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 comments from Google exec Mario Queiroz to GigaOm suggest the second version of the company’s Chromecast dongle could be with us sooner than we think.
Queiroz also revealed that users have tapped the cast button 650 million times and more than 6,000 developers are building more than 10,000 apps for the Google Cast ecosystem. While he confirmed Google is “building an ecosystem of different endpoints,” including “Chromecast devices,” Queiroz was tight lipped on further details. “I can say we really want to bring the richness of this first screen–second screen experience to life,” Queiroz told GigaOm. “The hardware capabilities will give us a better opportunity to take full advantage of a large screen paired with a small screen.”
So what are some of the features users can expect to find in the newest version? Here is a round up of rumours from the web that we think are highly likely.
It’s a new Nexus, but is bigger really better? We compare Google’s latest smartphone with the competition
With Nexus 6 pre-orders kicking off on 29 October, how does the new stock smartphone compare to other flagships from Motorola, Samsung and LG?
The Nexus 6 was announced on the same day as Android Lollipop, and is designed to show off the operating system’s capabilities. Made in partnership with Motorola, it looks likes the Moto X (2014) right down to the front-facing speakers and metal flash ring around the 13 megapixel camera – but only if you wanted the flagship handset super-sized.
With a 5.9-inch display, the Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has ever released, and it’s also bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3 phablets. We question how comfortable this will make it to use one-handed, but there is no denying this screen real estate, plus a Quad HD display, will make it perfect playing games and watching movies anywhere.
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.