Curious what all this iPad news means for Android fans? We do, too. With the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display upping the ante on mobile technology in their own way, let’s take a look at what this means for Android tablets.
With the 2013 Nexus 7 announced in July and the rumor mill surrounding the Nexus 5 smartphone kicking into full gear, it was only a matter of time before we get word of a refreshed Nexus 10 tablet as well. And looks like the device will again be coming from ASUS who already had the privilege of manufacturing the new Nexus 7.
One of the benefits of owning a Nexus device is the openness and freedom to play around with the device and install custom images. Modders, tinkerers, and hackers owning a Nexus device can live a little more dangerously now that Google has released factory images containing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for a number of Nexus devices.
Yesterday, T-Mobile rolled out without much fanfare or detail a small update for its Nexus 4. Now it seems that the update is also arriving on a variety of Nexus devices including the Nexus 10, the 3G variant of the 2012 Nexus 7, and the Galaxy Nexus.
Google announced the new Nexus 7 a few weeks earlier. That model has since come available in the US, however there hasn't been much said in terms of a new Nexus 10 tablet. In the past the Nexus 7 has been an ASUS-made device and the Nexus 10 has been a Samsung-made device. Despite recent rumors pointing towards another Samsung-made Nexus 10, new details are pointing towards that tablet coming by way of ASUS.
It has just been a little over a month since Samsung announced a slew of new devices at its Premiere event and already word is circulating as to what the company has planned for the coming weeks. Hardware rumor source evleaks gives a glimpse of two new devices that could very well be the highest resolution Android tablets in the market to date.
Google talked about Android 4.3 and the Chromecast dongle yesterday (as well as several other smaller items), however when it came to tablets the talk was about the Nexus 7. Of course, that is only one of the two tablets currently available by way of the Google Play Store. That other is the Nexus 10 and the lack of a mention yesterday seems to have caused some to worry about the future of the 10-inch device.
Google has officially launched a cover for the Nexus 10. The cover is described as being a 'Book Cover' and attaches directly to your tablet. In other words, this Nexus 10 cover is nothing more than a screen protector. That being said, it is a screen protector that will fit perfectly on your tablet and also one that will turn the tablet on and off as you open and close the cover.
We recently saw the return of the Nexus 4 Android 4.2.1 factory images and coming as we would expect given an updated release -- Google has posted the Android 4.2.2 factory images. These images are available for the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 tablets as well as the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones.
We had seen a few reports of Android 4.2.2 back in January, and even word a few days back suggesting the update was coming this month. Well, it now appears as if Google has begun rolling out v4.2.2 to the masses. And by masses, we mean those with a Nexus branded device. So far we have seen reports of users getting the update on the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets as well as the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones.