Mobile phone retailers in the United Kingdom have begun removing the Google Nexus 4 from their inventories, sparking speculation that a successor could be on its way. Both Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U have ceased selling the handset this week, just days before Google I/O 2013 gets underway.
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Announced back in early January, the Sony Xperia Z was the first Android flagship of 2013, and one of the first smartphones to go global with a 1080p display. It’s also one of the very few that boasts a dust- and water-resistant form factor, which means accidental spills aren’t an issue here.
Inside that form factor, you’ll find a ton of high-end specifications that include a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and LTE connectivity. Like a lot of high-end Sony smartphones, the Xperia Z also has cutting-edge cameras, with a 13-megapixel Exmor RS snapper on its back, and a 2.2-megapixel camera on its front.
The Xperia Z will be battling it out with the likes of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 this year, and Sony will be hoping that the device can finally earn it some sizable market share in a cut-throat smartphone market. But does the handset have what it takes? I’ve been testing it for two weeks to find out.
Thanks to a number of spectacular smartphones and some super cheap tablets, Android adoption continues to rise. According to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who is speaking at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Mobile conference today, 1.5 million Android devices are being activated each and every day.
Facebook Home hit Google Play on Friday, but it only comes with support for a small handful of devices initially — and those devices have to be located inside the United States. But as is often the case when it comes to Android, there is a workaround.
You can now download a patched version of the official Facebook Home release for any Android device. Here’s how.
If you’re a big Facebook user, you’re probably itching to get your hands on Facebook Home, the new Android launcher announced last week. It’s coming to Google Play on April 12, but it will only be compatible with five smartphones initially. But you can install a leaked Facebook Home beta on your Android smartphone today.
If you’re a Nexus 4 owner and you’re lacking a few accessories, Google has your back. The company has released three new accessories via the Google Play Store, including some earphones, a USB cable, and a power adapter. Although the prices aren’t as low as we’d expect, they aren’t too bad for an official mobile device accessory.
Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will launch “around July,” powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, Reuters reports. The device will reportedly push Google deeper into the “cut-price” hardware market with yet another aggressive pricing strategy, competing with other affordable tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire.
1080p displays are the latest must-have for high-end smartphones, but you may not see one on Google’s next Nexus. According to the latest rumor concerning the Nexus 5, the device will skip a full high-definition display and instead focus on a better camera and a bigger battery.
If you’re a fan of CyanogenMod’s custom Android ROMs, then you may want to avoid the Samsung Galaxy S4 when it launches next month. CyanogenMod has confirmed that Team Hacksung, the group behind its Samsung ROMs, will not support the new flagship smartphone.
The Nexus 4, being a smartphone geared towards Android developers, is relatively easy to root; the whole process requires the use of some simple fastboot commands, which even novice users can master relatively quickly. Here’s how to get started.