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Google, get on this

New security issue crashes Nexus smartphones with a simple SMS




android-deadIf you’ve got either a Nexus 4 or a new Nexus 5 running either Android 4.0 to Android 4.4, you best be weary of any odd SMS messages for a time. According to PC World, a glitch exists in the two latest versions of Android that allows attackers to rapid send 30 “flash” messages to Nexus devices, which causes a system crash that forces a hard reboot.

The issue stems from the fact that Android doesn’t notify users with an audio tone when being sent a flash SMS message, which allows these messages to build up leading to an overflow of sorts, and therefore a crash. Google is said to be aware of the device and has been working n a fix for some time now, however PC Magazine has only just reported the issue.

Source: PC Magazine


And just two months later!

Global HTC One gets Android 4.3, improves camera performance




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Android devices are usually notoriously slow to get their software patches, which makes HTC’s release of Android 4.3 for the global HTC One today all the more impressive. Android 4.3 was only released to the wild in late July, meaning that HTC took pretty much exactly two months to prepare and push out the update to their customers – not exactly Apple good, but a much better turnaround time than most other manufacturers.

Ontop of all the Android 4.3 goodness, including improved OpenGL support, native Bluetooth LE support, and caching improvements, HTC has also taken the opportunity to improve the HTC One’s camera performance, specifically in low light situations. Early reviews of the HTC One indicated that the phone suffered from a low quality camera despite unique 4MP hardware with large pixels, and HTC has seemingly taken that criticism seriously.

So if you’ve got yourself a global HTC One, keep checking that update menu – you should be seeing your update shortly.

Via: Engadget
Source: Android Highlights


$199 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB

Google lowers the price of the Nexus 4, now starts at $199




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Want a flagship Android phone but don’t feel like paying $500+ for the likes of the Moto X, Play Edition Galaxy S4, or Play Edition HTC One? Well boy does Google have an amazing deal for you. Starting today, Google is lowering the price of their flagship Android device, the Nexus 4, from $299 to $199 – a whopping $100 off – for the 8GB model. Meanwhile, the bigger capacity 16GB model will now cost you just $249 – still less than the original price of the 8GB model.

Of course, one would assume that such a steep discount would heavily imply that Google is preparing to launch the true successor to the Nexus 4, which would likely be released in the form of a Nexus 5. We’ve had no real leaks of such a device as of yet, with many assuming prior to the formal announcement of the Moto X that such a device would act as the spiritual successor to the Nexus 4, however pricing and Android availability seems to heavily imply the opposite.

But if the thought of a current-generation Android device appeals to you, and you don’t mind that a potential replacement is just around the corner then go right ahead. We certainly wouldn’t blame you.

Via: Engadget
Source: Google Play


Update now

Android 4.3 hitting original Nexus 7 in OTA update




nexus7If you’ve got yourself an original Nexus 7 sitting around collecting dust, now would be a good time to plug that sucker in and turn the power back on – numerous Nexus 7 owners are claiming that Google has seemingly just pushed out a large Android 4.3 update campaign for original Nexus 7 devices, available via the built in over the air update system. We had given you links to Nexus 7 restore images back when Android 4.3 was announced last week, but that sort of update would wipe your Nexus 7 clean in order to install, as though it were a new tablet; what Google’s rolling out today will allow you to update with no data loss, if everything goes well.

Android 4.3 brings some minor, but worthy, upgrades to the Android operating system including low-privelege accounts, Bluetooth Low Energy support, and OpenGL improvements. It won’t turn your aging Nexus 7 into its newer, sexier, younger brother – but hey, it might hold you over until you get the itch for an upgrade.


This is the droid you've been looking for

Weekend special: 2013 Nexus 7 first impressions




nexus-7-2013So real quick, let me get to the point – I go some sit down time with the Nexus 7 recently. And no, I don’t mean the old and busted Nexus 7 of yore, I mean the new Nexus 7 that Google unveiled at their special Android event just this week. I was going to save this for a longer post later in the week, but I just couldn’t wait to let you know what I thought. I’ll let other reviews take a stab at disassembling every last feature, flaw, and sticking point of the new 2013 Nexus 7 – but here are my first impressions.

