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6 days ago

Nexus 4 will get Lollipop, Google says

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Nexus 4 Lollipop

The humble Nexus 4 wasn't mentioned in the first draft of Nexus devices getting Android 5.0 Lollipop, but owners of the two-year-old LG handset needn't fear. According to Googler Sascha Prüter, the omission was an error, and sure enough the post has now been updated to reflect that change.

The line in question now reads:

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6 days ago

Google has an Android 5.0 Lollipop party with new live action and animated TV ads

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Google is wasting no time promoting its new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It has officially launched new TV ads promoting the operating system and its devices on its YouTube channel, with both live action and animated clips.

The two live action ads, each of which is about a minute in length, are a study in contrasts. One is a somewhat thoughtful look at how some people should expand their horizons beyond the norm. The other is a fast paced clip with lots of dancing, smiling faces, and Andrew W.K.'s "Party Hard" as the backing song.

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6 days ago

Nexus Player is the first Android TV box

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Nexus Player

Alongside today's Lollipop announcement, Google took the wraps off the first Android TV set-top box. Made by ASUS and powered by an Intel CPU, the Nexus Player is shaped like an oversized hockey puck, and comes with a voice control-enabled remote. A Nexus game controller for the device will be sold separately too, and Google describes the Nexus Player as a "first of its kind" Android gaming device, as well as a fully-featured streaming box.

Inside there's a 1.8GHz Intel Atom CPU and a PowerVR GPU, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Along with the Nexus 9 tablet it'll be available for pre-order on Oct. 17 and in stores starting November 3, priced $99.

Android TV, announced at this year's Google IO, is the company's latest effort to get into the TV space. For more info, check out our topic page.

More: Nexus Player forums

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6 days ago

Nexus Player specs

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The Nexus Player came a bit out of left field as Google's latest Android TV box, and it looks like a very interesting device at just $99. It doesn't have the highest-end specs inside, but it has more than enough to handle Android TV and you can't beat the size either.

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6 days ago

Google updates Androidify with new interface and items for your creations

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Google has released an update for Androidify. The app enables you to create and share Android characters based on anything or anyone, including yourself. Google has added a bunch of new things to Androidify with this latest release. One of the highlights is the ability to send these characters in SMS conversations, or even share them as animated GIF images.

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6 days ago

Nexus 6 set for all the major U.S. carriers

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Even Verizon

Alongside todays big Nexus 6 announcement comes something equally important for U.S. buyers. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. That's right, all the major carriers will be carrying the Nexus 6. Beyond the off-contract availability through the Play Store, Google has announced the five carriers mentioned above will be offering it on contract.

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6 days ago

Google will update Android 5.0 Lollipop preview images on Oct. 17

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With Android 5.0 Lollipop finally unveiled, Google is set to release new preview images of Android 5.0 for Nexuses this Friday, October 17th. The new images will come alongside the Android 5.0 SDK. There's no indication of how "finished" these images will be, and they'll continue to hold the "developer preview" name, but now that the software is announced and public we can assume it will be dramatically more finished than the current preview images.

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6 days ago

Nexus 6 is official: Motorola-built Nexus handset announced

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Biggest Nexus phone yet arrives with bleeding-edge specs

Today sees weeks of rumors, leaks and speculation come to an end, with the official announcement of this year's Google Nexus smartphone, the Motorola-made Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is set to be among the first devices to get the new version of Android, revealed today as version 5.0 Lollipop, and it's also the biggest Nexus yet, with a whopping 5.96-inch screen and Quad HD (2560x1440) resolution. On the inside it's running the latest Snapdragon 805 processor. Storage comes in 32 and 64GB configurations, and around the back there's a 13-megapixel camera with OIS.

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6 days ago

Motorola confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop update plans

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Moto X, Moto G, Moto E and 2013 Droids among devices getting Lollipop

Alongside the new Nexus 6, Motorola has revealed the first information on its plans to update its existing devices to the new Android 5.0 Lollipop.

In a blog post, Moto confirms that the following devices are in line for an Android 5.0 update —

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6 days ago

This is the Nexus 9 keyboard cover

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Nexus 9 keyboard cover

The new Nexus 9 comes with with a couple of covers available. There's a fairly standard basic cover, which protects just the front of the 8.9-inch tablet and stays put with thanks to the magic of magnets. But the one that's definitely piqued our interest is the keyboard cover. With it you'll get five rows of keys, including a dedicated number row.

And, yes, those are dedicated home (kind of looks like an @ symbol if you're blind like me) and emoji buttons on the bottom row, next to the arrow keys.

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6 days ago

Nexus 9 specs

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Nexus 9

Following are complete specs for the new Nexus 9, and 8.9-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet from HTC and Google.

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6 days ago

Google announces the new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC!

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Nexus 9

Google today officially announced the Nexus 9 tablet, and along with it the return of manufacturer HTC to the Nexus fold. This is the Taiwanese manufacturer's first Nexus device since the Nexus One started things in January 2010, and it's HTC's first tablet since the failed 7-inch Flyer in early 2011, and the even more failed Jet after that.

Along with the new Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 will be among the first devices to run production builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been in developer preview status since this summer. (And it'll have the double-tap-to-wake feature, which is interesting.)

More: See our full Nexus 9 specs!

As was widely expected, and teased in a bit of a leak recently, we're looking at a larger, more square design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centered on the front of the display. There's a microUSB port on the bottom for charging.

Also of note is that the Nexus 9 marks a return to the NVIDIA Tegra chipset, with a the powerful K1 on the inside. It's got either 16 or 32GB of on-board storage for the Wifi-only model and the LTE model comes with 32GB standard.

The Nexus 9 starts at $399 and will be available for perorder Oct. 17, and in stores Nov. 3.

We've got lots more on the Nexus 9 on the way. Stay tuned.

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6 days ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop is official!

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Lollipop

Today all the speculation can come to an end. Google has revealed that the next version of Android — formerly known as Android L — has a name, and a number. Say hello to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables.

Today Google also announced three launch devices for Lollipop — the Nexus 6 phone, made by Motorola, the HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the ASUS-manufactured Nexus Player set-top box.

More: Android 5.0 Lollipop discussion on the Android Central forums

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6 days ago

HBO will start streaming shows without cable in 2015

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HBO will finally give many people what they have been requesting for years; a way to access their movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones without a cable TV subscription. That's the word from HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who revealed today at an investor conference that it will offer a "stand alone, over the top" streaming service sometime in 2015.

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6 days ago

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 15

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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!

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