Google has recently released some excellent commercials for its Nexus products and Google Now. Continuing this tradition, the company today released a new advert promoting its Nexus 10 tablet. The advertisement is so good, that it made me feel like buying the tablet at that very instant, even though I own an iPad.
The advertisement is about a couple who are expecting a baby, and how they use their Nexus 10 with its multi-user feature support to share their happiness with the world.
Google has done an excellent job with this commercial, and I cannot imagine Samsung coming up with such a brilliant commercial like this, even though they technically make the Nexus 10.
Apple has been known to come up with brilliant advertisements, and slowly and steadily, Google is also reaching that level with its Nexus series of commercials.
As promised the Canonical Team has released the Developer preview builds of Ubuntu Touch for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The developer preview builds are exactly that, developer preview, and are nowhere near good enough to be used as a daily driver.
Before you jump the gun and flash the Ubuntu Developer Preview build on your Nexus device, make sure that your device is supported. At the moment, the CDMA variants of the Galaxy Nexus are not supported and so is the 3G variant of the Nexus 7. If you are running Ubuntu, you can follow the installation instructions written here. If you are on Windows or Mac and/or are looking for the Fastboot flashable images, head over to this link and download all the image files for your Nexus device.
Since this a developer preview, not all features and functionality are working at the moment. Here is a list of what works according to Canonical -:
Shell and core applications
Connection to the GSM network (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
Phone calls and SMS (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
Networking via Wifi
Functional camera (front and back)
Device accessible through the Android Developer Bridge tool (adb)
You can also check out the list of device specific issues here.
Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The .1 bump in the Android OS version denotes some under the hood bug-fixes from Google, mainly related to the broken Bluetooth stack that was introduced in Android 4.1.1.
The update also bumps the Android build number to JDQ39. As of now, only Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners have got the OTA update. There is no confirmation from Google whether the Nexus 4 will get the OTA update or not.
Early report suggests that the Bluetooth streaming works better now, but it is still not perfect. The OTA update also includes a new radio/modem for the Galaxy Nexus that may or may not bring about an improvement in network reception and power consumption.
Vizio, known for making cheap TVs that offer a great bang-for-the-buck is stepping into the highly competitive tablet market with the launch of two tablets running Android.
The 10-inch tablet from Vizio packs in a whopping 2560*1600 resolution and is the first tablet to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC – currently the world’s fastest mobile SoC. Other specs of the tablet include 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a micro-HDMI port and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors. Surprisingly and stupidly, the 10-inch tablet uses a Mini USB port and not a microUSB port.
The 7-inch tablet from Vizio aims to compete directly with the Nexus 7 and packs a 12800*800 IPS display, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, 16GB of storage space, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.
Like its PC line-up, Vizio has decided to go stock and bare, which means the tablets run on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, hands-on pictures of the 7-inch tablet clearly show it running Jelly Bean with the older Ice Cream Sandwich like tablet UI. It will be interesting to see if Vizio decides to ship the retail units of 7-inch tablet with the same old ICS like tablet UI.
The company did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablets, but given the company’s nature, they should be priced very aggressively. The tablets should hit the market sometime in the first half of this year.
The CyanogenMod team has been hard at work on merging Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with its sources. The team has been slowly adding all the features from CM10 to CM10.1, making sure they don’t cause any stability issues.
While unofficial CM10.1 builds for quite a few Android devices are available on XDA forums of the respective devices, the CyanogenMod team is going to make things easier for some of us. Beginning from today, the CyanogenMod team has started rolling out the official CM10.1 nightly builds for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 7 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity. The Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 have already been enjoying official CM10.1 nightlies for sometime now.
Apart from adding more devices to their stable, the CM team is also working on adding more features to CM10.1. The team, recently, added the ability to customize the Quick Settings notification pane in CM10.1, making the feature much more useful.
Looking at the way the CM team is working, most of the devices that would be supported by CM10.1, should get official nightlies by Christmas.
Yesterday, Google rolled out the Android 4.2.1 update for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. The minor bump in the Android OS version does not bring any major changes except for fixing the missing December month in the People’s app.
