Looks like the device section of the Play Store is getting reworked a little bit. Cruising through the main page you will no longer see a separate section for the Google Play Edition devices (GPE). Instead they have been grouped together under a Phones & Tablets listing.
You can see the HTC One and Moto G are still present and accounted for. However, the Nexus 7 seems to have been retired leaving your only purchasable tablet from Google through the Play Store as the new HTC Nexus 9. I am not so sure it was time for it to go though. The Nexus 5 is still holding in there, although we aren’t sure for how much longer. It would be nice to have them both there for a few more month. Wish Google would give a device retirement heads up or something. It does appear that the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 landing page is still live, but purchasing is closed off.
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If you’re the owner of a Nexus device, you’re no doubt wondering when you’re going to get your first official taste of Android L. Well, we now know that Android L will be coming to Wi-Fi Nexus devices on November 3rd, which includes the Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi and the Nexus 10. Of course, that means owners of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 LTE will have to wait until “later that month”, presumably due to the intricacies of making a new software update play nice with cellular functions.
This news comes via an anonymous source speaking with Android Police, but it does seem legitimate and does just about line up with previous rumours that we have heard regarding the actual release date of Android L to the general public, namely Nexus devices. Mark the date on your calendar, folks.
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Nexus 7 LTE (2013) owners everywhere can rejoice as Google has begun rolling out Android 4.4.4 to devices across the land via an OTA update, bringing the build to KTU84P.
What Android 4.4.4 brings is somewhat of a mystery a present, although there are some carrier enhancements for the LTE radio as well as the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.
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Google’s Nexus line has long stood as the company’s ideal vision of its widely adopted, open-source Android operating system. The devices, be they smartphones, tablets or even one-off media streamers, are built in conjunction with select hardware partners and represent an ideal marriage of tech specs with an unadulterated version of Android. It’s Google’s way of dealing with fragmentation (read: skinned versions) in the mobile OS market it created; a reference mark for manufacturers to aspire to, so to speak.
On the tail of the original Android handset’s sixth anniversary and in the run-up to whatever new Nexuses come next, we take a look back at the hardware path that’s been Google’s gold standard for Android.
Nexus 7 (2013) is definitely not the newest tablet, a year has passed since Google announced it. Not only that but we’ve been seeing a lot of rumors on its successor, we might even see it announced rather soon. All this aside, Nexus 7 (2013) is still a great device and it will serve you like a champ.
If you’re not waiting to see what will Google bring with its refresh, you can get this device rather cheap on eBay. Refurbished 32GB model is on sale now for $160 (54% off) with free shipping for U.S., although it is available all around. If you’re interested in getting one of these you might want to hurry, we don’t know how long will this last. You can pick one up by following the source link below.
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The Android L preview has been out in the wild for almost a week now and owners of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 have been enjoying the benefits of a new and slick operating system. Owners of the other Nexus devices have been wondering whether they would get the chance to experience to see what Android L is like, and it looks like they might just get to very soon. The Android L preview source code for all current Nexus devices have been released on AOSP, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and the Nexus 10. This will hopefully mean that eager developers can start tinkering with the source code and produce their own Android L builds in the very near future.
A full list of the available source code files includes (as seen on Android Police):
- Nexus 4 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/lge/mako/+/l-preview
- Nexus 5 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/lge/hammerhead/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2012 Wi-Fi) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/grouper/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2012 LTE) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/tilapia/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2013 Wi-Fi) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/flo/+/l-preview
- Nexus 7 (2013 LTE) – https://android.googlesource.com/device/asus/deb/+/l-preview
- Nexus 10 – https://android.googlesource.com/device/samsung/manta/+/l-preview
The Android L preview has made many impressive improvements, ranging from significantly increased battery life to the complete UI design makeover known as Material Design. It’s truly captured what we expected from the next version of Android, and even if it isn’t that different under the hood, it’s definitely got the looks to convince us.
