Manage installed launchers on the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat

In Android 4.4 KitKat Google has finally given users an option to quickly and easily switch between home screen launchers. With previous versions of Android users would set the default launcher, use it for awhile, then get tired of it and want to change. That change required digging through Application settings and clearing system defaults. The entire process was far from obvious.

On Android 4.4 KitKat users can now switch between launchers with less than three taps. After installing your first third-party launcher on the new OS, a "Home" setting will be added to the Settings … Read more

The killer voice feature Google Now needs next

One of the Nexus 5 smartphone's best new features is the always-listening, touchless control over Google Now, the name by which the platform's personal assistant is known.

By saying the words "OK, Google" when the phone is unlocked, you can launch any of Google Now's actions -- like searching the Web or dialing a number -- without having to touch the screen. Several Motorola phones, like the Moto X, did this prior to the Nexus 5's Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Voice-activated Google Now is a terrific little convenience that can save time or … Read more

T-Mobile's Nexus 5 won't support Wi-Fi calling

Available from the Google Play store, Sprint, and T-Mobile, the Nexus 5 is one of the most highly anticipated and low-cost Android phones of the year. For customers on T-Mobile who use a Wi-Fi connection to make phone calls, however, the carrier has confirmed with CNET that the Nexus 5 will not support that feature.

Having a phone with voice-over-Wi-Fi technology comes in handy to make phone calls, particularly when you're in an area where reception is weak or inconsistent.

Several T-Mobile devices offer this service, from the high-end LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4, to the midrange Nokia Lumia 521.… Read more

Here's why T-Mobile's Nexus 5 is $100 more than at Google Play

No, T-Mobile isn't hosing customers who buy its Nexus 5.

T-Mobile on Friday said it would offer the Nexus 5 starting November 14 with a down payment of $42 and 24 monthly payments of $17. Add that up, and you get $450, which happens to be $100 more than what Google is charging for the phone at its Google Play store.

The natural assumption, given this is a Google phone, is that T-Mobile is somehow generating a tidy profit on the highly coveted device. But that's not so, says T-Mobile. A representative confirmed to CNET that it pays … Read more

How to remove Google Now from the Nexus 5 home screen

When the Nexus 5 launched along with Android 4.4 KitKat, a new launcher was introduced on Google's flagship smartphone. The launcher integrates Google Now directly into the home screen.

On a Nexus 5 you no longer need to swipe up from the home button to access Google Now. Google Now has a permanent place on your home screen, being the screen furthest to the left. Swiping over will reveal Google Now and all of your personal cards, and of course, you can still access the service by swiping up from the home button.

For some, this feature is … Read more

Google Nexus 5 to hit T-Mobile stores November 20

T-Mobile announced today that it will begin selling the Nexus 5, Google's flagship handset of the season, starting November 14 online. The device will then be available in carrier stores a few days after that on November 20.

Although the carrier has not announced any info on the 32GB model, the 16GB model will cost $41.99 down, plus $17 a month for 24 months.

That brings the total cost of T-Mobile's Nexus 5 to $449.99, which is about $100 more than it costs from the Play Store. Currently, Google is selling the unlocked handset for $349 (… Read more

Nexus 5 now available through Sprint and Best Buy

Sprint customers who've been waiting for the Nexus 5 can now buy the new phone.

As of Friday, the 16GB Nexus 5 is available through both Sprint and Best Buy. Sprint seems to have the better deal, selling the phone for just $50. But that price is a special online offer good only for new Sprint customers who bring over an existing phone number. The phone sells for $150 for existing customers eligible for an upgrade.

Best Buy is selling the 16GB Nexus 5 for $150 for both new and current Sprint subscribers.

Both prices require the usual two-year … Read more

Five settings that increase battery life on Android 4.4 KitKat

With every new operating system comes a fresh set of features that serve up the cost of your battery life. In many cases, it's just not worth having your phone die when you need it most.

If you're looking to get more juice out of your phone's battery, or are one of the many people with a Nexus 5 plagued by a possible battery issue, change these settings.

Use the new GPS feature Many apps -- not just the mapping types -- have recently found a way to incorporate location-tracking into their offerings. From check-ins … Read more

Did Verizon block the Nexus 7 to push its Ellipsis 7 tablet?

On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless officially introduced its 7-inch Android tablet, the Ellipsis 7, which boasts 4G LTE connectivity and seems to be a competitor to the likes of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX.

This is of particular interest to anyone who remembers that Verizon has been delaying 4G LTE activation of Nexus 7 users, despite that the Nexus 7 is compatible.

Taking an active Verizon SIM card out of another device and slipping it into a new Nexus 7 reportedly will allow the tablet to connect to Verizon's LTE network, but the company won't activate a new SIM specifically for the device. Back in September, Verizon addressed the issue with a statement:… Read more