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4 years ago

Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5 - spec shoot-out

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We've lined up the Samsung Nexus 10 with the latest and greatest tablets out there, but how does the LG Nexus 4 compare to its competition? Of course we line up the Nexus 4 against other big-name Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, but the iPhone 5 is probably the more interesting comparison. Windows Phone fans can also see how their Nokia Lumia 920 shapes up, and BlackBerry? Well... We'll have to wait until early next year to find out.

The Nexus 4 beats out the iPhone 5 in screen resolution, and only at a slight cost to pixel density. On local storage, the iPhone 5 has a bit of a lead; neither support microSD, and Apple's offering additional 32 GB and 64 Gb denominations. The iPhone 5 also takes the lead in cellular connectivity thanks to LTE. The iPhone 5 is slimmer, lighter, and has a smaller overall footprint, though the LG Nexus 4 has a significantly bigger battery, plus that cool inductive charging technology and NFC.  

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is certainly looking nice, though we'll have to reserve judgment until we really get our hands on it. On paper, the LG Nexus 4 has an uphill battle, but we all know that phones are more than a spec sheet. How all of the device's disparate parts come together will be what really counts, and we'll be finding out . 

Is anyone sold on the Nexus 4? What should LG and Google have included that is noticeably absent? How does it shape up against the other Android smartphones out there?

via: iMore

More: LG Nexus 4 forums

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4 years ago

NFC sharing between Android and Windows Phone 8

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Android has supported NFC (near-field communication) technology since Gingerbread, and Android Beam has enabled easy URL, app and contact sharing since ICS launched last year. But our friends in the Windows Phone world are just now getting their first introduction to NFC in the latest windows Phone 8 release.

In addition to a new NFC-enabled wallet, WP8 includes "tap + send" support, which enables Android Beam-like functionality between NFC-enabled Windows phones. But because it's a multi-platform standard, many of these features work just fine between Windows Phone 8 and Android, as you'll see in our demo video below.

We tried bouncing web pages and contacts back and forth between a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and an HTC 8X, and were able to do so without a hint of trouble. Unfortunately, NFC file transfers remain off-limits for the time being, so if you want to share photos over NFC, it's strictly Windows-to-Windows or Android-to-Android.

Check out our quick video demo below to learn more.

More: Windows Phone 8 launch coverage at WPCentral

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4 years ago

Nexus 10 vs. iPad 4 - spec shoot-out

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So, now that the Samsung Nexus 10 has been announced, how does it stack up against the competition? The big tablet to beat right now is the 4th-generation iPad, and as you can tell by the tale of the tape, it's a close race. We also line up the Nexus 10 against the new Microsoft Surface, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and the lower-end Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for good measure. 

iOS 6 versus Android 4.2 is a hard comparison to make just yet, but there are a lot of cool new features coming in the latest version of Jelly Bean that stand a good chance of blowing iOS 6 out of the water. Apple's latest mobile operating system only just added panorama photography, while Google's Sphere Photos add a whole new dimension to the idea. The QR code-dependent Passbook might be a bit more widely-accepted than NFC-based Android equivalents, but at least Android still has rock-solid Google Maps and built-in YouTube support. We'll have more on Android 4.2 once we get our hands on it.  

The 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display on the N10 soundly beats out the 2048 x 1536 display on the new iPad. There's no cellular version of the Nexus 10 just yet, so the iPad gets a bit of an edge in that department. I'd say The Nexus 10 makes up for it with the inclusion of NFC, though. Video-out options are nice and open standards like DLNA and HDMI, unlike the iPad 4's proprietary AirPlay and wire adapters. Weight and dimensions are nearly the same, though the Nexus 10 is marginally slimmer and lighter. It looks like the iPad 4 has a slightly larger battery (11,666 mAh according to reports last year), though we'll have to wait and see how that trannslates to real-world usage. 

Of course, there's also the difference in price; the Nexus 10 is starting at $100 less than the iPad 4, which may be a decider for many shoppers. In any case, that's just a bird's eye view of how the Nexus 10 stacks up on paper. Which spec difference are most striking to you? (Oh, also, don't be shy about letting us know if any of these specs are off.) 

Via: iMore

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4 years ago

Android 4.2 is here, and it has a whole bunch of new features

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With the huge bunch of Nexus news today, it almost seems as though the latest release of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, hasn't gotten too much press. Rest assured, Google still packed a whole bunch of new features into the latest Android release.

