5 must have games to show off your Nexus 5’s performance

Now that you have the Nexus 5, the only obvious thing to do is to install these graphically amazing games to make your friends jealous.

5 must have games to show off your Nexus 5's performance

5 must have games to show off your Nexus 5’s performance

So, you have the Nexus 5 with you or are waiting for the slowpokes at Google to deliver it to your doorstep. What’s next? Yes, you could go down the mundane route and use it for the regular stuff: social networking, emails, messaging and on and on and on. Or, you could get into the mood of the season and jump into next-gen gaming, but with your Nexus 5 phone instead of a PC, Xbox or Playstation.

Want your Nexus 5’s 5-inch HD IPS display to ooze graphics and the Adreno 330 GPU to scream bloody mayhem? And as a wonderful side effect, get all your iPhone-toting pals jealous while they fiddle around on a tiny screen? Then, download these five games from the Play Store immediately.
Shadowrun Returns
Price: Rs. 436
Size: 366MB
Based on the popular table-top role-playing game and a successor to a bunch of video games released over the last three decades, Shadowrun Returns is the perfect way to spend time on your Nexus 5 if you’re a fan of fantasy games with a generous helping of Fallout and Deus Ex. Shadowrun Returns excels graphically with the help of large gorgeous environments that have a lot going on in them (flickering lights, fog, rain etc.) and will definitely look amazing on the 5-inch screen.
Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
Price: Rs. 107
Size: 451MB
The original ‘endless-runner’, Sonic the Hedgehog has surprisingly not achieved a whole lot of fame on mobiles, which should actually be the perfect platform for him to show off his blazing speeds. That should change with All-Stars Racing, a game in which Sonic races against 12 other popular video game characters across 25 tracks in different vehicles (I know, a little pointless). The game is colourful and packed to the brim with effects and razzmatazz that will pop on your Nexus 5’s IPS display.
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Size: 1.3GB
One more year walks in and another FIFA game accompanies it through the door. We would have a problem with these annual iterations if they weren’t of the best quality, but they are. In fact the FIFA games have long remained the best way to get your football fix on the PC and consoles. Thankfully, EA has done a great job with FIFA on the phones too. Once you download FIFA 14 on your Nexus 5 you will notice that the phone’s hardware delivers top-notch performance and the screen is perfect to maintain absolute control over the players of your favourite team.
Sine Mora
Price: Rs. 186
Size: 291MB
Sine Mora is probably the most visually stunning game on this list. Originally released last year for the PC and consoles, the game was finally released for mobile devices this year…and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The game already looks amazing on the larger screens, so you can only imagine how beautifully it will grace your Nexus 5’s display. Plus, the game is a shoot ‘em up where you control an aircraft on a 2D plane in a 3D environment and is quite suited for touch controls.
Modern Combat 4
Price: Rs. 390
Size: 2GB
Modern Combat is not the most innovative or unique game out there, and it has in fact been ‘inspired’ by the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare titles. Modern Combat, like its name suggests, Modern Combat is an all-out action game in the FPS genre. The explosions and the visual flair that you’d expect from a title such as this translate really well on the Nexus 5’s display. Another surprising aspect are the game’s touch controls which also work smoothly on the Nexus 5.


Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Google-owned Motorola is expected to launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013.

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Motorola to launch Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013: Report

Taylor Wimberly, former editor for Android and Me has posted onGoogle Plus that Motorola will launch a Nexus smartphone in Q4 2013. There is no other information available about the upcoming smartphone in terms of the specifications or launch date.

Google acquired Motorola in 2011 and since then speculations have been circulating the Internet about the next-gen Nexus smartphone. Recently, Motorola launched the Moto X smartphone. The device has been well received and offers users a large array of customization options. Could it be that Motorola and Google were testing waters with the Moto X before unleashing the fifth gen Nexus smartphone?

In the past, Google has launched a new version of the Android OS with every new Nexus device (tablet or smartphone). The Galaxy Nexus showed off Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011. The first generation Nexus 7 was launched at Google I/O 2012 and brought with it Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Towards the end of 2012, we saw the launch of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 HSPA+ that brought with it Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In November 2012 the Nexus 10 was launched and Ran on Android 4.2. Last we saw the launch of the second generation Nexus 7 that brought with it Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Rumour mills suggest that the next generation Nexus 10 tablet is in the works and will be made by Samsung, just as they did with the original Nexus 10. The tablet is expected to be unveiled in October alongside the new Nexus smartphone.

Source: GSM Arena

Review : Google Nexus 7

Google announced the new thinner, powerful, faster and portable Nexus 7. This second-generation tablet packs a more powerful processor, razor sharp full-HD screen, impressive speakers with above average battery life. Let’s read about its features in detail.

