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The 4.4 KitKat factory images are now finally available for all supported Nexus devices. This includes the Nexus 7 2012 (Wi-Fi), Nexus 7 2012 (3G), Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi), Nexus 7 2013 (LTE), Nexus 10 and Nexus 4.
Unfortunately the Galaxy Nexus has now surpassed it's 18 month support period.

R.I.P Galaxy Nexus...

This is great news for any power uses that can't wait for the official OTA but flashing the factory image will wipe all user data so if you are wanting to update without waiting you might be better off ADB sideloading the OTA update zip.

As a word of warning the factory tarball download for the 2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi is currently only containing scripts and missing the important images so for now avoid that download.


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Nexus 7 Apps / Google Experience Launcher
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:12:27 PM »
As some of you will know, the Nexus 5 has a new style launcher.

The new style Launcher brings transparent Statusbar and Navbar, right swipe for Google Now and heavier Google Now integration. It also offers a new app draw icon, page indicators, larger icons, new long press editing options, the widgets tab in the app draw has gone, (we're back to long pressing the  homescreen to add widgets) and Google Now always listening (only whilst in Home screen or Google Now).

This is new style Launcher is known as the Google Experience Launcher (GEL) but unfortunately and disappointingly for some the KitKat update didn't bring the Google Experience Launcher to us Nexus 7 owners.

However, all is not lost. There is a big Google Now update coming very soon, in fact some of you may have already received this update to version and this update includes many of the Nexus 5's GEL features.
Now to get this you'll still need the Launcher but below are download links to the Google Now update and the Launcher. Simply sideload both applications. This will update your Google Now and install a new Launcher. Once installed for Android 4.4 users navigate to the new Home option under Device and select the new Launcher and then press Home. For non 4.4 users and this will work on all 4.1+ devices, simply go to Applications, find your existing Launcher and remove the defaults, press home and select the new launcher (blue circle with home button).

Google Now version

Launcher version


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The Lounge: Off Topic Forum / My "new" interest...
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:49:54 AM »
Thought I'd share my"new" pride and joy, I've just got my first Motorcycle.
Yes I'm a little late at 39 but after 6 years in my current job relying on my girlfriend, lifts with colleges and Taxi's, I decided enough was enough. It's only a 125cc but I'm loving it.

On August 29th I picked up my 2010 Yamaha YZF-R125. Here it is in the shop.

Me being me, I couldn't just leave it stock and so begun the modding. First came a genuine Yamaha tank protector and Smoto tail tidy or fender eliminator.

Thursday, I cleaned the chain and then the rest of the bike. And finished by applying red Rim tape.

Hope you like my"new" baby.

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New Nexus 7 Wallpapers And Themes (2nd Gen) / Some Wallpapers
« on: September 02, 2013, 08:57:15 PM »

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I just wanted to ask the forum to help me publicly thank Barry (bjs229) for being a great guy. Since joining the forum Barry has learnt from our members and become a great contributor to the community, his wit has made me laugh on many occasions but the reason I want you to join me in thanking Barry is because when the 2013 Nexus 7 came out and during our usual Hangouts he offered to pick me up a "new" Nexus 7 and ship it over to the UK for me. I declined with obvious concerns about shipping cost, UK import duties and warranty issues but I asked Barry if he would pick me up a Chromecast. He did and despite USPS and Royal Mails poor service I finally received my Chromecast yesterday which I am more than happy with.

So thanks Barry, really appreciate what you did for me bro!!


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Chromecast And The Nexus 7 / Chromecast!
« on: July 24, 2013, 05:30:16 PM »
Although not technically a part of 4.3 my best part of the presentation (yes I watched it live) was Chromecast, that's some really cool stuff... Otherwise the restricted profiles is brilliant for letting the kids play on my N7...

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Nexus 7 General Discussion / Is this the new Nexus 7?
« on: July 17, 2013, 03:54:01 PM »

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Many including myself where disappointed that Google didn't drop new iteration of Android at I/O this and although it's likely that a new version will drop in the coming months I just wanted others to know what Google did at this years I/O and how important it really was.

Rather than me trying to explain this I've decided to quote Jerry Hildenbrand from Android Central because he explains this much better than I ever could.

