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Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.

Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.

Source: Google Play

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April 1 is a weird day. Everyone is hesitant to believe in anything they see or hear, but we can guarantee you that this sale from Google is legit. If you absolutely need a case or sleeve for your handy Nexus device, today is the day to buy. 

Nexus-branded cases are notorious for being a little on the pricey side. So much so that we have seen this 25% sale repeated by Google many times. Today, the Nexus 5 Bumper and Quickcover cases (two that we were not crazy about) are both discounted as well as the Nexus 7 Sleeve and folio case (which was also not high on our list). If the Chromebook is what you are rocking, the sleeve for the HP Chromebook 11 is also discounted in this deal.

Anyone planning on taking Google up on their offer this time?

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Nexus 8 could come at a premium price point

Posted by wicked March - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

nexus_8_promotional_fullsizeWith sales of the Nexus 7 not hitting their mark, rumor has it that Google is already looking to July to release a new generation of tablet that’s just a little bigger. More rumors have the 8-inch tablet coming in at close to nine, 8.9 inches to be exact. While the Nexus line is famous for bringing quality hardware at a lower-than-premium price point, a new rumor suggests that this new tablet will break away from that tradition.

In an email to C-Net, Rhoda Alexander, director of  tablet and monitor research at IHS Technology, the tablet is expected to be “high-performance” and as such, will come with a premium price tag. She says:

“Volume production is expected to start in July or August,” Alexander said. “The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.”

Given that there was a rumor that HTC was picked for a premium Nexus tablet this year, it could be the company that’s working on this tablet, even with Asus being pegged for the third generation of the smaller tablet.

HTC will make the new 8-inch tablet, according to Alexander. It could be that HTC will make the Nexus 8, and that Google will continue on with a Nexus 7 tablet made by Asus. Of course, that’s speculation.

As far as pricing is concerned Alexander, “would not be surprised if it is higher than $299.” Given that this would be a premium low-volume tablet, that’s not surprising.

Regardless, all of this is rumor and speculation. Of course, we’ll update you when we know something more official. Most likely, nearer to July.

source: C-Net

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

Posted by Kellex March - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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. 

Via:  Chrome Blog | Google Support

Nexus 5 and WiFi-only Nexus 7 2013 conquer more territories

Posted by wicked March - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

This week’s theme is expansion as Google brings its services and devices to more markets. After spreading its Google Play Music and Movies further, the company is now making more widely available the devices you can play them on, particularly the Nexus 5 smartphone and the WiFi variant of the 2013′s Nexus 7 tablet.

Availability of Google products have always been limited, for one reason or another. The problem is a bit more clear cut when it comes to digital content, which often has different legal requirements in different countries. Devices, on the other hand, usually don’t. Just earlier, Google made a splash, albeit smaller than its Android Wear reveal, when it announced the Chromecast coming to 11 more countries. Now Google is giving that same treatment to its latest Nexus devices.

Previously available in only 12 countries, Google expands the roster to 20. This includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden. Unfortunately, this new list only covers the WiFi version of the latest Nexus 7. The LTE variant of the tablet is still limited to those same 12 original countries.

It is great to see Google reaching out to more markets outside the US, particularly in Europe, and one can only hope it does the same for other parts of the world. Of course, one can also easily acquire these devices via third-party retailers and dealers, but it is always a good thing to have them come from Google itself.

VIA: Android Police
SOURCE: Google

Nexus 5 and 7 now available in 20 total countries

Posted by wicked March - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Nexus_5_Nexus_Logo_TAGoogle’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.

The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.

Source: Google Play Support

 

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MIUI ROM for Nexus 7 2013 strengthens tablet rumors

Posted by wicked March - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has just released on official Android ROM for the Nexus 7 2013 running its MIUI custom interface. While that might actually be somewhat of a non-event, considering how many unofficial MIUI ROMs there are floating around, this official ROM might be a solid indicator that Xiaomi is indeed preparing its first Android tablet.

Even before Xiaomi became a household name in the Chinese smartphone market, it already made a name for itself in the Android world for its MIUI interface and ROMs. Like many custom Android ROM, MIUI adds it own launcher, settings, themes, and even sometimes apps. MIUI somewhat took a backseat when Xiaomi started marketing smartphones, but it has always been the interface that drives them.

With this new MIUI ROM for the Nexus 7 tablet, Xiaomi is entering a new territory, that of larger screen devices. The MIUI is said to be suitable for both landscape and portrait use, unlike the smartphone version that is constrained to only one. This will definitely feed rumors that the company has its own tablet in the works, though one that has very different, and lower, hardware specs than Google’s beefed up tablet. Still, this MIUI ROM could give the MIUI a good amount of exposure, not to mention testing, for tablets, which might be what Xiaomi is after before it launches its own product.

It is important to note that the ROM is officially tested to work only on the international version of the WiFi-only Nexus 7 2013 edition. And despite coming from MIUI directly, it is still consider an unofficial ROM for the Nexus 7, which carries all the disclaimers and warnings like any other custom ROM. Users are required to have their bootloaders unlocked and their devices running the Nexus 7 stock ROM before attempting to flash the MIUI ROM.

SOURCE: MIUI

MIUI now on tablets – Nexus 7 first adopter

Posted by Tom March - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The popular Android ROM MIUI is now available for tablets, and rather than a straight port, it’s been designed with tablets in mind and is optimised for larger displays.

Nexus 7 owners can try it out now but downloading it from the MIUI site.
Let us know how it goes!

Via gizchina

Xiaomi launches MIUI software designed for tablets, works on Nexus 7

Posted by wicked March - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Xiaomi has released its MIUI Android ROM which supports tablet devices. The ROM is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7.

The company said that this isn’t just based on the MIUI V5 software, but is a completely revamped software with native apps, system menus and new screen animations suited for both screen orientations.

Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, also informed us that tablet manufacturers can contact the company if they want to ship their tablets with MIUI pre-installed.

If you own a Nexus 7 tablet, and would like to get your hand on the MIUI software, head to MIUI’s page to get the 278 MB download.

Source: MIUI
Via: Engadget

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For the people without a device running at least Android 4.4 KitKat, here is a little bit of information regarding Google Wallet. On April 14, people without KitKat running can no longer use Google Wallet’s tap and pay feature. There are also three devices that Google names as KitKat devices that will not be able to use tap and pay regardless: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC Evo 4G LTE, and Nexus 7 (2012).

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Source: Google Wallet
Via: Droid Life

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