This week was the closest thing to Christmas we have in the Android World. After a long, long summer, Google finally gave Android L a name (hello, Lollipop!) and launched the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Packing new features and a beautiful design language, Lollipop is coming from early November to Nexus devices and the rest of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 impressed with top specifications, though our enthusiasm was dampened by their stingy price tags. The surprise of the event was Nexus Player, an Android TV box made by Asus. While our eyes were firmly on Mountain View, we also got some news on the powerful Droid Turbo and Sony’s US-bound Xperias.
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Another busy week in the world of Android: our Nexus fever reached new highs thanks to new reports about Google’s upcoming devices, Samsung shared some bad news, Motorola’s Droid Turbo stopped being a secret, HTC launched its selfie-focused Desire Eye and RE Camera, Lenovo surprised us with its quirky new Yoga tablets, and Google released big updates to several of its Android apps.
Rumors and speculation are heating up as the new Nexus 6 looms closer, and this week brought us a few more details to geek over. But that wasn’t the only cool news in the Android universe this week – we spent some time with the Note 4, got to see what the fuss is about #gapgate, got a peek at Samsung’s interpretation of Android L, learned about Google’s interest in Cyanogen, and met HTC’s new Desire Eye for the first time.
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It was a wild week, Android lovers, with some big news, intriguing rumors, and a little fun on the iPhone’s expense.
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It was a busy week in the Android universe, starting with the official launch of Android One, followed by rumors about the Nexus 9 and the alleged demise of the Silver program, the launch of ZTE ZMax, Amazon’s new tablets, and the metallic Galaxy A5.
There was a deluge of Apple-related news this week, but that doesn’t mean news has been boring on the Android front! Samsung had a few choice words to say about the larger iPhones, the first Android apps arrived on Chrome OS devices, we heard several interesting rumors about HTC’s upcoming devices, the integration of Hangouts and Google Voice finally began, Nvidia confirmed the Nexus 9, we learned more details about Samsung’s upcoming full-metal phone, and Dell surprised us with a very exciting tablet.
Android folks, what a wild ride this past week has been! IFA brought us ton of new devices, and many of them are really good. With the refined Note 4, the wild Note Edge, and the semi-bizarre Gear VR, Samsung showed why it’s the number one force in mobile hardware. Sony delivered more improvements to its Xperia lineup, and we really loved the amazingly thin and light 8-inch Tablet Z3 Compact. LG and Asus came with new and intriguing smartwatch designs, HTC went 64-bit with the Desire 820, Huawei went nuts (in a good way) with the Mate 7, and Motorola finally brought its 2014 lineup to light.
The countdown to IFA has begun, and more info about the devices coming at the show surfaces every day. This week, Samsung teased us ruthlessly ahead of the Note 4 launch, HTC launched the 64-bit Desire 810 and hinted at the Desire 820, Sony’s new Xperia lineup leaked, LG launched the G3 Stylus, two new smartwatches landed, and Asus reminded us that it too has a wearable coming.