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Nexus 7 (2013) LTE Gets OTA Update to Android 4.4.4 Build KTU84P

Posted by Kellex October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A day after Google posted up the Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) factory image for the Nexus 7 (2013) “mobile,” the device is receiving an update over-the-air to the build.

The update is tiny (2.4MB), as you would expect, but does finally bring the device up to the most current version of Android, right along side its brothers, the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012), and 10.

Nexus 7 (2013) LTE Gets OTA Update to Android 4.4.4 Build KTU84P is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB on Sale for $129 From NewEgg

Posted by Kellex October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

NewEgg’s eBay shop is hosting a deal today on the Nexus 7 (2013) with 16GB of storage that is one of the lowest prices you will see. At $129 for a “manufacturer refurbished” unit, you probably won’t find a better deal than this on last year’s Nexus tablet. Actually, you may not see many more of these deals with the Nexus 9 close to release – we would imagine that resellers are going to do whatever they can to blast through remaining inventory on last year’s model, if they haven’t already.

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Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB on Sale for $129 From NewEgg is a post from: Droid Life

Google now pushing out Android 4.4.4 OTA to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)

Posted by wicked October - 3 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Just a day after making the official factory images available to the public, Google has started pushing out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update (build KTU84P) to all unlocked, LTE variants of the Nexus 7 (2013) located in the United States.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on what’s included in this release of 4.4.4, but we do know that there’s some carrier-specific radio adaptations together with the usual multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements, security adaptations and speed optimizations.

If you own a Nexus 7 and haven’t yet received the OTA update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to download and install the update.

 

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Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on Sale for $159 From eBay

Posted by Kellex September - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Update:  The Nexus 7 (2013) deal has returned, once again. With a new Nexus 9 tablet on the horizon, we may not see deals like this for much longer.

Still haven’t picked up the Nexus 7 (2013) after the countless deals that we have shared? Well, here is another one. Today’s deal includes the 32GB variant for $159.99, which is more than $100 off the original retail price. The device is “manufacture refurbished,” but you know what that means by now – the manufacturer has had a chance to work out defects or kinks.

Not much else to say with this one; you have seen this deal countless times.

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Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB on Sale for $159 From eBay is a post from: Droid Life

Google 7″ Tablet passes through FCC, Could be Nexus 7 (2014)

Posted by wicked September - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Nexus-7_FCC_testing Google just sent an unannounced 7-in tablet through the FCC, meaning we should be seeing another small tablet hit being released shortly. The model name for the aforementioned device is NX74751, the NX being the primary reason to suspect it being the next Nexus 7. There has also been speculation that this tablet is the LG G Pad 7.0 GPE, due to the battery being manufactured by LG. However, since the brand name is listed as Google, there is reason to believe that it will be a Nexus device. Since the document contains no specs about the device besides having a plethora of GSM, WCDMA, and LTE bands and a 2480 mAh battery, we will just have to wait to see if this new tablet lives up its possible Nexus 7 heritage. Source: My LG Phones

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Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $169 From eBay, $100 Off

Posted by Kellex August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Once again, eBay is hosting a deal for the Nexus 7 (2013) with 32GB of storage at a price that no one will be able to beat. At $169.99,  you are looking at a $100 discount from the retail price that Google charges. In the end, though, you will save more than $100, since this deal includes free shipping.

The tablet is “manufacturer refurbished,” so no, it is not brand new. But as we have said countless times through posts like this, refurbishing isn’t always a bad thing.

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Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $169 From eBay, $100 Off is a post from: Droid Life

Deal: Factory Reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB on Sale for $129.99

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

A deal is currently taking place over on Woot!, one which will have you scoring a Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB WiFi-only tablet for just $129.99. In comparison to the price this device had at first, which was $229, you are saving yourself $100. Not a bad little deal at all. 

The tablets are factory reconditioned, but do come with a 90-day warranty straight from ASUS, so the “used” condition should not scare you away from a good deal. It’s a Nexus tablet, after all.

If a new tablet has been on your shopping list, go check it out on Woot.

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Deal: Factory Reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB on Sale for $129.99 is a post from: Droid Life

Nexus 7 takes center stage in Toyota’s Intelligent System

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Although Google has announced Android Auto as its official venture into the automotive industry, that isn’t going to stop other car makers from breaking out on their own. Toyota, who isn’t (yet) part of the Google-initiated Open Automotive Alliance, is showing off its new “Toyota Intelligent System” or TIS, an infotainment system that curiously centers around a Nexus 7 tablet.

