Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering team assigned to the Chrome operating system placed under him. Linus Upson was the top engineer for Chrome and it is unclear what he will be doing moving forward. Read more
As promised, the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are both up for pre-order in the Google Play Store.
The Nexus 9 is going for $399 (16 GB) or $479 (32 GB) and you have your choice of black or white for now. The LTE option or the Sand color isn’t available yet. Assuming you order today, you can expect it to leave the warehouse within 2 to 3 weeks. Shipping is also extra, which could be around $9.99 (3-5 days) depending on where you live. Launch day is supposed to be November 3, so you will also find it at participating retailers then.
As previously reported, Google has followed up their official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier this week with the announcement that the full Android 5.0 SDK is now ready for developers to download. Along with the new SDK, the team is also making available updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator. On their Android Developers Blog, Google indicates the first consumer devices to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player starting on November 3rd with the Nexus 9. They indicate other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both the 2012 and 2013 versions), 10, and Google Play Edition devices, will receive an OTA update for Android 5.0 Lollipop “in the same timeframe.” Read more
Unboxings are pretty boring, so that’s why I like this one of the Nexus 6. It’s a short Vine, but what’s most interesting is the packaging. It’s all new and the emphasis is on the number. I wonder what they will do with the Nexus Player?
Hit the break for the quick, and I mean very quick, Vine video.
Google’s Lollipop is making waves worldwide, causing everyone to wonder who will get a taste of its sweetness first. Read more
The HTC-made Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order tomorrow on Google Play, but Amazon already started the party. Pricing is exactly the same as what Google will offer it for out of the Play Store. It’s $399 for the 16 GB version or $479 for the 32 GB version. You will of course have your choice of either black or white.
With the latest Google Play Services update, Google has rolled out the ability to find nearby players in multiplayer games. This would work for both real-time multiplayer games as well as turn-based multiplayer games.
Developers are encouraged to hit up the source link below to learn more how multiplayer works.
source: Google Developers / +AndroidDevelopers
If I have a nickel for everytime somebody complained that the Chromecast doesn’t have 5 GHz support. Well a new version of the Chromecast (model A4RH2G2-2A) has passed through the FCC, and it appears to support the 5 GHz band.
It’s not clear if there is anything else that will be upgraded. Hopefully support for DD 5.1 and DTS.
When Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop yesterday, one of the points that they tried to really drive home was the fact that Android is an open architecture and system. That statement is a bit of a contrast with developments over the past year that have shown Google seemingly exerting more control over Android and how it is deployed rather than really opening things up. Google vice president of engineering, Hiroshi Lockheimer, indicates in a new interview that we should see Google back off moving forward and that the company had a good reason for the approach they took this past year. Read more
Great news for all you satellite imagery fanatics out there. Google has today released ‘Earth View,’ a brand new Chrome extension that changes your wallpaper to a “beautiful and unique satellite image from Google Maps each time you open a new tab or window.