Nexus 5

Nexus 5 Review

Nexus 5 Review

Let's cut to the chase: at $350 without the ties of a two-year contract, the Google Nexus 5 is an excellent smartphone and a bargain at that. Flushed with the positive response the sub-$300 Nexus 4 received last year, Google and manufacturer LG have again struck a balance between powerful portable computing, and cost. This time around, the LG Nexus 5 creeps up in cost a little, but at the same time buffs away most of the complaints we had about its predecessor, taking on rival flagships from other Android OEMs several hundred dollars more expensive in the process. Does that make it the best Android phone on the market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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KitKat Google Now opt-out not permanent: here’s where to find it

KitKat Google Now opt-out not permanent: here’s where to find it

With the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, Google begins an age in which their Google Now service is right up front and center - and you can opt-out from the outset. What you'll find when you first start up the Nexus 5 is a series of option pages, much like versions of Android before 4.4 KitKat, including a new one that asks if you'd like to opt-in to Google Now. If you decide to opt-out, Google Now all but disappears from your Android experience.

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Nexus 8 no more: Google “fixes” photo

Nexus 8 no more: Google “fixes” photo

The Android underground was aflutter yesterday as keen-eyed obsessives spotted a device in press photo for Android they didn't recognize - so they called it the Nexus 8. This device looked to be sporting a display significantly larger than that of the Nexus 7 while it kept similar-sized chassis. So similar, it would appear today, that changing the device into a Nexus 7 was only a matter of re-adjusting the display.

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Dayframe resurrects the digital photo frame for Android

Dayframe resurrects the digital photo frame for Android

Developers at Cloud.TV (aka the makers of HD Widgets) have created an app for Android that turns your device into a digital photo frame. This app goes by the name of "Dayframe", and it'll be out for the public on the 12th of November. Until then, you'll either have to join in on the beta program to help the apps creators perfect the software, or you'll have to rely on SlashGear's quick glance at the app here - easy peasy.

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Nexus 5 iFixit teardown shows Synaptics, Sandisk, SK Hynix innards

Nexus 5 iFixit teardown shows Synaptics, Sandisk, SK Hynix innards

While the majority of the insides of the Google Nexus 5 are, today in iFixit's teardown session, not appearing as big surprises, there are quite a few points of interest to be seen. Inside this beast of a smartphone you'll find - to every repair shop's glee - plastic clips holding the back of the machine down. This is very similar to the construction of the ASUS-made Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), allowing quick opening for fixing parts while keeping a strong hold for the common user.

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Nexus 8 possibly leaked on Android website

Nexus 8 possibly leaked on Android website

The Nexus 8 tablet may have just been leaked on the Android wbesite. If you go to the Apps & Entertainment promotional page on the site and scroll two-thirds of the way down the screen, you can see a woman sitting at a table and holding a tablet that appears to be about eight inches long. The Verge points out that Google never shows "generic" photos of devices that don't exist, leading us to believe the tablet may very well be the company's next big hardware move.

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Nexus 5 16GB back in stock at Google Play Store

Nexus 5 16GB back in stock at Google Play Store

The newly launched Nexus 5 was only up on the Google Play Store for a short time before the 16GB version was flagged as out of inventory, with first the black version being depleted followed shortly by the white version. Fortunately, those who wanted to get the cheaper of the two models have only had to a wait a single day, with both varieties again being available from the Play Store.

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Nexus 5 first-impressions

Nexus 5 first-impressions

Could the Nexus 5 be the most rumored Google phone since the original Nexus One? Weeks of leaks, the culmination of months of speculation, and Google finally announced its fifth generation of self-branded hardware - with a little help from LG, of course - alongside Android 4.4 KitKat this week. The Nexus 4 made waves with its sub-$300 unsubsidized price tag, though the Nexus 5 can't quite slip under that all-important mental barrier, the (sold out) 16GB model starting at $349. However, it's still something of a bargain, and now supports LTE, much missed from its predecessor. Read on for some first impressions.

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Android KitKat OK Google voice activation not Nexus 5 limited

Android KitKat OK Google voice activation not Nexus 5 limited

This week we've had the opportunity not only to see our first glimpses of Android 4.4 KitKat, but to test it on a variety of phones. What you're seeing here is the first look at homescreen-based "OK Google" voice commands - aka hands-free mode - on an HTC One. This device is amongst a wide variety of devices that, working with an early build of the Google Experience launcher (from Google), will work with this bit of functionality.

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Android 4.4 KitKat update available now (everything but the firmware)

Android 4.4 KitKat update available now (everything but the firmware)

Just yesterday Android 4.4 KitKat was released to the public in the form of some looks presented by Google in video form - and through the LG-made Nexus 5. Today a full dump of the system has revealed apps of everything: including a launcher that will have Google bringing updates to their system through the Google Play store. For the lay person, this means you'll essentially be able to download all the pieces of Android 4.4 KitKat now, well before the actual system update is pushed through the back end of your phone.

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