Today, Google has pushed Android 4.2.1 to AOSP for developers to base their ROMs on the latest version of Android. While its nice to see Google fixing the December update so soon, the company should have tried to fix other issues present in Android 4.2. as well.
Android 4.2 is one of the most buggiest release ever from Google. The update is plagued with lots of bugs and stability issues including random reboots, poor performance on Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus and much more.
Google has now also started rolling out the Android 4.2.1 update for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7. The update was initially only available for the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10.
The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 went on sale today via the Play Store and sold out within 20 minutes of the ordering page going live. The handset and the tablet first went on sale in Australia and sold out in exactly 20 minutes. In other regions of the world, including the United Kingdom and Europe, the ordering page of the handset was hardly live for 5 minutes.
Interested buyers who tried to purchase the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 10 usually ended up getting “an error occurred while processing your order” when they tried to purchase the devices using Play Store. However, later on, most of them got a confirmation mail from Google saying their order has been successfully approved and their credit card charged.
It is not yet known whether there was actually so much demand for the Nexus 4 or Google grossly under-estimated the demand for the handset. Even then, most buyers were not at all pleased with how the Play Store behaved when they were purchasing the new Nexii devices from Google.
The Nexus 4 is, however, yet to go on sale in the United States. The handset, along with the Nexus 10, will be available for purchase from the Play Store at 9AM PST/12PM EST as confirmed by Google.
Along with the Nexus 4, Google announced a new 10-inch Nexus tablet manufactured by Samsung. The tablet is a powerhouse with a retina busting 10.1-inch display sporting a resolution of 2560×1600.
Internally, the Nexus 10 packs in the next-generation Cortex-A15 based SoC — Exynos 5 — which also includes an ARM Mali-T604 GPU. Other specs include front-facing stereo speakers, 2GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, and the usual stuffs. The press release from Google states that the Nexus 10 is capable of playing back videos for up to 9 hours or up to 500 hours of standby time, all thanks to its beefy 9000mAh battery.
On the software side, Nexus 10 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that includes multiple user profiles, a swype like keyboard and other tablet related enhancements. The 16GB version of the tablet will only cost $399 while the 32GB variant will set you back by $499. It will be available for purchase directly from Google Play on November 13th in the U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
Android lovers and fanboys, here is some bad news for you. Google has just confirmed that it is postponing its ‘The Playground is open’ Android event on October 29th, which was to be hosted in New York. The reason Google is postponing the event is due to Hurricane Sandy that will be hitting New York sometime on Sunday night.
Below is the official statement from Google -:
We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more.
While this news will definitely break the heart of a lot of Android lovers who were eagerly waiting for Google to unveil the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at the event. At this point, there is very little information left to leak regarding Google’s Android event. The specs of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 have been confirmed, and so are some of the new features in Android 4.2. The only thing over which the question mark still remains is the pricing and availability of these devices.
On the other hand, Microsoft loyalists should be very happy because the company will be unveiling Windows Phone 8 on October 29th at San Francisco, and the OS won’t have to share the limelight with any other OS.
Up until now, the Nexus 10 was just a rumored tablet from Samsung and Google that sported a Retina display like resolution and an Exynos 5 processor.
Today, the folks over at BriefMobile have got their hands on some pictures of the Nexus 10 running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean confirming that the tablet is indeed real, and will be unveiled by Google at its event on October 29th.
The Nexus 10 is going to be a complete destroy all other tablets in the market whenever it is launched. Below are the ‘confirmed’ specs of the tablet -:
Dual-core Exynos 5 SoC based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture clocked at 1.7GHz
ARM Mali-T604 GPU
10.1-inch Super-AMOLED display with a Retina busting resolution of 2560×1600
5MP rear camera, LED Flash, NFC, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi
On the software side, the Nexus 10 will be running on Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”. The tipster also confirmed all the features which were earlier leaked including quick settings in the notification bar, multiple user profiles, a re-designed Gallery and updated Camera app.
If Google and Samsung manage to price the Nexus 10 right, we might just see Android tablets pose a serious threat to iPad’s market domination.
Head over to BriefMobile for more pictures and other tid-bits about the Nexus 10.
P.S. – Yes, those bottom navigation buttons really look out of place and I really hope they are not final.