Slimming down – This new Nexus 7 have sleek and classic black body which gives it a professional look. The matte black back is soft to touch and much nicer to hold than some other glossy, plastic backs. The back is slightly slimmer as well as slightly lighter than the last model.

Google opted for mismatched bezel, that makes the screen look smaller, and the tablet looks asymmetrical. The Nexus 7′s 16:10 aspect ratio already makes it look gangly and tall.

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A micro USB port is provided at the bottom for charging and syncing purposes, while the volume and power controls sit on the tapered right edge. The two 5-megapixel rear shooter cameras allow taking decent, accurate photos, although the front lens is really hard to align with your face it works just fine.

For me, a good display is the most important feature of a tablet. Thanks to new Nexus 7, for its 7.02-inch, 1920 x 1200 IPS display that makes books and movies look awesome. It has bright, vivid colors without being over saturated; the viewing angles are ridiculous; and text, photos, and 1080p Netflix looks incredible.

A new set of speakers which are both louder and output genuine stereo sound makes the Nexus 7 the best small tablet ever.

Jelly Bean, round three

Last year’s Nexus 7 came with Android 4.1, a massive improvement in the operating system called Jelly Bean. With the new tablet comes a new version of the OS, Android 4.3.

This new version OS now supports Bluetooth LE and OpenGL ES 3.0, which promises improved graphics and controlling of apps and settings for particular user accounts. I can’t say for sure how much of a performance improvement Android 4.3 is. There are still some noticeable problems — that Google still can’t figure out.

Fighting Moore’s law

At the moment, new Nexus 7 is very fast. It’s powered by a hefty 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. I rarely encountered stutters, jitters, or problems of any kind. (Except scrolling. Cool job Google.)

Its battery life is really solid. I used it non-stop for an entire day and only about 75 percent of the battery, so with regular use getting a few days out of a charge shouldn’t be hard.

Even at $229 (with 16GB of internal storage) a yearly upgrade is a tough sell; but when you’re spending $269 for the 32GB model or $349 for 32GB and LTE service, you should expect more than six months of top-notch performance before it starts to sputter. The Nexus 7′s a powerful machine have foreseeable future.

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Second gen Nexus 7 now available to Indian consumers via eBay

Customers in India who would like to get their hands on the new second gen Nexus 7 can do so using eBay.

Second gen Nexus 7 now available to Indian consumers via eBay

Second gen Nexus 7 now available to Indian consumers via eBay

The Second generation Nexus 7 looks to be quite an attractive tablet with the specifications and features on offer. Not to mention the fact that the tablet runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean straight out of the box. The Nexus 7 will be available in three variants starting July 30 in the US. The 16GB Wi-Fi only is priced at $229, the 32GB Wi-Fi only model is priced at $269 and the 32GB 4G-LTE version will cost $349. At the launch event there was no mention about the India launch date or price of the tablet.

If you are someone who is impatient to get your hands on a new Nexus 7, you don’t need to wait for the tablet to be officially launched in India. Users can now purchase the 16GB Wi-Fi only variant fromebay.in for Rs. 19,000. Now, the Wi-Fi only 16GB model is available for $229 plus taxes, which translates into Rs. 15,500 approx. The device is available through eBay.in for a premium of Rs. 3500 approx.

The eBay seller, Tab India, got in touch with us and shared details about a Rs. 1,500 discount available for consumers who wish to procure the second gen Nexus 7. Consumers can make a bank deposit or online transfer for the money. Those interested can send an email at tabindiahelp@gmail.com for details about availing the discount.

Through the eBay seller, Tab India, the Nexus 7 will reach customers in the first week of August and will come with a one-year global warranty.

For those that want to wait for the second gen Nexus 7 to launch officially in India, you also need not wait long. Google’s official India Nexus page lists the tablet as  ‘Coming Soon‘ but there is no mention of a concrete release date or price for the tablet.

The new Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus for Google. The 7-inch display of the tablet has a 1920×1200 pixel resolution giving it a pixel density of 323ppi. The device comes in 16GB and 32GB storage variants but there is no storage expansion option available. The Nexus 7 has a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1.2MP front facing camera for video chats.

Under the hood, the Nexus 7 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz Krait processor, coupled with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The battery capacity of the tablet hasn’t been revealed but Google claims 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing on the tablet. If you are one who enjoys gaming on your tablet, then you are in luck as the device supports OpenGL ES 3.0.

[UPDATE]: I have just received information that the 32GB Wi-Fi only version of the Nexus 7 has been added to eBay India. The device is priced at Rs. 22,000 and customers can expect to receive the device in the first week of August.