Awwwwww, ain't that cute? When your producers "suggest" you do something, I suggest you do it. And that's how I ended up in that pose inside the Donut statue last week outside Building 44 on the Google campus.
We swung by the Googleplex last week to update our B-roll pictures of the statues. That's it. No secret Nexus meetings, folks. Just a quick, 20-minute (out-of-the-way) stop on the way back to our hotel in Palo Alto, where our real work was for the week. As for that that was ... well, you'll have to wait for that.
But if you're ever near Mountain View, you really should swing by and check out the statues. Just drive up, find a visitor's parking spot and snap away. Do try to remember that folks are working in the offices above, though.
Kernel source and other OSS portions ready for third-party developers
If you're looking to have a go at OS and kernel development for the Moto G, everything you need (well, everything that's open-source anyway) is now available from Motorola's SourceForge page.
You'll find the source files for the kernel as well as other essential and GPL portions of the system, and a nice set of instructions about how to get it all to compile. Most of us won't have a need for these, but I have a feeling that the best budget phone on the planet will see some serious development, simply because it is so accessible.
It's our first Apps of the Week column for December, and as we round the final corner towards 2014 we're keeping up with the same recipe as all previous columns. Each Saturday this post rounds up an app pick from each of the writers here at Android Central, accompanied with a little explanation of why it's on our device.
This week's list fills out with a couple of new games to try, some interesting tools and as usual, a few odds and ends. Stick around with us after the break and see if you can find a few new apps to install this weekend.
On the first day of Christmas AC and Sprint gave to me ... A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
The good people at Sprint have partnered with us to do something awesome for the holidays, and we're giving away a great Samsung phone or tablet every day for the next 12 days.
We've got a pile of great stuff, including the Galaxy Tab 3, the Note 3, the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. Winning one is easy, but you'll need to follow the rules.
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Today's prize is a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0 7-inch. It's an excellent light-weight Android tablet, and chock full of the features that make Samsung devices a favorite. Be sure to get your name in the hat for this one!
The 12 days of Christmas giveaway is brought to you by Sprint, and their truly unlimited plans.
Samsung's latest teaser may be 22 seconds of the next big thing
We're not going to say we know what Samsung Taiwan is showing us here in this video. We have plenty of speculation — just like you do — but we've no idea what it is. All we know is that it just fits, and that it is simple, elegant and fast. Oh, and it is coming soon.
All that would fit something like the Galaxy S5, or it would fit any new product. We won't feed that rumor, but we will enjoy seeing the video and hope a product that looks like this makes its way to a place where we can buy it.
And yes, that Galaxy Gear does have a date of December 9 showing.
To date, Google has only made Glass available to Explorers in the United States. I’m not entirely sure why that is, it might be to do with certification, logistics, or perhaps the original idea of personally handing over Glass to each and every buyer.
Either way, it means that if you reside "over the pond" in the UK as I do, you’re out of luck for getting your own unit — your best option is a really good buddy who lets you try out their Glass.
But what’s it like using the ground-breaking device in the UK?
Along with Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE also getting new Android version
Update: The OTA file for the Wifi version of the Nexus 7 (2013) is now available. You'll find the link after the break. Get to it!
Original Story: The Nexus 5 isn't the only device getting updated to the new version of KitKat, Android 4.4.1. The update is also hitting the Nexus 4 and 2013 Nexus 7 (LTE version only, for now) as part of a gradual, staged rollout. It appears the update isn't quite as big a deal for these devices as it is for the N5, which inherits a bunch of important camera improvements with its latest OTA. Nevertheless, both should benefit from the usual assortment of tweaks and fixes that point releases tend to bring. Given the fast pace of 4.4.1's arrival, it's likely other Nexus devices won't be too far behind.
We've got direct download links after the break for those wanting to sideload Android 4.4.1 onto the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE. If you need help flashing the update to your device, be sure to refer to our how-to post on the process.
If you're waiting on the wood, know that it's still coming
We know they are coming. Motorola has even said as much. So tonights' latest from @evleaks doesn't surprise us much. Pictured are those same Moto X phones everyone knows and loves, but with the highly desired hardwood backs.
I'm a bit partial to the walnut look on the left, but the bamboo on the right is very nice as well. Hopefully, that white Verizon logo on the bottom is just a sticker and not etched into the wood itself.
We've a feeling that these will be coming very, very soon.
The set-top box is said to focus on games and web-content, with no live TV broadcast ability
A report today from The Information suggests that Google has a Nexus TV in the works, and plans to release it during the first half of 2014. According to an unnamed source who works at Google, the Android powered device will play games and display web broadcasts on your television, and come bundled with its own remote.
Interestingly, the device is said to not transmit live TV broadcasts, which would be a departure the the Google TV brand that Google is said to be abandoning. It appears that this time around, Google is going to focus on what they know best — the Internet and it's huge library of content.
Google knows the living room is one of the next dominos to topple. An Android powered device that works closely with existing phones and tablets and shares the same Google Play library is something that's been rumored for a while. It's also something we would like to see happen. If these rumors are to be believed, we will soon. Hopefully, they won't price themselves out of the market again.