Grabbing the chance to buy a Nexus 6 in the United States is a treacherous thing, and luck and timing to get the pre-order when stocks are in plays a big part. Google said this week it would alleviate the demand by restocking the device every Wednesday in the US. Google is really ramping up the Nexus 6 train now by confirming that the handset is now available in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The Nexus 6 is easily the best device Google has been involved in, the Motorola built device is pure flagship and has been welcomed by smartphone fans. When the handset launched on the Google Play Store things went south, with servers collapsing under the strain and the device selling out in the blink of an eye.
LG and Google have entered into a patent sharing partnership together that will allow both companies to license each other's ideas. The accord covers all existing patent held by Google and LG, as well as any filed over the next ten years. I suppose there will be a lot of patents filed by both companies over the next decade, so get ready for a lot of Google/LG sharing.
The latest round of mobile platform market share numbers are in as Strategy Analytics has compiled the statistics for the three month period ending September 30th. The results show that Android is now utterly dominating the market, and Google software has been described as unstoppable by the data compilers. However, what do these market numbers mean for the three main platforms, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone?
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.