Top 5 reasons to get the Nexus 5

It's been more than three weeks since the Nexus 5 made its way onto the market, and the momentum hasn't stopped. Here in the US, the black and white 16GB models sold out quickly after their launch (though both are now back in stock), and the Google Play store in India also experienced a shortage within hours of posting the phone.

True, the handset does have its faults (which we'll get to), but despite its drawbacks, the Nexus 5 is still an excellent device for the reasons we list below. Of course, if you have other reasons why you like it (or even hate it), be sure to let us know in the comments.… Read more

Odin Mobile rejiggers Nexus 4 for blind users

Odin Mobile added LG's Nexus 4 smartphone to its lineup, the company announced on Monday.

The Android smartphone is the most feature rich handset that the newcomer carrier stocks for its customers, who are blind or have limited vision.

Preloaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, Odin Mobile's version of the Nexus 4 comes with a home screen widget that will help install up to eight featured apps intended for blind users, including Google's talking dialer and Braille helper tool, a currency identifier, and a walkie-talkie app.

In addition, the carrier will pair an expert, who is also … Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat starts to flavor Nexus 4

Nexus 4 owners should keep an eye out for Android 4.4 KitKat.

The latest flavor of Android has started to roll out to the Nexus 4 phone via over-the-air updates, according to blog site Android Central. Several users said they received the 238MB update Tuesday night.

Android 4.4 began rolling out last week for the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. Google said at the time that Nexus 4 owners would have to wait for KitKat.

The Nexus 5 is already flavored with Android 4.4. One device not invited to the KitKat club is Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.… Read more

iPad Mini's Retina Display finishes last in small-screen review

Apple's iPad Mini with Retina Display can't match Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX or the Google Nexus 7 in overall display quality, according to screen tester DisplayMate.

DisplayMate on Tuesday published its findings on the picture quality of the iPad Mini with Retina Display, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, and Google's Nexus 7. While both Amazon and Google scored high marks in the study, Apple's tablet "comes in with a distant third-place finish."

"Apple was once the leader in mobile displays, unfortunately it has fallen way behind in both Tablets and Smartphones," … Read more

8 off-contract smartphones compete without breaking the bank

This holiday season is shaping up to be the year that getting a solid new Android smartphone doesn't also mean signing up for 24 months of ever-increasing monthly fees at the same time.

The trend away from flagship phones that required such big commitments in order to lock down a quality device for under $400 arguably started last year with the release of the Nexus 4 from Google, available unlocked for just $299.… Read more

Google rolls out teacher-friendly tablet

Schools now can purchase Android tablets outfitted with a special version of Google Play designed for teachers and students.

Starting Wednesday, Google Play for Education will be included on the Nexus 7 through the Google in Education program. Google Play for Education offers teacher-approved apps for students, educational videos, and books for those in grades K-12. Teachers can search for approved apps based on grade level and other criteria, buy them via a purchase order, and then deploy them to their students.

Each Nexus 7 tablet costs $229, plus an additional $30 for management and the Google Play for Education … Read more

With Moto G phone, Google's mobile revolution now plausible

Google's inexpensive, new Android phones mean the company has a real chance at transforming the wireless industry -- something it attempted to do nearly four years ago with the Nexus One.

In October, the company released the Nexus 5, a top-end phone built by LG Electronics that has a remarkably low price of $349 for a 16GB model -- unlocked and with no contract. On Wednesday, Google announced the Moto G, which costs $179 for an 8GB model, also unlocked and off contract. … Read more

Google begins serving up KitKat upgrade to some Nexus tablets

Some Nexus tablet owners can expect to get their first taste of Android KitKat soon.

Google announced on Twitter Tuesday that it would begin rolling out an over-the-air upgrade of Android 4.4 KitKat to Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 tablets immediately.

Starting today, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 will be getting a tasty update to Android 4.4, KitKat

— Android (@Android) November 13, 2013

However, not all Nexus owners can expect the upgrade right away; Google said the current rollout is for Wi-Fi-only tablets, meaning that Nexus slates with mobile data will have … Read more

Mod gives Nexus 5 camera a performance boost

Fans of Google's Nexus series of smartphones often have lots of positive things to say about the devices, but glowing praise for the included camera usually isn't included.

While the recently released Nexus 5 makes some improvements on the lackluster shooter of its predecessor, the Nexus 4, a hacker over at the XDA developers forum has taken it a step further with a mod that's like digital steroids for its 8-megapixel camera.… Read more

Google sells out of black 16GB Nexus 5 smartphones

After shipping dates gradually increased over the last two weeks, the black 16GB model of Google's new Nexus 5 smartphone is sold out.

"We are out of inventory. Please check back soon," the Google Play store said of the 16GB black model on Monday.

Shipment times have increased for other models, too. The white 16GB model, which like its black companion costs $350 unlocked, now ships in four to five weeks. The black 32GB model ships in three to four weeks, and the white 32GB model ships in two to three weeks; those cost $400.

The phone … Read more