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Will be among the first to get Android L
With as little fanfare as possible despite an event invitation earlier this month, Google has finally announced their long awaited lineup of low-cost Android phones that will be among the first to ship as part of the company’s new “Android One” lineup. The devices – which are currently being developed by smaller, lesser known brands Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles – are being positioned as ways to get Google into the lower-priced, entry level phone market that has been traditionally dominated by “dumb phones” such as those in Nokia’s Asha platform.
Most Android One smartphones will go for about $100, and all of which will be built on some low-end-but-not-abysmal specs, like a 480 x 854 4.5-inch display or a 5-megapixel camera. All will come running with the latest version of stock Android, Android 4.4 “KitKat”, and all will be among the first tier of phones to get a free update to Android 5.0 “L” when that becomes available at some point in the future.
But not for the reasons you may think
You’re reading the headline right now and I bet I know what you’re thinking – this guy, he’s an Apple fanboy. He’s gotta be. I’m sitting here writing an article about why my switch to Android didn’t work out, after all. You’re probably betting that I’m sitting here with an iPhone next to me right now – and guess what, you’re absolutely right. But before I even start the meat of this article, I want to clear the air – I’m not back on my iPhone because I dislike Android. I didn’t even particularly dislike the Nexus 5 I was switching to. On the contrary, I quite liked both Android and the Nexus 5. So why am I back on my iPhone?
It turns out, the reason I went back is because at the end of the day – iPhone, Android, whatever – switching to Android just didn’t matter. It made nearly no tangible difference to my daily routines. Sure, there were some minor inconveniences – I missed iMessage terribly, and I couldn’t find an official version of the just fantastic TwoDots game on the Google Play Store. But really, for the most part, I couldn’t find a single tangible difference in the way I used iOS and Android.
Using Android was, to be honest, entirely enjoyable. Android is no longer the poorly designed mess that it was back when I last tried out the platform for real back in the Gingerbread days (over two years ago, for you non-geeky types). There’s an app for just about everything I wanted – Google Chrome is an excellent mobile browser, easily just as good as Safari on iOS 7. The camera on my Nexus 5 was fine – not iPhone 5s good, as I’m accustomed to, but certainly not bad in any sense of the world. Integration with Google Hangouts was beneficial, and I actually really liked the way that Facebook Chat Heads worked on Android – in fact, I wish Apple would let Chat Heads float above running applications and the home screen on iOS as they work on Android. While switching to Android, literally everything was fine or even great.
So why did I switch back to my iPhone? If I found my experience using Android just as good as my iPhone, why switching back? For me, it just turned out to make slightly more sense given my personal situation. The vast majority of my contacts use iPhones, so everyone I’m talking to just about is through iMessage when on my iMessage. Not a huge benefit over SMS in and of itself, but when you factor in the ability to chat with people via Mac and iPad – both of which I have and use regularly – that’s a huge plus on behalf of the iPhone. Then there’s the fact that the iPhone has a slightly better camera, I’ve put a ton of money into purchasing apps on the App Store, most of my music has been bought through iTunes, and even my iCloud calendars.
So that’s why I went back to my iPhone. Not because Android is bad – on the contrary, I enjoyed my time on Android. But just because it didn’t offer me anything significantly good enough to pull me away from my years of iPhone use. Proponents of Android will say that customization and extensibility of Android is a huge plus, but to be honest, I tried a bunch of different keyboards, launchers, etc. etc – and I went back to the stock Android setup every single time.
Oh, but lest I forget – I am super pumped about the thought of a Swype-like keyboard being available on iOS 8.
A great deal for a better tablet
The new Nexus 7 is one of the most impressive tablets I’ve ever used, and today’s your big chance to nab one for a whopping $50 off. Today and today alone Woot is offering the new, second generation 16GB Nexus 7 for just $189 – a $40 savings from the retail price – or $219 for the 32GB model, $50 off.
The new Nexus 7 runs Android 4.4 “KitKat”, though without some of the special launcher flourishes found on Google’s other new Nexus device, the Nexus 5. It features an extraordinarily high resolution display akin to that on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and one that is mostly superior to the iPad mini with Retina Display.
