Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Google evidently won’t kill its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets in favor of Android Silver devices. That’s according to the company’s own David Burke, head of Android engineering and the Nexus program. (more…)
Google I/O 2014 kicks off tomorrow morning with one massive keynote before moving on to dozens of developer sessions that will talk everything from what is new in Android to wearables to gaming to design. It will be a glorious couple of days for Google fans, as it has been every single year since Android began to take off.
Google almost always has a number of surprises in store, which really seems to be the case this year. Sure, there have been little details slipping out here and there, but it feels like Google has much more in-store for us than we can even imagine. Android TV could show up. Sneak peeks of the new version of Android are almost guaranteed, even if it won’t be announced. And the Moto 360? Well, we hope to have one on our wrist at some point. If anything, we should be able to fondle an LG G Watch.
But before all of that happens, it’s time to ask some questions. Since there is so much mystery surrounding this year’s I/O, we aren’t about to make predictions. (more…)
According to LG’s director of communications Ken Hong, his company is not making the next Nexus phone from Google, “at least not yet.” In what appears to be a brief interview with Hong on a Dutch outlet, he states that normally, his company would have heard something from Google by now if they were going to be a part of another phone. Hong joked that maybe he “got ignored” or they are indeed not making it. (more…)
Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.
So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?
Feel free to backup your response in the comments.
Every time a new update surfaces for a Nexus device (like Android 4.4.3), there is a mad dash to find the OTA URL from Google’s own servers so that those who were not lucky enough to receive the update over-the-air can sideload the .zip file. You know, because none of us have any patience whatsoever these days.
The problem is, we often see users get prompted with the update who don’t know how to capture that URL for everyone. So we thought we would put together a quick tutorial on how to do just that – capture a Nexus OTA URL. That way, should Android 4.4.4 or 4.5 or 5.0 show up some day, we will all be prepared to bring update love to the rest of the world. (more…)
According to @evleaks, the Nexus program is essentially dead. According to information he has seen, there will be no Nexus 6. Instead, the rumored Android Silver program will become the future from Google, with arrival of the first devices happening in February of next year. One of the initial launch devices may be from LG as a device running a Qualcomm MSM8994, which is a next-level Snapdragon 810 with 64-bit architecture.
This isn’t the first time that we have heard about the end of the Nexus program as we know it – a report at the end of April said the same thing. That report mentioned that the Nexus line was indeed being killed off in favor of Android Silver, a program made up of high-end Android phones that have been hand-picked and heavily funded by Google, though still built by top tier manufacturers. LG and Motorola are thought to be some of the first to participate. (more…)
Google is widely expected to unveil an 8.9-inch tablet and new Nexus smartphone this year, but the official names of the products currently remain a mystery. References in the Chromium Review Code, uncovered by Smart Droid, suggest that the tablet will be released as the Nexus 8 and the smartphone as the Nexus 6. (more…)
Ever since Google and HTC teamed up to produce the Nexus One, a group of Android enthusiasts has begged for the two to come together again to add to the Nexus family. After watching HTC mature over the years, really refine their style, and ultimately put out some of the best hardware the smartphone world has ever seen, I can’t say that I blame anyone for asking for HTC-Google Nexus part 2. Thanks to information spotted in a massive Android 4.4.3 changelist (KK-MR2), this collaboration may be happening under the codename “flounder,” a name which was first outed yesterday. (more…)