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Possible Nexus 8 Spotted!

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nexus-8-leaksGoogle Nexus is a hot hot product line that is dormant since quite a while now, specially the tablet segment which pretty much hasn’t seen a change since the Nexus 7 2013 edition.

The Nexus 8 is in a gray area right now, lots of leaks state that there does exist a model in testing right now. The Nexus 8 is rumored to be manufactured by HTC, and codenamed the Flounder.  According to this source, the Nexus 8 will run a 64-bit Qualcomm SoC, arrive with Android 4.5, and feature 3GB of RAM. 

Honestly with those large bezels and everything, this thing looks ugly. But again, if the specs are top notch, we do not mind a bit bulk at all.

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June 5th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Rolling Out, Updated System Apps!

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dialer-4-4-3-3The above screenshot was leaked more than a month back when Google started testing out Android 4.4.3, there were strong rumors about a complete UI revamp, turns out we get optimizations under the hood.

According to T-Mobile’s software support page, the build number of Android 4.4.3 for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013) (Review | Pictures) tablet is KTU84L, while the Nexus 5 has build KTU84M. This update fixes camera issues and loss or drop of data connectivity and such other bugs. There is also a camera related bug that is fixed that leads to better management of battery power.

People and Dialer seem to be the apps that see a visual change, for a complete log check Source . This update comes just a day after Apple announces it’s iOS 8, timing enough?

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June 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

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The Nexus 5 Is The Last Of The Nexus Series!

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nexus5hardware3There were rumors about a new line of devices called the ‘Android Silver’ rumored since quite a while, but until today it never gave us a sinking feeling. A new leak by the infamous @evleaks suggests that Google is planning to make do with the Nexus series and there won’t be any more Nexus smartphones.

The Nexus series would be instead replaced by the Android Silver line of devices. At the same time there was a ray of hope expressed with the tip, that silver lining may actually be the Android Silver of phones that should be rocking an Octacore MSM8994 processor. That is crazy right, but will Google keep the affordable price tag or will Silver come at a price tag as expensive as the metal itself?

We do wish to see a Nexus 6 before a new line of devices turn up, tell us what you feel about it!

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May 17th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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Canada, Google Play All Access Is Now Available for You!

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all-access2Users of Google Services in the US have always been having an advantage since they get to go hands-on with them at the very launch of the product.

Today, Google marks the launch of All Access in another huge region – Canada! Another treat coming your way is that the fee is now discounted from $10 per month to $8. Everyone shall have one month of free access to try out the service in case you just want to be sure.

We’re just around the corner to witness the one year anniversary of All Access, maybe a flat $8 for everyone?

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May 5th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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Amazon Smartphone With 6 Cameras Looks Like This!

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bgr-amazon-smartphone-kindle-fire-phoneSo Amazon wants to enter the Smartphone space and this was too much for a secret to keep in this day and age. While rumors of a possible smartphone launch are getting stronger by the day, what we see today is a final render of the device.

On close observation of the image we do spot 4 cameras that occupy each corner of the phone on the front with a separate front facing and rear facing camera adding upto 6 cameras in totality that are suggested to track motion in 3D space. The overall design on the phone is more like a mashup of existing design principles. Chamfered edges from the iPhone, rubber bumpers flanking the sides and a what appears to be a glass back like the Nexus 4.

There is a lot of 3D witchcraft that the phone would perform and react to and would be running  a custom build of Android. Do you like the design of the phone?

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May 1st, 2014 at 4:53 pm

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Nexus 6 To Have A Fingerprint Scanner!

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Reasons-Why-Nexus-6-Release-Date-Is-Worth-Waiting-For1Google plans to continue it’s partnership with LG when it comes to their Nexus line of devices. The rumored Nexus 6 will be inspired by the LG G3 in design and will be released in the second half of 2014.

A website has it’s sources confirm that “Google is in advanced talks with several Asian fingerprint sensor suppliers, hinting that the Nexus 6 will be ready to take on Apple’s Touch ID sensor.”

