Yesterday was the official launch day for the latest Google tablet, the Nexus 9. Buyers have been able to place orders through a variety of sources like the Google Play store or Amazon and they can even go down to a Best Buy store to pick one up and avoid the wait for shipping. Common to all of these early purchases though is that they are all for WiFi-only versions of the tablet. That could change soon as an FCC filing has surfaced for an HTC tablet device, presumably the Nexus 9, that includes LTE capabilities.
The FCC filing indicates the tablet device supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, and 41, which covers all of the major U.S. carriers. In addition, the FCC filing shows the device has support for GSM850/1900 bands as well as WCDMA bands 2, 4 and 5. This indicates the device should be capable of roaming on a global basis.
Google Play currently lists an Indigo Black, 32GB model as the only LTE enabled option with the note that it is “coming soon” for a retail price of $599. Now that the FCC has granted their approval, it should not be much longer before Google changes the status to being in the warehouse and ready to ship.
Missed out on the Nexus 9 deal? Well we have another one for you, although not nearly as smoking hot. Staples has the Nexus 7 (2012) with 32 GB of storage and both WiFi and 4G connectivity for only $129.
Sure it’s a little old, but it’s brand new out of the box, and a great price if you need something with cellular connectivity.
Just hit the source link to get your order in. No coupon code needed.
HTC is going to host a Hot Deal each week for the next 9 weeks, and the first one is a doozy. Starting right now (12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST), you can grab the 16 GB version of the Nexus 9 from their site for only $199. That’s a whopping 50% discount off of the normal $399 price.
This hot deal is 12 hours long, but supplies are very limited and unlikely to last the entire time. Once supplies for the Hot Deal are depleted, you can still save $50 off of either the 16 GB or 32 GB version provided you enter your order in by 12:00 am EST / 9:00 pm PST. That would put you at $349 for the 16 GB version or $429 for the 32 GB version.
If you’ve been holding out for PS4 Remote Play on your Xperia Z2 (or Z2 Tablet), your wait is over. Sony is officially pushing out the user experience update to those two devices which brings full support for streaming PS4 games to your device. The update will let you play full PS4 games with a Dualshock 4 controller right on your smartphone or tablet, which is an extremely cool feature, especially for gamers.
The folks at iFixit took apart the Nexus 9, which of course revealed a lot of super cool hardware like the 64-bit Tegra K1. However, the teardown also revealed that if you’re looking to fix it on your own, it won’t be so easy. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being super easy, the Nexus 9 scored a 3.
Removing the rear case is easy enough, but once you get inside the “interior is a maze of tape and thin, delicate cables,” making your job very tedious. Even replacing the display proved to be difficult as it’s “insanely very solidly glued to the midframe.”
The concept of a universal is pretty cool, mostly because you can control many of your home’s devices, lights, heating, etc. with the push of a single button on one controller.
But the common theme here is the combination of multiple functions into one device — so what if you could have one device, with the functionality of both your tablet and smartphone?
Google has just published its latest distribution figures for the Android operating system. The numbers were uploaded to the official Developer Dashboard blog and reveal a consistent growth in the amount of users running KitKat (4.4), whilst older versions of the OS continue on their long path towards extinction.
Yesterday we reported that Google had updated the Play Store to indicate 1-2 business days for shipping on the new Nexus 9 tablet. If you just cannot wait until tomorrow or later this week, it appears Best Buy has some versions of the tablet in stock and ready for pick-up at their retail stores. For now at least, only the Indigo Black versions are available and a quick check in my area shows good availability of the 16GB model. The 32GB model is available, but the locations that have them are a little more sparse.
Anyone out there planning to run down to a Best Buy and pick up a Nexus 9 today? If so, use the source link to check local store availability and let us know what you think of your shiny new tablet.
source: Best Buy
Tomorrow is the official launch day for the new Google Nexus 9 tablet and to be ready for the onslaught of orders, Google has updated the Google Play Store with new information on shipping times and model availability. Earlier today the shipping status for several configurations changed to “leaves warehouse in 1-2 days.”
The Cast Screen for Android devices has slowly made its way to additional devices. Still, the total is quite low and there are some key devices missing. One company that is seeing many of its devices supported is Sony. Last month, its flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller Z3 Compact gained Cast Screen support. Now, the a couple more have been added in.
Here are the newest Sony devices to get Cast Screen support:
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
Source: Google Support