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Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 specs leak ahead of I/O 2013

Earlier reports have pegged July as the release timeframe for the next-generation Nexus 7 tablet. While that still remains to be seen, it looks like a fairly complete set of specs have since been leaked. Some of them touch on earlier rumors, such as in the case of the display. This latest Nexus 7 leak has the display resolution jumping from 1280 x 800 up to 1920 x 1200.

Google Nexus 7

Before we dive into the remaining specs, we should point out that while these are not coming from Google, they are coming by way of a source that has a proven track record. The details have been released by KGI securities analyst Mingchi Kuo. Other specs mentioned in this report include the processor, which in this case looks to be an APQ 8064 from Qualcomm. This would also be a rather big shift as the current generation Nexus 7 is sporting a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3.

Remaining specs look like they will include an HD quality front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 4000 mAh battery as well as support for the Qi wireless charging standard. Similar to the current Nexus 7, the next generation model is also expected to arrive with NFC. There has also been some recent chatter surrounding NFC, or more to the point, Wallet. Google is expected to announce some updates to Wallet during I/O.

Given many of these specs mentioned touch on earlier rumors, there isn’t much in terms of surprise. The other side here is the price. It is being reported that Google will be keeping the price of the Nexus 7 the same. Basically, that is to say Google will have the Nexus 7 available with a starting price point of $199. Further details from Mingchi Kuo show how this would mean Google would be losing roughly $5 to $10 per unit sold.

Aside from a price point that stays the same despite the increased in specs, it looks like the Nexus 7 may also be a bit thinner and lighter. For this, the changes would includes a thinner bezel around the edges and a case thickness of somewhere between 7.5 and 8.5mm. Again, looking for the comparison, the current generation Nexus 7 measures in at 10.45mm thick. All said and done, assuming these analyst details prove accurate — the Nexus 7 should be getting a good boost. That also brings another point, Kuo believes Google will be able to sell roughly 5 million during the second half of 2013.

Via Androidcommunity

Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 specs leak ahead of I/O 2013

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Testing builds of Paranoid Android with Halo now available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7

New Halo notification system is ready for testing, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners can download today

A couple of days ago we talked about the upcoming Paranoid Android ROM and its new Halo feature. Part chat heads, part awesome, and a rewrite of the Android framework make this one of the neatest tricks we’ve seen in a while from any third-party development team.

Paranoid Android with Halo

Starting today, those of you with a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7 can give it a try, as the team has made some early testing builds available for download. Be warned, these are by no means finished, and will surely have a fair share of bugs. We know that’s hardly going to stop a slew of people from giving this a try.

A build for the Oppo Find 5 is also in the works, and a Galaxy Nexus version is promised when there’s time. If you are feeling a little adventurous, and not afraid to try something new, hit the source link for the details and download links. The video of Halo in action is after the break as a refresher. Continue reading

Testing builds of Paranoid Android with Halo now available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7

New Halo notification system is ready for testing, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 owners can download today

A couple of days ago we talked about the upcoming Paranoid Android ROM and its new Halo feature. Part chat heads, part awesome, and a rewrite of the Android framework make this one of the neatest tricks we’ve seen in a while from any third-party development team.

Paranoid Android with Halo

Starting today, those of you with a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7 can give it a try, as the team has made some early testing builds available for download. Be warned, these are by no means finished, and will surely have a fair share of bugs. We know that’s hardly going to stop a slew of people from giving this a try.

A build for the Oppo Find 5 is also in the works, and a Galaxy Nexus version is promised when there’s time. If you are feeling a little adventurous, and not afraid to try something new, hit the source link for the details and download links. The video of Halo in action is after the break as a refresher. Continue reading

Google Is Working On And Testing Android 4.3 – It’s Still Jelly Bean

As everyone is trying to guess whether the next big Android update is going to be Key Lime Pie or not, and whether the release will be Android 5.X or 4.X, we have yet to hear anything concrete. After getting a tip from an eagle-eyed reader (thanks, deepayan!) and digging deeper, I can definitively tell you that Google is currently working on Android 4.3, and it is still Jelly Bean.

Android 4.3

  1. Specifically, the build I’m seeing floating around our server logs is Android 4.3 JWR23B, which indicates this is still Jelly Bean (the first letter of the build is always the same as the first letter of the Android version name).
    Now, you might say that server logs can be easily faked, and it happens all the time. You’d be absolutely right, which is why I would have never posted this had I not traced the IP range to Google itself. In fact, 2 different IP ranges, both corresponding to Google employees. Employees that have a lot to do with Android. It’s the same IP range that had previously clued us in to some of the unreleased versions of Android before they were announced.
  2. The Android 4.3 devices I’ve seen so far are Nexus 4 and Nexus 7.
  3. Furthermore, and this was the original tip that prompted me to look for more clues, there are several very recent comments in the official Chromium bug tracker that list JWR23B as a build number, giving more credibility to this finding. The person who left the comments is a Chromium developer, which suggests affinity to Google, once again.

So, what does this all mean? Here are my thoughts:

  1. Google doesn’t assign version numbers to Android releases until a short time before they’re set to be unveiled. We’re talking weeks or a couple of months max.
  2. Google does not assign version numbers to internal/test releases. Those are usually called something like JellyBeanMR1 and then assigned proper versions number when they’re close to release.
  3. Android 4.3 started appearing in the logs recently, while Android 5.X is nowhere to be found, and neither are any K***** builds.
  4. Google I/O is in less than a month.
  5. Everyone has been expecting Google to unveil the newest version of Android at the conference, as Google has traditionally done in the past. Most have suggested that it would be Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, or some other dessert starting with K, meaning a big leap from Jelly Bean, usually requiring app compatibility updates and bringing serious architectural changes. Think Android 3.0 compared to 2.X and Android 4.0 compared to 2.X and 3.X. That kind of big.
  6. Recently, a rumor started floating around that the next major revision is going to be delayed to give OEMs (and developers) some breathing space.
  7. We now know that Google is working on Android 4.3, which is still Jelly Bean. Today’s findings suggest (this part is in my opinion, not a fact) that the company is going to unveil 4.3 and not 5.X at Google I/O. I may end up being wrong on this one, but all the clues are lining up pretty well to fit this theory.
  8. The versioning likely points to OS changes that are not too drastic for developers to adapt their apps to and OEMs to upgrade devices to. Think Android 2.0 -> 2.1, 2.1 -> 2.2, 4.0 -> 4.1, and 4.1 -> 4.2 (especially the latter). This is a good thing – as we know, Jelly Bean can be found on only 25% of devices, and that’s after Google reworked the algorithm used to report these numbers.

Update: Reddit user danrant has chimed in with a whole bunch of other evidence that points to an incremental Jelly Bean release rather than Key Lime Pie. Go read his comment here.

Still with me? Good.

Of course, none of the information uncovered today gets us any closer to the list of features we can expect in the next announced version of Android, but either the leaks or Google I/O itself will tell us in just about 3 weeks.

[Via Androidpolice]

Google Is Working On And Testing Android 4.3 – It’s Still Jelly Bean