Google Nexus 7 Dock now available in Canada

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Mar 062013
 
Google Nexus 7 Dock

Google Nexus 7 Dock

It’s taken a bit of time but Google today announced via Twitter that the Google Nexus 7 dock is finally available in Canada.

Charge and dock your Nexus 7. This dock is expertly angled for optimum viewing of your Google Play movies and television shows. It comes equipped with an audio jack that is ideal for a powered speaker system. The Nexus 7 Dock features a polished exterior and a rubberized base for a sleek look and a secure hold. The micro USB port in the Nexus 7 Dock makes charging easy, so the fun never has to end!

The dock comes with a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port at the back. It requires Android 4.2 and audio output requires that the USB AC adapter be connected. It measures 220 by 65 by 30 millimeters and weighs 280 grams.

The Google Nexus 7 Dock sell for CA$29.99. It currently shows that it will ship within 1 to 2 weeks.

Read more: Google Play (Source: Twitter)

Next-generation Google Nexus 7 to use Qualcomm S4 Pro processor?

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Feb 072013
 
Google Nexus

More changes appear to be in store for the next-generation Google Nexus 7 than had been originally reported. You can now add a change of processor to earlier rumours that it will gain a Full HD (1920×1080) display and thinner bezels. According to Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConnell, Google and ASUS will drop the NVDIA Tegra 3 processor in favour of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro AQP8064 SoC for the upcoming tablet.

The report provides two reasons for the potential change:

“Supply chain conversations indicate two reasons for Google’s selection of the Snapdragon APQ8064 over Tegra 4: (1) competitive pricing and (2) a decision to single-source the application processor and 3G/4G modem to simplify logistics and create a fully pin-compatible platform interface.”

Google is expected to unveil its latest Nexus 7 tablet at Google I/O 2013 in May. Shipments would follow sometime in the second quarter (likely in the late May to early June time frame). Pacific Crest estimates that Google could ship up to 10 million next-generation Nexus 7 tablets between its launch and Q1 2014.

Google already uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro for its Google Nexus 4 smartphone manufactured by LG.

Read more: Barron’s (Source: UnwiredView)

Second-generation Google Nexus 7 to sport FHD display?

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Jan 292013
 

Google NexusAccording to Digitimes, Google is teaming up with ASUS again for a second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet. Recently released engineering samples suggest that the new model will feature a Full HD (1920×1080) display and thinner bezels. It adds that it will run Jelly Bean but that could be bumped to Key Lime Pie should the next major version of Android be announced before or at the same time.

The report adds that the next-generation Google Nexus 7 will be announced at Google I/O in May and will sell for the same price as current models (between US$199 and US$249). It’s not clear if the first generation models will simply be retired or continue to sell albeit at a lower price.

Total Google Nexus 7 shipments are expected to top six million units by the end of the month. With the expected second generation models, they are expected to exceed 10 million in 2013.

Read more: Digitimes

Google Nexus 7 docking station coming soon for US$39.99

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Dec 202012
 

Despite the success of the Google Nexus 7, Google and ASUS have been slow to offer accessories for it. So far, we have only seen a cover (available in three colours) and a charger. Earlier this month, we got a peak at an upcoming docking station. It is now listed on the B&H for US$39.99 (or CA$39.53). It is not available yet but you can sign up to be notified when it will be.

The dock comes with a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port at the back. It requires Android 4.2 and audio output requires that the USB AC adapter be connected.

Google Nexus 7 Dock

The site lists an expected availability date of December 30th, 2012.Given the lack of Nexus 7 accessory availability at the Google Play in Canada, you’ll be relieved to know that B&H ships to Canada.

Read more: B&H

Google Nexus 7 shipments to top one million in December

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Dec 122012
 

Google Nexus 7Despite competition from the new Apple iPad mini and other Android tablets, sales of the Google Nexus 7 tablet remain strong and are even growing stronger. In late October, ASUS indicated that it was nearing sales of 1 million tablets a month and it now appears that it will hit that milestone in December.

According to Digitimes‘ supply chain maker sources, ASUS shipped between 800,000 and 900,000 Nexus 7 tablets in November and will ship over 1 million in December. A breakdown of the sales of the different models (including the new 32GB models) was not provided.

In comparison, Apple’s suppliers are expected to ship two million iPad mini tablets in the same month, up from about 1.5 million in November. Amazon, which does not provide tablet sales numbers, is expected to ship up to 4 million Kindle Fires via its ODM Quanta in Q4 2012.

