GFXBench is to be believed, the oft-used “Nexus 5” name could at least be correct. (more…)
Space has officially been cleared for the arrival of the next Nexus. Both 16GB and 8GB variants of the Nexus 4 are now sold out through Google Play, neither of which is likely to return. After a price drop of $100 for each phone, it took less than a week for the 8GB model to sell out. Here we are two weeks later and the 16GB version has joined the party.
Hopefully you had a chance to pick up an N4 before they sold out this afternoon. Even after being on the market for a year, it was still one of the best smartphone deals on the planet.
Can’t wait until the end of October/early November to get your hands on the next Nexus made by LG? Maybe this 3D rendering of the device will help satisfy your need for all things Nexus. Published to reddit over the weekend, this mockup is clearly based off of the FCC screw-ups and premature sightings thanks to Googlers taking in statue unveilings. It could give a great representation of what we can expect when Google makes the device official next month (likely) or Google could surprise us with something completely different (not likely). Either way, you have to love creativity combined with the internet. (more…)
LG recently submitted a “class 2 permissive change” to the FCC for Verizon’s variant of the G2, known internally as the LG-VS980. With the G2 launching on Big Red today, these last minute submissions are apparently typical. That said, there is nothing typical about this one, as it appears to be a screw-up either at the FCC or by LG. The documents are available for the world to see at this point, something that tends to happen once a phone is made available, but they do not show the LG G2 for Verizon. No sir, they show the LG-D820 in a variety of images, a device better to known to us as the next Nexus device or potentially, Nexus 5. (more…)