Live stream of Google’s breakfast event [Video]

Later this morning, Google is holding a breakfast event with Chrome/Google head Sundar Pichai where it is expected to announce the new Nexus 7 and maybe even a new “Chromecast” device. Ahead of the event, Google has just published a live stream of the press conference for those of us not able to attend.

You can watch the stream right up above, but be sure to stay tuned, as we will be bringing you everything you need to know from the event, which is set to kick off at 9:00AM PT / 12:00 PM ET.  Read more

Pre-order your 1080P Nexus 7 at Best Buy (or PC Connection, Sam’s Club) now, before it is announced

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Sadly, there are no more secrets left to reveal here. We’d already seen the Best Buy circular and inventory system and we knew the specs which include Android 4.3 and $230-$270 price tag for 16GB and 32GB. But now you can, well, buy them. People should start getting them before the end of the month. Unless they come sooner.

16GB: $229 | 32GB: $259

Here’s Best buy’s spec list:

Enjoy your media on the go with this Google Nexus 7 tablet, which features a 7″ 10-finger capacitive touch screen with IPS technology that simplifies navigation and delivers vibrant images. Wi-Fi makes it easy to surf the Web.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Google Nexus 7 7 inch Tablet with 16GB Memory
  • 1-cell lithium-polymer battery
  • Adapter, power plug
  • Owner’s manual

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system Along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with a 2MB L2 cache and 1.5GHz processor speed allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
  • Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN Connect to the Internet without wires.
  • 2GB DDR3LM memory For multitasking power.
  • 7″ LCD high-definition 10-finger capacitive touch screen With IPS technology, 300 cd/m² brightness, 178° viewing angles and 1920 x 1200 resolution offers easy operation and provides crystal-clear visuals.
  • Scratch-resistant glass helps guard the display against damage. Antifingerprint technology minimizes smudging for enhanced clarity.
  • 16GB on-board flash memory Offers plenty of space for your music, movies, photos, apps and more.
  • Adreno 320 graphics For lush images with precise detail.
  • 5.0MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing webcams Make it easy to video chat with loved ones.
  • Micro USB 2.0 port with SlimPort For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
  • Weighs only 11.2 oz. and measures just 0.3″ thin For lightweight portability. Sensors include G-sensor, ambient light, Ecompass, gyroscope and proximity.
  • Preloaded apps Include Google Search by Voice 2.1, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Street View, YouTube, Android Market and more.

Here’s the gallery from Best Buy:

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It is showing up also at PC connection

Also, Droid-Life notes that it’s at Sam’s Club too. Read more

Reddit user purchases a Nexus 7 2 ahead of official announcement from Google

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Update: Android Police has also just tweeted an image of the device, with the retail box in the background.

The second generation Nexus 7 has not been Google’s best kept secret by any means, with multiple leaks basically sharing everything there is to know about the device. Now, one lucky Reddit user has supposedly gotten their hands on the device ahead of Google’s expected July 24th unveil. Details are unfortunately very scarce, however, so there’s no way to know where the Reddit user got the tablet from. More than likely, it’s from some sort of brick and mortar store that got shipments in early.

The images show the exact device we saw last week from Android Central. The box design is nearly the same as the original model, with a portion of the tablet being shown to make a “7.”

We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the Reddit thread and update with any additional information…

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Verizon releases video teasing new DROID devices, says that “When it matters, DROID DOES”

Verizon has just released a new video teasing its new Droid MAXX, Droid Ultra, and Droid Mini devices announced this morning. The video, in typical Verizon/Motorola fashion, is very robot-like. The video teases that “WHEN IT MATTERS, DROID DOES.”

The moments that matter offer no time to pause or stop, no room for bulk or bloat, and no chance to refuel. In those moments, the new lineup of DROID phones delivers.

The DROID Ultra and MAXX will be available on August 20 and the Droid Mini on August 29, with pre-orders starting today.  Read more

Google/Motorola now have their own X8 ARM processor, to debut in new Droids

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Something we didn’t see coming! Google subsidy Motorola announced at today’s Droid event that the new Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini smartphones would be powered by an in-house System-on-a-Chip (SoC). The new “X8″ 8-core processor has a dual core CPU, a quad core GPU and a separate processor for “natural language processing” and it rounds out with computing core to control them all.

Brian Klug from Anandtech says that the CPU is a Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Motorola says this processor will double graphics speed and boost CPU by about 25%.