It looks like more than a few people will find a 7-inch tablet under the Christmas tree this year!

Read more: Digitimes

Upcoming ASUS Google Nexus 7 docking station revealed

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Dec 012012
 

ASUS Japan may have inadvertently revealed a new accessory for the Google Nexus 7 [product information]. Listed on its website is a new Nexus 7 docking station

ASUS Nexus 7 dock

ASUS Nexus 7 dock

The dock measures 219.1 by 65.1 by 30.3 millimeters and weighs about 280 grams. It comes with a 3.5mm audio port and micro-USB port at the back. The Nexus 7 must be running Android 4.2 and the audio output requires that the USB AC adapter be connected. The one picture showing the Nexus 7 in the dock shows it in landscape orientation.

The ASUS Nexus 7 dock will be available starting in early December (in Japan at least) for ¥3,480 (about CA$42). There is no word yet on availability elsewhere but it will hopefully show up on the Google Play Store as well.

Read more: ASUS Japan (in Japanese) [Google translation] (Source: SlashGear)

Gadgetorama reviews the Google Nexus 7 Proporta Leather Style Case

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Nov 182012
 

Google Nexus 7 Proporta Leather Style CaseIf you recently picked up a new 32GB Google Nexus 7 or even have had a 16GB or 8GB model for a while, you may be looking for a case for it. While the number of cases now available has grown, the Proporta Leather Style Case was among the first to be available.

Made from the finest faux-leather, this Google Nexus case is made specifically to protect and accessorise the Google Nexus 7 tablet. This strong and soft-feel Google Nexus cover ensures that your tablet is safe from the inevitable knocks, drops and scratches it faces from everyday life.

We strapped our Nexus 7 into the Proporta Leather Style Case and took it for everywhere we went for over a month. Did it live up to its promise and our expectations? Read on to find out.

Read more: Google Nexus 7 Leather Style Folio Case by Proporta review

Nov 132012
 

Google Nexus 4Google today began taking orders for the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet along with the 3G 32GB Nexus 7. Devices sold out very quickly across a number of countries where they went on sale. Expected to go on sale at 12:00 ET in Canada and the U.S., Google actually began taking sales about 30 minutes earlier and seemed ill-prepared for the demand by eager customers.

There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries! We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand. You can learn more about Nexus devices and stay updated at play.google.com/nexus.

In Canada, the 16GB Nexus 4 sold out in mere minutes with the 8GB model not far behind. Worse, the Google Play store was unable to deal with the demand. Users reported a host of issues preventing them from placing orders. Items vanished from shopping carts mid-transactions, orders failed to process successfully, and some customers even received order cancellation emails after having successfully placed their orders. All in all, it made for a very poor customer experience and left many fuming.

The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets remain in stock in Canada at the time or writing this post. As for the Nexus 4, customers may now have to wait “weeks” to try ordering again.

Update: Google now lists the Nexus 4 as “sold out” rather than “coming soon”:

Sold out Google Nexus 4

Read more: Google Android [via Google+]

Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update coming in mid-November?

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Nov 112012
 

Google Nexus 7Google was originally expected to start pushing out Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to its Nexus 7 tablet in late October. Clearly that did not happen and owners are still waiting for an indication as to when they can now expect it. ASUS, the tablet’s manufacturer, explains that the update “is expected shortly” but provides no specific dates.

According to an ASUS spokesperson, the delay is due to Google itself:

“We’re still waiting on Google for the update. We haven’t put out an official statement as it is a software issue rather than hardware.”

Android 4.2 is mainly an incremental update and retains the Jelly Bean name. Among the new features are the new Photo Sphere camera app, user accounts for tablets, and new gesture-based software keyboard.

Both the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Google Nexus 10 tablet which go on sale on November 13th will come with Android 4.2 pre-loaded.

Read more: CNET

Indigo begins selling Google Nexus 7 tablet

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Nov 072012
 

Google Nexus 7Indigo’s transformation from a traditional bookstore took another step forward today as the company announced it has now begun selling the 32GB Google Nexus 7 [specifications] both at its stores as well as online. The Android tablet will be sold alongside Kobo eReader devices (including the upcoming 7-inch Kobo Arc tablet [specifications]).

