a Google Nexus Two - despite CEO Eric Schmidt's previous denial that one was in the pipeline - continue to grow, with Gizmodo having heard from a tipster who apparently got to play with the Samsung-made device. Like the Galaxy S family, it's apparently made from black, glossy plastic and "feels really similar to the Galaxy S in a lot [of] ways," though the back has "got this curve to it." There's also a roughly 4-inch display, which the source believes to be Super AMOLED, and a "sort of concave" front panel. A front-facing video camera is the only confirmed hardware spec, with no word on the CPU or which "really buggy" stock build of Android the Nexus Two was running. Note, the picture above is a mock-up.
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The Telegraph that "the idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one." While previous rumors have suggested that Google might follow up the Nexus One with a hardware QWERTY model, Schmidt said of the decision not to continue with own-brand devices that they "like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale." As for criticism regarding sales of the Nexus One, Schmidt says that of the decision not to make a sequel "[Google] would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping'." The CEO also touched on data security, saying "the reality is we make decisions based on what the average user tells us and we do check. And the reason that you should trust us is that if we were to violate that trust people would move immediately to someone else. We're very non-sticky so we have a very high interest in maintaining the trust of those users." [via Neowin]
an enterprise version of the Nexus One. Apparently, the Motorola Shadow will be the Nexus Two with a hardware keyboard. The latest rumors from China say the Motorola Shadow will be the future Google Nexus Two handset (shown above). As you can see, it has a close resemblance to the DROID made by the same manufacturer, just with some modifications. The handset is believed to have a large 4.3" touchscreen of either 850 x 484 pixels or 854 x 480 pixels, an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting High Def video and HDMI port. As you can see the QWERTY keyboard is a little different then the DROID's, but remember that this image is just a render and not the real deal. What's your take on this one? [Thanks darktheory]
back in July, but according to UK business paper City AM all that has changed. It's claimed Google is working with retailer Carphone Warehouse in the UK on the Google Nexus Two.
"It looks like Google is experimenting with the future of its mobile model in the UK. It tried releasing through a single carrier, now it is trying a single retailer. It could be a solution to the problems it experienced when it tried to sell the Nexus One exclusively through its website. People like to be able to go to a store – this solves that" anonymous sourceUnknown at present is who the OEM behind the Google-branded device might be - rumors of Samsung have apparently been debunked - but the sources claim the Nexus Two will run Gingerbread.
KitKat worldwide contest are a touch upset. In what is either confusion or simple bait-and-switch, big winners ended up with the 2012 version of Google’s flagship tablet rather than the 2013 variant winners in other parts of the world received. A response from the KitKat India Twitter account didn’t suffice, leading to a groundswell of furor, including a Facebook page dedicated to the blunder.
Google Play for Education program went live earlier in the month. And a bit more recent, it looks like Google has released an app that will help those educators set up tablets for use in class. The app is called Google Edu Device Setup and has arrived (for free) by way of the Google Play Store.
Nexus 5 does not have the best camera among its peers, even with the presence of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology. But that's not stopping Google from trying to convince you that it's more than good enough, mostly thanks to software features. Now the company has come out with three short video ads that show how even a decent quality camera can be fun.
Google Wallet app update has hit the Play Store. Essentially, this brings the Play Store version of the Wallet up up to what Nexus 5 users had, at least feature wise. The version numbers are different. The Nexus 5 has Wallet version 2.0-R137-v13-RELEASE while the new Play Store version is coming as 2.0-R133-v14-RELEASE. Version number specifics aside, Google has also updated the support page with mention of Kit Kat.