Google and HTC's new Nexus 9 tablet was not built to be an iPad Air 2 killer the company says, according to Engadget. Announced two weeks ago, the Nexus 9 certainly does a good job of at least being an alternative to Apple's all-conquering slate, but Google says the tablet is more of a guide device for other Android OEM's to take inspiration from.
Google has undergone a major shakeup as CEO Larry Page has reportedly handed the reins of most of the company's products over to Sundar Pichai. As the SVP of Android, Chrome, and Apps, Pichai is already heading up some of Google's core products, but Page is willing to give him control of the company.
Google has today confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be released on November 3rd, tallying up with previous reported dates for the roll out. A note sent out to developers confirmed the news and prompted them to start developing for the Android 5.0 SDK from the stated date. Devs can now publish apps to the Google Play Store ready for the launch of Android 5.0.
Google launched its new smartphone last week, the Motorola built Nexus 6 and confirmed that it would be up for pre-orders in the United States this week. However, there is still no official launch date for the handset and the due date for the Nexus 6 in other major markets is even sketchier. It does seem as though delays are imminent.
Android Wear has been with us for a few months now, but there are still a number of key features that consumers want to see. Luckily, Google is answering the call and has today issued Android Wear 4.4W2, bring with it the seed of GPS functionality and offline music playback. GPS particularly is something consumers have been waiting for and has often been thought of as a key feature if smartwatches are ever going to be considered as standalone products.
Google does not want you to use Apple and iOS, the company wants you to use Android and preferably the stock version on its Nexus devices. If you have been wanting to change from iOS to Android, Google is making it easier with an Android Switch Guide.
When Google first announced Android L (as it was then) at the company?s I/O developers conference back in June, a bunch of companies quickly laid down their plans for updating their devices. Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop has found its way to an official release, those companies are now reconfirming when their products will get a lick of brand new Android goodness.
Google has confirmed its position as one of the world's biggest companies with a solid third quarter performance that was up from this time last year. Mountain View boosted revenue by 20% year on year to rake in $16.52 billion over the last three months. Of course, much of Google's revenue comes from other sources away from mobile (advertising chief among those), but mobile and Android are key to the company continuing to drive its business model.
Two days after it launched the Google Nexus 9 tablet has landed on Amazon and is now available to purchase. The HTC built slate arrived on the online retail giant is offering the new Nexus at $400 for the lower 16GB version, or $480 if you opt for the 32GB variant.
The Nexus 6 is stunning; it looks good, is highly spec'd, and is well made, but it is also very, very big. In fact, despite its undoubted good qualities, the handset will simply be too big for some tastes, which means some may feel like they will miss out on getting a Nexus. However, while the Nexus 7 is departing to make way for the Nexus 9, Google has announced that the Nexus 6 is not a direct replacement for the Nexus 5, and will continue to sell the older device.