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Android Authority this week

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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October 19, 2014
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Welcome to Android Authority this week!

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.

Welcome to Android Authority this week!

A brave new world

With Lollipop and the Nexus, Android is entering a new era. Android 5 is the biggest update in years, and, coupled with the advent of Material Design, it’s one of the most appealing yet. Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services, as one former member of the iPad team put it, and Lollipop is the living proof.

It’s too early to tell for sure, but if app developers adopt Material in mass, the quality of the ecosystem will be greatly buoyed. With a feature-rich, polished operating system, great apps that take advantage of a common and consistent design language, and tons of compelling devices from many manufacturers, Android is looking better than ever. It’s a great time to be an Android fan!

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Inside AA HQ

Our traffic is booming! That’s great news, but on the downside, the influx of new readers is taking its toll on our current server. Our backend systems have struggled under load this week, and for a period we even had trouble publishing new posts. Derek is on it though, and the new box that’s about to go online should keep us rocking even during major spikes, when traffic is five times what we get in a typical day. Thank you for your patience!

Our forums hit 30,000 members – not bad for a new community, eh? Luka is doing a smashing job as a community manager and that shows not only on the forums, but on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus as well. Your questions and inquiries there won’t get unanswered anymore, so don’t be a stranger!

Another week, another hot giveaway. Oh, this week it’s actually two, we are giving away a Nexus 6 in our Sunday Giveaway, and the fine people from Opera have put up an Xperia Z3 for grabs.

 

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

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