Nexus 5

Google Play to replace cracked Nexus 5 screens with new devices

One of the worst things that can happen to you as a smartphone owner is dropping your device and cracking the screen. This is annoying because you have to spend money to replace the screen, and those replacements can be expensive. Google Play has kicked off a new screen replacement service that owners of the Nexus 5 smartphone will want to be aware of.

Google exploring customization with Google Workshop

Google has had relatively good success over its Nexus products, building technologies and interfaces for devices on the bleeding edge of Android development. When it comes to accessories and whatnot, Google’s history has not been that great, and it has been trying to rectify that recently with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (putting out different colors of cases for the devices). With the experimental Google Workshop, the company may be trying to break into that market a little bit more.

AnTuTu Q2 surprises: Snapdragon 800, Nexus 5 at the top

It seems to be that time when companies are showing their report cards for the 2nd quarter of 2014. In line with that, popular benchmarking site AnTuTu is showing a few figures of its own, with rather surprising, and probably questionable, revelations. According to its data, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, as it can be found inside the Galaxy Note 3, trumps almost all other more recent processors, and that, at least in the US, the Nexus 5 is still the most popular smartphone around.

Android L developer preview now rooted on Nexus 5 and 7

Well that was fast. The Android “L” test firmware – a developer preview for the Android version that was revealed at the Google I/O keynote and the one that we will all probably get the full version by later this year – was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 devices yesterday. And today, root access is delivered by the good folks at XDA (hooray!).

Android L apps available for download and testing at XDA

The hype around Android L – possibly the “nameless” new Android 5.0 version we will be getting later in the year – was quite palpable at Google I/O, especially when Sundar Pichai took to the stage to reveal the next generation for the Android OS. And while most of us who do not own a Nexus 5 or 7 will not be able to fully check out the test version of the OS, the good fellows at XDA have made available some of the news apps found within Android L.

Android L Developer Preview is live, Studio IDE in Beta

As promised, Google has let out the Developer Preview of the next version of Android, still dubbed as "Android L", for programmers, enthusiasts, and curious cats to play with. This preview includes both the SDK tools and emulator images for testing Android L on your desktop as well as actual system images you can install, with great care, on a Nexus 5 or 7.
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