First, this thing feels great. Prior to using this tablet, the only other two small-sized tablets that felt any good to me at all were the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Apple’s iPad mini. And the new Nexus 7 absolutely deserves to be spoken in the same sentence as them. Gone is the strange leather material of last year’s Nexus 7, which always gave the device a cheap feeling to me, and in is a brand new, beautifully feeling slightly soft touch back that doesn’t only feel sturdy and strong, but also just feels downright amazing. The Nexus 7 may sell for just $229 – a whole $100 less expensive than the cheapest iPad mini configuration – but make no mistake, this is a premium tablet. The front of the device is simple, but simple is beautiful – there are no actual tactile buttons to be spoken of, with the front dominated simply by the crazy large bezels (which are much larger on the top and bottom than they are on the sides of the screen), a webcam, hidden indicator light, and that insanely beautiful screen.

Ah. The screen. Let me just say this now – if Apple doesn’t put a Retina display in the iPad mini this year, like the whispers are suggesting, Apple may as well not even come to the party this time around. The new Nexus 7 doesn’t just crush the iPad mini with its beautiful, high resolution display – it destroys everything else on the market. It’s insanely bright – far brighter than my iPad mini’s, which seems to me like a dull flash light light running out of batteries in comparison – and with such an amazing level of detail that even the Retina iPad or Nexus 10 would blush. Perhaps it’s simply just seeing such a high resolution display on a screen as tiny as the Nexus 7’s small 7″ display – and it is a small display, comparatively speaking – but the Nexus 7’s display seems to be to be the best screen my eyeballs have ever beheld. It’s beautiful. Colors are vivid, pixels are absolutely impossible to distinguish, and the whole thing combined just makes me want to look at another tablet screen ever again.

As for the rest of the hardware, I can’t go into too much detail – Google says there’s a quad core processor and 2GB of RAM in here, and I wouldn’t be the one to prove them otherwise. I didn’t run any real benchmarks or try to turn the Nexus 7 into a hardcore gaming machine, I just used it as I would any other  tablet, and performance was just downright zippy. Animations are fluid and smooth, with the exception of scrolling – Google seems like they still can’t figure out how to properly animate scrolling on Android, which I know is a point that other reviews touched upon as well. The Android tablet ecosystem is still lacking, but honestly, it’s getting better – slowly but surely – and soon it’ll have mostly caught up.

So to say I’m walking away impressed with the new Nexus 7  would be a massive understatement. The screen is gorgeous, the hardware feels like it should cost $100 more than it does, and the hardware seems to be more than capable. If you’re on the fence, get the Nexus 7. You won’t be disappointed.


Order today from various retailers

Google launches next generation Nexus 7 a few days early




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Surprise! Google’s updated Nexus 7 tablet wasn’t scheduled to go on sale until July 30th, but it looks like Google and its retailer friends decided that hey, there’s no time like the present, so go ahead and get your Nexus 7 today. Reports are indicating that you can now walk into any Best Buy, Game Stop, or Walmart and pick up your Nexus 7 today (if your location carries the tablet), or you can order online from any of the aforementioned retailers or pick one up online from Amazon or Google’s own Google Play store.

The Nexus 7 has been collecting pretty decent reviews from across the entirety of the internets today, so if you’re in the market for a new 7″ tablet with a crazy awesome high DPI display (seriously, we hear this thing is fantastic), have at it.

Source: Google (Twitter)


For Nexus 4, 7, 10, ...and Galaxy Nexus

Here are the direct links to the Nexus Android 4.3 images




android-hubAs promised, Google has just uploaded the full stock images of the just released Android 4.3 operating system for you to load up on all of your Nexus devices. Wondering if your device has made the cut? According to these images, Google is officially supporting the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 – of course, those are the most recent Android devices in the Nexus program – but also, and surprisingly given Google’s recent attitude towards old hardware, the GSM Galaxy Nexus as well. Oddly, there’s no sign of support for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus here – which is a pity, considering the Galaxy Nexus was definitely an impressive LTE handset for its time – but hey, better some than none.

The links are as follows:

The Nexus program is Google’s official lineup of Android devices. Google today announced two new additions to the Nexus program – the new second generation Nexus 7, and Android 4.3.


Some minor improvements

Android 4.3 rolling out to all current Nexus devices today




android-jellybean-logo-cropped-1Google has officially announced the long awaited update to their Android platform, Android 4.3, at today’s Nexus 7 press event. The new version is once again named Jelly Bean, so you don’t have any new dessert names to remember quite yet, and that’s actually kind of fitting considering how minor an update this version real is.

Restricted Profiles now come to Android, essentially allowing for dedicated child friendly accounts on Android devices. App  content can be restricted by the user level itself, and permissions can be changed and customized to fit the user. The second major feature that comes to the platform is Bluetooth Low Energy – finally – which allows for compatibility with the latest crop of Bluetooth devices. Android users had recently been left out on these sorts of devices due to a lack of system-level implantation, so now new Android devices can join in on the fun.

