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Leaked image reveals Nexus 9 will be clad in ‘matte plastic’ just like the Nexus 5

Twitter account @upleaks has leaked an image showing the rumoured Google Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC. It has also been revealed that the tablet will be clad in “matte plastic” just like the Google Nexus 5 made by LG.

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Here are the tweets:

https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/519035355882725376

https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/519032418007670784

https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/519032362206638080

According to past reports, the Nexus 9 (code name Volantis) sports a 9-inch Quad HD (1600×2560 pixels) and the NVIDIA Tegra K1 CPU (one of the most powerful processors in the market). It is said to run Android L out of the box.

With the Nexus 9 passing through the US FCC, Google is expected to lift the lid on the device soon. Word on the street is the tablet will make its debut on the 8th of October (tomorrow).

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Android 4.4.1 update also available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 – no camera enhancements included for Nexus 5

Aside from the Google Nexus 5, the Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) update has also rolled out to the Google Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 7. Unfortunately, the update does not include camera enhancements for the Nexus 5 as previously reported.nexus-5-nexus-7-christmas-gift-2013

AndroidCentral reports, “The Nexus 5 isn’t the only device getting updated to the new version of KitKat, Android 4.4.1. The update is also hitting the Nexus 4 and 2013 Nexus 7 (LTE version only, for now) as part of a gradual, staged rollout. It appears the update isn’t quite as big a deal for these devices as it is for the N5, which inherits a bunch of important camera improvements with its latest OTA. Nevertheless, both should benefit from the usual assortment of tweaks and fixes that point releases tend to bring. Given the fast pace of 4.4.1’s arrival, it’s likely other Nexus devices won’t be too far behind.”

In an update, it said, “The OTA file for the Wifi version of the Nexus 7 (2013) is now available.”

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Android 4.4.1 update now available for Google Nexus 5

The Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) update is now available for the Google Nexus 5. DroidLife spotted the manual update on Google’s servers.nexusae0_google-nexus-5-01

PhoneArena reports, “As was explained before, the major features of this update are all updates to improve the camera performance on the Nexus 5. The camera app will launch faster, autofocus is faster, colors and exposure have been improved, and there is also a new progress bar when shooting an HDR+ photo. There may be other bug fixes and such in the update, but we don’t have a change log on it yet, so we can’t say for sure.”

It notes, “Update rollouts from Google can take anywhere up to about two weeks to get to everyone. But, if you are comfortable with sideloading the update, it can be yours right now. All you have to do is grab the update file from the source, and follow the same instructions as were used for sideloading the KitKat update on Nexus tablets.

“The only thing to check is that you must be running stock Android 4.4 build KRT16M to install this update. If you are, then you’re good to go.”

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Android 4.4.1 update will fix Google Nexus 5 camera issues

Do you own a Google Nexus 5? If you do, you must have noticed a number of camera issues. Google is working to fix these issues with the Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) update. Dave Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, is making sure this happens.nexus-5-35828372-6398

The Verge reports, “Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, is walking through all the changes Google has made to the Nexus 5’s camera in the five weeks since the phone hit the market. The fruits of the Android team’s efforts is Android 4.4.1, the update rolling out over the next few days that is designed to fix the buggy, inconsistent camera on what is otherwise one of the best Android phones on the market.

“The changes break down in five categories, Burke says, autofocus first among them. Mixing speed and image quality requires a fragile balance, particularly in low light, and Android 4.4 skewed too far toward image quality. “There’s a tendency to say, ‘oh, we have this cool thing that stabilizes, so lets make the shutter time longer, reduce the gain even longer, and get better shots.'” But while the Nexus 5’s optical image stabilization allowed it to get better-than-average shots in low light, in good lighting it just made for frustratingly slow shooting speeds. By speeding up the framerate and increasing how quickly the camera can read its surroundings and fire a picture, Burke and his team improved the autofocus, the exposure, and the white balance. “You fix the motion blur,” he says, “and make everything faster.”

“Speed is a theme for the update, and the Nexus 5’s camera really does feel faster across the board. The app launches a full second quicker than it did before the update, meaning you’ll miss many fewer shots than before. There’s also a new progress indicator in HDR+ mode, which makes the process, longer by necessity, feel a lot more straightforward. It’s the first of what Burke says will be a series of interface changes, as Google tries to make Android cameras a little more controllable and obvious. Right now, nearly every setting is buried under layers of menus, and Burke says Google is working on undoing that.”

It adds, “Photos are a little more contrasted, too, with slightly more vibrant colors. Burke says this was an intentional change, that “we just wanted to make photos pop a little more.” The effect occasionally goes too far, with reds and oranges exploding off the screen, but for the most pictures look lively and accurate.”

Can’t wait for Android 4.4.1 to roll out for your Google Nexus 5? Keep it here for more updates.

Large camera ring on Google Nexus 5 is actually a magnet for add-on lenses

Have you gotten your hands on the Google Nexus 5? Have you noticed the unusually large camera ring on the smartphone? The large ring is not only for aesthetic purposes but actually serves a purpose. It is magnet that holds add-on lenses.Google-Nexus-5-review-rear-camera-macro-angle

PhoneArena reports, “You’ve probably all seen the Nexus 5 and the huge camera ring on its back. It’s nothing like we’ve seen before – much bigger than the camera rings on any other phone, but if you think it’s there just for the looks and no practical purpose you’re wrong. Turns out, that camera ring actually holds a magnet that you can use to snap little add-on lenses enabling effects like wide-angle, fish-eye, telephoto and so on.”

It notes, “Keep in mind, though, that not all of these lenses fit well as some have different polarization and the magnet actually repels them instead of snapping on. To be perfectly sure it works you can simply ask the seller if that particular lens is compatible with the Nexus 5’s magnets.

“Also, as big as the camera ring is, the magnet is still not all that strong, so while most lenses seem to fit fairly well, bigger ones could easily slip off or not fit at all. This will thus find best use with smaller lenses.”

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