Another high profile device, another teardown from iFixit. The repair shop has ripped open a Google Nexus 5 to get a look at its insides. They liked what they saw, deeming the Nexus 5 relatively easy to repair — but let’s be honest. the odds of you fixing the $350 phone yourself instead of buying a replacement aren’t all that good, are they?
Still, the photos give you a pretty good idea of what’s going on under the hood of Google’s latest smartphone, and they’re a little more detailed than the last set of Nexus 5 teardown pictures we saw.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Google Nexus 5 teardown from @iFixit shows a relatively easy to repair device, no hardware surprises
The teardown professionals give the Nexus 5 a score of 8 out of 10 for repairability, with the biggest ding coming from a display that’s fused to the glass, making it expensive to repair a cracked screne, since you have to replace the entire LCD. [iFixit]
- Out of the box, Android 4.4’s screen recording feature requires a PC with ADB. This app lets you record without a PC
Google built support for screencast recording into Android 4.4 KitKat. Videos top out at only 3 minutes, and Google’s tools are aimed at developers. But this app makes it easier for anyone to record a screencast. [Google Play]
- The new Android app launcher is a Nexus 5 exclusive… for now. Could one day be available via Play Store
If you don’t have Google’s latest phone, you don’t have Google’s latest app launcher with tight Google Now integration. But Google hasn’t ruled out offering it as a stanadalone app from the Play Store in the future. [The Verge]
- There are now 500 games available for the Ouya Android game console
Quality’s always more important than quantity — but at least there’s now a wide selection of games available to play on Ouya’s $99, Android-powered video game console. [Ouya]
- Intel quietly introduces 2 new Celeron/Haswell and 4 new Celeron/Bay Trail chips
These 22nm, low-power chips come in dual and quad-core flavors, and are likely destined for upcoming tablets and laptops. [CPU World]
- Report: Samsung working on a 13.3 inch tablet (as well as a 12.2 inch Galaxy Note)
Because you can never have too many screen sizes for your tablet lineup… [Unwired View]