And, well, that’s about it. I’m sure there are some other little tweaks here and there – and OpenGL has been updated to allow for better graphics and the such – but at the end of the day, this is really a maintenance release with fixes and minor improvements. Which isn’t bad – Android has been an extraordinarily competent operating system for some time now – but it isn’t quite as much as I was expecting considering how long this Jelly Bean has been waiting in the can.

Source: The Verge


Not too revolutionary

This is what Google and ASUS’s new Nexus 7 looks like




Infamous source of upcoming Android devices, @evleaks, has done it again; this time revealing the upcoming Nexus 7 from virtually every angle. All in all we’re not looking at anything too revolutionary here – this is pretty much a firmly traditional looking 7″ Android tablet, and very much a natural evolution from the original Nexus 7 currently sold. There is, of course, the new set of cameras – including that 5MP rear camera . We also seem to be in for a notification light, a la the sorts that BlackBerrys have been rocking with for forever, and – yes, finally – stereo speakers at long last.

Design wise, the new Nexus 7 seems to have a grippy black back with the Nexus logo centered horizontally on the device, and the ASUS logo on the bottom. @evleaks also reveals that the Nexus 7 will arrive in both 16GB and 32GB configurations similar to the current generation Nexus 7, though no word yet on whether we’ll be seeing an 8GB model or not.

The new Nexus 7 is set to be released in stores on July 31st, with demo units likely hitting store shelves on July 26th. Google is holding an Android related press event on July 24th and will likely be using it as an opportunity to reveal both the new Nexus 7 as well as the newest version of Android, Android 4.3.

Source: @evleaks / @evleaks (2)


New York City event

Google & Motorola to launch Moto X on August 1st




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Well, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Google and Motorola have just sent the press invitations to the Android event of the year, the long awaited launch of what is expected to be Google’s next flagship smartphone, the Moto X smartphone. The invitation invites the press to “come meet the new Motorola” in New York City on August 1st, and shows four hip young fellas and ladies subtly holding onto the as of yet unannounced smartphone.

The Moto X is expected to launch with a fairly impressive camera, mid-range to high end specs, a high quality and durable body made of carbon fiber, Android 4.3 – which is also expected to appear on the upcoming Nexus 7 – and, most notably major improvements to Android’s voice assistant functionality that allows the phone to always be listening and on the look out for voice commands, even when the phone itself is on standby.

We’ll be covering the Moto X extensively from here on out, so be sure to visit Haverzine for the latest on Google and Motorola’s newest, most darling baby.

Source: The Verge


New leak confirms

New Nexus 7 to go on sale July 31st with Android 4.3 and wireless charging




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Two new internal story inventory leaks have confirmed that Google is indeed preparing to unleash on the world a brand new, 2nd generation Nexus 7 device. According to a leaked Staples memo, the new Nexus 7 is slated to go on sale as soon as July 31st – that’s in less than 2 weeks  – with demo units going up on July 26th to entice would be customers.

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A second leaked document gives us a detailed rundown of the device, outlining a tablet with some much needed upgrades, including a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 1.2 MP front facing camera, a new 5 MP rear camera, wireless charging capabilities (likely using the Qi standard), a GPU capable of 1080p video output, and – at long last – the arrival of the new and improved Android 4.3 operating system.

The new Nexus 7 is also rumored to come with a slight price increase to make up for some losses that would be introduced by all this new tech, with earlier leaks suggesting that the new 32GB Nexus 7 will cost $269, a $20 price increase from the current model’s $249 price tag. No report as of yet on how much the hypothetical (but likely) 16GB model would cost.

Source: Engadget


Near final version of Android 4.3

Leaked version of Android 4.3 originates from a Nexus 4 sold by Google employee




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Android 4.3 probably won’t be making a public unveil until the end of the month at Google’s July 24th Android special event, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t getting a whole dish full of Android 4.3 leaks today. This latest leak comes from – you guessed it – a device originating from a Google employee, making this just the latest in a seemingly never ending series of blunders by company employees accidentally leaking unreleased products. This time however, we don’t have a stolen or lost phone, we have a sold phone, a Nexus 4 – unfortunately for the Googler, however, said sold Nexus 4 came to its new owner with a clean copy of a near final version of the as of yet unannounced Android 4.3.

This version of Android 4.3 carries the build number JWR66N, and you can go ahead and grab a dumped version of the new operating system for use on your very own Nexus 4 here. There’s no word yet on exactly what’s new in this latest version of Android, but I have a feeling we’ll learn a whole lot more on July 24th, and straight from the Google’s mouth at that.

Source: Android Police