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    Three weeks ago Google announced the new version of its 7-inch tablet, the 2013 Nexus 7. It came to the Play Store and other resellers in two versions: 16GB and 32GB. Both were WiFi only. The LTE version, according to the announcement, will arrive in "the coming weeks". We are now just five days short of one month later, and there's still no sign of the LTE Nexus 7. I'm not complaining, I'm simply pointing out that the weeks are ticking by. Technically, Google has up to eight weeks before its "coming weeks" statement is wrong (at that point it should have been "the coming months"). Even ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Moto X and how Guy Kawasaki has confirmed that the phone will be sold in the Google Play Store, though not in the way that you think. Then we move to some Google Play Store bugs for those of you that get the horrible "package file invalid" issues lately, since you're not alone. New Nexus 7 tablets are also plagued with bugs recently and we go through Google's stand on the issue. We then talk about HTC and their reported plans for more or less Windows Phone devices. We end today's show talking about Microsoft and how its getting sued by ...

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    The original Nexus 7 was a game changer. For the first time a relatively high-end tablet was affordable, and it did so without sacrificing much in terms of specifications. It was a flagship product and it forced the industry to change. Behind the 7-inch screen was a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The 8GB version (which I have) resold for under US$200. After the honeymoon was over we started to see some shortcomings: 8GB just wasn't enough storage space, the Tegra 3 processor was a bit under-powered, and the screen didn't stand up to scrutiny. We all started to look forward to the ...

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    The successor to the original Nexus 7 may have been one of the most highly-anticipated devices for tablet lovers this year. Last year's 7-inch Nexus was a bargain, and this year's could only be better, right? Google announced it last week, in all its affordable, compact glory. And it seems Google and ASUS had their ears to the ground, listening to the complaints from users about the original model. Did they get this year's Nexus 7 right? Is it a worth successor to the original? Watch to find out, as these two wallet-friendly siblings go toe to toe!

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    Google Wallet, what with its NFC-based mobile payment system – has long struggled to attract interest. At times it almost seems like there's a conspiracy trying to keep it from finding mainstream success, yet so far Google's kept putting up the good fight. Lately, however, there's been the sense that even Google could be tiring of Wallet, and it looked like the company was backing away from its plans for a physical Google Wallet card. Now, the new Nexus 7 has launched, and despite being a pure-Google device, free from carrier meddling, it lacks basic hardware support for Wallet; is this ...

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    I know: that's a bait-y headline that begs for qualifiers, and we'll get to those in just a second. Before that, though, I'd like to apologize to those who've been waiting for our full review of the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. For those of you who've gotten lost in the avalanche of news since we took delivery on our own Tab 3 8.0 review unit, we unboxed the device a few weeks back - and then we immediately put it up against its closest Samsung-branded competitor, the Galaxy Note 8.0. We promised a review on the heels of that comparison, but then something significant happened: a Nokia Lumia 1020 ...

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    Google's ASUS-made Nexus 7, the new one for 2013, has been out only for a little time, and we've already started our coverage with an initial unboxing. We'll have a lot more coming on the slate but early adopters will notice two over-the-air updates being available to download and install. The first Android 4.3 system update will install as soon as the slate connects to WiFi during the initial system setup process. After rebooting and applying the patch, the system will be updated to build JWR66N. After the initial system setup procedure, another update will be downloaded and once the ...

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    Up until this year, it was hard to be a tablet manufacturer if the company wasn't Apple. Before 2010, nobody knew what it was like to have a tablet (that was not an expensive Microsoft computer obviously), and still, the iPad took the market by storm, and a storm that lasted almost four years. Why just four years? Well, if you learned about Apple's quarter results a couple of days ago, you learned that for the first time ever, they sold less iPads this year than they sold last year. That's not good considering that last year there were only two iPad options, and now there are three, and ...

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    This morning we heard about a number of retailers turning a blind eye to the official July 30 retail launch date for the new Nexus 7, and already selling the tablet early. With reports of multiple chains getting in on this action, and both in-store sales and shipments of online orders underway, it was looking like the floodgates were truly open. Now we get even more confirmation that the new Nexus 7 simply refuses to wait any longer, and Google itself has opened sales of the tablet. The Google Play Twitter account sent out the message about an hour ago, announcing, "Surprise! The next ...