The screen of the Nexus 6 will borrow the QHD resolution but Google won’t settle for a 5.5 inch one and would rather go for 5.2 inches like on the G2. The Nexus 6 is likely to come with a Snapdragon 805 CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz and Adreno 430 graphics with 3 GB of RAM and standard storage options.

Google is likely to launch a new version of Android with the Nexus 6, excited enough?

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April 30th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

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Does Oppo Own OnePlus Secretly?

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oneplus-teamLast week a new company called OnePlus came out with their first device that was dubbed as the “Nexus Killer”, this was due to the spec to price ratio. Today a piece of news leaked by @eveleaks suggests there might afterall be a connection between Oppo and OnePlus.

The first suspicious connection turned up in historic DNS records, with connected Oppo contact details to the oneplus.net domain name. But if OnePlus really is a subsidiary of Oppo then it is odd that they would rather choose an invitation program considering majority of these are ex-Oppo employees.

Oppo owned or not, does it make a difference to how your perceive it?

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April 28th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

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How To Get The “Bokeh” Without The HTC M8!

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image1Technically what all of us smartphone owners digg more than anything is having those smooth out of focus effects more than anything else out of our smartphone cameras, even to the height that we may compromise quality and resolution. Atleast HTC would have you believe that, because that is how their Duo-camera works and sells, it’s ability to recognize and manipulate depth in images is the bomb!

Now don’t get us wrong, we do indeed accept that some really stunning images can be captured due to that additional piece of hardware wizardry, but is it a pleasure that only HTC owners are entitled to? Turns out it isn’t and guess who’s here to change things – Google!

Google’s recently announced ‘Google Camera’ app on the play store is compatible with any device running Kitkat and this time around it changes things for the better. The camera app has a built in ‘Lens Filter’ mode that allows users to capture images with similar depth information which can later be tweaked inside the app to produce some stunning results. Google does this using some mathematical functions requiring no additional hardware.

structure-from-motionThe only quirk to know is that it requires the user to move the camera upwards while taking a photo in this mode so that it’s software can take multiple pictures and analyze pixels for the depth witchcraft. Thus by analyzing the object from a different angle, the depth is calculated, more like the human eye which calculates depth by seeing from different angles.

image2As one can see the depth map hence produces a final image that is so smooth that one may forget about the M8 for quite a while. The images speak for itself, if you are rocking a phone on KitKat then what are you waiting for, try out the Google Camera yourself.

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April 19th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

New Google Nexus To Be Under $100!?

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Nexus-6-Concept1Google Nexus series has been a benchmark in stunning hardware at the most affordable price point. It is made by Google under close monitoring with an OEM to deliver the purest experience of Android.

It isn’t hidden that recently the ever so dormant, mid-range has emerged as a space where there is a lot of place to grow, because before the Moto G, no one was doing the mid-range right. Infact since it did not mean big numbers for OEMs, they least bothered and since it meant less value to customers, they didn’t sell like hot cakes.

Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a lower-cost Nexus option, one that could sell for around $100. The core of the low-cost Nexus would be around the low cost MediaTek SoC which shall purge the costs to go down. A lot of questions still are left unanswered, who would manufacture this device, why is Google wanting to offer a low end Nexus? As always, we shall wait till we see some leaks!

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April 18th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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Sprint Suggests Android 4.4.3 For The Nexus 5 Maybe Coming Today!

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Android-4.4.2Things have turned interesting in the most understated ways as today Sprint has updated their support page wait an entry that asks Nexus 5 users to look for an update that brings in the following :

  • Enable Sprint Spark band 26 and band 41
  • Misc Android updates

Over the past weeks numerous leaks and rumors of a newer build have surfaced online making us believe that Google surely is cooking a newer version but with reports of a new mashup of Chrome apps integrating, made the scene hazy. Now we know that there very well might be an Android 4.4.3 hinting that Google is readying a maintenance update. Rumor has it that the update will mostly include bug fixes, so one shouldn’t expect anything spectacular.

As far as Spring is concerned those update logs mean a stable network for Nexus 5 users, but we better wait and see if there is a surprise in the package if any!

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April 14th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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