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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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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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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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Nexus 5 camera sample shots appear on Google+

Nexus 5 camera sample shots appear on Google+

The Nexus 5 has been covered forwards and backwards today, but the camera has gotten little attention. In past weeks, some images popped up here and there online from those who had their hands on the smartphone already, but most had been pulled for various reasons and we've seen little produced by the camera. Now that the handset has been made officially known, those pictures are reappearing, and some more with them.

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Nexus 5 subsidized pricing marches with mid-tier

Nexus 5 subsidized pricing marches with mid-tier

The Nexus 5 pricing has been the subject of many rumors, all of which can be put to rest now that Google has made the handset official. The handset is listed now in the Google Play Store, where we see that many of the rumors has the price spot-on or very nearly so, and now word is beginning to surface from carriers regarding their Nexus 5 plans and how much of a subsidization discount can be expected with a two-year contract.

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Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Last night, a long bit of details on Android 4.4 KitKat appeared online via a confidential document that has leaked, and a few hours later on this fine Halloween Google rolled out the red carpet for the Nexus 5 running the next OS iteration. We'll be seeing the Nexus 5 on November 1, and not too long after, those with certain devices will be seeing Android 4.4 rolling their way, followed by a larger wave in due time.

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