Expansys USA is offering a deal on factory-refurbished versions of the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 comes in 8GB and 16GB configurations, and is available from Expansys for $149.99 and $169.99, respectively. The Nexus 4 from Expansys comes with either a black or white bumper case.
The Sony Xperia Z3, the new Moto X, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, OnePlus One and several other smartphones have something in common. They are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors. In a demo station from a Qualcomm party last night in New York City, we got a glimpse of the power of WiGig. It's a wireless technology that will be integrated with Snapdragon 810 processors next year that support transfers up to 7 Gbps.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop we got a whole new design for Android, and that means that we're getting a whole new set of wallpapers. Google's gone for a more natural look for a lot of the selection, but there's some abstract stuff in there too.
Along with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and preview images — again, folks, preview — Google today has updated its Material Design guidelines, the roadmap for making everything look snazzy in this new version of Android. App developers definitely will want to take a look at this one, as a good bit's changed since it was first introduced this summer.
New in this update — and Google's clearly calling this a "living document," so expect more changes at some point — are sticker sheets in formats for Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Sketch, an new icon library, new color swatches, new whiteframe downloads, new system icons and more.
If you're getting your apps updated with the new guidelines, check this out first, for sure.
The Nexus 9 tablet is now available for pre-order from Best Buy, as well as HTC. It's available in both Lunar White and Indigo Black, and comes in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-capable configurations. Pricing starts at $399.99 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only configuration.
With each new version of Android comes a new "Easter egg" animation hidden away in the Settings app. In KitKat it was the dessert tray animation. In the Android L preview it was a reference to the obscure "webdriver torso" YouTube mystery. For the latest version of Lollipop (or at least as we see it in the latest October developer preview) Google's taken things a step further. There's a fully-featured clone of the Flappy Bird game hiding behind the Android version number under Settings > About phone.
Tap a bunch of times on the Android version numbers, then long-press one the giant lollipop that appears to launch into the game. We don't yet know if anything special happens if you progress past a certain point — we've only just managed two points so far. Either way, it's a worthy addition to Google's long line of Android easter eggs.
The first "Android L" developer preview arrived shortly after Google I/O, and was updated in early August with Google Fit support (and little else). It's unclear how much new stuff is in these latest preview images, but with just a couple of weeks left until the new Nexus devices start shipping, we're hoping for a more complete look at the next version of Android.
Following Lollipop's unveiling earlier this week, Google has today taken the wraps off the Android 5.0 SDK, allowing developers to start getting apps ready for the final version of the upcoming OS. Lollipop is a huge release for developers, with more than 5000 new APIs, the new Material Design visual style and new power-saving and enterprise features to get to grips with. And while the first Android 5.0 devices aren't expected for another couple of weeks, the arrival of the SDK will allow devs to make sure everything's working perfectly when the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 eventually launch.
We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below. As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't listed, let us know in the comments!
If you're a Verizon customer that's been pondering getting an all-new Moto X (2014), you might want to consider taking that plunge this weekend — the phone's $50 off with a 2-year contract from Big Red. That brings the already-reasonable $99.99 price down to $49.99, but the offer's only good through Monday, October 20th.
The newest Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 is now available for pre-order in the UK, at least from Amazon. Priced at £319 for the 16GB version and £399 for the 32GB model, the tablet's available in both black and white (but not the third "sand" color). This follows Amazon US launching pre-orders for the Nexus 9 yesterday.
Samsung has launched a new Intel-powered Chromebook. Samsung's own Chromebook 2 launched earlier this year running on the Exynos chipset. This meant that owners were tasked with enduring subpar performance (see our review), especially when it came to multi-tasking, With an Intel variant available for purchase at the same affordable price point, we can't help but recommend this new model over Exynos-powered Samsung Chromebooks.
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