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)

Google Nexus 4 now available at Fido

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Feb 212013
 

Google Nexus 4

After a false start earlier this month, the Google Nexus 4 is now available from Fido. According to MobileSyrup, Fido reserved its first supplies for current customers, allowing them to obtain it through their reservation system. With supplies now improving, the Nexus 4 is now back on its website and available to new customers as well.

Pricing has not changed: Fido will offer the Google Nexus 4 for CA$100 with a two-year contract or CA$425 outright.

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Google Android 4.2.2 begins rolling out

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Feb 122013
 

About Google Android 4.2.2

It appears that the rumoured Google Android 4.2.2 update is indeed real and starting to roll out to devices today. A growing number of users are reporting that an upgrade is hitting the Galaxy Nexus (GSM model) as well as the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets and updating them to version 4.2.2.

A changelog outlining the changes to be found in build JDQ39 is not yet available. The description that comes up during the upgrade process promises only “performance and stability” enhancements. One expected fix should address the Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming issue will be included.

Let us know if you’ve received the update and what changes you have noticed.

Read more: AndroidPolice

Has Google sold 1 million Nexus 4 smartphones?

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Feb 082013
 

Google Nexus 4Google Nexus 4 sales may just have topped one million units. The announcement comes not from Google or LG but from xda-developers where some enterprising forum users developed a formula that lets them to estimate how many smartphones have been manufactured based on crowd-sourced IMEI numbers. It so happens that a recent submission suggests that the million unit milestone has been reached. According to forum user draugaz who has been tracking the numbers:

Ladies and gentlemen, we have just reached the millionth device!

(of course just judging by serial number, i.e. minus gaps)

ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY

Which means, IMEI prefix 35391805* is now officially complete and the next one will be started.

The same tool has been used to estimate production run totals by month. The results show that from a run of 70,000 in October, LG has ramped production up to 550,000 or more in January.

Considering that the Google Nexus 4 has been sold out more often than available and that it only went on sale just over two months ago, the million unit milestone is pretty impressive. With production volumes catching up to demand and availability being expanded to carriers (Videotron and WIND Mobile now offer it in Canada), we may be hearing about new sales milestones in the near future.

Read more: xda-developers (Source: TechCrunch)

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

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Feb 072013
 
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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)

Google Android Jelly Bean adoption continues to inch up

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Feb 052013
 

Google has once again updated its “Platform Versions” report showing the distribution of various Android versions across devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period. Jelly Bean (including both 4.1 and 4.2) continues to inch up (about 3% over the last month) with version 4.1 accounting for the lion share of the increase. At the same time, the story remains much unchanged: The nearly two year-old Gingerbread (2.3) still dominates with a 45.6% share.

Google Android version distribution
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Combine Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1/4.2) and they still account for less than Gingerbread but the gap is narrowing. With Google Nexus 4 availability improving and still more OS upgrades get pushed out, the tipping point may not be much longer in coming.

Android Donut (1.6) also managed to cling to the charts for another month. Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how much longer it will remain on the chart?

Google is widely expected to launch the next major version of Android at Google I/O 2013 in May. Before then, we may see the release of one more Jelly Bean version as early as later this month.

Read more: Android Developers

Fido launches Google Nexus 4 (or not)

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Feb 052013
 

Remember the days when the Google Nexus 4 was the most elusive of smartphones? Well, no more. Fido today became the latest Canadian carrier to launch the latest Google Nexus smartphone. It follows Videotron and WIND Mobile who made similar announcements recently.

Your best bet might be to check with your local Fido store in person. Earlier today, Fido’s website showed that shipments would start today but also indicated that it was currently out of stock. If you check back now, it is not even listed anymore and the page instead says “Sorry,the device you are looking for is not available.”

Google Nexus 4 on Fido

It’s not clear at this time when Fido will put the Google Nexus 4 back up on its website. It had promised an “early February” availability in late January.

As for pricing, if what was shown earlier today holds true, it will sell for CA$100 with a two-year contract or CA$425 outright.

Read more: Fido

Google Android 4.2.2 to launch as early as mid-February?

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Feb 052013
 
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Ahead of the expected launch of the next major version of Android at Google I/O in May, Google is reportedly readying another Jelly Bean update. According to The International Business Times, Android 4.2.2 is currently undergoing testing internally on a variety of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the older Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It was first spotted back in early January on a Nexus 4.

The update is described as “minuscule at best.” New features are likely to be kept for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Instead, Android 4.2.2 will instead focus on bug fixes and security enhancements. A changelog is not yet available but one fix mentioned will address the Bluetooth streaming issue on the Nexus 7.

Android 4.2.2 is reportedly set to launch in “a couple of weeks” with a release window of mid-February to mid-March.

