Google has already issued a software update to address one of the biggest reasons to complain about the Nexus 5, the spotty camera performance, but it appears to have worked with LG to fix another - the underwhelming speaker.
Chromecast, the $35 HDMI dongle that can control media streaming from a smartphone or tablet, has added support for several new media apps today, including popular content sources like VEVO, Songza, and Revision 3.
The Google Nexus 5 will be the first smartphone to receive the Android 4.4.1 update. The KitKat variant is a small update meant to fix bugs, the biggest and most important being a series of changes to the camera app that should greatly improve the photo-taking capabilities of the Nexus 5.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is far and away the most widely used version of Android devices with access to Google Play. More than 17 months after its debut at Google I/O, the first version of Jelly Bean is now on 37.4 percent of devices.
Though Chromecast is already quite a deal at $35, it never hurts to make that deal sweeter by dropping the price down to $29, which Amazon and Best Buy have done for Black Friday. Chromecast, which links smartphones and HDTVs through an HDMI dongle, is temporarily on sale. The Amazon deal is preferable because each purchase includes a $6 Google Play credit good for music, movies, apps, or games, ensuring you'll have plenty of content to access once it arrives.
Google's Project Svelte was designed to end the need of high-powered hardware for Android to work effectively. You can thank the Nexus 4 for helping make Android much lighter.
Anyone contemplating purchasing an Android tablet as a gift for someone, or even for personal use, might want to consider the Nexus 7. A new offer from Google might entice them even more than the device's standard praise.
Despite its reputation as being weak on smartphone cameras, that doesn?t mean Google is incapable of supporting good photography. In fact, a code commit for Android 4.4 suggests it may support shooting in RAW format rather than standard JPEG.
Every Nexus smartphone is supposed to represent something important for Android, but not every Nexus smartphone makes sense. Does the latest smartphone from Google serve as a benchmark for Android or is just another device?
As promised when the firmware was first unveiled in October, Google has begun delivering the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its Nexus tablets. Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners can now download the latest version of Android right now.