Google adds Nexus Charging Accessory and Nexus 7 Case to Google Play

All the Nexus Accessories!! Google has updated the Devices section of Google Play this morning with more accessories for their line of Nexus devices. The two new additions include a 'Nexus Charging Accessory' (read: Charger) and the Nexus 7 Case. The Nexus 7 Case is a stylish looking flip cover, the new case is a much more quality case than the travel cover that was released initially. The new Nexus 7 cover is also an update on the 'Premium Case' which Asus sell online in their Australian Accessory store. With its foldable cover, the Nexus 7 cover can act... Continue reading

Google adds Nexus Wireless Charger and Red Nexus 7 sleeve to Australian Google Play Store

While the US has seen the addition of the Google Play Edition of the Motorola Moto G, Australia it seems hasn't been forgotten with Google adding two new accessories for existing Nexus devices to the Google Play store - the Nexus Wireless Charger and a Red variant of the Nexus 7 Sleeve. The Nexus Wireless Charger is the first Qi compatible charger that Google has offered in Australia, notably omitting Australian Nexus owners from purchasing the Nexus Wireless Charging Orb that went on-sale belatedly last year with the Nexus 4. The new Nexus Wireless Charger is available for $54.95 with... Continue reading

Fitbit App now supports selected Nexus and Motorola devices

Fitbit has just announced to it's Beta tester group that the App available through the Google Play store is now supporting Sync support for selected Nexus and Motorola devices. The v1.8.4 of the Fitbit App from Google Play will support Sync on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 v2 as well as the Moto X - all US Variants - as well as the Verizon Motorola Droid RAZR handsets (RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR HD MAXX) providing they have received the November 2013 firmware update which resolves BLE support. They have also advised that the Verizon Droid... Continue reading

Android 4.4.2 rolling out days after 4.4.1 update

Just days after Google released Android 4.4.1 for its Nexus range of devices, the search giant has pushed out an update to Android 4.4.2, rolling out to Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 devices this morning. The official changelog remains unchanged, acknowledging camera fixes for the Nexus 5, and bug fixes and performance improvements for other devices in the range. With the update applied, we're seeing the following version details on a Nexus 5: Android version: 4.4.2 Kernel: 3.4.0-gadb2201 android-build@vpbs1.mtv.corp.google.com #1 Wed Nov 20... Build: KOT49H We've got the following download links... Continue reading

Android 4.4.1 in AOSP and OTA updates now available for Nexus devices

Developing... The Android 4.4.1 update which began rolling out to the Nexus 5 yesterday, has begun rolling out to the Nexus 4 as well as the Nexus 7(2013) WiFi and LTE models, with the smart folks over at XDA, grabbing the OTA links to allow keen Android users to update their devices at their leisure. Download the appropriate update from Google: Nexus 4 Nexus 7(2013) WiFi Nexus 7(2013) LTE Nexus 10 Once downloaded it may help to rename the update to something generic i.e update.zip Make sure you've got ADB installed, and open a command line window. Reboot your Nexus into recovery mode,... Continue reading

Review: Car Dock Qi Charger

Last year when Google introduced Qi charging for the Nexus 4 we were all super excited to be able to charge our phones sans wires. At the time though, Qi charging for phones was relatively new and many people were burnt (along with suppliers and sellers) with Qi chargers that were less than perfect. They heated the phone up to dangerous levels, they stopped charging at 80% and several other issues were reports we heard on the grapevine as well as experienced ourselves. Fast forward 12 months and while there are still not many Android devices with Qi... Continue reading

Nexus phones vulnerable to obscure SMS denial-of-service attack – here’s why you shouldn’t panic

It looks like an obscure SMS feature could be used to force a denial-of-service outcome on a range of Google Nexus handsets, including the recently released Nexus 5. The vulnerability — discovered by Dutch system administrator Bogdan Alecu — also affects all Android 4.x firmware versions on Google's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 devices. The vulnerability centres on Class 0 SMS messages, more commonly known as Flash SMS. This message format, a part of the GSM specification, requires that the message be displayed instantly on the mobile handset's screen rather than requiring user interaction to... Continue reading

Google Pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat Build KRT16S – Minor Bug Fix

It appears that Google is doing some behind the scenes magic, pushing out an OTA update to all Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners. Having run this on one of our Nexus 7 (2013)'s just now, we can confirm the update is small -- only 3.4MB for the Nexus 7 (2013) -- so the size for other devices is probably about the same, but we can't be sure. On the post on Android Building, Google advises: The source code for a bugfix build (KRT16S) is being pushed to kitkat-release and will be tagged as android-4.4_r1.2. This... Continue reading

Unified Nexus Toolkit released – unlock the power of your Nexii

The automated Nexus toolkits from XDA-Developer user Mskip have been enormously popular and spawned many copy cats along the way, with the release of the Nexus 5 he's just launched the Unified Android Toolkit to support the most commonly used Nexus devices. The full list of supported devices includes the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 , Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 and these are all supported in version 1 of the Unified Android Toolkit but MSkip also has toolkits for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung Galaxy... Continue reading

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Android 4.4 KitKat updating from today

  Google's Android team have just tweeted that the Nexus 7 (2012/2013) plus the Nexus 10 will be receiving Android 4.4 from today. They then tweeted again with the information that the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 with mobile data shall be getting the update soon. No further information was included in the tweets, other than a link to the Android 4.4 KitKat official page. We'll keep you informed as the updates are received. https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441100436918272 https://twitter.com/Android/status/400441209841135616 Have you received your KitKat update yet? Let us know in the comments! Continue reading

Fitbit Beta adds syncing to Nexus devices

I have been doing my best to stay fit and healthy and to help with that task I recently purchased a Fitbit Flex. There are several devices in the Fitbit lineup and all of them perform roughly the same tasks in different form factors which is to count your steps as you go about your daily routine. Most of those devices include a display that can show you your step count at any time during the day except for the Fitbit Flex which just shows a row of five dots that give you an indication of how you are progressing... Continue reading

Nexus 4 removed from Australian Google Play Store

After selling happily alongside its's younger brother for almost two weeks, Google has finally removed the Nexus 4 from the Australian Google Play Store, leaving you with just one phone option - the Nexus 5. Even with a price drop of $100 being applied to both the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 back in August, it's taken until this morning for the device to follow the U.S. Google Play store to see the Nexus 4 sold-out. The Nexus 4 has been in-stock on Google Play ever since stock levels stabilised earlier this year, after an extended period of being sold... Continue reading