Are you excited to hear that the Android L preview files are now available on AOSP? Let us know your thoughts.
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Yesterday during the Google I/O keynote, Google announced the latest version of Android, simply named L. The actual name for the latest OS version has yet to be announced, but earlier today, Google released the Developer Preview. Needless to say, once I saw it was available, I sat down and installed it on my Nexus 5. As of right now, with the Developer Previews for L, you can only test them out on a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 2013, so not everyone with a Nexus can try out this version just yet.
After wrangling with Terminal, and making sure that I had the SDK and ADB installed properly on my MacBook Pro, I finally was able to get the developer preview installed on my Nexus 5, and I was off to the races. The set up for Android L is essentially the same as with any other Nexus device when you start it up for the first time, with the big Play triangle telling you to get moving. After I got connected to my Wi-Fi and signed in with my Google account, I was good to go.
The first thing I noticed different about L was that keyboard. I love minimal and flat designs, and when the keyboard popped up, I was instantly in love. The transition graphics from having no keyboard on the screen, to having the keyboard appear, is gorgeous. It’s fluid, and it’s just different. Whenever you find something you love, there’s always something about it that bugs you. Normal typing with the new keyboard was perfect, and never lagged once. However, once I started to use the gesture typing functionality, I ran into a few hiccups. The first being that as Google Keyboard is trying to guess what you’re typing, it would hang up, and I would end up with a fragmented sentence that made no sense. The second being that I would slide my finger from the A to the L on the keyboard, and the input would think I had stopped at the J. I’m not exactly sure why it did this, but I’ve just reverted to normal texting for a little bit.
Now before everyone starts freaking out about how to get this look, you can head on over to the AndroidGuys Get This Look section, and get the wallpaper, as well as the navigation buttons, so you can make your device look just like it’s running Android L. I’ll admit, when I first saw the screenshots yesterday of those navigation buttons, I was a little upset. I liked the older ones, and didn’t really think that Google needed to mess with anything like that, but the more that I use L, the more I’m getting used to the look of them.
Swiping up on the “Home” button will still take you directly to Google Now if you want it to, and the Square, is now your recent apps drawer, which is what threw me off the most. Speaking of the Recent Apps drawer, Google took to this section to also redesign the way it appears on your devices. The collapsible cards theme runs deep in Android L and is found here as well. If you want to close out an application, simple swipe away, like normal, or hit the “X” in the top right hand corner of each card.
Magnifique. Like most new things, there are pieces here and there that don’t make sense at first, but usually do later on. When I first pulled my notification drawer down, I just saw a few blocks, and I wasn’t exactly sure on what to do with them. There was also no ability to two-finger swipe to bring the settings toggles down. The overall design of the notification drawer, and the notifications that it holds, are beautiful. Just swipe your notifications left or right, like normal, to dismiss them, or tap on one to open the application, from which the notification came from.
At the top of the notification drawer, you can see the time, network status, battery life icon, and your Google+ profile picture, but if you swipe down from that bar specifically, you are presented with your quick toggles. Now these aren’t as robust as they used to be on previous versions of Android, but you get the most commonly used toggles such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Auto-Rotate, Location, and a couple of newbies to join the group. There is still a brightness control slider at the top of the quick settings panel, and you can still get to the Settings application by tapping the gear in the top right hand corner, but in Android L, you can now turn on and off notifications (Do Not Disturb) and you can also Cast your screen to your Chromecast. We’ll get more in depth with that, later in the week.
Just as with the Notification Drawer, the Android L Lock Screen has the collapsable cards that Google showed off during the I/O presentation. Smack dab in the middle of the screen is your lock screen clock, in all of it’s Roboto Light glory. When you have missed notifications, you no longer have to unlock the phone and then view the application. Simply tap twice on whatever notification you are trying to access, and your device unlocks and takes you to the corresponding application.