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    To kick off this week's podcast, a few apologies are in order. First, we're sorry we were forced to push the Weekly further and further back until we were backed up against the cold, wet reality of a Friday afternoon - the Lumia 1020, new Nexus 7, HTC 8XT, and about forty other devices landed on our office doorsteps this week, and we're dealing the best we can with the surge. Second, we're sorry we're spending yet another week neglecting the listener-mail inbox. We didn't anticipate today's show running as long as it did (imagine that), so we didn't build it into our planning. That very ...

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    Android 4.3 was announced and released earlier this week with an OTA update promised to start rolling out immediately. Like many of you, I still haven't gotten my OTA update, and I'm getting antsy. Luckily, Google has released the system images for all the Nexus devices that support Android 4.3, and with just a little bit of tech-know-how, you're on your way. Here is how to get Android 4.3 on your Nexus today! How-to get Android 4.3 The first thing you'll want to do is backup anything that you don't want to lose, this process will return your Nexus 7 to factory defaults. After that, ...

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    Well, look what we have here! We were only just telling you about what you'd need to do in order to get your hands on a new Nexus 7 a few days early, and now we've got a tablet of our own to unbox for you. This isn't the first time we've looked at how this year's Nexus 7 would arrive – just before the tablet officially launched, we got to check out an early unboxing vid – but we absolutely needed to go hands-on for ourselves with this new hardware. The 2013 Nexus 7 manages to maintain a price admirably close to last year's $200 launch, while overhauling the tablet's specs: we move up ...

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    Two days ago, Google went official with the 2013 version of its Nexus 7 tablet, introducing new hardware with a full HD display, among other improvements. At the time Google was crystal-clear about initial launch details: the 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only versions of the new Nexus 7 would first go up for sale on Tuesday, July 30, arriving simultaneously at the Google Play Store and brick-and-mortar retailers. At least, that was the plan, but it now appears that more than a few of these stores are selling new Nexus 7 stock already. It's not crazy unusual to learn about some lucky soul talking his ...

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    It was just over a year ago, that our fearless leader, Brandon Miniman kicked off what has become a grand tradition of short, gut-reaction editorials – TL;DR. Now, with the release of the new Nexus tablet, Mr. Miniman’s editorial has been thrown asunder, his hopes and dreams dashed against the unyielding stones of progress and consumerism. Ok, so it’s not that tragic, but still. A rear-facing camera, Google? Not cool. It’s bad enough every time you go to a kid’s recital you have to contend with the iPhones and Galaxies hovering just above forehead level, but now we’re going to ...

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    With mobile devices, arguably the most important specification is the display. Yes, other specifications are vital, too. Of course, you wouldn't have a smartphone without a large battery, capable processor, GPU, RAM, or storage. But with tablets and smartphones, the primary input and output is the display. It's how you navigate the device, input text, read information, watch videos, and practically everything else you can do with mobile devices. The rapid advancement of display technology only lends credence to the importance of the display. (Not that anyone should dispute the fact ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's quarter results and how these vary significant to last year's. We later go through the HTC Zara once more as we've now got some leaked specifications. Android 4.3 is next as Google has finally announced it in their breakfast with Sundar Pichai. Later it's all about the Chromecast and some rumors on the Nexus 10. We end today's show talking about Google's Nexus 7 for 2013, which definitely is the tablet most of us have been waiting for. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple Q3 numbers: 31.2 million iPhones, 14.6 iPads sold ...

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    Some companies just know what they're doing. Have you ever faced a situation where a product is just such a no-brainer, which you have to have it even if you don't need it? The reason why I mention the word need is because if it's a product you need, then it's really tough to call it a no-brainer. Need is something easy to serve for a customer. If you're in college and there's a specific book you need for a class, you could say the product has a guaranteed market regardless of what it is. Desire is a very different ball game. For a product to be desirable, surely it has to satisfy a need, ...

