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The Google Nexus 4 has now gone live again on Google Play. However, if you were planning to get more than one device, it’s no longer possible. Google has put a limit on the amount of units one person can get. Furthermore, the device will be delivered to your doorstep in four to five weeks. Bummer!
The Nexus smartphone went back on sale on Google Play at 5pm today. Both the 8GB and 16GB versions will take four to five weeks to deliver.
The initial demand for the Nexus 4 overwhelmed Google. It was sold out from Google Play in less than thirty minutes after going live. One of the mistakes made by the search giant was not allowing Android fans to pre-order the device. Now, at least, Google has learned its lesson and has limited the sales of the device to one per person.
When Google Play initially ran out of stock of the Nexus 4, opportunistic people took to eBay and set the starting bidding price of the smartphone at outrageous prices. One was even trying to sell the phone for more than £1000. We’re sure, however, that this will no longer happen again since you are sure to get your hands on the device. All you have to do is wait for a month.
The Nexus 4 is also being offered by network operators such as O2. However, they’re offering the handset for more than what it’s worth.
We’re actually not surprised the Nexus 4 sold like hotcakes on Google Play. The 8GB version costs a mere £239, while the 16GB version will set you back £279. With these bargain prices you get a smartphone that sports a 4.7-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, and the latest version of Android (version 4.2 Jelly Bean). With these features and specs, you get a smartphone more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S3 at almost half the price.
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Network operator Three is now offering the 3G version of the Google Nexus 7 for £49 on their £19.99 pay monthly contract.
The deal applies to the 32GB version of the 7-inch tablet. This gets you a 5GB monthly data allotment. However, the deal does require you to be tied down to a two-year contract.
If signing up for a twenty-four-month contract doesn’t sit well with you, you can also pay £259 up-front for the 3G Nexus 7. The tariff will set you back £15 a month. You will get 10GB of data a month.
If you order the device online or place an order by phone, Three lists the delivery date of the device on the 3rd of December, which is a Monday. Alternatively, you can visit any Three store and get your hands on the device instantly.
The first units of the Nexus 7 offered on Google Play were Wi-Fi-only versions, which meant you could only browse the internet if a hotspot was available or if you were using your wireless home network. This version allows you to connect to a 3G network on the go.
The 3G version of the Google Nexus 7 runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), which is the latest version of Google’s operating system. Only a few other devices run this version of Android. These include the Nexus 4, a new 4.7-inch Nexus smartphone, and the Nexus 10, a new 10-inch iPad rival.
The 7-inch device makes it easy for users to slip the tablet in your coat pocket or storing it in a small bag, making it highly portable. Its HD display makes it ideal for watching your favourite TV shows, films, or browsing the web.
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It’s a known fact that Nokia is Microsoft’s Windows Phone champion. It has focused its efforts on creating handsets running Windows Phone 8 such as the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. However, a job posting suggests that the Finnish firm is planning to make a phone that runs Android.
Nokia posted the job posting on LinkedIn. It is looking for a Linux expert who is willing to work in a “start-up environment”. Phrases such as “mobile phone technology” and “exciting new products” were also used on the ad.
Sadly the posting is now inactive and can no longer be accessed. It was titled “Principal Software Engineer, Embedded Linux Middleware”.
Nokia didn’t mention Android in its job posting, but Google’s mobile operating system is based on Linux. This hints that the Finnish phone maker is planning create a device that runs Android.
The job posting comes to us courtesy of Gizmondo UK. Although the site brought the ad to our attention and suggests that Nokia is planning to make an Android-powered device, it does contradict the rumour.
It’s a fact that Microsoft’s Windows Phone hasn’t taken off like it had hoped, which may be the reason Nokia is considering making devices that run Android. However, Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, did say that his company “would not be able to differentiate on the Android platform”.
It’s possible that Nokia is looking for a Linux expert for work on a Nokia Maps app, or apps for device running Android.
If Nokia is working on a device that runs Android, we’re wondering how Microsoft will react. After all, the software giant has invested over $1 billion in Nokia to create handset running Windows Phone.
Whether or not Nokia makes devices running Android, in our opinion, the ailing Finnish firm will benefit from creating handsets based on the platform.
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