  • Photo Sphere: A new way to capture panorama photos, Photo Sphere creates huge multi-shot scrollable images very similar to those found in Google Maps Street View.
  • Gesture Typing: Lots of comparisons being made to the third party Swype keyboard, and rightfully so. You can now type by tracing the words on the keyboard with a single finger.
  • Multiple User Support: A feature that many people have been asking for, Android 4.2 now supports multiple user logins on a single tablet device. Widgets, wallpapers and even game save states are all tied to the unique user logins.
  • Wireless Screen Sharing: Watch YouTube videos, movies and anything that's on your screen to an HDTV with a wireless HDMI adapter.
  • Daydream: Setup your tablet to display photos, news and more while the device is idle or docked.
  • Expandable, Actionable Notifications: First introduced in Android 4.1, improved in Android 4.2. Interact with apps directly from the notification pane.
  • Google Now: A headline feature coming with the first release of Jelly Bean, Google Now is getting revamped with new kinds of cards and improved interactions.

We can't wait to get our hands on Android 4.2 and explore these new improvements. Until then, check out our continuing coverage of the Nexus line refresh and join the conversation in our forums.

Source: Android
More: LG Nexus 4 Forums

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4 years ago

Google Now adds a slew of new trackable features

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Google Now just got even more useful, adding a number of new things it can keep an eye out for through your Gmail account. That includes flights (you can see my hop out of NYC was canceled), restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, events and packages. Basically, it's getting really close to mimicking a lot of what apps like Tripit and Slice can do.

Also in the update are some new cards, such as nearby attractions and photo spots, movie openings, concerts and more, Google says. Plus, there are new voice actions for launching apps, scheduling meetings and checking on upcoming appointments.

This is all part of the Android 4.2 improvements, as well. Have a look in Google Play and get your upgrade on!

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4 years ago

Google Play Music coming to Europe on Nexus launch day

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Warner Music Group artists also coming to Play Music

Google has announced that its Google Play Music service will be coming to European shores on Nov. 13, which also happens to be the day Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 arrive internationally. Initially, users in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to add up to 20,000 songs, just like U.S. customers, and music purchases will be supported in Europe too. An iTunes Match-style music matching service will be available in Europe at launch, with the U.S. following later. That means there's a viable alternative to manually uploading all your songs.

What's more, Warner Music Group artists will be available on Google Play Music too, meaning all the major record labels are now represented on Google's music service.

It's great to see the full Google Play Music experience finally arriving in Europe. Looks like international readers will have a lot to look forward to come Nov. 13!

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4 years ago

LG Nexus 4 versus the iPhone 5 (and others!) in an epic spec battle

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OK, ladies and germs. You want specs, you got specs. Here we have the new LG Nexus 4 versus the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and (ha!) the BlackBerry 10. Full version's here if you get tired of squinting.

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4 years ago

Google releases Photo Sphere panorama mode promo video

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One of the new features of Android 4.2 and the Nexus 4 is a camera mode called "Photo Sphere". This new camera mode, shown off in a quick promotional video from Google, is a mash-up of the traditional panorama mode offered starting in Android 4.0, and something like a "Gigapan" photo.

Basically, the Photo Sphere overlays a UI with a starting point for you to take your first photo. After it is taken, It'll give you another point of reference to take a photo that is overlapping onto the first. Over and over you take pictures that overlap one another until you have a large area covered. It takes some time to render, but you are then presented with a large scrollable panoramic image that will remind you of street view in Google Maps. It's quite an interesting idea, and we can't wait to get our hands on it.

More: LG Nexus 4 Forums

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4 years ago

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 priced and dated in the UK

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Google's just updated the Google Play devices store in the UK, with official pricing for the new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet, both of which land in the U.K., U.S. and other territories on Nov. 13.

  • Nexus 4 - £239 for 8GB, £279 for 16GB
  • Nexus 10 - £319 for 16GB, £389 for 32GB

Nexus 4 will be available first in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. Nexus 10 launch territories are U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.

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4 years ago

Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 pages show up in Google Play Store

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Eager to get in on the newly-announced Google Nexus 10? How about the Google Nexus 4? You're in luck!  Both the  tablet and the phone just popped up in the Google Play store. All you can really do right now is drool at the pictures and specs, or sign up for e-mail updates, but hey, that should keep most of us busy for the rest of the afternoon. 

Just in case you need a reminder, the Wi-Fi-only Nexus 10 is launching November 13 starting at $399 ($499 for the 32 GB version). The specs?

  • 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display
  • Dual-core A15 processor with 2 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 9000 mAh battery
  • 5 megapixel camera plus 1.9 megapixel camera on the front

As for the Nexus 4...

  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display
  • S4 Snapdragon processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1.3 megapixel camera on the front

They're both looking pretty sweet, eh? So, who's in? Is the price right? 

