Fiery-red Nexus 5 hits Google Play Store today

Looks like the rumor was true after all -- Google's flagship smartphone, the Nexus 5, is sporting a new red hue, and users can buy it today at the Play Store.

We most recently caught wind of the possibility of a crimson color last week, when an internal Sprint memo detailing a red Nexus was leaked online.

However, the new shade has gone official now that users can purchase it at the Play Store.

It's still available unlocked for $349 (16GB) and $399 (32GB). Other colors include black and white, and Google sells phone bumpers in gray, yellow, … Read more

Why I just can't put down the Google Nexus 5

As a phone reviewer, my life is an endless stream of cutting-edge devices. In fact I'm constantly juggling four or five mobile gadgets at any given time, many being the best mobile handsets money can buy. But even after living with a litany of fancy flagships from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and Sony, it's the scrappy Nexus 5 upstart that has finally won my heart, at least for now. … Read more

Alleged Sprint memo details red Nexus 5 hitting Play Store on February 4

Speculation of a crimson-colored Google Nexus 5 have been floating around since last week, thanks to leaked images from a Vietnamese news site of a red variant, and a video that reportedly depicts several new color variations of the device.

Today, Android Central is reporting an alleged internal memo to Sprint employees outlining that a red Nexus 5 will come to the Google Play Store on February 4. The news site also posted a supposed photo of a red Nexus 5 box a few days earlier.

We've reached out to Sprint for an official response and were told that … Read more

Google could swap Nexus line with Google Play by 2015

Google will phase out the Nexus line of devices in favor of more Google Play Edition products, or so says Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin.

According to Murtazin's sources, Google will introduce two or three more Nexus-branded products this year, but will discontinue the sub-brand in 2015. This bligger indicates that Google will rebrand the Play Edition as the Nexus replacement.

On one hand, the rumor makes some sense. There are Google Play devices from a number of top handset makers, for example for the Moto G, Samsung Galaxy S4, and HTC One.

If these companies can push out software … Read more

LG swings to Q4 loss, but G2 and Nexus 5 drive phone sales

LG Electronics swung to a loss in the fourth quarter, but saw signs of life flicker a little brighter in its smartphone business.

The Korean conglomerate posted a loss of 64 billion Korean won, or $59.1 million, reversing a year-ago profit of 223 Korean won, or $205.8 million. LG blamed an unfavorable shift in the foreign currency exchange rate for the year-over-year downturn.

Revenue, however, inched up 0.8 percent to 14.92 trillion Korean won, or $13.8 billion.

One of the main reasons for its slight revenue increase is the 28 percent rise in sales for … Read more

Alleged image paints the Nexus 5 red

The Nexus 5 has apparently been spied in red, leading a bit of credibility to rumors that Google is plotting a range of new hues for the flagship phone.

A photo appeared on the Vietnamese-language site, and reportedly shows a sample product that will go on sale in late February or March. The photo could be a clever fake, so this image should be taken with a pinch of salt.

That said, CNET UK reported Thursday on leaked images of a Google Play listing for the Nexus 5, showing the phone in black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, … Read more

Nexus 8 could have Intel inside, report says

Asus could debut a new Nexus 8 tablet later this year, says a "supply chain" source close to Digitimes.

The tablet will reportedly debut sometime after February and could include Intel's Bay Trail processor. Perhaps coincidentally, the timing dovetails with Intel's recent statement that Bay Trail tablets would arrive in the second quarter.

As to why Google has shifted away from the Nexus 7 to a slightly larger form factor, the anonymous tipster points to a "weak" demand for the refreshed 7-inch tablet.

Without knowing any additional details, the logical time to introduce a … Read more

iPhone 6, AMOLED tablets cited in 2014 display forecast

DisplaySearch has released a forecast covering new display tech in 2014, which includes speculation about screens that may arrive on the iPhone 6, iWatch, large iPad, and Android tablets.

The researcher sees at least two iPhone 6 possibilities as upgrades from the iPhone 5S' 4-inch 1,136x640-pixel resolution (see chart below).

At the high end would be a 5.5-inch 1,920x1,080 display based on LTPS (low-temperature polysilicon) LCD -- the same technology used in the 5S.

If accurate, that means Apple would get closer to the resolution on the Samsung Galaxy S4 -- which is a 5-inch, 1,920x1,080 display. That's where any similarities would end, though. The S4 uses Samsung's radically different Super AMOLED tech. … Read more

Rumors suggest Nexus 10 successor to debut Android 4.5

Editor's note: After we posted this story, evleaks deleted the original tweet and followed up with another tweet that read, "Pulled the 'Nexus 10' tweet. Was sent to multiple publications, along with slightly differing 'corroborating evidence.' Signs of a hoax."

The next-generation of Nexus 10 could be the first tablet to run Android 4.5, or so says the Twitter account evleaks.

According to a recent tweet, Samsung will manufacture the tablet and include a display resolution of 2,560x1,600 pixels, a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 3-megapixel camera around front. What's more, it may … Read more

Powerful, pure Android phones

It's no secret that Android smartphones are on the rise, having eclipsed Apple's mighty iPhone in terms of total market share. But there are more reasons for Android fans to cheer. First, Google's buyout of Motorola is finally beginning to bear tasty fruit, in the form of sweet devices such as the Moto X and insanely affordable Moto G. … Read more