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Google’s Nexus 7 priced at GBP159/GBP199 in the UK

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Google revealed the super attractive US pricing of the Google Nexus 7 tablet at yesterday’s keynote speech, but didn’t say anything on the cost of the tablet in the UK. Fortunately, we only got to wait a few hours to find out how expensive the trip across the ocean turned out.

If you live in Britain, you are now able to pre-order an 8GB Google Nexus 7 for £159, while the 16GB version of the slate will set you back £199. This is about 25% more expensive than what US residents will pay for the Nexus 7, but then again that’s how things usually work in this business. Read more »

This is the new Easter egg in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Google has a traditionally been incorporating an Easter egg inside every version of Android, that can be viewed by repeatedly tapping the Android version number within the Settings app. In Ice Cream Sandwich, you could find the Android Ice Cream Sandwich logo and if you touch and hold it, it would expand and eventually you’d see a Nyan Cat style animation of the logo.

In Android 4.1, you see a Jelly Bean with the tell-tale Android antennae on the top and if you press and hold the image, a large number of cel-shaded jelly beans appear on the screen and you can flick them around as much as you like. You can catch a video of this in action after the break. Read more »

Google updates Play Store website, adds remote update and remote uninstall options

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The Google Play Store website already offered a super convenient way to just push apps to your device but now Google has taken it a couple of steps further.

Google has updated the ‘My Android Apps’, which until now only displayed some of the apps that you have downloaded on your device, to include the option to remotely update apps as well as uninstall them. Read more »

Google updates YouTube and Google+ apps for Android

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The Google Maps app isn’t the only one getting a major update today. Google has also released updates for the YouTube and Google+ apps on Android that bring some slick new interface design to both the apps.

Let’s start with the YouTube app, which you’ll notice has a new UI that looks similar to the recently released Google+ apps. The app shows you new videos from your subscribed channels with large thumbnail images spanning the width of the display. Read more »

Google Nexus 7 takes on the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

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The Google Nexus 7 tablet is finally official and it’s time to see if it can do the job it’s meant for – be a real-world alternative to the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

The Android tablet manufacturers (except for Asus and its Transformer prime) learned the hard way that their tablets need to be as affordable as possible to gain some traction. Amazon led the way pricing its Kindle Fire at $199 and made a huge impact, but eight months later there has only been one slate to come close to its price point, while still offering decent hardware – the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Read more »

Google Glass previewed at I/O, developer version available for pre-order

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Google is on a roll today – on top of all the hardware and software products they unveiled today, they found time to talk about Google Glass. It’s not a complete product – far from it, but they showed their progress so far.

The device itself features a processor, camera, built-in storage, multiple radios and several sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer and compass). Read more »

Google Maps for Android ver. 6.9 brings Offline Maps (to supported countries)

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Google just released the latest version of Google Maps to most Android devices (Android 2.2+). The release brings the hotly anticipated feature of offline maps pre-caching.

Before you jump in joy, make a note that there are some limitations that are not clearly mentioned on the lid. Read more »

Each Google I/O attendee gets free Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus Q

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One of the first people to get the Google Nexus 7 tablet are the developers and attendees at the Google I/O conference, which is currently taking place in San Francisco.

It’s a sweet déjà vu from a year before, when Google gave away free 32GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Nexus S and Samsung Chromebook to each attending developer. Now the company is doing it again, but this time with its own, freshly announced Nexus 7 tablet, a brand new Galaxy Nexus and the innovative Nexus Q. Read more »

Google+ turns 1 year old tomorrow, celebrates 250 million users with a great tablet version

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It was just a year ago when Google launched its own social network Google+. Since then, the young social network has more than 250 million users with 150 million of those users signing in more than once per month.

Interestingly, users spend more time on Google+ from their mobile devices than from desktop computers. Statistics show that each user spends more than 60 minutes per day on the various Google products. Read more »

Googe Q is the Google Play media player for your living room

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Google obviously has invested a lot in delivering all the content for their Google Play store – especially, the videos and the music. So much that they actually had to design and build their own hardware device that allows you to consume the Google play digital content right on the biggest screen in your house.

Enter Google Q, the web-connected, “social” box that runs Android. It’s meant to stream content for you from the cloud, where supposedly you have all your digital content. Read more »

Google Chrome for Android is out of beta, and the Nexus 7 defaults to it

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Google’s new tablet, the Nexus 7, will be the first device that will come with the mobile Google Chrome as its default browser. Google’s presenters were mum on what that means for other devices.

Nexus 7 is also the first Jelly Bean device, so it’s possible that JB will drop the current browser and use Chrome. Since it would be a while since any of us not present at the Google I/O gets one, I suggest you head to the Google Play app store to get the latest version of the Chrome browser for Android. It just graduated from beta. Read more »

Google Play enables encrypted apps, smaller updates, starts selling movies, TV shows and magazines

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We already had a look at how many new Androids are activated a day, now it’s time to look at the Google Play store. There are now 600,000 apps and games in the store and users do 1.5 billion installs each month. Google have tallied the score and there have been 20 billion installs in total.

It’s not just the number of apps though, the way apps are handled has been improved and the Play Store now offers magazines and TV shows. Read more »

Android device activations reach 400 million in total, 1 million per day

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Google’s I/O is just starting up and there are a ton of exciting news to come. But Hugo Barra opened up with how far Android has come so far – and it’s quite far as it turns out.

400 million Android devices have been activated already – that’s a four-fold increase in just one year. Read more »

Don’t like an Android app you paid for? You actually have 48h to get a refund

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Whether it be for a quick one shot task or just a game to kill some time, we’ve all bought an app on impulse that we quickly come to loathe for one reason or another, all the more so because we paid money for it.

While it may be too late to get your money back for your particular regretful purchase, there is a way to get a refund on your next one, if you act quickly enough. Read more »

Nokia 808 PureView takes an impressive video of a racing catamaran

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After getting so much praise for its incredible 41MP camera, the Nokia 808 PureView decided to take a well deserved vacation. Instead of spending all day on the beach though, the 808 found itself shooting a video of the racing catamaran Nacra Infusion MKII.

The impressive video you are about to see was actually shot using two 808 PureView units tightly packed into a plastic bag with holes for the lenses. Read more »