Now that smartphones have become personal companions, landline usage has understandably dropped. BT launched an Android-powered home phone, complete with smart call-blocking features and apps, in an attempt to lure people back, but because it only offered downloads via Opera’s app store, choice was severely limited. With the BT Home SmartPhone S II, it appears the company has learned from its mistakes. It’s partnered with Google to offer access to the Play Store, while Facebook, Twitter and BT Sport apps are already bundled. It means that you’ll be able to watch Premier League football if the main TV is out of action, but also download your favourite apps and games — as long as you’re connected to WiFi. At £169.99, BT’s Home SmartPhone S II is a little more expensive than Motorola’s current-generation Moto G, meaning you really must be intent on making the most of your landline for this handset to make any fiscal sense.
Via: BT Media Centre
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Google has released factory images for the latest version of Android for both (WiFi only) versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The image brings the tablets up to Android 5.1.1, bringing a few bug fixes and performance enhancements, but no new features, unfortunately. The OTA updates for these tablets should start hitting devices relatively soon.
Funnily enough, Google has updated these older tablets to the latest and greatest of Android, but the newly announced Nexus 9 is still on Android 5.0.1. Android updates have always been a pain point, but the Nexus devices were supposed to be immune to the bogged down update process OEMs and carriers subject their devices to. Hopefully Google (or HTC) does something to get the Nexus 9 up to speed.
Hit the link below for the updates. If you need help flashing a factory image, we’ve got a handy guide to get you started.
source: Factory Images
Come comment on this article: Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 5.1.1 factory images are live
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Google has just announced their quarterly financial results for Q1 2015, and while the overall picture is good, there’s a bit of bad new for Nexus devices. Google refers to the money it earns from the Play Store and Google Store as “other revenues”, and while overall “other revenues” has increased to $1.8 billion, up 23% year-on-year, when compared with last quarter, this revenue stream has actually fallen by 3%. In the earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette attributed this decline to the fact that Nexus devices aren’t selling well anymore, in particular the Nexus 6, which hasn’t been the financial success that the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 were.
You can kind of understand why this is the case – the Nexus 5 ($349) and Nexus 7 ($249) were significantly cheaper than their successors, the Nexus 6 ($649) and Nexus 9 ($399), and it’s obvious that the almost double-the-cost Nexus 6 is a bit of a tough ask for what is essentially an enthusiast’s device. Having said that, it’s unlikely that Google will bat an eyelid as the Nexus line, as we all know, is less about being a commercial success but getting quality devices into the hands of developers and enthusiasts – though I doubt they’d complain if it actually made money too. We’ll have to see if Google changes their strategy with the next Nexus smartphone and goes back to a cheaper device.
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The next Nexus phone faces a bit of a naming dilemma – where do they go after the Nexus 6? Can’t go Nexus 7 because that already exists, and any reduction in number would seem like a step back in generation. Whatever Google decide to call the next Nexus, a new report suggests that the manufacturer behind the device is LG.
Codenamed ‘N000′, sources report that Google engineers recently visited LG headquarters in South Korea to discuss the device, which also reportedly carries the name ‘Nexus 7′, but take that with a pinch of salt.
If true, this would be the third Nexus device made by LG in the lineup. Would you like to see a third LG Nexus device?
Android 5.1 is now rolling to several Nexus devices and it can take up to a couple of weeks for all devices to receive the update. We know that most of our readers are just too damn impatient to sit and wait that long, so here are the direct links (from Google) for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi.
You can download these Zip files and easily flash them. If you need a refresher or you’re new to it, just hit up our very extensive guide on how to manually flash OTA updates.
Downloads links after the break.
(Note: The Nexus 5 has two downloads for those that are current on LRX21O Android 5.0 or LRX22X Android 5.0.1)
Nexus 5 (hammerhead) From LRX21O to LMY47D (5.1)
Nexus 5 (hammerhead) From LRX22C to LMY47D (5.1)
Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LRX22G to LMY47D (5.1)
Come comment on this article: Android 5.1 OTA updates now available to download and flash for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi
Google has posted brand new Android 5.1 factory images for several Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and the slightly older 2012 version of the Nexus 7. If you’re ready to start flashing them on your device, hit the right link below and follow our guide to flashing factory images on your Nexus device.
Come comment on this article: Android 5.1 factory images are live for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10
Owners of the Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE can get their hands on Android 5.0.2 immediately. Google has posted the factory images for the latest version of Android for those two tablets. Prior to the update, the software on the tablets was Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P). This version goes by LRX22G. The update arrived on other devices in mid-December and includes general fixes and minor changes.
Click here for directions on how to manually install the Android 5.0.2 update.
Source: Google Developers
Come comment on this article: Factory images of Android 5.0.2 available for Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE
Google is hard at work pushing Google for Education, and their next step is to offer Android tablets preloaded with Education services to schools in the UK. These tablets are customized for the curriculum used in the UK school system and offer great ways to manage time and get students more involved.
Schools have an option of which tablets they want to buy, some of which include the Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4. The tablets seamlessly link together for classrooms and have access to Google’s Education app store and are preloaded with Google’s work apps like Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
Early results from schools that were piloting these tablets have been mostly positive, so these services are clearly doing what Google set out to achieve.
source: Google for Education
Come comment on this article: Google to bring Android tablets with Google for Education to UK schools
Last week Google released factory images for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and the Nexus 10. The OTA update is now available for the Nexus 7, so you can manually update your device yourself.
We have the download link below, but if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing or you just need a refresher, be sure to check out our very extensive guide on how to do it. The Nexus 10 OTA is still not available, but I would expect a link to become available within the next day so stay tuned if you’re rocking a Nexus 10.
Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)
Come comment on this article: You can now download and install the Android 5.0.2 OTA update on your Nexus 7 2013 WiFi, Here’s how
Whenever you talk about a Google device, it’s hard to know where to assign credit: Google, or ASUS, the company actually building the thing in the first place. The second generation Nexus 7 may have cost $30 more than its $199 predecessor, but that cash seems to have all gone to make the hardware even better. When Brad Molen played with it, he said that it had an “incredible display” and “strong overall performance.” We figure that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of you picked up one of these slates, so why not head across the Rubicon and into our forum to talk about your experiences?
Source: Engadget Product Forums