The new Google Nexus 7 is a big improvement over the original with a bunch of additions like LTE and a super high-resolution display – the best in tablets, in fact. And that’s driving a lot of first generation device owners to trade in their old Nexus 7, according to gadget buy-back site Gazelle. There was a 333 percent spike in the number of Nexus 7 tablets traded in compared to the same day last week, for example.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, that spike was even higher – a 442 percent jump in Nexus 7 tablets happened between the day before Google’s official unveiling of the new model, and the day of. The Nexus 7 trade-in activity spiked so high that it made up nearly a quarter of all trade-ins for non-iPad tablets since the site began accepting them earlier this year.
Wednesday, the day Google made its announcement, was also the biggest Nexus 7 trade-in day at Gazelle to date, beating the next biggest day by 380 percent. That previous record was set when the new Nexus 7 leaked on July 17, which clearly prompted early adopters to take advantage of a small head start ahead of the big reveal.
The news means that Google Nexus 7 owners are probably happy with their devices and eager to grab new ones, by trading in their last-gen devices to fund their purchases, but there’s another stat that tells another side of the story: Gazelle saw no appreciable increase in iPad trade-ins on the new Nexus 7 launch day. That means Google probably isn’t luring iPad owners away from the iOS fold.
It’s probably not surprising to longtime tablet space watchers that the new Nexus 7, with all its apparent merit, isn’t an iPad killer. The Apple camp seems happy where they are, but the tablet market has plenty of room to grow; we’ll see if Google can expand outward, or if it’s mostly eating its own Nexus tail with this new model.
If you’re using Google’s “back up my data” feature for Android, the passwords to the Wi-Fi networks you access from your smartphone or tablet are available in plaintext to anyone with access to the data. And as a bug report submitted by an employee of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on July 12 suggests, that leaves them wide open to harvesting by agencies like the NSA or the FBI. “The ‘Back up my data’ option in Android is very convenient,” wrote Micah Lee, staff technologist at the EFF. “However, it means sending a lot of private information, including passwords, in plaintext to Google. This information is vulnerable to government requests for data.” The Backup Manager app stores Android device settings in Google’s cloud, associated with the user account paired with the device; the Backup Manager interface is part of the core Android application API as well, so it can be used by other Android apps.
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Its literally raining rumors when it comes to the new Nexus 7. We have seen the leaked photos, specifications and what not. A new rumor suggest that the much awaited second generation Nexus 7 tablet will hit the shelves on 31st July with the price tag of $269, for the 32GB model. On the other hand, the 16GB model is expected to be priced at $229.
A few days back, a rumor suggested that a number of Samsung devices will skip the Android 4.2.2 Update and will be updated directly Android 4.3. It looks like the rumor turned out to be correct, at least for Galaxy Note II. Australian carrier Telstra has announced that the Galaxy Note II 4G will indeed skip Android 4.2.2 and will be updated to the “newer version” of Android, which is expected to be Android 4.3. Rumors have it that the search engine giant will unveil Android 4.3 very soon along with the second generation Nexus tablet.
Finally, we have some sort of confirmation about the upcoming Moto X. Motorola has started sending out invites for its press event that is scheduled on 1st August in New York. The not-so-secret Moto X has been the center of attraction from past few weeks. We have seen all sorts of things – images, teasers, videos and what not-related to Moto X. We have even seen Eric Schmidt using the infamous Moto X a few days back.
Many Galaxy S4 users were disappointed with the fact that the Snapdragon 800 powered beast was later released for South Korean audience. If you dont know, Galaxy S4 is announced in different versions: GT-I9500 that is powered by Exynos along with GT-I9505 that features Snapdragon 600 SoC. A new leak suggests that Samsung will unveil Galaxy Galaxy S4 (GT-I9506) with LTE powered by Snapdragon 800 with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, similar to the one that was released in Korea.
Few hours ago, Motorola sent out invites for the Moto X press event that is scheduled for 1st August. It is pretty obvious that the Google-owned company will launch Moto X. If all the leaked images didn’t satisfy you, there is another leak that shows us the first press shots of the infamous Moto X. The press shots of Moto X emerged from none other than @evLeaks and The Unlockr.
Sony’s flagship device, and probably one of the best Android devices available right now, Sony Xperia Z Ultra (unlocked) will be available for sale in Hong Kong for a whopping HK$6,198 (almost $800). According to Sony Mobile Hong Kong, the device will hit the shelves by the end of this month, followed by Taiwan in August. LTE version of the device is expected to go on sale in September for almost $824, the same time when the device will debut in UK at a few retailers with an expected price tag of 599.
Android 4.3 Jelly build JWR66V has been spotted running on the Galaxy S4 Google Edition, despite the fact that it is not officially announced by Google yet. The latest update brings many improvements including wireless charging capabilities even when the device is turned off, battery improvement, higher fps, Dash clock widgets working properly, and more. Furthermore, Google Wallet also appears to be working for non-rooted devices.
Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to come in different colors including Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn, and Pink Twilight. After countless number of leaks about the much awaited Moto X, it is time for the notorious Twitter leaker – Evleaks – to switch his focus and share with us some information about other upcoming devices.
Today, the infamous leaker posted an image of Galaxy S4 in Brown Autumn color, with a Verizon logo on it. This might suggest that the Galaxy S4 Brown may hit the Big Red very soon. Few days back, the red color version of Galaxy S4 was made exclusively available on AT&T. Looks like this one might be exclusive for Verizon.