Apple iPad Mini Retina vs. the new Google Nexus 7

It's a Prizefight punchout between Apple and Google once again and both sides of this longstanding have brought their best 7-inch tablets to the table.

Apple's iPad Mini finally brings its Retina Display, the best-designed 7-inch tablet, and the power of its iTunes and App Store ecosystems.

The new Nexus 7, which is one of the most feature-packed 7-inch tablets on the market today, is pushing the 7-inch tablet into new territory with its full-HD display, and the Google Play store is no longer a weak spot for Android.

Which tablet will reign supreme? Apple's iPad Mini … Read more

Welcome to the CNET 100. Round 1 goes to Google.

Three years. That's all it took for Google to go from its first branded hardware product -- the Nexus One -- to dominating the list of most desired hardware.

The Google Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 ranking first and fifth, respectively, on the CNET 100, our groundbreaking new monthly leaderboard of gadgets. Alongside the Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Panasonic ST60 plasma TV, the two Google devices are the only two from the same manufacturer in the Top 5 products on the list:

Google Nexus 5 Apple iPad Air Samsung Galaxy S4 Panasonic ST60 plasma TVRead more

NSA spy games targeted World of Warcraft

CNET Update doesn't trust the night elves:

In this episode of CNET Update:

- Learn about the Guardian's latest report on NSA's surveillance, which states government agencies tapped into online games to hunt for terrorists. In the wake of new reports of NSA's far-reaching online spying, several tech giants are calling for the U.S. to limit surveillance.

- Teach yourself how to code with free tutorials on, or sign up for Apple's coding class for kids.

- Speculate if Google TV will be renamed to Nexus TV during a reboot announced at … Read more

LG behind new Google Nexus 10, says leak

Google's new Nexus 10 could arrive soon, as a new tip-off from Twitter-based "uberleakster" @evleaks suggests LG is building the new tablet.

LG V510 is the device's manufacturing code name, apparently. And it appears that @evleaks got his hands on what looks like an entry from a supply chain database.

The LG V510 tablet is indeed a Nexus device. [via tip]

-- @evleaks (@evleaks) December 8, 2013

The Nexus 10 is the last Google-branded device to be refreshed this year, with the new Nexus 7 winning plaudits for its high-resolution screen and … Read more

Google TV redo might be tagged 'Nexus'

Android-based Google TV has struggled to find its footing, but the planned reboot of Google's Web-enabled television box next year could come with a familiar name.

The set-top box could be called Nexus TV, tying the Google TV redo to the company's successful line of flagship Android phones and tablets, according to a report Friday in The Information (subscription required).

The report also says that Google will be re-launching Nexus TV sometime in the first half of 2014, which follows Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai's statement to CNET that there would be a Google TV announcementRead more

Quick and simple time-saving tips for the Nexus 7

One good thing about the tablet wars is that there can be more than one winner. Even for a longtime iPad user such as myself, there's a lot to like about the Nexus 7.

You'll like the device even more after you've tweaked a few of its default settings. Here are a handful of customizations guaranteed to make your use of the Nexus 7 more enjoyable.

Set or change your default apps When you choose a file on your Android tablet, you're prompted to select an app to open it in. To set your selected app … Read more

Android 4.4.1 brings better photos to Nexus 5

Nexus 5 owners hoping to snap better pictures will get some help from Android 4.4.1.

Due to launch in the next few days, the latest Android update is geared toward fixing and enhancing the Nexus 5's picture-taking ability, The Verge said on Thursday. Speaking with Google's Director of Engineering Dave Burke, The Verge learned that the changes fall into different categories.

The Nexus camera's autofocus, exposure, and white balance have been improved, reducing the motion blur that often cropped up in photos under certain conditions. The camera app is a second quicker, giving Nexus 5 … Read more

Heads up Apple, Android to make big gains in 2014, IDC predicts

Google's Android ecosystem will be breathing down Apple's neck in 2014, according to IDC, which offered predictions for 2014.

Google Play/Android downloads and revenues "are making dramatic gains and the app ecosystem value gap will be significantly narrowed" with Apple in 2014, according to IDC. That was one of the predictions published Tuesday, among a bevy of predictions for 2014.

Here's what IDC said:

The mobile device onslaught will continue in 2014 with sales of tablets growing by 18% and smartphones by 12%. The Android community, led by Samsung, will maintain its volume advantage … Read more

Google Nexus phones reportedly susceptible to SMS attacks

Google's latest Nexus smartphones are vulnerable to an attack in which someone could force the phones to reboot or lose their network connection by sending them a large number of a certain kind of SMS message, according to PC World.

Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Dutch IT services company Levi9, reportedly found that the vulnerability can occur when an attacker sends about 30 so-called Flash SMS messages -- messages that appear immediately on the phone's screen on arrival -- to the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 4, or the Nexus 5. If the messages aren't promptly dismissed, … Read more

Black Friday deal week: Wild Wednesday

Everybody wants a tablet. And thanks to some insanely good Black Friday-week deals, everybody can have one. Big ones, small ones, even Windows RT ones. Check 'em out:

My tablet is cheaper than yours I still don't get why people have such strong feelings about Google's Nexus tablets, but they certainly are popular. And if you don't mind last year's model, they're now officially cheap as well.

While supplies last, Groupon has the first-generation Google Nexus 7 (16GB) for $119.99 shipped and the Google Nexus 7 (32GB) for $149.99 shipped. (Click the Options … Read more