The new Google Nexus 5 made by LG is coming


The Nexus 4 was a hit. Simple, powerful, cheap the best that LG and Google can offer with a native Android OS. Now we have pictures and more details of the next Google Nexus 5.

This comes thanks to leaked pictures and specs after showing up first in a Google promotion video and then leaked photo after photo from the FCC filing that revealed key details about the Nexus 5.

We do not know exactly when we will see the Nexus 5 released as Google remain silent about the new flagship smartphone release event.

It is expected that the new Nexus 5 will be developed again by LG. It is expected that the new Nexus 5 will be with a better camera with optical image stabilization. The camera is most likely similar to the one that we see in LG G2 with 13 MP sensors with optical stabilization.

Most likely the new Google Nexus 5 comes with Android Kit-Kat 4.4

Here is a video of the technology used in the LG G2 that will give you some ideas what may be implemented in the new Nexus 5.

ASUS releases YouTube video of MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE

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Asus posted today a promo video on the YouTube channel with full specs of the 10-inch tablet MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE.

The MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE  is a 10 inch slate that we expect to be announced by Asus soon. Most likely the tablet will be announced at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show in September. Expectations are that this will be a slate with the newest and most powerful processor from Qualcomm, most likely the quad-core version Snapdrago 800.

The video officially released by ASUS on YouTube outlines the tablet’s specs.

The MeMo Pad FHD 10 LTE is a 10 inch tablet with a 1,920×1,200 IPS panel allowing 178-degree viewing angles, Snapdragon quad-core processor, stereo speakers, 5MP camera, 10-hour battery life, Miracast support, microSD card slot and an optional Folio Key keyboard cover. It is 9.9mm thick and weights 572g.

Source: Asus


Google Nexus 7 built by ASUS arrives in Europe at the end of August


Since the end of July, the new Google Nexus 7 built by ASUS is available online at the Google Play Store starting at $229.

The 7- inch tablet was announced about three weeks ago and is available for purchase on the official Google site as well in stores in the US, but not in Europe yet. The new Nexus 7 build by ASUS is the first entrant in the market playing  for the top spot of the 7 inch tablets this year. It has the power and price to win the hearts and pockets of the mobile warriors looking for a fast and light 7- inch device.

What makes the Nexus 7 so desirable is the power it packs, the HD display and of course the newest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS.

The new Nexus 7 edition 2013 looks and feels very much like last year’s Nexus 7 except for a slight change in the orientation of the Nexus logo on the back that is horizontally placed. This indicates that users will be using it mostly in portrait mode. It is also 2.75 mm thinner and  slightly lighter than last year’s model.

The 7-inch tablet is packed with the power of the new 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage.

The sharp and vivid Gorilla Glass covered 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD with 323 ppi display provides for full 1080p HD video watching. Additionally the new Nexus 7 supports Miracast, SlimPort, wireless charging, and NFC.

The front camera is 1.2MP and there is a 5MP camera in the back. Not the best option for great pictures or video, but at this price range these are more than acceptable.

It also comes with the latest Android 4.3 JellyBean and one of the tipping points is that this is a Google device and all the latest Android updates will come with this device the moment they are released.

The battery is only 3,950mAh, which is less than the 4,324mAh found in the original Nexus 7. This will give you about eight hours of usage.

The Nexus 7 (2013 model) is available on the Google Play Store. In the US it can be ordered from Best Buy and Staples. The 16GB model with WiFi costs $229. Moving to a 32GB model will cost $269 and adding LTE support will cost $349.

Although the Nexus 7 (2013 model) has been available for purchase to customers in Canada the US, there are no clear indications when it will be available in Europe. Google is saying that it will be releasing it in the coming weeks. Expectations are that we will see it in Europe at the end of August.

According to a press release sent to Android Authority by ASUS Starting Aug. 29, those residing in Italy will be able to get their hands on a 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) for 269 Euro, including VAT. As for the LTE model, you can expect that to arrive in September for a much higher price of 349 Euro.

It is expected that we will see the Nexus 7 (2013) released in the rest of Europe around the end of August.

Pictures: ASUS

Google wants smartphone sites to download under one second


Google is aware that the traffic from mobile devices is increasing when users are searching online with them. At the same time, users are demanding a smooth and fast mobile experience online. Google knows that a faster web is better for both users and businesses – faster pages lead to better user experience and improved conversions.

Google is taking steps to help users get this fast and smooth mobile experience by releasing new Guidelines for and a new PageSpeed Insights tool to help webmasters optimize their mobile pages for best rendering performance.

Load mobile pages under one second? It is possible to decrease the load time? Google says yes it is and is offering advice in the new Guidelines for webmasters. One of the most important factors to achieve this is by prioritize above-the-fold content.

Based on Google Site Speed Data we know that today an average mobile page downloads for more than 7 seconds . The data indicate that today mobile pages are loading faster, but Google wants situation to improve much, much more.

Google Page load timeResearch by Nielsen Norman Group shows that users’ flow is interrupted if pages take longer than one second to load. To deliver the best experience and keep the visitor engaged, The Google guidelines focus on rendering some content, known as the above-the-fold content, to users in one second (or less!) while the rest of the page continues to load and render in the background. The above-the-fold HTML, CSS, and JS is known as the critical rendering path.

Google believes that sub-second rendering of the above-the-fold content on mobile networks is achievable by applying the following best practices:

  • Server must render the response (< 200 ms)
  • Number of redirects should be minimized
  • Number of roundtrips to first render should be minimized
  • Avoid external blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content
  • Reserve time for browser layout and rendering (200 ms)
  • Optimize JavaScript execution and rendering time

These are explained in more details in the Google mobile-specific help pages.

Google is inviting webmasters to test their web pages and the improvements they make using the PageSpeed Insights tool. A faster mobile experience is good for all of us. Let’s see how this works out.