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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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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

Deal: 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) Plus Free Leather Case on Sale for $129 Today Through eBay

Posted by Kellex August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We don’t know if Google will ever release another Nexus 7 tablet. In fact, the only rumors of a new Nexus tablet center around an HTC-made device with a metal body and an 8.9-inch display. So if you plan to buy a Nexus 7, like last year’s model, you are quickly running out of time. Google has sold out of almost all versions of the Nexus 7 (2013) through Google Play without re-stocking them for weeks. The only two available are the 32GB LTE model in black or the 16GB WiFi-only version, both of which go in and out of stock on the daily.

If the 16GB WiFi-only version is of interest, hit up eBay’s daily deal today. You can grab a “manufacturer refurbished” 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for $129, but that also includes a free leather case and free standard shipping. The device retailed brand new for $229. Not a bad deal.

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Deal: 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) Plus Free Leather Case on Sale for $129 Today Through eBay is a post from: Droid Life

Virgin America crew members now equipped with Nexus 7s

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


If you’re planning on flying Virgin America anytime soon you may notice some shiny new tablets in the hands of the crew. For a while now passengers have been able to order meals using a dedicated “food” button and an in-flight entertainment system. Once the order is placed it is relayed to the staff’s tablets. Apparently those tablets were starting to feel dated because after a successful 30-day test drive, Virgin has swapped all of them out for shiny new Nexus 7s (which the company have dubbed CrewPads). Unfortunately those tablets are for staff only, but since each seat is furnished with an entertainment center, passengers shouldn’t be too jealous.

Source: Virgin America

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

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 15 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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. 

In the company’s blog post covering the news, it states the Nexus 7 will allow Virgin to “constantly enhance the software,” on the device, meaning the service should only get better over time.

The Nexus 7 tablet from Google will replace our existing tablets, providing a thinner, lighter and faster solution and a state-of-the-art 7-inch touch screen. Our InFlight Teammates took the devices for a 30-day test run and shared great feedback, allowing them to deliver an even more efficient service to our guests. And the best part – the tablets will give us a great foundation for the future, with the ability to constantly enhance the software and make the service even more personalized for our guests…so watch this space!

The next time you are flying Virgin America, see if you can show one of the attendants the Android Easter Egg trick.

Via: Virgin America

Virgin America Distributing Nexus 7 Tablets Across Entire Fleet for Crew Members is a post from: Droid Life

Android L Preview images for Nexus 5 & 7 get updated

Posted by wicked August - 8 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Contrary to what Google initially hinted, it has now released an updated images of the Android L developer preview for its two most recent Nexus devices. Although the primary purpose of these new images is the inclusion of the newly announced Google Fit SDK preview, they could very well also contain fixes to bugs and issues addressed since the release of the first images in June.

Google broke tradition when it pre-announced the existence of Android L months before its intended launch. It broke tradition even further when it released a preview image for developers to play with. Naturally, that version had a few bugs and issues that developers have bumped into and reported. A few weeks ago, Googler Rich Hyndman replied to a post on Google+ saying that there might be no updated developer image in the future as it was a one-time thing. That said, his tone was by no means definitive and, considering this is Google’s first time to do such releases, there was still some wiggle room left.

These new images are being released with the new Google Fit SDK preview in mind, though it could very well already include fixes committed to source code in the past weeks. If that is the case, it will be very welcome news for developers who want to make sure that their apps are truly L-ready, with no kinks and hidden surprises left. It isn’t yet known whether this build also includes the multi-user support mentioned in Google’s Android issue tracker.

These preview images are officially available only for the Nexus 5 and the WiFi-only version of the 2013 Nexus 7, though it probably won’t be long before some enterprising users make images available for other Nexus devices. Unforrtunately, the update doesn’t come as an OTA or even a simple flashable ZIP file. Users trying it out will have to go through the regular and rather destructive way of manually flashing the image, using the package’s included scripts, which means losing any data you might have stored on the device.

SOURCE: Google

Google now out of stock on non-LTE Nexus 7 tablets

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Nexus 7 Out of Stock

Google has been selling the Nexus 7 with some pretty sweet deals as of late in order to get rid of stock before the release of the Nexus 8 tablet.

Now, it turns out that Google’s completely out of stock of the non-LTE models, according to the device’s product page on Google Play.

We’re not sure if Google plans to replenish its stock, considering the Nexus 8′s launch isn’t set until some time this fall, but it would be odd if it didn’t. Of course you can still get the Nexus 7 from third party retailers, if Google doesn’t plan on selling the tablet in the future.

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Deal: One-day Sale on Factory Reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB, Only $139

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It seems that the second generation Nexus 7 has been on sale a lot lately, but we are not complaining. Woot! is the latest to discount the 7-inch tablet, offering factory reconditioned (e.g., refurbished) units for a mere $139.99. 

Needless to say, they are the 16GB, WiFi variants. While not quite as good as the sale eBay held a few days ago, the Woot! price is still nearly a $100 off full retail.

That’s not bad for a tablet packing a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 1920 x 1200 display that continues to receive support from Google, including access to the Android L developer preview.

If you are interested in picking up a Nexus 7, better hurry – items on Woot! tend to sell out fast.

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Deal: One-day Sale on Factory Reconditioned Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB, Only $139 is a post from: Droid Life

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