Android this week: First look at the Nexus 7 and Android 4.3

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If it feels like we’ve all been talking about the new Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 for months, it’s because we have. Rumors and leaked details of both have been flowing since April, if not sooner, but now we can all put the rumors to rest: This week finally saw both Google’s new small slate and the latest version of Android on Nexus devices.

Both were introduced this week at a press event with Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and Apps at Google, on Wednesday morning. This year’s Nexus 7 is priced a smidge higher than last years tablet — a 16 GB Wi-Fi model costs $229 v. $199 for the prior edition — but based on my initial impressions of the Nexus 7, the added cost is well worth it.

Nexus 7 display up close

The 1920 x 1200 display may be the biggest improvement and it’s the best 7-inch screen I’ve…

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Mobile OS loyalty: how iOS, Android and others stack up

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When a customer switched phones in June, if they had an Android(s GOOG) or an iOS(s AAPL) device, they mostly stayed committed to that OS. But, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners’ latest research, iOS users in general were just a bit more likely to stick with the iPhone than and Android users were to pick another Android smartphone.

Here’s CIRP’s chart calculating the loyalty rates of smartphone users by the mobile OS they choose. It shows 78 percent of iOS users chose another iPhone, while 67 percent of Android users stayed with Google’s OS. There is some switching among those though: 14 percent of former iOS users went Android, while 27 percent of former Android users crossed over to the Apple mobile ecosystem.

You can also see how iOS and Android are continuing to decimate the previous era’s smartphone champ, Blackberry(S BBRY): 34 percent of former Blackberry users switched…

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Android, iOS pull even in smartphone ad traffic, but iOS still drives most ad revenue

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For the second quarter of 2013, there was no outright winner of the most mobile ad impressions on smartphones: Android(s GOOG) smartphones and iPhones(s AAPL) were locked in a virtual tie, according to Opera Mediaworks’ report published Tuesday. But when it comes to impressions generated by all types of mobile devices and revenue from mobile ads, there is a clear winner: iOS.

As you can see in the chart below, Android phones and iPhones each accounted for about 30 percent of mobile ad impressions. But the iPad puts Apple over the top when it comes to overall mobile ad traffic, with 8 percent of that traffic versus Android tablets’ less than 1 percent. (The iPod touch also pulled in about 4.83 percent of mobile ads, which itself was higher than all of BlackBerry’s(s BBRY) mobile ad hits.) That puts the iOS share of mobile ads 13 percent higher than Android.
Opera iOS Android Q2 2013 mobile ads

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With problems fixed, Nvidia plans July 31st launch of its Android gaming device, Shield

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After an initial delay, gamers don’t have to wait much longer for Nvidia(s nvda) Shield. The handheld gaming device starts shipping to customers on July 31 according to an Nvidia blog post on Sunday. Originally, Shield was set for a June delivery date but a last-minute mechanical problem was found in the device and the company decided to address it before any units shipped

Last month, we made the difficult decision to delay the launch of SHIELD due to a mechanical issue we found in our rigorous testing process. Since then we have been working non-stop to put SHIELD through its paces and ensure it meets the highest quality control standards in the industry.

This marks the second change to Nvidia’s Shield, which was introduced at January’s Consumer Electronics Show. The game controller with integrated 5-inch touch display and Tegra 4 processor debuted with a $349 price tag but Nvidia…

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A snapshot of Google’s uphill battle getting Android into schools

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In May at its annual developer conference, Google (s GOOG) announced plans to launch a new Android app store, called Google Play for Education, for teachers this fall. But there’s some new evidence that it’s in for a tough battle with Apple (s AAPL).

According to a new survey, iPads are far and away the most desired mobile device among educators. When asked which devices their districts had adopted or planned to adopt in the next one or two years, 81 percent of educators said the iPad, compared with just 31 percent for a Google Chromebook (and 20 percent for an iPod Touch).

That’s not surprising given Apple’s aggressive push in education – last year, it sold 4.5 million iPads to schools and reported one billion downloads for iTunes U. But it gives an indication of just how big a gap Google may have to close. The survey involved…

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Lookout Android app now snaps your phone thief’s image

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Apple sells 47.8M iPhones in Q1: The iPhone 5 exploded out of the gate with the company’s usual frenzy, but can sales hold up?

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Which one would you choose – iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 ?

Here are some technical reviews/articles on iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3.

Apple iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Why Apple Did Not Find Many Takers In 2012?

iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3: Who wins the battle between the two hottest phones on the market?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5: Let’s Look At It This Way

Galaxy S3 beats iPhone 5 for best device of 2012

In my opinion, the biggest difference is “excluesiveness” for iOS and “free-open-access” for Android platforms. From the developer’s point of views, this brings a huge difference on to the table regarding more possible “creativeness”.

“Which one would you choose?” That’s the question. =)