There’s a limited supply of these things available, so if you’re interested you’ll want to run over to Woot and grab yours now. Better act fast.
Because it hasn't leaked enough already
Google has taken the wraps off the oft rumored Nexus 5 at long last. It seems like it’s been so long since we started covering the leaks of this thing that it’s felt like this day would never come, but now that it has I can say I’m excited. The Nexus 5 is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 4 as the crown jewel in the Nexus throne, featuring that flagship Android experience the Nexus lineup is known for, but this time it comes in “KitKat” flavor.
That’s right, the Nexus 5 comes preloaded with Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Google’s next iterative version of their popular mobile operating system. Like the new name would suggest, Android 4.4 is a much larger update than the previous two updates, both of which carried the same “Jelly Bean” name as Android 4.1. But if you’re looking for revolution and not evolution, you might be disappointed – while Android 4.4 manages to look and feel fresh, it does so without that big “wow” change that many in the Android camp had been expecting after so many years with the Android 4.x line.
Besides Android 4.4, the Nexus 5 starts at $349 and includes 16GB of internal storage, and supports Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile absolutely out of the box; sorry, Verizon fans. It’s got a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor, a strong 5″ 1080p display, and an 8MP back shooter (camera) equipped with image stabilization. And let’s not forget that all of this is running Android 4.4 totally stock, as pure and clean as Google intended it to be used. A refreshing feeling for sure.
We’ll be continuing our Nexus 5 coverage in the days ahead, so keep an eye out for more. Until than, you can hop on the bandwagon and order yourself a Nexus 5 right from Google Play – if you’re so inclined.
The time has (almost) come
The months of waiting. The lead in. The aging Nexus 4. The teasing – oh, the teasing. And we can’t forget the Nestle branded Android operating system that is Android 4.4 “KitKat.” After all this time, it appears that our wait is finally over – if a little slip up over at the house of Google is any indication, Google’s next flagship Android device, the LG built Nexus 5, will be making an official appearance any day now.
The slip up in question? For the briefest of moments – just a couple of seconds – customers could actually head over to the Google Play store last night and be treated to a product page for the as of yet unannounced Nexus 5, complete with a description, press shots, and – at long last – confirmation of that much speculated name.
Google’s tagline for the Nexus 5 is “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways.” It’ll run you $349 for a 16GB version when it does finally launch. This also serves as virtual confirmation that the Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4 “KitKat” as the press shot reveals a much flatter, cleaner, and frankly more beautiful Android UI than any that’s come before it.
We’ll keep you in the know on the latest regarding the Nexus 5, because trust me – we’re just as excited as you are.
Not a bad looking phone
Psst – in case you weren’t aware, Google’s getting ready to launch a new smartphone. And that’s not all, they’ll be replacing one of their most popular smartphones to date – the Nexus 4. No small feat, to be sure, but it looks like Google and new partner LG are up for the challenge, as today’s leaked press images of the Nexus 5 show.
All in all, there’s nothing too outrageous to be seen here. We’ve got ourselves a black slab with a large display and a front facing camera – the description of pretty much every smartphone since, oh, I don’t know, the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007 (sans the front facing camera back then.) No word yet on when we’ll be able to get our hands on one, however one previous rumor that indicated Google was preparing for a launch on the 15th turned out to be, sadly, incorrect.
Source: Mobile Syrup
The long awaited successor to the Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is probably Google’s most popular “Nexus” phone in history, but that isn’t going to stop them from replacing it – a new leak originating from none other than the United States Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) has given us our first real look at the long awaited successor to the Nexus 4, which we’re lovingly dubbing the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 will be built by LG, the same folks who built the Nexus 4, and doesn’t appear to be too radical of a change based on everything we’re seeing from it now. The general shape of the phone has remained largely the same, though with a slightly “blockier” build with less rounded corners. The screen size is also expected to be upgraded to a 5-inch-or-so display, and the phone is expected to pack in the latest internals to best compete against the likes of the iPhone 5S, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC One.
We also think it’s reasonable to expect that the Nexus 5 will be the flagship phone for Android 4.4 “KitKat”, the next generation Android operating system. We’ve got no real firm information, dates, or pricing on the upcoming Nexus 4 just yet, but we’ll give you the latest as it comes in. Stay tuned!