Smartphones are a daily tool for many people, and nothing makes that reality quite as stark as crossing a border into international lands without a plan that supports such travel. For those visiting the US, Google's Nexus 5 is now being offered as a daily rental handset complete with unlimited service.
There’s nothing like a good April Fool’s joke to make you lose hope that something impossible could be possible. Today it’s inside Google’s new Maps Pokemon video, showing here a dual-screen Nexus device - or at least two Nexus 5 smartphones being held up one next to the other for some dual-screen Pokemon action.
It's difficult to capture the tone of the red Nexus 5, that much is true. While we'd expected this tone of the machine to be offered up in a color that was close to the cases that were available from day one, we didn't truly thing Google would go all-in. As it turns out, they absolutely did - this is a smartphone you're going to have difficulty losing track of.
Google's red version of the Nexus 5 has arrived in the Play store, offering a third color option for the Android smartphone. Oft-rumored over the past few weeks, the "Bright Red" Nexus 5 is functionally identical to the existing handset, which is offered in black or white, but gets a more eye-catching finish.
Google has released Android 4.4.1 KitKat, addressing the primary source of Nexus 5 complaints: the camera. Teased earlier today, the new software takes on some of the common complaints about photography on the Nexus 5, including the speed at which it focuses, and the shutter lag which has led many to complain that they miss more photos than they take.
Google is readying Android 4.4.1 for imminent release, primarily tackling the mediocre camera performance of the Nexus 5, the company has confirmed, with particular emphasis on speed and reliability. The Nexus 5's 8-megapixel camera and new HDR+ mode were billed as particular strengths when the Google phone first launched, but enthusiasm soon soured when users discovered it could be slow, prone to blurring, and unpredictable as to when it was done taking images. Now, Google promises, that's all changing in Android 4.4.1.
Google's Nexus smartphones are susceptible to a messaging glitch that can force them to reboot or disconnect, security researchers have discovered, with handsets running recent versions of Android falling victim to special SMS messages. When around 30 so-called Flash SMS messages - which are displayed on-screen but not stored - are sent to a Nexus 5, Nexus 4, or Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.x versions, Bogdan Alecu found, the phones can either unexpectedly reboot or drop its data connection.
A retracted bit of code in the newest version of Android (4.4 KitKat) has appeared this week with Google looking to boost the software-based camera functionality of mobile devices. One part of the equation in making a smartphone take high-quality photos is in the camera's lens itself, while another is in the image processing provided by the machine's system-on-chip, aka its processor. The final bit rests in the operating system, with Google looking here to provide Android devices of all kinds the ability to bring on much higher-quality output than ever before.