If you want to use Ubuntu Linux on your tablet, you’re in luck — if you happen to own a Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Nexus 7, at least. That device, which Canonical has targeted as a proving ground for Ubuntu on mobile devices, can now run the operating system.
Google added two more unlocked phones to its stable today - HTC One and Galaxy S4. Both phones will ship by 09 Jul. They'll be joining the LG Nexus 4, which was released last Nov. All three phones have straight Android 4.2 and will receive all OS updates directly from Google. The two new devices also feature 4G LTE, while the Nexus does not.
The CyanogenMod team has started the process of releasing stable builds of CM9. The first device to be released is the Google Galaxy Nexus (Maguro) which was released earlier today. Indications are that release was a bit premature and a very minor update will be rolling out later this evening.
It's been a long time coming, but Canonical has officially confirmed that it won't be supporting the new Nexus 5 devices, at least not yet. Google released Nexus 5 a few months ago and users have been asking constantly if Canonical is willing to officially support the new device. In short, the answer is no, the long response is not yet.
Google canceled its New York press event Monday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, but that didn't stop it from announcing its new Nexus 10 tablet, along with the Nexus 4 smartphone and Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. A step up in size from the Asus-made Nexus 7, released in July, the Samsung-made Nexus 10 will be available beginning Nov.
As we reported earlier, Google released a video to introduce the Google Nexus 7 tablet to new owners. We suggested at the time that it may be the first in a series of videos to help new tablet owners get acquainted with their device. It certainly looks like that may be the case as Google has released another Nexus 7 related video.
Amid over the air Android 4.4 updates to Google’s Nexus devices, Google has posted the factory images for both the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013). Users can use these files to return their devices to stock settings on Android 4.4, essentially giving their phone or tablet a clean start.
Google’s Nexus 4 isn’t just any Android device; it’s the flagship Android device. It’s the only current smartphone that wields the premium Nexus name, and the only handset running Google’s latest iteration in Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean part deux. Moreover, the Nexus 4 undoubtedly serves as the most highly anticipated smartphone of 2012, and quite possibly the most rumored.