Just a few hours ago, Android 5.1 became official, though it had been spotted running on Android One devices earlier this year. The new build includes three main features, multiple-SIM card support (a staple for many Asian devices), device protection, and HD voice calling along with bug fixes and the likes. While most of these features sound better suited to phones, a couple Nexus tablets are first up to the plate.
While there are no concrete details as to when the update will arrive OTA, Google has thankfully begun to post the factory images. Those who know what to do need only click on the link below, find their device, get their download on, and patch away. For those who [...]
The latest iteration of Android has to date only been available on the new Nexus 5 but, as of November 13, can now be downloaded on the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi versions and Nexus 10 tablet.
The bad news is that Nexus 4 owners and those with a cellular Nexus 7 tablet will have to wait a little longer, with the update not currently available for both devices.
Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat on the new Nexus 5 smartphone at the end of last month, and recent reports claim that the operating system update – which takes its name from the popular candy bar maker – could soon feature on the second-generation Nexus 10.
Google describes the custom-molded microsuede cover as "super-functional." In addition to protecting the device, it includes a stand, both fairly standard features of other tablet covers.
More distinct is the microsuede design and choice of Black, White/Red, Gray/Blue and Gray/Red colors.
Other highlights noted in the text that accompanies the update includes restricted profiles to “limit family members’ access to apps and content on your tablet or to secure a tablet in a kiosk setting”.
The update also includes the Google Keep note-taking app which is also available in the Google Play store. At this time it’s not clear if if other Nexus 7 owners are getting the update yet.
On Google’s product forums today, staffer Paulw confirmed a system update that addresses the touchscreen issues.
Build JSS15Q is reportedly rolling out now.
Some users have reported that the GPS sometimes works for a few minutes and then goes back into "Searching Mode."
A more significant problem has been reported on Google’s online product support forum related to the tablet's touchscreen. Here's what one user wrote about the issue:
At first the keyboard seemed okay, though it would occasionally register double presses on the keyboard. Now it has gotten progressively worse and the keyboard getting very erratic. It is frequently registering double taps, and often ghost taps in areas not anywhere near where I’m touching on the keyboard. It’s [...]
Citing sources in Taiwan’s supply chain, Digitimes reports that Google will ship 3.5 million new Nexus 7 tablets in the remaining four months of 2013, a healthy number considering total Nexus 7 shipments have apparently only reached six million since the original model launched last July.
However, it may well be that the Nexus 7’s progress will be checked by the Chinese market and Asus, which co-built both Nexus 7 tablets.
Google quit the Chinese market back in 2010 after failing to comply with the country’s Internet policies, and it looks unlikely that the search giant will be able to convince the Chinese government to allow the device to enter the [...]
Described as a “stylish modern alternative” to the bulky cash drawers more often used for iPad POS, the new Heckler Design WindFall Cash Drawer features heavy steel construction, an automatic drawer, an “innovative” till layout and offers compatibility with various currencies.
The US-made design also offers a cable management system and secure mounting, while it can be purchased in colors of black grey, grey white, bright red or hand-polished stainless steel.
Heckler Design hasn’t announced a price but says that the model will be available exclusively from iPad POS vendor ShopKeep from this fall.
ShopKeep, which raised $10 million in [...]
The new Nexus 7 won all three tests performed by SquareTrade.
In the first one, a five foot corner drop onto what appeared to be a concrete floor, the original Nexus 7 and the iPad mini both ended up with cracked screens while the new Nexus 7 sustained only some minor scratches on the corner where it first impacted the floor.
SquareTrade, which showed the tests in a YouTube video, also compared who likely the three tablets to slide when pushed across a table. The iPad mini went several feet to slide completely off the table and crash to the ground. “Could be risky if you don’t have carpet," said the SquareTrade tester in the video.
The two Nexus [...]
Other indications that a new Nexus 7 is coming include Android Central’s post of a photo showing an inventory screen for a retail store that includes several models of “Nexus 2″ tablets.
They’re all listed as having quad-core processors, and the 16GB model has a $229 price tag while a 32GB model is listed at $269.
Engadget also received a few shots of documents from OfficeMax about a “new Google Nexus 7″ which is built by Asus and which will have 32GB of storage and sell for $269.99.