“We’re excited to add a premium device like the Nexus 7 to our suite of popular devices,” notes Greg Taylor, Director, Electronics & Entertainment, Indigo Books & Music Inc. “With the Nexus 7 we continue to offer Canadians affordable and sought-after gift ideas in time for the Holidays.”

Indigo will offer the Google Nexus 7 for CA$269.99.

It remains to be seen if today’s announcement means that Indigo will further expand its electronic product selection.

Read more: Indigo

Google Nexus 7 sales closing in on 1 million tablets per month

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Oct 312012
 

Google Nexus 7ASUS, the manufacturer behind the Google Nexus 7 tablet, today revealed the first actual sales figures since the tablet launched this past summer. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chief Financial Officer David Chang, revealed that sales have been steadily climbing. “At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million,” he said.

ASUS expects that its fourth quarter tablet shipments could reach 2.6 million and could hit 10 million in 2013. While the launch this week of the new 32GB Google Nexus 7 is likely to help those figures, competition in the 7-inch tablet space is also going to be a bit tougher with the arrival of Apple’s new iPad mini.

Google still has a ways to go to catch up with Apple. It announced sales of 14 million iPads in its last quarter alone.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

Google announces 32GB Google Nexus 7

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Oct 292012
 

Google Nexus 7Despite not holding its Android event today, Google announced the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet. It also announced two new version of its Google Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, both will come with 32GB of storage. One will be Wi-Fi-only while the second will also offer HSPA+ data connectivity.

The 32GB Wi-Fi model will sell for CA$259/US$249 while the 32GB 3G model will sell for CA$309/US$299. The 16GB model drops to CA$209/US$199. The 8GB model has been retired and is no longer available.

The 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi models are available immediately while the 32GB 3G model will go on sale on November 13th.

Read more: Google

Google Nexus 7 out of stock at Google Play

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Oct 292012
 

Google Nexus 7Both the 8GB and 16GB models of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet are sold out at Google Play in Canada and the U.S. this morning. Both are now listed as “coming soon.”

Google had been widely expected to announce a new 32GB model of the Nexus 7 tablet at its now-postponed Android event today. The new model would have replaced the 16GB model as the high-end US$249 model with the 16GB model replacing the 8GB model at US$199. The fate of the 8GB model remains unclear at this point.

Google was also expected to announce a 3G version of its new 32GB Nexus 7 tablet along with the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone, the Google Nexus 10 tablet and the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Read more: Google Play

Rumour: What Google has on tap for October 29th Android event

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Oct 212012
 

Google AndroidWith the promise that “the playground is now open,” Google will host an Android event on October 29th. It is widely expected that Google will use the event to unveil at least one new Nexus device and an updated version of Android. Courtesy of “a source with knowledge of Google’s plans, The Next Web now claims to know exactly what Google has in mind.

On the tablet side, Google will announce two new models for its Nexus 7 lineup. The first will boast 32GB of onboard memory (and sell for CA$269.99?)while the second will match that and add HSPA+ connectivity.

Google also looks set to announce its rumoured 10-inch tablet built by Samsung. Supporting earlier rumours, the report indicates that it will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer a 16:10 display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI). The tablet is codenamed Manta and looks set to be launched at the Google Nexus 10.

On the smartphone side, Google is set to partner with LG to launch the oft-rumoured LG Nexus 4. Specifications are well-known (1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage) at this point and it is set to run Android 4.2.

As for Android 4.2 itself, it will retain the Jelly Bean name. It will come with a number of new features. “Content in the center” will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget while “Tablet Sharing” will offer support for multiple users, giving each their own email and apps. The panoramic camera setting will also be enhanced to support both horizontal and vertical movements.

All in all, October 29th promises to be quite exciting for Android fans.

Read more: The Next Web

32GB Google Nexus 7 to sell for CA$269.99 in Canada?

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Oct 172012
 

Google may not have announced it but the evidence continues to mount that it will soon announce a 32GB variant of its Nexus 7 tablet (a Japanese customer even already has one). Best Buy Canada is the latest retailer to now list it on its website.

32GB Google Nexus 7 at Best Buy Canada

If the price does not change by the time it is officially announced , the 32GB model will sell for CA$269.99, CA$10 more than the 16GB version. It is also possible that the 16GB version will see a price cut when the new model is announced.

There is no word on when Google will launch the 32GB Nexus 7 yet.

Read more: Best Buy Canada (Source: MobileSyrup)