Google Reveals The Nexus 9: Android’s iPad Air!

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It’s been nearly two years since we’ve seen a new Nexus tablet, but the wait is over. Alongside anew Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus Player, and a new version of Android, the Nexus 9 is finally official. It’s like the iPad Air, but Android.

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Just as the rumors indicated, the new Nexus 9 is a 9-inch tablet made by HTC, sporting an Nvidia Tegra K1 for a brain along with a Kepler DX11 GPU, front-facing speakers, a 2048 x 1440 281 PPI LCD screen, and a 6700 mAh battery. It’s got a nice aluminum trim, and on the back it has that familiar soft-touch carbonate back and “Nexus” branding, like an upscaled Nexus 5. And it’s available in white and black and tan. And also, if you feel like Surfacing it up, the Nexus 9 has a an optional keyboard case that will retail for (a hefty) $220.

The Nexus 9 Is Android's iPad Air

It’s a Nexus device launching around the same time as a major revision of Android, so naturally it’ll come loaded up with Android Lollipop. It’s available for pre-order starting October 17th, with a starting price of $400.

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Google reveals the Nexus 6, pre-orders begin on October 29th!

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Forget the pomp and circumstance that comes with a formal launch event — Google just outed the new Nexus 6 on its official Android blog, and it’s just about everything the rumor mill said the Motorola-made device would be. The Nexus 6 might look like a super-sized version of this year’s Moto X — down to the speaker grilles and the lock button/volume rocker placement along the phone’s right edge — but it packs plenty of notable improvements over its smaller, non-Nexus cousin. 5.9-inch Quad HD screen? Check? The more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, clocked at 2.7GHz? You betcha. Hefty 3,220 mAh battery? Of course. It’s as if Motorola addressed nearly every issue we had with the Moto X, and capped things off with a big ol’ Nexus logo on the back. In fact, the only component that doesn’t seem to have been upgraded is the 13-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash layout on the Nexus 6’s back (and that’s sort of a shame). Naturally, It’s also the first phone to run Android 5.0 Lollipop (which Google waseager to tease the other day).

Despite the torrent of leaks we’ve seen recently, Google still isn’t ready to spill most of the juicy details. The Verge reports that pre-orders for the Nexus 6 will kick off on October 29 with a full retail launch to follow some time in November, but expect to shell out a few pretty pennies for it. You’ll be able to nab your own Nexus 6 for a whopping $649, making it the most expensive Nexus phone to date (though the decidedly non-Nexus Sony Z Ultra came in at the same price).Itching to pick it up with a little carrier discount? Not to worry: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless will all be getting the Nexus at some point, and if a recent slip-up is any indication, it could be damn cheap. An error on AT&T’s site suggested that the 6 could go for as little as $49.99 with a two year contract — if true, that’d make the Nexus half the price of the Moto X.

Google’s Android 5.0 is called Lollipop!

Google has just announced that the next major version of Android, 5.0, will be known as Lollipop. After months of teasing the OS, the search giant is finally taking what was previously known as Android “L” into the mainstream, with the first set of the devices set to be arriving soon. Speaking of which, Android Lollipop will make its debut on the new Nexus 9, a big-screen smartphone from Motorola; and the Nexus 9, a tablet made by HTC; and the Nexus Player, a media-streaming box with Android TV, the first one with Google’s new set-top platform.

HTC Desire Eye announced with 13MP selfie camera with dual-LED Flash!

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There was a lot of speculation what the Eye will be, well it turns out it’s the new Desire flagship. The HTC Desire Eye can be seen as an upgrade over the HTC One (E8) as it takes the 13MP camera with dual-LED flash from the back and brings it around the front too.

That give the Desire Eye a unique face – a much larger than usual front-facing camera is positioned above the screen and it gets a dedicated dual-LED flash and a microphone. It’s getting the same treatment as the back camera, which has a dual-LED flash and a microphone too. There’s another microphone on the bottom of the device for a total of three mics used for better audio through noise cancellation.

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Both cameras can record 1080p@30fps video. The one on the back has an f/2.0 aperture and a 28mm lens, while the one on the front has a wider 20mm lens but a smaller f/2.2 aperture.

HTC’s trademark BoomSound speakers are harder to see but still on board. They flank the larger 5.2″ screen of the HTC Desire Eye, an LCD with 1080p resolution. Besides selfie camera and screen size, the Eye also trumps the One (E8) with an IPX7 rating – water resistance up to 1m of water for half an hour.

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The Desire Eye carries much better specs than most of the Desire family. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2GB RAM and runs Android 4.4 with the latest Sense software and two camera-centric apps – Eye Experience and the new Zoe.

Anyway, the phone also boasts LTE connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, NFC and a microUSB port. The port is left uncovered while maintaining the IPX7 rating, just like the HTC Butterfly 2.

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The Desire Eye has 16GB of built-in storage, expandable by microSD cards (up to 128GB) and a 2,400mAh Li-Po battery. With front-facing stereo speakers, a large front-facing camera and a larger screen, the Eye is not the most compact device around, measuring 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm.

The HTC Desire EYE will be offered by AT&T exclusively at launch. Further availability and pricing details will be available later on.

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The HTC Eye Experience app will help you use the two 13MP cameras to the fullest. Split Capture divides the photo 50/50 between front and back cameras, while Crop-Me-In creates a single photo with you photoshopped into the back camera image.

The impressive front-facing camera on the Desire Eye also targets high-quality video calls. To make things easier it can track up to four faces and keep them in place so people can relax and not worry about positioning while they chat. This even works with third-party video call apps like Skype.

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HTC EYE Experience will roll out to the following models (full feature list to be confirmed at roll-out): HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), HTC One (E8), HTC One mini, HTC One mini 2, HTC One Remix, HTC One Max, HTC Desire 612, and HTC Desire 816 in the coming months.

Then there’s the new Zoe. Recent HTC phones came with just a promise for a new app for months on end but the wait is over. The new version offers collaborative video editing and it integrates with RE – HTC’s new action camera. Zoe is not completely done even after all this wait, the new content engine will launch later this year.

 

Zoe is not just for HTC phones – not even just for Android. HTC will release Zoe apps to the general Android population and even iOS later this year.

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