In the bottom right and left hand corners, are two shortcut icons. The icons on the right is for your camera, while the icon on the left is for your Phone. In order to access either of these applications, swipe in from the corresponding side, and that application will open up. If you swipe left or right normally, you will no longer be able to just unlock your phone, due to the unlock gesture changing to swiping up from the bottom of the screen. For some users, while charging your device, you can see how much time remains until your device is fully charged. I tried to see if I could be able to see that information, but I didn’t have the same luck as others that do.
The Settings application has also had a complete redesign from top to bottom, and there are a few additional settings that have been added to Android L. The first of which is Do Not Disturb mode. This is a feature that I LOVE on my iPhone because of the fact that I get tired of my device constantly buzzing or beeping or dinging while I’m trying to get some work done. The nice thing about this feature on Android L, is the different settings that you can manually toggle, or set depending upon who you would want to hear from if you were in the middle of doing something. You can also set specific times that you want Do Not Disturb to activate, so that you don’t have to worry about going in and turning the feature on.
While perusing around the various different Settings panels, you can see the different graphics in play. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, or all the way to the top, it appears as if a light blue wave has come across the top or bottom of your screen. Similar to the bounce that you can get when scrolling through your home screen. There are also animations whenever you tap a specific panel from within the Settings application, and while not necessary or detrimental to the build, Google definitely added a nice touch there.
I’ve been playing around with Android L for a couple of hours now, and while this is just a first impressions of Android L, there are a lot of things that Google changed up in it’s latest iteration of Android. Have you tried out Android L yet? What are your thoughts on it? Leave you comments and questions below, and we’ll be able to get back to you promptly. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the full breakdown later this week.
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Android L was announced yesterday at Google I/O without a code name and without a version number. What was announced was a developer preview to be released the following day, which is today! The downloads are now available here. The downside is, you must have a developer device meaning you must have a Nexus 5 (hammerhead) or the Nexus 7 WiFi (razor). There is not a developer preview for the Nexus 4 or any other Nexus device.
This is a developer preview, so bugs are expected. Remember, ART is now full time and the only runtime on Android L. Dalvik is no longer an option, and some apps still do not work on ART. If you are okay with a few bugs and are determined to have bleeding edge technology, head on over to http://developer.android.com/preview/setup-sdk.html and download the system image now! Instructions to install the preview are available here.
An in-depth look at Android L will be coming in a few days after I have had some time to test it out on my Nexus 7 for those of you who do not have either Nexus device.
Google’s Nexus 7 (2013) may be just a month shy of turning a year old, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a great device.
If you’ve been in the market for a new 7-inch tablet, Google is currently offering a deal for anyone who buys a new Nexus 7. The tablet will come with three months of unlimited music from Google Play.
The Google Play All Access provides instant streaming to over 20 million tracks and usually costs $9.99 a month. Google Music recently got updated to provide playlist-based radio stations to aid in music discovery, bringing it in line with offerings from competitors such as Spotify.
After your three months, the price is $9.99, but you can always cancel it if you aren’t satisfied. The service must be setup by Sept. 30 for the deal to apply.
VIA Google Play
As you may have heard, the last software update for Android, Android 4.4.3, is now available and is now rolling out to devices, most notably the Nexus devices. While the factory images for all Nexus devices are available if you like tinkering, it’s been a bit harder to track down the more easily installed OTA updates so far. Luckily though, oldblue910 over at XDA has captured the Android 4.4.3 OTA update for the 2012 Nexus 7 3G and has it available for download here.
Unfortunately, the OTA update for the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 has not yet been captured, but it’s only a matter of time now before it is. The Android 4.4.3 is bringing quite a few needed bug fixes, particularly for Nexus 5 owners, though it’s surprising that this build of Android has come so close to Google I/O, essentially dampening any hope of a new software build announcement at the event at the end of June. Still, it’s always better than nothing.
Do you have Android 4.4.3 on your device yet? If so, how do you find it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.