More importantly, it will allow these new phones to “always be listening” without draining the battery. Speaking of battery, did you hear that the new Droid Maxx has 48-hour battery life? Head over to the event roundup for all of the details.  Image via Verge Read more

Prototype Moto X appears in new 4-minute video ahead of release

Following a what feels like non-stop leaks for the upcoming Moto X phone from Motorola, today Tinhte.vn (via AndroidPolice) point us to the 4 minute video above showing what is likely a prototype of the device. There’s no way of telling how far along development this build of the Moto X is, but it certainly looks legit based on the previous rumors floating around. Yesterday, another leak claimed to show off a new minimalistic camera interface, while Motorola already confirmed its upcoming August 1st event in New York will officially introduce the Moto X. Read more

Leak allegedly shows new, minimalistic camera interface for Moto X

In a continued barrage of Moto X news and rumors, Android Police has just published an extensive gallery of images showing what it believes is the camera interface and app that the device will feature. The interface is noticeably different from what we saw on the Google Play Edition devices, as well as all Android 4.2 devices.

Along the left hand side of the interface is a control wheel that allows you to adjust certain settings, such as the exposure, flash, focus, camera setting (HDR, video, etc) and more. It appears that you will be able to scroll the wheel around to see even more options. I’m not exactly a fan of this interface, as it’s not always clear what settings the icons are representing. It also looks like the device will be capable of slow motion video. Read more

Samsung announces new system-on-a-chip, offers 20 percent more CPU power and double the graphics capability

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Samsung has just unveiled a new Exynos 5 Octa system-on-a-chip (via Engadget) that promises 20 percent faster CPU performance and twice the graphics processing power of its predecessors. It’s unclear when we’ll start seeing this chip in Android devices, but theoretically we could see it in phones this fall, with the Galaxy Note III seeming like a likely candidate.

The Exynos 5 Octa packs four ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A7s in the big.LITTLE configuration. Samsung is claiming that the new 5420 variant of its Exynos chips also offers improved memory bandwidth, coming in at 13.9GBps thanks to dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz.

The new Exynos 5 Octa processor also features a memory bandwidth of 14.9 gigabytes per second paired with a dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz, enabling an industry-leading fast data processing and support for full HD Wifi display. This new processor also incorporates a variety of full HD 60 frames per second video hardware codec engines for 1080p video recording and playback.

The Exynos 5420 is currently being sampled by Samsung’s partners and will enter mass production in August.

SETI@Home style distributed computing projects running on Android devices

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You’re probably aware of the SETI@Home project, enabling the spare processing power of home computers to help process chunks of radio telescope data in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Since that initiative, other distributed computing projects for good causes have sprung up. What you may not know is that your Android smartphone or tablet can also participate …  Read more

LG sends yet another invite to August 7th event, teases rear buttons on the G2

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For the past few months, LG has been teasing the Optimus G successor like crazy. It announced in back in June that it would feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, and later scheduled an event for August 7th in New York. Since then, the company has officially announced that it will be called the LG G2, dropping the Optimus branding, and today, another invite for the same event has been sent out that teases rear facing buttons on the device.

We first saw the rear buttons in a set of leaked presentation slides, and have since seen them in very clear image and video. The device also features a glass back, much like the Nexus 4 and Optimus G. Read more

T-Mobile not yet on board to offer the Moto X, will begin shipping to other carriers in August

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Just got word from our Motoleaker with the latest in X Fon news. As of now, only Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are major carriers confirmed to carry the device in the US. T-Mobile (perhaps because it already subsidized the similar-specced Nexus 4?) hasn’t yet finalized any deals with Motorola for the device.

The X phones will begin shipping to carriers in August and should be ready for back to school.  The price is cheap enough for the carriers to subsidize the complete upfront cost, though it isn’t certain if they will or not. $300 is the current number being thrown around as the unsubsidized price (Again, like the Nexus 4). Read more

Two-minute SIM card hack could leave 25 percent of phones vulnerable to spying

Image: joyenjoys.com

Image: joyenjoys.com

UpdateCNN reported on 1st August that five major carriers have pushed out a patch to block the vulnerability.

A two-minute SIM card hack could enable a hacker to listen to your phone calls, send text messages from your phone number and make mobile payments from your account. The vulnerability, discovered by a German security researcher, is present in an estimated 750 million SIM cards – around one in four of all SIM cards.

Give me any phone number and there is some chance I will, a few minutes later, be able to remotely control this SIM card and even make a copy of it …  Read more