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.
The HTC Desire Eye includes a whopping 13-megapixel front-facing camera
Okay so it wasn’t a new HTC One M8 like we predicted, but the HTC Desire Eye has finally quashed any rumours about HTC’s next device. Although we’ve come accustomed to metal devices recently coming from HTC, the Desire Eye goes back to a familiar plastic design. However, the feature where the Desire Eye looks to set itself apart from the rest is through the 13-megapixel camera on the front of the device. This is single handedly the most powerful front-facing camera ever put on a smartphone.
Apart from that, the Desire Eye has a 5.2-inch display, the standard Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM to keep the device running smoothly. As you’d expect, there’s a wealth of new camera features to explore, but HTC Sense 6.0 will add some normality to the smartphone.
The HTC Desire Eye is being marketed as a mid-range device, but no news on exact pricing or how widespread its release will be.
Here’s everything we (think we) know about the upcoming Nexus 6
It’s this time of year where Google usually take to the stage to announce the latest Nexus device. This year will be no different, with the Nexus 6 all but confirmed. But what can you expect from Google’s new device? Check below to get all the information you need regarding the upcoming release of the Nexus 6.Nexus 6 specifications
The one thing you’ll hear more often than not is that the Nexus 6 is simply a slightly larger version of the new Moto X. This is largely true, as the Nexus 6 will include largely the same exterior as the Moto X, but with the innards slightly tweaked. The 5.9″ display will be QHD and offer 495ppi. Expect to see a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and an updated 13-megapixel snapper also used here. One thing we’re certain about, is that the Nexus 6 will launch with Android’s newest update; which is rumoured to be called Lollipop.Nexus 6 pricing
Don’t expect the Nexus 6 to be cheap. If sold directly through the Google Play store, we’d expect the Nexus 6 to cost anywhere between £350 to £399. However, with the specs that we know, it could go a little higher. Keep a close eye on the Nexus 5, as that’ll soon plummet in price.
Remotely lock and wipe a stolen or missing device with avast! Anti-Theft
At this year’s Google I/O event, Google announced that the upcoming L version of the Android operating system will feature a kill switch. This feature enables you to remotely lock a stolen or lost device, so no one can use it. If you want the added security of a kill switch, without having to wait for Android L’s roll out, one option is to download avast!’s Anti-Theft app. Not only does this app include kill switch functionality, but it provides other security features, such as the ability to locate your missing device using GPS, and activating a siren, which will sound continuously from your stolen device at maximum volume. If you don’t expect to get your device back, you can at least protect your privacy, by using Anti-Theft to remotely wipe all data from your device.
Before you get started with Anti-Theft, there’s one quirk that can confuse newcomers. The Anti-Theft app is hidden by default, so thieves cannot easily change, disable or uninstall it.
This means you can’t launch the app in the normal way. Instead, you’ll need to place a phone call to your PIN number (so, if you set your app’s PIN to 1234, you need to call 1234). Anti-Theft launches before the call connects. There are several versions of Anti-Theft and different subscriptions available too. This tutorial uses the free Anti-Theft (rooted) version.
Expect an upgraded HTC One M8 to appear on October 8th
Although we’re expecting to see the first HTC-produced Nexus next week, that hasn’t stopped the Taiwanese company from leaking what’s suspected to be the new version of the HTC One M8. Dubbed the HTC One M8 Eye, the main upgrade from the previous One M8 will be an updated 13-megapixel camera sensor.
Another device hotly rumoured to be announced at HTC’s event on October 8th will be a new rugged camera. It’ll work in the same vein as the GoPRO series, but little else is known about it.
We’ll have all the news from HTC’s event later this week.