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Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order on Amazon

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The Google Nexus 9 has gone on pre-order on Amazon in various countries. The new tablet can now be found on the US, German, and French Amazon stores, and should be up on others soon.

The Nexus 9 is priced at $399 for the 16GB variant and $479 for the 32GB variant. It is only available in black and white for now, and not the sand color. You could choose to get two or three year drops and spills warranty for additional $71.96 and $94.21, respectively. The tablet will be delivered after November 3. Read more »

First Nexus 9 hands-on video and photos come from Vietnam

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The Nexus 9 tablet that was officially unveiled yesterday by Google and HTC is already to be found out and about in Vietnam. And thankfully some enterprising souls decided to make it the star of several live, hands-on images, as well as a video that shows it to the world for the first time.

Sure, press renders are just fine, but to get a real impression about what any given device actually looks in real life such live images are a lot more helpful. Read more »

Google Keyboard v3.2 is out with 8 new languages

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Google just released Android 5.0. Lollipop, but the company isn’t having any breaks as the latest Google Keyboard is now available with several new languages and a new settings menu.

The new languages include Bengali (India), Hindi (Compact), Kannada (India), Malayalam (India), Marathi (India), Tamil (India), Tamil (Singapore), and Telugu (India). Read more »

Because why not: a $54, 3G-enabled 7″ Android tablet

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A Windows 8.1 tablet for $65? “Ha!” says NuFront, the chipset maker that has created $54 Android tablets. Unlike their Windows competitors the NuFront-based tabs have 3G connectivity out of the box – HSPA+, to be precise.

The tablets will be available in China at CNY 330 ($54), CNY 460 ($74) if you want the fancy version. Read more »

Alleged Nexus 6 camera samples leak

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A Google+ album has surfaced containing unimaginative but important pictures. The creator, one Duan Dao, claims the images in the album have been captured with the mint-fresh Motorola Nexus 6.

Some of the images have been resized and all of them lack EXIF data so we can’t really be sure if the claim is true but some images carry the 4160x3120px (13MP) resolution of the Nexus 6 giving the claim some credibility. Read more »

Android 5.0 Lollipop gets its own statue at Google HQ

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Now that Google has finally revealed that Lollipop is the name of its Android L release, you probably saw this coming. The new OS version has received its very own statue outside of Google’s HQ in California.

This is customary for all new Android iterations, and there are already a lot of sweet statues hanging out on Google’s lawn. Read more »

Nexus Player by Asus is the first Android TV console

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The first device to run Android TV is the previously leaked Asus Nexus Player, announced today alongside the Nexus 6 phablet and the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus Player is a set-top-box / console that you connect to your existing TV, and it even comes with an optional gamepad accessory.

Using that you’ll be able to play Android games on your TV. The Nexus Player ships with a voice search capable remote in the box. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to launch in the United States this week, so we managed to spend quality time with an AT&T version of the flagship phablet. The SM-N910A will officially hit the carrier’s shelves this coming Friday, on October 17.

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 packs the same specs as the international version we reviewed extensively. Read more »

The latest Android ads by Google celebrate its diversity

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That Android L teaser we told you about isn’t the only promo video that Google released these days. The search giant also aired a trio of ads that celebrate the diversity of its mobile OS.

The ads feature animated Droid characters in various shapes and sizes. Read more »

Google teases the full name of Android L in a funny video

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With Android L reportedly set to debut tomorrow, Google launched a teaser video that focuses on the full name of the upcoming OS. The funny clip sports the punch line “ There can be only one L.”

The thirty second-long video showcases a number of desserts whose name begins with L attend an audition. Read more »

BT4.0-enabled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple stores this week

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If you haven’t heard of it, the August Smart Lock uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a smartphone in place of old-fashioned keys. It works with iPhones 4s and up (iOS 7 and later) and certain Androids (KitKat and later). The lock replaces a deadbolt and can be opened with a key in case you forget your phone or something goes amiss.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because starting this week you can grab one from an Apple retail store. Read more »

New Skype-made Qik app lets groups chat with 42-second videos

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A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.

The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »

Vodafone Smart Tab 4G launches tomorrow at £125

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Vodafone is expanding its Android tablet roster with one of the cheapest 4G LTE tablets around. Dubbed Vodafone Smart Tab 4G it will launch tomorrow at £125 on Pay as you go and £30 on a 1GB/£17 a month plan.

The tablet features an 8″ IPS screen with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution and is surprisingly thin for a budged device, it measures just 8mm thick. Read more »

Nexus 6 running Android L appears in a leaked Google video ad

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A new Google ad promoting the upcoming Nexus 6 with Android L has made it to the Internet a bit earlier than expected. The leaked ad is short, but sweet and depicts a small boy answering his enormous Nexus 6.

The humor here is apparent, as the Motorola-made Nexus 6 (Shamu) is expected to sport a 5.9″ QHD display. The video also links to the campaign’s web page, which is unavailable. It should go live with the launch of the phone and Android L, though. Read more »

Anki Drive is now available for select Android devices

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The AI-powered Anki Drive racing game is now available for a number of Android devices. The dedicated app for controlling the toy racecars is now available to download in the Google Play Store.

Anki Drive requires Bluetooth LE connection to control the cars. Read more »