Google Play store already running out of Nexus 5 stock

Less than an hour after the Nexus 5 -- the first phone to run Android KitKat -- officially hit the Google Play store around 11 a.m. PT, the online store was already showing certain models of the smartphone as "out of inventory."

Another hour or so later, all four combinations (16 or 32 GB in black or white) were again available with a note that they would leave the warehouse by November 8. It's likely that these stock and shipping statuses will continue to bounce around for a while. … Read more

Nexus 5 coming to Sprint, T-Mobile, will also work on AT&T's network

The long-awaited Nexus 5 Android handset made by LG was just made official by Google. Expected to be sold in an unlocked model, the new smartphone will also hit AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in time for the holiday season.

Specifically, Sprint will offer up the Nexus 5 for $149.99 after rebates and a two-year contract agreement. T-Mobile on the other hand also plans to sell the Nexus 5, "in the coming weeks" but no pricing has yet be announced. AT&T hasn't disclosed it will carry the device per se, but Google has … Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat brings a little OS equality

Google is trying to bring a little sanity to the world of Android.

One primary benefit of Android 4.4 KitKat, which was unveiled Thursday, is its ability to run on both low- and high-end hardware. The idea is that manufacturers don't have to choose between different versions of Android to suit the specifications of their phone, whether it costs $100 or $600.

The move is an attempt by Google to provide a more consistent experience across the universe of Android smartphones. While flagship smartphones such as the Galaxy S4 or HTC One have been able to employ newer … Read more

Google's $349 Nexus 5 hits today with LTE, KitKat

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google on Thursday took the wraps off the Nexus 5, adding 4G LTE capabilities, camera improvements, and the zippy new KitKat version of Android to its flagship smartphone.

Sundar Pichai, head of Google's Chrome and Android businesses, said the company focused on three themes for Android 4.4, also known as KitKat -- making sure it will work on low-end phones, making it more "beautiful and immersive," and bringing "Google smarts" to the device.

Check out CNET's take on the Nexus 5.

"Our vision for computing is to design Android … Read more

With Nexus 5, Google finally gets flagship phone treatment

The Nexus franchise is finally getting a little respect.

Google on Thursday pulled the wraps off its latest marquee smartphone, the Nexus 5, which comes loaded with high-end specifications and Android 4.4, or KitKat. But perhaps just as important is the confirmation that the phone will be broadly available in carrier stores across the nation.

That's right, the Nexus 5 will be sold through Sprint and T-Mobile, with only Verizon Wireless opting out of carrying the device. Updated at 3:26 p.m. PT: Google came back and confirmed that AT&T won't be selling the … Read more

Google donates 17,000 Nexus 7s to Superstorm Sandy victims

One year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, Google has donated tablets to the victims.

Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, valued at over $2.7 million, to New Yorkers who were affected by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday. The tablets are being placed in libraries, senior centers, business, and community centers, according to the governor's office, and will support a range of programs:

• Libraries will use the tablets in job training, work skills and English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages classes, and as e-reader loaners in the areas where libraries are not yet reopened.… Read more

Wind Mobile posts, then deletes Nexus 5 details on Facebook

Just about everyone has leaked details on the Nexus 5.

Canada-based carrier Wind Mobile on Monday temporarily posted a Nexus 5 preregistration page to its Facebook profile. The page, which since has been taken down but was snapped by Mobile Syrup before it was removed, allowed users to sign up for information on the device. It also included the tagline, "Google Nexus 5. The smart, new phone made to capture the moments that matter."

In addition to a preregistration page, Wind published specs for the Nexus 5. According to that page, the smartphone will offer a 4.95-inch, … Read more

G Flex smartphone boasts healing powers

CNET Update wants an adamantium phone:

In this episode of *snikt* Update:

- Learn why LG says it's curved G Flex phone can heal itself like Wolverine. (But it doesn't bend the same as the Galaxy Round, Bub.)

- Take an early peek at what is likely a white version of the Nexus 5.

- Get ready for more Samsung smartphones to work with the Gear smartwatch in the coming weeks.

- Play thousands of Android games on the Nvidia Shield, which got a software update with new features, like console mode.


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Nexus 5 leaks continue: White version outed, Nov. 1 teased

In white. 11/1.

— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 27, 2013

The not-so-mysterious Nexus 5 rears its head again.

The latest leak comes from @EVLeaks, which has generated a decent track record of posting pictures of devices ahead of their launch. It features a tweet showing a white version of Google's latest pure-Android smartphone, clad in white with a black front side.

The tweet also mentions November 1, in a possible hint of a launch date. There's no additional detail, so it's unclear if that means Google will unveil the phone on that day, if … Read more

10 reasons why you should ignore tech posts that begin with '10 reasons why'

1. There are rarely 10 reasons for anything. Sometimes, there are only two or three. These involve ego, need for love and conformism. But other times, there are very many. There might be 5 reasons why you should buy a Nexus 7. Or only one. Some might think there are 8 reasons why an Xbox One will get them through the holiday season. There are, though, 423 reasons why Microsoft Word will, in the end, drive you crazy.

2. When you start out knowing you have to find 10 reasons for something, how many of those are likely to be … Read more