The Nexus 9 is Google’s most powerful tablet ever, but how does it compare to other Android slabs?
Google is clearly firing a shot across the bow of Apple’s iPad range with the similarly-sized Nexus 9. Larger than the Nexus 7, but smaller than the Nexus 10, this new tablet has an 8.9-inch display and a stylish form factor created by HTC, including a thin bezel, brushed metal sides, clean lines, and a soft grip back.
However, while the Nexus 9 looks great, it’s also packing superior hardware. It has a long-lasting 6700mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, and perhaps best of all, it’s powered by the mighty NVIDA Tegra K1 processor. This quad-processor ensures the tablet is the first Nexus to support 64-bit architecture, and along with 2GB RAM, can easily handle intense multi-tasking and heavy-duty graphics. Another perk of the HTC partnership is that the tablet comes with two BoomSound speakers – the same model that help to make the HTC One (M8) handset critically-acclaimed for its sound quality.
All of this suggests the Nexus 9 will be the ultimate Android gaming tablet, so it’s perhaps odd then that Google is marketing the Nexus 9 as a productivity tool, with a keyboard sold separately that magnetically attaches, Microsoft Surface-style. However, this is likely to only better distinguish it from the Nexus 6’s own promotion as a media-consumption device.
Will you buy a Chromecast 2? Here are some of the things to expect from Google’s upcoming dongle.
Google’s intent on dominating your living room hasn’t stopped with the launch of either Android TV or the Nexus Player, instead it seems that the second version of the company’s Chromecast dongle could be with us sooner than we think. We fell in love with the tiny dongle when it first came out, but what are some of the features users can expect to find in the newest version?Nexus Player integration
Google’s continual push on their Play Movies, Play Music and similar services will undoubtedly get even more attention with the new Chromecast dongle. Expect users to have even more control of how their content is displayed on their TV. Although marketed as different products, expect to see parts of the Chromecast and Nexus Player working together.More first party support
One of the best things about the Play store is that it housed some fantastic apps that opened up what the original Chromecast could do. With the success of apps such as AllCast, we wouldn’t be surprised if Google launched their own media server app.
The little computer running Android’s big-younger brother, Chrome OS
As Android users we’re already fully embracing the online future, our data ever present on all our connected devices. This extends to the Chrome browser as well, with bookmarks and web history shared across PC, laptop and smartphones if you have them set up properly.
The HP Chromebox, one from the most recent batch of Chromebox releases post this year’s I/O, uses the Chrome browser as a base to take this one step further by having your entire desktop on one of these interconnected devices with all your information instantly available. While it was a rocky start for ChromeOS and Chrome hardware, it has really matured over the past couple of years and the HP Chromebox includes some of the best lessons learned.
Firstly, the hardware design is very important for a Chromebox and HP get it spot on. It’s a small, light device that is perfectly portable for wherever you need to set up your office or workspace. Once there it supports the necessary standards for you to then actually work with it, such as the ubiquitous HDMI port and DisplayPort that hooks into TVs and most modern monitors, along with conveniently located USB ports on the front for your input devices.
HTC has colloborated with tattoo artists to create a unique prize for winners of the British urban music awards
HTC has colloborated with tattoo artists to create a unique prize for winners of the British urban music awards.
A vintage microphone with widespread wings have been emblazoned on the gunmetal grey back of a limited series of the HTC’s flagship phone, the HTC One (M8). The phones will be awarded to MOBO finalists awards, which takes place tomorrow night at the SSE Arena in London.
The design was created by a colloboration between top British tatooists Lal Hardy and Cally-Jo. Hardy has tattooed musicians including Liam Gallagher, Dave Grohl and MOBO-nominees Rudimental in his 40-years in the industry, and is owner of the world renowned New Wave Tattoo shop. Cally-Jo is an up-and-coming talent who is in such high demand mega-star Rhianna once flew the fine arts graduate to the Caribbean to ink the henna-style tattoo on her hand.
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player.
The Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has released yet, with a 5.9-inch screen making it a larger phablet than either the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3. A 2.7 HZ Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and choose between 32 or 64GB storage make the Nexus 6 a top device for enjoying media and games on the go. Built by Motorola, it looks like a super-sized Moto X (2014) with front-facing speakers and a metal flash ring surrounding the 13-megapixel rear camera and a dimpled Motorola logo on the back.
Amazingly, Google has said the new Turbo Charger for the Nexus 6 will give the phone up to six hours of use from just a 15 minute charge.
Find out if your device is eligible for Android 5.0 and what features you can expect from the biggest update ever
Find out if your device is eligible for Android 5.0 and what features you can expect from the biggest update ever.
After months of speculation since the Developer Preview was showcased at I/O in June, Google have announced Android 5.0 will be known as Lollipop and will be available to download as an over-the-air update this Friday – if you have the right device. Stock Android devices such as the Nexus 5, 7, and 10 will be able to get the new operating straight away, however other devices may be delayed while manufacturers and carriers check Android 5.0 for bugs.
Motorola have also confirmed that Lollipop will be available for both their first and second-gen Moto Xs and Moto Gs, as well as it’s budget £99 Moto E, this autumn.