More: LG Nexus 4 forums

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4 years ago

LG Nexus 4 specs

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Complete specs of the Google Nexus 4 by LG:

  • SCREEN: 4.7" diagonal; 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi); WXGA IPS; Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass 2
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro
  • SIZE: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
  • WEIGHT: 139g
  • CAMERAS: 8 MP (main); 1.3 MP (front)
  • NETWORK: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+; GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz); HSPA+ 21
  • MEMORY: 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less); 2 GB RAM
  • CONNECTIVITY: Micro USB; SlimPort HDMI; 3.5mm headphone jack
  • WIRELESS: Wireless charging
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • NFC: (Android Beam)
  • BATTERY: 2,100 mAh Lithium polymer
  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • SENSORS: Microphone; Accelerometer; Compass; Ambient light; Gyroscope; Barometer; GPS

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4 years ago

The next wave: Google refreshes its Nexus line

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There won't be a launch event, but that doesn't mean launches aren't happening. Google today announced a new Nexus phone, along with a new tablet -- and updated a current one. Here's the breakdown of what you need to know:

  • Nexus 4 by LG: There's not a whole lot about this phone we didn't know, but it's now official. You'll be able to get an unlocked Nexus 4 starting Nov. 13. There's an 8GB version for $299, and a 16GB version for $349. There currently are no LTE versions, but it's coming to T-Mo U.S. on contract. UK prices start at £239.
  • Nexus 7 refreshed: This guy's been around for a few months now. The bottom end is now a 16GB version for $199, and 32GB for $249. You can find it in various retailers already.
  • Nexus 10 announced: Samsung's back with a 10-inch Nexus tablet. Pure Google. It's running $399 for a 16GB version, and $499 for a 32GB model. It'll be available Nov. 13 in the U.S., UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. In the UK, prices start at £319.
  • Android 4.2: And, of course, we've got a new update to Android. It's still called Jelly Bean. New features include "photo sphere" for the camera, which basically is a 360-degree panorama. The keyboard's gained gesture typing and improved prediction. There's a new "Daydream" feature for when your device is docked. Tablets get support for multiple users. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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4 years ago

3G HSPA+ Nexus 7 with 32 GB storage announced for $299

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We've been seeing lots of signs that a 32 GB model of Google's Nexus 7 was going to be announced, and today it's been officially announced. A nice little surprise in the announcement is that the new Nexus 7 also has 3G of the HSPA+ variety built in, compatible with the Three network in the UK, AT&T in the U.S, and plenty of other networks worldwide. 

The U.S. version of the 32 GB Nexus 7 with HSPA+ connectivity will cost $299 and work on AT&T's network, or you can skip the cellular data and save fifty bucks. The UK model will be available for £199 starting at 4:30 PM today. Those in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada be able to order unlocked devices right from Google starting November 13.

So, who's biting?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile getting its own 16GB Nexus 4 for $199 on contract

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For you folks on T-Mobile looking to save a little bit of cash, you'll be able to pick up a 16-gigabyte Nexus 4 for $199 on contract. You'll be signing away two years of your smartphone life, for a phone you can get outright for just $349, but at least it's an option. It'll be available online starting Nov. 13, and in stores Nov. 14.

Here's the fine print:

  • Paired with a qualifying T-Mobile Value voice and data plan and two year service agreement, the Nexus 4 will cost an out-of-pocket down payment of $199.99 with 20 equal monthly payments of $15 per month via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). The Value plan paired with EIP is offered at T-Mobile retail stores.
  • Customers can also purchase the Nexus 4 at T-Mobile retail stores and online for $199.99 (after a $50 Mail in Rebate) qualifying T-Mobile Classic voice and data plan and two year service agreement.

T-Mobile also announced it'll carry the Nexus 7 tablet.

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4 years ago

Nexus 10 is official - coming Nov. 13, starting at $399

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Hey, look at that. There's the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, also sporting Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet's rocking a 10-inch 2560x1600 PLS display, as rumored, and is due to launch on Nov. 13 in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. A 16GB Nexus 10 is yours for $399; 32GB for $499.

Google says it's going to be the ultimate tablet for watching movies or reading magazines, with 9 hours of video playback or 500 hours of standby on a single charge. And with the user-switching features of Android 4.2, the company says it's a truly shareable tablet.

The Nexus 10 weighs in at 603 grams, and measuring just 8.9mm thick, with a curved, metallic textured back and front-facing stereo speakers. The tablet's powered by Samsung's Exynos 4 SoC, which incorporates a beastly Mali 604 GPU

With all the new stuff coming in Android 4.2, and the new Google Play services launching in the weeks ahead, it's an exciting time in the world of Android.

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