Google finally brought its Google Now Launcher to the Play Store this week, breaking its exclusivity on the Nexus 5 and allowing anyone with a Nexus or Google Play Edition device to get their hands on it. But what if you have another Android-powered smartphone?
Well, you can download and install the launcher yourself.
The coveted Google Now Launcher can now be officially downloaded from the Google Play Store. This launcher initially broke cover with the Google Nexus 5 and was eventually available for side loading through third party sources, but Google has finally made it available directly through its app hub.
Google has reportedly dropped Samsung and reached a deal with HTC over the next-generation Nexus 10, according to unnamed industry sources. The current Nexus 10 hasn’t been quite as successful as its smaller sibling, the Nexus 7, but Google will surely be hoping that HTC’s design expertise can change that.
HTC may be planning a surprise return to the tablet market to manufacture Google’s next-generation Nexus slates. Reports in Taiwan claim the company has secured orders for a “high-end model of the Google Nexus tablet” that is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2014.
Google is preparing to drop its Nexus devices in favor of Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets in 2015, according to Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin. It’s thought third-party manufacturers don’t like competing with Nexus price tags, which could also be hurting sales of Google’s Motorola handsets.
Looking to pick up some official accessories for your Nexus devices? Well, now’s a great time to splash some cash, because Google has slashed 25% off many of them for a limited time. The sale includes all cases for the Nexus 5 and the latest Nexus 7, but those with a Nexus 10 will be disappointed.
MX Player, one of the most popular third-party video players on Android, finally supports the latest versions of KitKat. The app stopped working for Nexus owners earlier this month when Google rolled out Android 4.4.1, but it’s now fully-compatible with the search giant’s latest software.
Google’s Nexus-branded wireless charger is now available to purchase from Google Play in the United Kingdom. The £35 device, which is compatible with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7, is currently shipping in 1-2 business days.
Google rolled out Android 4.4.1 for the Nexus 5 and other Nexus-branded devices on Thursday evening. Its main changes include some much-needed camera fixes for the company’s latest smartphone, but the update brings other fixes and improvements that you may not have spotted yet.
So we’ve put them all together in a handy change log for you. Here’s everything you can expect from Android 4.4.1 on the Nexus 5.
Google released the original model of its flagship 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7, back in June, 2012, and a month later the device was available to purchase from the Play Store with a £199 price tag in the U.K. However, if you didn’t have the opportunity or the wherewithal to pick one up at the time, it may be of interest to you to know that you can currently grab the 7-inch slate for just £159 from the popular United Kingdom based online retailer, Very.