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    When the original Nexus 7 was announced, I was eager to get my hands on it. I already owned the Motorola Xoom -- the very first "official" Android tablet, and felt that it was simply too big to be practical. The Nexus 7, in its compact shell, just felt better in-hand. Sure, the screen isn't as big, but it's not supposed to be. This device is meant to go with you, rather than lugged around behind you. I love my old Nexus 7, but I can't wait to get the new Nexus 7. Over the time that I've used it, I've become aware of some of the old Nexus 7's shortcomings. Android 4.1 ran like a champ, but ...

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    The original Nexus 7 was groundbreaking. No, it's specifications weren't terribly impressive. The display was terrible, the Tegra 3 chipset suffered from poor performance, and it initially only came in 8GB or 16GB variants. On paper, it was nothing to get excited about. But it raised the bar by hitting an unbelievable price point – just $199 plus tax. Amazon did this just before Google and ASUS teamed up with the Kindle Fire, but even with a color display and a low price point, the Kindle Fire was more of a glorified e-reader than a high-powered tablet, and without some tweaking, it was ...

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    Android 4.3 is upon us. It's no game-changer by any means, but it still has a number of interesting things to offer, and any Android fan worth his or her salt is going to be itching to try out this latest build. Google announced that updates would be on their way for the Nexus 4, old Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the GSM Galaxy Nexus, but at least here in the US, tapping away at the "Check now" button on a Nexus 4, we haven't seen any arrive just yet. We know it should only be a matter of hours, but if you just can't wait, some Android 4.3 factory images have hit Google's Android Developers site. ...

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    Today's the day for Google's "Breakfast" event. Android head Sundar Pichai got started by talking about the booming growth the industry has been seeing in tablet sales. Since introducing the Nexus 7, adoption has skyrocketed, and we're reaching the point where more people will be buying tablets than computers. As such, Google wants to make sure to stay ahead of the curve, and a new Nexus 7 is just how it intends to do so. The new Nexus 7 has a seven-inch 1920 x 1200 display, boasting a 30% wider color gamut than the original. It runs a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, has front and rear ...

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    Everyone, the time has come. Those of you that were disappointed at Google not announcing a new version of Android, or their update to the Nexus 7 at Google I/O a couple of months ago, may find the solution to your worries tomorrow. After Apple announced iOS 7 at WWDC, it’s clear that there are a lot of things at stake that the dudes at Mountain View need to address with this event, and we do expect to be impressed. Google’s Breakfast with Sundar Pichai happens tomorrow, July 24th at Noon EST, 9:00AM Pacific and we’d love for you to join us in our usual Round Table as we discuss ...

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    The official Google event, where we're expecting the new Nexus 7 to be unveiled -- among other things -- is going to happen today, at Noon EDT. Of course, we'll be all over that with our, by now usual, live first impressions, but some lucky folks already managed to get their hands on what appears to be the full-retail Google Nexus slate. Apparently, the leaked renders we've seen seem to match up perfectly with the device pictured above, and below. The device, codenamed "Razor", was also benchmarked and the apps used to test its performance unveiled its full list of specs: ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's Lumia 625 leaks along with a possible launch tomorrow. We then talk about some reports of Samsung working on a 12.2-inch Android tablet. We've got some reports of an HTC Zara to launch alongside the HTC One Max as well, and what to expect from this phone. Ubuntu is next as the company plans to raise some funds to build their own smartphone that can dual-boot to Android. We end today's show talking about the leaked details of Google's new variant of the Nexus 7. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia teasing something big ...

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    We've been seeing a fantastic amount of info concerning this year's hardware refresh of the Nexus 7 tablet turn up lately. That's started to include some official-looking press renders of the tablet, and earlier today we saw its appearance in a leaked retailer circular. In those, the wallpaper displayed matched what we're used to from the Nexus 10; that's led to a few questions about Google's M.O. for launches, since especially if we're seeing Android 4.3 arrive with this guy, we'd expect to see it get a new, fresh-looking wallpaper. Ask and ye shall receive, for this latest round of new ...

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