Nexus 4 Sold Out on Google Play

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Google has already sold out of 8 GB Nexus 4 models, just days after their $100 price drop. The 8 GB model, which went for only $199 under this new price, is now listed as being “Out of inventory.” Google is telling potential customers to check back soon, implying that there will be more stock soon. We have seen issues with products selling out on the Play Store before, so this isn’t exactly surprising. (more…)

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The Nexus 4 Is Now $199

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The Nexus 4, Google’s most recent update to the Nexus line of phones, is now $199. That money will buy you a completely unlocked smartphone with the power to run any and all Android apps, as well as hardware that still stands up well to the flagship devices of today.

Having owned a Nexus 4 for a solid nine months, I can’t recommend this device enough: it’s fast, it’s solid in build quality, and it offers the best of Google’s Android OS. If you are in the market for a cheap, unlocked phone with a premium user experience, look no further.

Go crazy.

[Google Play]

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10 Fantastic Observations on the Current Mobile Market

10 Fantastic Observations on the Current Mobile Market

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Steve Cheney recently posted ten of his current thoughts on the mobile market. Included are thoughts on both Android and iOS, but also specific technologies — like NFC — that exist.

We’ve entered the age of iOS and Android penetrating beyond mobile, and there’s a lot happening with respect to how the entire ecosystem is developing. Mobile advancements / investments are now driving the progression of all converged hardware / software. Hardware innovation is also accelerating because of this tailwind. Here are some thoughts on what’s next for the dominant platforms as they stratify in mobile and non-mobile platforms.

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New Nexus 7 Suffering from GPS Issues

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Google’s latest Nexus 7 is a fantastic piece of hardware: the 1080p display is among the highest-resolution panels ever put on such a device, and the Qualcomm SoC ensures that the tablet is as fast as any other device on the market. However, it appears that the 2013 Nexus 7 is not without its issues: according to various reports across the internet, there’s something wrong with the GPS chipset.

The issue seems to be with continued use of satellite tracking, which is necessary with turn-by-turn navigation. Hopefully the issue is in software, and can be fixed via an OTA update; regardless, Google has already stated that they are looking in to the issue.

Is your device affected?

[AndroidCentral]

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Report: Downloads from Google Play Surpass the App Store

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App Annie, an analysis tool for mobile developers, today reported that downloads from Google Play exceeded downloads from Apple’s App Store in Q2 2013.

That’s the first time that more apps were downloaded for Android than for Apple’s iOS, though the 10% isn’t huge. It also comes at a time when multiple Android flagships were released: Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 sold incredibly well, but the HTC One also was a hit with customers. It’s likely that those purchasing new phones propelled app downloads past Apple’s numbers.

It will be interesting to see if Android can hold its lead over Apple, particularly as iOS 7 and rumored refreshes hit the market.

[App Annie]

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Caught Using ‘Roids to Boost Benchmark Performance

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Caught Using ‘Roids to Boost Benchmark Performance

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This seems to be purely an optimization to produce repeatable (and high) results in CPU tests, and deliver the highest possible GPU performance benchmarks.

We’ve said for years now that the mobile revolution has/will mirror the PC industry, and thus it’s no surprise to see optimizations like this employed. Just because we’ve seen things like this happen in the past however doesn’t mean they should happen now.

Well that’s pretty shoddy.

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Android 4.3 Adds TRIM Support

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All modern mobile devices use Flash storage as their main form of memory. While Flash storage is significantly faster than traditional hard-drive disks, it isn’t invulnerable to slowing down over time.

There have, however, been technologies and strategies developed to combat this. TRIM, which is supported on both Windows and OS X with most SSDs, is one of these technologies, and Android 4.3 includes it. Does it matter, though? (more…)

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Google Announces a New Lighter, Thinner Nexus 7

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We were all pretty sure it was coming and, sadly, we all pretty much knew exactly what the device would be by now. Google has announced its new Nexus 7, the successor to last year’s well-regarded model, shipping in an overall package that’s 2 mm thinner and 50g lighter. On top of the weight loss, the new Nexus 7 has been graced with a higher resolution, 1920 x 1200 screen, which is a major improvement over the previous 1280 x 800 display. (more…)

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Google+ Only Holds 2% of Social Sharing

Google+ Only Holds 2% of Social Sharing

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A new report from Gigya says that only two percent of social sharing happened on Google+ in Q2 of this year (April-June 2013). That’s a fraction of the sharing that took place on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest, Gigya says.

I’ve actually started to find Google+ useful for certain things as of late. I see the network as a mesh between Twitter and Facebook, whereas the former is usually for those who you’ve met online and the latter is usually strictly for those closest to you in real life. Google+ brings easy privacy controls that make Facebook-like sharing with those you might not know in real life a breeze.

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