Quote from: Jerry Hildenbrand
Google Play Services gives control of Android back to Google

With API services outside of the core operating system, Google is taking back control of Android

We didn't get a new version of Android this year at Google I/O. You can read all the lamenting and gnashing of teeth over this across the web, so I'll spare you the play by play of how it was supposed to happen (a proverbial lock), but didn't.

Instead, I'll tell you a little bit about what we did get -- a huge updated version of Google's service APIs, which turns out is much better.

Wait. Better? How can an app I never wanted that got magically pushed to my phone be better than a newer, higher number in my about phone screen? That's crazy talk, right?.

Turns out, that little app is a powerful beast. Read on.

What are Google Play Services?

Sitting through the session at Google I/O gets us the answer straight from the folks who write the software  -- and they sum it up nicely. Google Play Services is "a single place that brings in all of Google's APIs on Android 2.2 and above." An API (Application Programming Interface) is a fancy term for special code that's written as a way for one piece of software to communicate with another. Google writes APIs for Android, and app developers use them as a conduit to access many of Android's core features. You'll find APIs in plenty of software projects, both big and little. Having them isn't really anything special.

Currently Google Play Services is at version 5. You probably had no idea things were updating on your phone or tablet all this time, because that's the way it was intended. You don't go looking for the file, it comes and finds you. Every device running Android 2.2 or higher that has official access to Google Play uses these services. That means almost every single one of those 900 million devices that have been activated has a copy of Google Play Services installed. And Google keeps things updated, and pushes these updates out fast, which is part of what makes them so fantastic.

Being under complete and total control from Google means that the folks who built your phone, as well as the carrier you may have bought it from, are completely out of the picture. You won't have to wait six months or more to get the new service APIs. In fact, Google says they are able to get them pushed to the majority of devices in about a week after they are updated. If you take one thing away from all this, knowing that Google decides what the service APIs are, who gets them, and when is the important part.

What do these services do?

The meat of the issue. If you watched the Keynote, where Google announced all these ultra-cool and new features for Android (yes, without any version update!) -- features like the new fused location service, the Play Games services, new and improved Google Cloud Messaging or even the new panorama API -- you've seen some of the things that Google Play Services handles. The app installed on your phone allows developers to install some libraries from the SDK, and tap into all this stuff with just a few lines of code. No matter if you're running Ice Cream Sandwich, or Jelly Bean or any version above 2.2, you'll have access to them.

Google not only has pulled these services and their respective APIs out of the OS, it has made it easy for application developers to use them. The past few days here at Google I/O we've seen just how easy it can be to add these features to an app, because Google is doing all the heavy lifting. Developers only need to reference the particular thing they need from the Google Play Services application in their code, and the magic happens when you run it on your phone.

Remember from above we talked about the fantastic part where Google controls these services, and their distribution out to all of our devices? I want you to keep remembering that as you read through. Think how different things would be if you had to depend on your carrier or the people who made your phone to get all this out to you. Yeah, that would suck. This is why such a big update to Google Play Services is more important than a new version of Android -- we got all the cool stuff without waiting for HTC or Samsung, or even worse -- AT&T or Verizon -- to send it to us.

Why it matters to us

For a minute, forget all the complaining about how Hangouts weren't instantly available for everyone at the same time. Most everyone should be good to go by now and have their new Hangouts app. Everyone. Think about that -- Google Talk, a long staple and core feature of the operating system, was updated with a slew of new features without you getting a system-wide update.

Last week, before we came to San Francisco, we were afraid. We were worried that Hangouts would get shown off, and then we would find out that they were part of Android 4.3. This means that most people would be waiting a long, long time for them, and you all would be ready to boil over knowing that your new HTC One or Galaxy S4 wasn't going to get the feature any time soon. And rightfully so, smart phones are expensive.

Instead, 15 minutes after Hangouts was shown off, people were finding it in the Play Store. The same thing will happen when a developer uses the panorama API to build a photosphere viewing app, or someone writes all the new Games functionality into your favorite game. This is much better than a new version you weren't going to get for six months, isn't it?

So there you have it, the reason Google Play services is such a great addition to the Android OS. This obviously means anybody forking Android (Yes Amazon, You) won't have access to these new features and nor will any OEM that doesn't qualify to have Gapps on their devices. Without a doubt we will see a new version of Android in the coming months, my money is no a new iteration of Jelly Bean but only time will tell so although we don't have a new version of Android to play with you can rest assured that Google is looking towards Androids future and you still have Google Now, Play Music and Hangouts updates to play around with in the meantime.


