Google took the wraps off its latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet a short while ago, and it’s pretty safe to say that there’s a huge amount of excitement running through the Android community right now.
Unfortunately, we can’t actually get our hands on either of these devices until the end of October, but just to make sure we’re suitably teased for their release, Google has posted a promotional video for each unit on its YouTube channel.
Each short movie explains the design choices for the featured handset, highlights key specs, focuses on dimensions and shows some exclusive previews of Lollipop in an effort to entice us to get our mitts on the device as soon as possible.
Hit the break below to view the two short 45-second videos.
HTC’s often-rumored Nexus 9 tablet is official, and it looks like one of the best Android tablets we’ve ever seen. The device sports an 8.9-inch screen big enough to enjoy movies and games but still small enough to carry around throughout the day. The specs are top notch, too, including a Tegra K1 CPU, 2048×1536 resolution on the screen, and 2 GB of RAM. It’s also equipped with HTC’s fantastic BoomSound speakers, too.
Software is pretty self-explanatory; you’ll get Android 5.0 with no OEM modifications, and it’s a Nexus device, so updates will come quickly from Google. The tablet also looks like it’s getting quite a bit of accessory support, too, as Google is already showing off an official keyboard case for the device. If you’re looking for an Android tablet for true productivity, this might be the way to go.
ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.
The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.
We have the full presser after the break.
An unnamed source described as “close” to Google indicates the company plans to officially announce the Nexus 9 tablet and a new Nexus smartphone on Wednesday, October 15th. The source says Google will make the announcement via a blog post instead of doing it via a big, splashy event. The source indicates the reason for the lack of a “big reveal” was to give programmers more time to iron out some final tweaks in Android L. It is worth noting though that Apple has an event scheduled for Thursday when it is thought updates to their tablet lineup will be revealed, so Google may be trying to get a jump on the press and make sure consumers have something to compare any new iPad devices against.
Motorola has not released a tablet in more than four years. In October 2011, it was the Xyboard that hit the market to represent what the company could do with tablets. Pretty soon, though, Motorola will return to the tablet market (just like HTC). Lenovo just needs to finish the acquisition process which is expected to happen by the end of this year.
If you happened to watch last night’s Walking Dead episode online, you might have noticed a few new ads from Google. Yup, they quietly released these because they like having fun with us.
There are three 30 second ads in all with the first one revealing the Nexus 6 with Android L navigation buttons and a new ringtone, while the second one shows the Nexus 9. You will also notice the “Be Together, Not The Same” theme here implying that the Nexus 6 is very big and might not be for everyone. The third ad continues this theme, but doesn’t reveal any of the devices.
The Blackphone, developed by Geeksphone and Silent Circle, is the most secure phone on the market today. To go along with it, SGP Technologies is launching a high-end tablet running PrivatOS. The company is aware that mastering distribution is a must. It is still expected to be rather expensive considering the tight security.
Jon Callas, chief technology officer of Silent Circle, confirmed the tablet’s existence and explained it will “have the features people who use it every day will demand from it.” You can give people as much security as you want, but at some point applications are going to be a necessity. The Blackphone does not have Google Play; the only way to get apps are through something like Amazon’s Appstore, but that is particularly limited.
Today, Lenovo announced a new round of Android tablets that are extremely versatile. They all belong to the new YOGA Tablet 2 line. There are 8- and 10-inch models; however, a Pro model with a stunning 13-inch display will be available as well. Lenovo is not going light with on specifications with these tablets.
About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.
The next six months for HTC could be the most important time in the company’s seventeen years of existence. Leading up to this fall, reports claimed that the company would be launching a new version of the One (M8) will boosted specifications and a smartwatch powered by Android Wear. The phone was canceled and the smartwatch has been delayed to next year. Instead, HTC will have selfie-centered phones and a camera as we near the holiday season.
The most important part of HTC’s next step, however, is the manufacturing of the next Nexus tablet. It will be the start of HTC’s return to the tablet market after a break that lasted three years.