Both Android Auto and TIS aim to bring Android to cars, but while Google is working with automobile manufacturers to embed Android into each brand’s unique infotainment system, Toyota is aiming for something a bit more generic. TIS by itself is a very basic infotainment system, but it will also let owners dock a Nexus 7 into it (or rather in front of the screen) to lend it the power of Android. This means that the infotainment system isn’t tied down to a specific make and model and can be easily transfered to your next new car. Provided it’s from Toyota too, of course.

This is definitely an interesting take on the conventional automotive infotainment system, one that is also more economical and probably more affordable as well. That said, such systems are still at their infancy so it isn’t known which approach will win in the end. Toyota is partnering with Unimax, which is owned by ASUS, which in turn manufactures the Nexus 7, to build this peculiar system. At the moment, it all revolves around Google’s tablet, but that could change in the future, provided the replacement has the same dimensions as the Nexus 7.

The Toyota Intelligent System has so far been unveiled only in Taiwan so there is no assurance that it will make it to the manufacturer’s international models as well. The tablet part of the equation is pretty much an add-on, but a substantial one at that. TIS will still work even without the tablet docked, but its functionality will be limited, practically for audio controls. Based on the video above, however, it seems possible to pair it with some other mobile device via NFC/Bluetooth, though the exact features of that combination haven’t been detailed yet.

VIA: Android Authority

Toyota Connecting Car with a Nexus 7 Dock

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Toyota_Intelligence_System_ConnectedNexus7Connected cars have been on everyone’s minds of late, but one problem keeps arising when considering merging mobile tech with your vehicle: upgrading. You may get a new tablet or phone every year or so, but a car? Maybe once or twice a decade. However, fear not, for Unimax has an answer.

Unimax, a subsidiary of Asus has teamed up with Toyota to create the Toyota Intelligent System (TIS). Using a Nexus 7 2013 mounted on the dashoard loaded with specific software, the TIS has everything you need to navigate. The navigation system connects to 4G and offers multimedia control, cloud computing, and voice recognition. Traffic reports, emergency services, Google maps, voice search, calendar, and more will be right at your fingertips. For added convenience, you can point at a location on the tablet and be directed there. On top of all of these features, the dock also wirelessly charges your tablet and pairs up with it using NFC for seamless connection.

The best thing about this project is its future-proofing. The Nexus 7 2013  just passed its first birthday recently, and while that’s hardly ancient in the world of vehicles and humans, it makes the Nexus 7 old news. With the next Nexus tablet’s release rapidly approaching, the fact that replacing the tablet with a new one with the same software is what will keep this idea alive.

As of right now, Toyota has not announced which models will feature TIS or if it will even be available in the U.S., but if you’re hoping your next Camry or Prius comes with a fresh dose of the future, leave a comment below and let us know!

Source: Mobile Geeks

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Most Nexus Devices are Out of Stock on Google Play These Days

Posted by Kellex August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Taking a quick tour through any of the Nexus device pages on Google Play these days doesn’t return much. Sure, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 are all still listed, but few models are actually available for purchase. Over the last couple of months, we have watched as inventory levels of each has come and gone. However, those “out of inventory” notes seem to be sticking as of late. To be fair, the Nexus 10 went out of stock well over a year ago, but only recently have the Nexus 5 (in many colors and storage sizes) and Nexus 7 (2013) remained unavailable. 

As of this moment, the Nexus 10 in both 16GB and 32GB sizes is still sold out, as has been the case since last year. The Nexus 7 (2013) is only available as a 32GB unlocked GSM networks model. We have seen the 16GB WiFi variant come and go on a daily basis over the last couple of weeks, but it seems to be sticking as unavailable within the last few days. The Nexus 5 is available with 32GB of storage in white or red. The black model is sold out with either 16GB or 32GB of storage, as are the white and red models with 16GB.

So what’s the deal? Well, the Nexus 7 (2013) is over a year old now and the Nexus 5 is approaching the 1-year mark. Google doesn’t typically keep Nexus devices around much longer than 12 months, so to see them start to disappear now isn’t all that surprising.

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The big question is – what is going to replace these devices? We know that Google is still invested in the Nexus program, at least according to David Burke, the head of Android engineering. That means we should expect new devices, especially with the official Android L launch expected to happen later this year. Rumors suggest that we could see an HTC Nexus tablet, codenamed “volantis,” with an 8.9-inch display, along with a Motorola Nexus phone, codenamed “shamu,” with a 5.9-inch display.

I don’t know that I would expect to see either of these new Nexus devices before Android L goes stable, as Google likes to launch devices running new versions of their OS, but you may want to pick up a Nexus 5 or 7 if you have yet to. They may not be available for long.

Cheers Chris and Tim!

Most Nexus Devices are Out of Stock on Google Play These Days is a post from: Droid Life

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