Read more: The International Business Times (Source: BGR)

Google Nexus 4 now available from WIND Mobile

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Feb 042013
 
WIND Mobile

WIND Mobile today became the second Canadian carrier to launch the Google Nexus 4.

Nexus 4 is the new smartphone from Google. With cutting edge hardware, the latest version of Android, and the best Google apps — Nexus 4 puts the world’s information at your fingertips

WIND Mobile today also launched new monthly plans ranging from CA$20 to CA$40 per month. The WIND 20 plans offers unlimited Talk and Text for CA$20 along with CA$100 WINDtab subsidy. The WIND 30 plans offers adds unlimited data along with a CA$200 WINDtab subsidy. For CA$40 per month, the WIND 40 offers international unlimited data, talk and text as well as a CA$300 WINDtab subsidy.

WIND Mobile is offering the Google Nexus 4 for CA$249 on WINDtab with their new CA$40 plan, CA$349 on WINDtab with the CA$30 plan, CA$449 on WINDtab with the CA$20 plan or CA$549 outright.

Read more: WIND Mobile

Google extends Exchange ActiveSync support to July 31, 2013

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Jan 312013
 
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Today was to have been the day that Google’s Sync service would stop being available to new Windows Phone devices. Fortunately, Microsoft yesterday announced that Google was extending their support for new Windows Phone connections to July 31st, 2013. The extension will allow Microsoft to build into their software support for CalDAV and CardDAV, the protocols to be used to connect to Google’s Calendar and Contacts services.

At the same time, the Windows Phone team is building support into our software for the new sync protocols Google is using for calendar and contacts—CalDAV and CardDAV. These new protocols, combined with our existing support for the IMAP protocol for email, will enable Windows Phone users to continue to connect to Google services after July 31, 2013.

It’s likely that Microsoft will push out a new update before July 31st to add the necessary functionality to Windows Phone devices. While devices now using the service will find that the Google Sync service will continue to work past the deadline, it’s unclear how much longer Google will support it. An update would future-proof devices against a future shutdown of the service.

Read more: Windows Phone Blog

Google Nexus 4 now available at Videotron

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Jan 302013
 

Google Nexus 4Right on schedule, Videotron has launched the Google Nexus 4. It is offering the 16GB model.

Nexus 4 is the new smartphone from Google. With cutting edge hardware, the latest version of Android, and the latest Google apps – Nexus 4 from LG puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

Videotron is offering the Google Nexus 4 for CA$149.95 on their “reduced price” plan and up to CA$499.95 with no contract.

It appears that Google and LG have resolved their supply issues. The Google Nexus 4 went back on sale yesterday on Google Play (and remains available to order today). Other Canadian carriers, including Fido, are also expected to launch the Nexus 4 in the coming days and weeks.

Read more: Videotron

White Google Nexus 4 spotted on leaked photo (Updated)

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Jan 292013
 

Along with the news that the Google Nexus 4 is on sale again today (and remains available several hours later), a leaked picture suggests that a white variant may also be on the way. The image received by PhoneArena comes from an anonymous source. The white Google Nexus 4 looks identical to the black model except for the white speckled pattern and silver trim around the camera.

Rumoured Google Nexus 4 in white

The 13MP photo was taken with an LG Optimus G sometime last week if the EXIF data is to be believed. The full-size image is available from PhoneArena if you want to do some sleuthing to see if it was photoshopped.

There is no word on when the white version could be released. Will you now wait for the white version or jump on the black one?

Update: A whole gallery of pictures of the Google Nexus 4 in white have surfaced via Vietnamese website Tinhte. Here is one of them:

White Google Nexus 4

It appears that the white will only extend to the back and sides with the front keeping its black bezel.

Read more: PhoneArena and Tinhte (in Vietnamese) [Google translation]

Jan 292013
 

Google Nexus 4Good news for those here in Canada still waiting to get their hands on a Google Nexus 4 or a bumper for it. Both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the latest Nexus smartphone are listed with shipping set to “1 – 2 weeks.” The bumper (avaialble only in black) is also available for order with the same shipping ETA.

Prices have not changed: CA$309 for the 8GB model and CA$359 for the 16GB one. Bumpers are available for CA$19.99.

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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 4 coming to Fido in “early February”

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Jan 252013
 

Videotron will not be the only Canadian carrier to offer the Google Nexus 4. Fido today added it to its reservation system with an “early February” availability. Reservations require a CA$40 deposit. Device pricing was not announced.

Google Nexus 4 on Fido Reservation System

Google launched the Nexus 4 in October through the Google Play store. It has since been consistently sold out so it remains to be seen how much better carrier availability will be.

Read more: Fido (Source: MobileSyrup)