We know the standard answer to the question in the headline: Because it’s cheaper. But is it really?
It’s never wise to have certainties regarding Google’s unconfirmed future plans, with the search giant constantly looking to throw curve balls and often working on many different projects at once. Every year, some materialize, while others don’t, making the jobs of industry tipsters and leaksters virtually impossible.
As if Android M’s dev preview debut and approaching commercial launch weren’t enough to signal imminent Nexus upgrade(s), Google, Amazon and Best Buy have just trimmed N6’s unlocked prices to help the OG regain some pizazz.
From just 5.4 percent in early April to 9.7 roughly a month ago to 12.4 percent in the 7-day period ending on June 1, the gradual growth of Android’s newest iteration is undeniable. But it’s also slow and unsuited for a charge on the two prevalent mobile OS versions, which has to concern Google, given a follow-up piece of software looms on the horizon.
We expected Google to use this year’s I/O conference as a launch ramp for a new Nexus Player or Chromecast (or maybe both), but what we didn’t realize was the search giant’s digital media streaming software already found its way inside the perfect hardware.
Marshmallow? Macadamia Nut Cookie? Milkshake? Muffin? Macaron? Meringue Pie? Build number 6.0 or 5.2? Although Android’s M iteration is technically out now, the answers to all those questions (two questions, really) are unlikely to be provided until fall.
Powered by Android TV and running the newest 5.1 Lollipop iteration of Google’s mobile OS, Google Cast-ready and offering full access to Netflix and Hulu Plus, as well as basic game-streaming capabilities, the Nexus Player is certainly richer in features than its Chromecast “cousin” or Amazon’s Fire TV Stick.
Launched in various South Asian countries towards the end of 2014, Google’s lower-cost, emerging market-targeted Nexus alternative program is now spreading its wings to Europe. Technically, only a small portion of Turkey is however located on the old continent, with the rest belonging to the same space that India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka are a part of.
Rumors that once seemed beyond outlandish regarding a Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6 sequel are essentially gaining credibility by the day, with Asian analysts most recently tipping a 5.7-inch Quad HD screen and octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC as the future bad boy’s technical highlights.
Thnaks to the new Chrome OS update, your Chromebook is about to get stronger and faster, and it won’t cost you six million dollars.
It’s not a dream within a dream, but a bug-fixing software update within a stability-increasing Android build. Christopher Nolan would be mighty proud.
It’s April 1, in case you haven’t checked your calendars yet today, and we all know what that means. Nothing and nobody can be trusted for the next few hours. Not online, not offline, not on TV or out in the street. Not even the mighty, always reliable Google. Especially not Google, as the search more »