Up for pre-orders on Google Play, as well as a number of regional Amazon websites, Google and HTC’s brand new Nexus 9 was widely believed to ship to early buyers next week. Specifically, on or around November 3.
Dell produced the spectacular Venue 8 7000 out of nowhere back in September, after way too many sub-par Android tablet efforts, but because this 8 incher looked so different, we feared it was merely an experiment.
Well, this is unusual. AT&T is trying to resuscitate stagnant sales of the gimmicky Amazon Fire Phone by bundling it with a one-year-old tablet. Which Ma Bell didn’t directly sell until today. Meanwhile, Amazon is pushing said aging slate less and less, in both Wi-Fi-only and LTE-enabled flavors available with Verizon or AT&T bands.
It’s not exactly customary to see carriers offer discounts on devices as hotly anticipated as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 mere days after putting them up for sale. But T-Mobile is ready to make an exception.
One of the most bizarre brand associations in today’s tech landscape, bringing Samsung and Barnes & Noble together, has just spawned a new ill-advised offspring. Evocatively dubbed Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1, this is a 10.1-inch GTab 4 with a custom-made Android skin called Nook UI.
It’s the dawn of a new era for the stock Android-running Nexus gadget line, as Google intends to target the mainstream, upper-tier tech market with the family’s fresh 6 and 9-inch members. The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet are slightly tougher sells than their predecessors, costing $650 and $400 respectively.
Microsoft doesn’t normally make a fuss over every new Windows product release from no-name brands such as E Fun, but the Nextbook 10.1 has been announced on the platform’s official blog, so it’s clearly a big deal.
In stark contrast with Sony’s habitual sluggishness, things are moving mighty rapidly on the Xperia release front this fall, with the “full-sized” Z3 smartphone en route to T-Mobile and multiple Canadian carriers, and the compressed Z3 Compact handheld available in unlocked form stateside.
It was fun while it lasted, almost magical in fact, but they say all good things must come to an end, and they’re right. Let us bid farewell then to the departed brave Nexus 7 and 10 soldiers in the growingly forceful Android army, welcoming their young, strong, all-guns-blazing subs.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know devices part of Google’s Nexus family will be first in line for Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, as they’ve been every time a new OS version was released. But the product roster grew and grew over the years, and Lollipop is perhaps the most radical, richest goodie pack in Android history.
Looking for an alternative way to get on the Nexus 9 bandwagon early, given the Play Store’s notorious instability around big launch events like this? Not so impressed with Apple’s largely unchanged “new” iPad mini and too slightly upgraded iPad Air 2?
It’s the classic good news/bad news scenario. Hot on the heels of Motorola’s bold Android 5.0 Lollipop proclamations, Sony went on record with its own upgrading pledge. That’s the good news, of course, the bad being it’ll take the Xperia makers a few months to stabilize the first L port and send it OTA.