The fall product launch from Google didn't disappoint.
What was expected to be the launch of two Nexus phones turned out to be so much more, as Google unveiled several new products, updated others and gave glimpses at some of its latest initiatives in San Francisco on Tuesday. Not only did we get the two Nexus phones, Google also refreshed the Chromecast, launched a new audio-only Chromecast...
It was an impressive day of announcements for Google. We saw two new Nexus phones, a Pixel C tablet, a refreshed Chromecast for video, an all-new Chromecast Audio and plenty of other updates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google Photos and Google Play Music. While everyone is trying to digest the news of the day, we opened up new forums for the discussion to get going.
Nexus phones are all about the freedom of buying without any carrier interaction and just popping your SIM card in, and the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are no exception. Both phones have a hefty number of radio bands inside, and while they don't have exactly the same set of radios they both have all the bands you need to bring your phone to any conceivable carrier here in the U.S.
One of the subtle parts of the Nexus 6P and 5X announcement was that both new phones are ready to use on Project Fi from day one. That's a big deal if you were holding out not wanting to go with a Nexus 6 to use the service, but it's also important to note that it also means you can finance one of the new Nexuses if you're a Fi customer.
It's Nexus season!
Google had a jam-packed press event today to roll out tons of new products, updates to old products and a view of what's to come in the future. Perhaps the biggest announcements of the day were the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X — the two Nexus phones to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and carry on as Google references devices for the coming year. But we also got information on...
With the announcement of the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio hardware, Google announced that Spotify is the newest headline partner for Chromecast. An update will start rolling out today to bring the music service to the streaming device, with all users expected to get Spotify support in the next few weeks.
Though Google enthusiasts know the Pixel name in relation to the two generations of high-end Chromebooks, Google today announced a new Pixel C tablet that's actually powered by Android. Distinctly separate from the Nexus program, the Pixel C isn't built with a hardware partner — this is all Google.
With the launch of the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Google is including a new "Sensor Hub" to enable the phones to be even more aware of their surroundings. The Sensor Hub is an all-encompassing system that lets the phone know when it's being moved, the finely recognize gestures when it's in your hand, and even more simple things like just when it's been picked up.
Google announced that it has sold 20 million Chromecasts to date, and it isn't stopping there — we're getting a brand new Chromecast model with improved performance, features and design. At its 2015 press event, Google released a fresh new Chromecast at the same great price of $35 — and it's available today.
The all new Chromecast is a small flat circle, and rather than having a built-in HDMI...
Just in case you haven't heard, Google is about to put on a product launch event over in San Francisco on September 29. What will we see unveiled? Well, it sounds like a couple of Nexus phones, perhaps a new Chromecast and surely several more surprises — this is Google, after all.
Read: The 2015 Nexus phone launch AC editor roundtable
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After a quick month in an invite-only beta program, Samsung Pay is now available for everyone in the U.S. with a supported device. That means you'll need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ or Note 5 to take advantage of the new mobile payment system.
We're closing in fast on the launch of new Nexus phones.
As we cruise toward one of our favorite times of year, where we see the final release of a new version of Android and some fancy hardware to accompany it, we like to do a little roundtable of our thoughts on the upcoming announcements. The editors here at Android Central have deep thoughts on everything Android-related, but new Nexuses...
This is the least user friendly way to update your apps.
Since it became available I've been using the Google Now Launcher on pretty much every phone. Though it's of course pre-loaded on Nexuses and now Motorola phones, I even go out of my way to install it on my Galaxy Note 5 and Shield Tablet. It's a great launcher — but seriously, why can't Google just communicate when it's going to...
Having trouble managing that screen? Shrink it down on-demand when you need it.
The Galaxy Note 5 is slimmer and easier to use with one hand than any previous Note, but 5.7-inches of screen is still a lot to manage. Samsung has two tricks up its sleeve to help you reach everything on your Note 5's screen, and they're even easier to use than previous iterations of the software tweak. They fall...
If you have the choice, which mobile payment setup should you go with?
We've given you a comprehensive look at the differences between Android Pay and Samsung Pay, but that doesn't necessarily answer the question of which you should use. Though both mobile payment solutions do many of the same basic things, there are several factors influencing which one you go with in the end. We're going to...
Google and Samsung both want to handle your mobile payments, and each has its benefits.
Well this is all pretty confusing, isn't it? If you have a Samsung phone in the U.S. chances are you have two new apps on your phone — Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Well, you have an Android phone from Samsung so we suppose that makes sense, but while these apps both aim to do the same thing — handle your...
Samsung has just sent out an update to its Samsung Pay app (to version 1.3.1716) for those currently using the service in beta, adding a few useful interface improvements. Notably, the app has received some visual polish, which lines up well with its expansion out of beta in less than a week on September 28.
Sometimes simplicity is important, and other times we like designs that are a bit more over the top. Some things are just meant to be ornate, and we want you to capture them as your entry to the latest photo contest.
You'll have two weeks to do it, and your entry could be worthy of winning one of two Samsung Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pads!
We thought this contest prompt would spur a lot of great photos, and thankfully we were correct. 10 full pages of fantastic tree photos filled the forum thread, and while we had extra prizes this time around — four Chromecasts — they weren't enough to fit in all of the great shots. We narrowed it down to the four winners eventually, though — check them out.