Nexus 6 pre-order window closes just as fast as it opens, another one could open soon

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The Nexus 6 arrived in the Play Store today just as scheduled. The unfortunate part is that many people were not able to place a pre-order because Google quickly ran out of inventory. The switch from in-stock to being out of inventory was so quick that there is speculation the Nexus 6 was not yet supposed to be available. So keep an eye on the Play Store to see if the Nexus 6 returns to be available at some point today. We will be doing the same and update you accordingly.

The options in the Play Store are as follows:

Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Logo of Google outside their headquarters building in Mountainview, California.With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.

Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.
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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

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If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.


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Were OEMs to blame for Android Silver never coming to fruition?

Nexus-6-splashBack in May, we saw news leak from the now retired evleaks that suggested that Google was working on a program for premium Android devices known as Android Silver. The program would offer a pure Google designed Android experience on next-gen hardware and all for a premium price. The program would have been something offered on all the majors carriers, however, about a month before the release of the Nexus 6, word spread that the unconfirmed program was scrapped and it’s possible that the major carriers were to blame.


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Plex announces its support for Android TV and the upcoming Nexus Player

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Plex, the service that serves already-owned user content to a multitude of devices, announced today that it will have a home on Android TV. More specifically, the company expressed excitement that it would be available on the new Nexus Player. Plex has been working with Google since April to get the service up and running in time for the launch of Android TV.

Here is what Plex said in a blog post:

We’re really enjoying the fresh take that Android TV brings to the table: bold, clean UI designed from the ground up for “lean back” viewing from your couch, and custom home screen recommendations based on your viewing habits are right up our alley, and they mean that Plex and Android TV are a perfect fit.

We would have to assume this means that Plex is going to be available at launch. The Nexus Player goes up for pre-order on October 17.

Source: Plex

Android 5.0 Lollipop statue arrives at Google headquarters in Mountain View

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There is your first look at the statue representing the latest version of Android. Google has put a statue representing Android 5.0 Lollipop on the lawn of its Mountain View campus. It is the Android bug holding a lollipop that towers over him while giving the peace sign to onlookers. His placement does seem to be a little distanced from the other statues. This could be to represent the next phase for Android.

Source: +Alex Ruiz

Android 5.0 Lollipop is official, includes full Material Design overhaul and tons of new features

Lollipop ForestWe’ve been eagerly waiting for Google to make Android L official, and it’s finally here. The OS is version 5.0 and will be called Lollipop, so Google is sticking with their dessert naming conventions. The update includes Google’s new Material Design language throughout the operating system, and there are plenty of new features that look like they’ll make Android significantly better to use. This is the biggest update Android has seen in years, and there’s a lot to get excited about.
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HTC’s Nexus 9 is official, complete with brushed metal design and BoomSound speakers

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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.
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Google to issue fix for Nexus 5 bug that drains battery

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Since launching in 2013, the Nexus 5 has faced an issue with its camera subsytem. The processor will run more than required and does not return to a low power state. The camera fails and the battery will be drained rapidly. The bug has been acknowledged by Google, but that was way back in March. It is now October and a fix has yet to be issued.

This fall, it seems like Google’s fix is imminent. On the AOSP Issue Tracker, a Google employee noted that all will be fixed “in the next major update for the N5.” What will that update be? Android L. Nexus 5 owners should see the bug fix to be packaged within the Android L update that is expected to arrive within the next month or so.

Source: AOSP Issue Tracker
Via: Android Police

HTC returning to the tablet market following Nexus launch this fall

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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.


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