It’s been a problematic past couple of weeks for Google’s powers that be, which weren’t able to handle Nexus 6’s release very well, or dispatch Android 5.0 for older Nexus devices as quickly as we had expected.
Another Android Wear release, another series of availability hiccups. But all’s well that ends well, and Best Buy seems to have overcome its Asus ZenWatch faux pas.
Google is working on several fronts to improve the Android user experience and it’s just as important for Big G to bring Lollipop goodies to smartwatch owners as it is to leave KitKat behind on as many smartphones and tablets as possible.
There used to be a time when we’d wonder how can Google find sufficient funds to keep the Nexus project afloat, with profit margins so obviously low. We’re well past that now, we’re afraid, as the Nexus product roster has stopped being about affordability with the introductions of the latest 6-inch smartphone and 9-inch tablet.
With beautiful, round-faced wearable pieces like Motorola’s Moto 360 or LG’s G Watch R available, as well as ultra-low-cost smartwatches such as the Asus ZenWatch, and Samsung’s Gear S supporting standalone 3G, you were probably under the impression no one cared much about Sony’s SmartWatch 3.
Google’s line of Nexus devices may be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop soon, but the LG G3 will be the first phone to get the latest software. It had been reported the first devices to ship with Android Lollipop would be the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, but it turns out at least one phone will get the software as an update earlier.
Google was ominously quiet on the heels of Nexus 6’s semi-failed launch from last week, but the search giant finally has some good news to offer “Shamu” fans”. Before starting your celebratory dance, let us stress this is merely a (small) step in the right direction, not a magic solution to Big G and Motorola’s manufacturing woes.
We told you Google was having trouble mass-producing its latest Nexus installments and meeting demand, even more than usual, and N6’s failed US launch just adds fuel to the speculation fire.
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.
Tipped for a candy-coated Android 5.0 Lollipop makeover sometime next month, Google and LG’s Nexus 5 suddenly went from available to out of stock a few days back. Optimists saw this as a possible sign some sort of spin-off was coming, whereas pessimists anticipated a premature discontinuation.
As more and more players join the wearable game, it’s getting increasingly hard to stand out. Even for market veterans such as Sony. Their rookie smartwatch effort came to light in 2012, before Apple even pondered a dive in the shifting waters, and now the third entry in the Sony SmartWatch franchise is inching closer and closer to a commercial bow.
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.