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My experience so far with Android Lollipop 5.1
March 22, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Screenshot_2015-03-21-07-50-24 Previously I posted about my experience on my Nexus 7 2012 edition with the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade. And my first positive impressions of the new Android iteration got a lot of negative response. So here goes again. My machine has just upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.1, and here is my experience so far. Do bear in mind that my first good experience with Android 5.0 Lollipop got a lot more frustrating later on, with long lags switching between apps, frequent "not responding" messages, etc. I don't know whether this was some kind of accumulation of cruft or similar cumulative problems,...

The great Teleread Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade poll: Results
December 27, 2014 | 11:31 am

SurveyMonkey Android user experience 1 As many of you will remember, after my article "Android latest: Lollipop does not suck" brought reams of comment (67 posts in all) primarily to the effect that in their experience Android 5.0 Lollipop did suck, especially in the context of a mandatory upgrade, we called a poll to systematize the feedback. The results of the SurveyMonkey poll, with 32 responses in since December 6th, and most (some 70 percent) upgrading Nexus 7 devices (2012 or 2013 versions) are as follows. Asked how their experience of Android 5.0 Lollipop had been, almost 20 percent said "Very Good," and a further almost...

Firefox for Android update didn’t fix my Chromecast mirroring gripe
December 3, 2014 | 11:27 am

firefox.pngI ranted a few days ago about how frustratingly almost-there my Chromecast is as a productivity and onscreen reading aid, chiefly because it just does not facilitate screen mirroring on Android except for a limited range of devices - and in any case, links this to Android OS 4.4.2 or above. You can even mirror the entire screen of any PC or Linux-based device running the Chrome browser to Chromecast using a Chrome extension - but not most Android devices. And short of full screen mirroring, the next best productivity and big-screen ereading option is mirroring the browser, allowing reading...

Office Max store closings offer bargain tablet, e-reader opportunities
December 22, 2013 | 7:35 am

CAM00515[Bumped due to factual correction.] Looking for a good tablet bargain? Check out your local Office Max or Office Depot store—it’s possible you might find one that’s going out of business. Offices Max and Depot merged this year, and my local Office Max store is closing. (Probably because it’s right down the street from an Office Depot.) An employee at the store told me this closure was due to the merger. I have since been contacted by a representative of Office Depot who said that no closures have been announced and any closures are “part of the...

Queens library members can start borrowing tablets next week
November 15, 2013 | 4:52 pm

Nexus 7 People in Queens, N.Y. will be able to use tablets for free starting next week. Google donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to the New York State Community Action Association, and Queens Library received 5,000 of those units. The library is going to lend the tablets to library card- customers starting Nov. 20. The tablets will be at seven Queens locations, and customers can borrow them for a month with the option of three renewals, according to InfoDocket. The tablets will come with pre-loaded content with educational information, resources for job searching, computer skills training, immigration and citizenship information and more. The tablets will...

New Nexus 7 Release Date for U.K. Expected to be August 29
August 3, 2013 | 12:52 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been over a week since Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7. The device is available for sale in the U.S. through various retailers and the Google Play Store. But unfortunately, there'd been no official word from the company about the availability of the device in U.K., from the Play Store or anywhere else. One overseas retailer, however, EBuyer, has leaked the expected launch date on Twitter. According to Ebuyer, the expected launch date of the second-gen Nexus 7 appears to be Aug. 29. If you're one of those lucky users who pre-ordered your device through Ebuyer, you should...

Android 4.3 Made My Old Nexus 7 Faster… For Now
August 2, 2013 | 6:57 pm

Nexus 7Google is currently rolling out Android 4.3 to a handful of devices, such as the Nexus 7. It’s a rather tame update as far as brand new front-facing features are concerned, but Google has made a change under the hood that has improved my tablet’s performance. In recent days, it was discovered that Google added support for fstrim. Without going into super technical details, fstrim basically does a better job of freeing up data that isn’t being used by the tablet. Think of the old Nexus 7 as a closet that held all the things you did and didn’t need. Fstrim is like...

Google Nexus 7 Sign Up Page is Now Live
July 29, 2013 | 11:40 am

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem It's been a few days since Google unveiled its mighty second generation of the Nexus 7. And now, the device is available for pre-orders in the U.S. Google Play Store. The search engine giant did mention that the device will be available globally in the “coming week” but they didn't reveal an exact release date. Today, the company has set up a sign-up page for a number of countries.  Apart from U.S., the Nexus 7 will be available in many countries including UK, Germany, France, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Canada—all in the coming weeks. There are retailers worldwide...

Google Officially Unveils Nexus 7 Alongside Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
July 24, 2013 | 5:03 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem Google has finally unveiled the second generation Nexus 7, a device that was not the company’s best kept secret. It happened at a small press event known as “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai.” The new tablet was announced alongside Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The second generation Nexus 7 features a 7-inch Full HD display sporting a 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution, 2GB RAM, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor, Adreno 320 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), 5MP back shooter with a 1.2MP front camera, 16/32GB onboard storage, HDMI output, NFC, optional 4G LTE, and wireless charging support. Google’s Hugo Barra says that...

Rumor: Second Gen Nexus 7 Release Expected Later This Month
July 12, 2013 | 2:21 pm

Nexus 7By Hammad Saleem A bunch of rumors suggest that Google will unveil the next generation Nexus 7 tablet later this month. We did hear news a few months back that the device will be released at Google I/O in May, but of course that didn't happen. Now, a new rumor is suggesting that the new gen will come with either a $299 or $229 price tag, and will be released by the end of July. The information comes from a Japanese site, which mentions that the second generation tablet will be released by Asus, as was the original. (Actually, I don’t think there...

Deal Alert: The 32GB Nexus 7 is $199 at Staples
July 9, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Nexus 7By Jenni Lada Need a new tablet? Staples has a fantastic deal July 7-13, 2013. Brace yourself: You can now get a Nexus 7 32GB tablet for only $199. It’s an incredible deal, and one any potential Android tablet owner should consider. See, a Nexus 7 32GB tablet normally costs $249.99. Usually, it’s the 16GB model that’s $200. But for this week, Staples is taking $50 off the price of one of the best tablets out there. This model has between eight and 10 hours of battery life, depending on what you’re doing. Plus, with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a NVIDIA Tegra 3...

Second-Gen Nexus 7 Specs Revealed Again … This Time by Asus Employee?
July 4, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Nexus 7Here we go again. The second-gen Nexus 7 rumor storm calmed down for a second or two, but now it’s at full speed again. Was there anything left to be revealed about the N7-2 following the rumor bonanza from a few weeks ago? Not exactly, but it can’t hurt to get further “confirmation” of the tab’s specs, can it? This latest intel technically comes from one of the most reliable sources ever (i.e., an Asus customer representative), but it sadly can’t be verified or fully trusted. An anonymous user of an unnamed Asus device got the info after a supposed conversation with a company employee through...