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Nexus 7 User Tips / How to install Hangouts for root users...
« on: May 16, 2013, 07:28:21 PM »
Hangouts is the supposedly Googles answer to a unified messaging application but some are having difficulty install it on tablets, some on phone too.

If you are rooted and cannot wait to try this new application there is a simple way to install it in your Nexus 7 if you have toy access.

Firstly you need to uninstall Google Talk, this can be fine a number if ways but probably the easiest is with a free that many if you will have and that is of course Titanium Backup.
Simply tap on the Talk application, select uninstall and confirm twice.

Once this is done, open the Play store and search "Hangouts". Open the application page or tap the three periods and install.

Your done, you now have Google Hangouts.

It had been confirmed that eventually this will replace G+ messenger once all data has been migrated and is likely to include SMS messaging at a later date.

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Google's huge press even, I/O is just over two weeks away now so what would you like to see on May 15th 2013?

Speculation on the web has the following as hot contenders to be announced at I/O...

The next Android update, will it be Key Lime Pie whether that be 5.0 or not or will we still have Jelly Bean and Android version 4.3?
I believe we could well be seeing a newer version if Jelly Bean and I think it's a good thing, hopefully Google can improve in JB before releasing KLP and the also talk of a PDK (Platform Development Kit). This is another step in the right direction for Google and can only b a good thing in helping OEM's update Android for their respective devices quicker and should help resolve some of Android fragmentation.

A unified messaging application, codenamed Babel and possibly even called Babel although my money is on it being a replacement of GTalk unifying G+ messenger, GTalk, SMS messaging and possibly although not yet Google Voice?

A Google gaming service. This was found mistakenly released with Glass, could Google be ready to release a service similar to XBox Live or iOS Game Centre?
There's even the possibility of Google unifying it's existing games for Chrome, Google+, Native Client Games and Android games?

Google News is possibly a new service coming to Google Play, we already have Apps, Music, Books, Magazines so why not a Newspaper service too?

The update to this forums main subject, yes the 2nd generation Nexus 7 is very likely to be announced at I/O 2013 and whether it has a smaller bezel, higher screen resolution, Snapdragon CPU, rear facing camera, Android 4.3 or 5.0 I'm sure it'll be a good seller just like the first generation.

And finally, Motorola and the so called X-Phone. We could possibly not see this at all at I/O, Google and Motorola could possibly release this later in the year, possibly just before Christmas.

A Nexus 4 LTE 32GB or the Nexus 5??

I love my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 but I love Android and what Google is doing with Android at the moment. The inclusion of these points would make Android even more superior to iOS, Windows Mobile 8 and any other mobile OS but even if some of these points made it to I/O and Android I'd be a very happy Android fan.

What do you think and what would you like to see?

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Nexus 7 Help / Google Voice in the UK...
« on: February 12, 2013, 02:53:51 PM »
As far as I was aware Google Voice wasn't available here in the UK but playing around on GP today I installed it today on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4?
Once installed I tried to sign in but couldn't because I didn't have an account but was directed to www.google.co.uk/voice which I followed, signed in and activated Google voice.

Now this is were I'm stuck, this is obviously new to me but how do I get a number? Can I get a number?

I have Voice settings page open on my PC, I can add credit, look up calling rate, see my call history et cetera but what else do I do??

I'm lost...

Thanks, Jay.

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Android design engineer Romans Nurik has released a solo project on Google Play and its called DasdhClock, it's a lockscreen widget with some handy extras.

For info here.

Google Play link here

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The Lounge: Off Topic Forum / Google+
« on: January 30, 2013, 06:17:12 PM »
I'm surprised this thread hasn't been done to be honest so thought I'd start one...

If anybody wants to add me to their Google+ please PM me or post your link on this thread, personally I'd rather not make mine public so hence the PM request.

I mainly use mine for Android related stuff, I'm on several Android communities amongst others. So if you want to add me, hit me up...

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The Lounge: Off Topic Forum / Asus release $150 USD 7inch Tablet
« on: January 16, 2013, 01:44:23 PM »

What do we think about this, worth it or if your didn't already own a Nexus 7 would you get one of these or pay a little more for the more powerful Nexus 7??

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