Posts by Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!

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    If nothing else, this year's launch of Google's latest Nexus models has taken steps to seriously differentiate these devices from previous Nexus family members. We've probably harped so much on the Nexus 6's price and size by this point that you're getting sick of hearing about it, but the Nexus 9 makes a few departures of its own. The most notable is arguably its very un-Android-like 4:3 screen aspect ratio, more in common with an Apple tablet than what we'd expect from a Google model. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, and from its 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC to the keyboard case accessory, ...

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    The Nexus 6 is finally here, and it is one big ol' Android. It weighs 41 percent more than the Nexus 5 while growing its screen out to nearly six inches - and that's not a change that everyone's going to love. But if you can get past the larger size (not to mention larger sticker price), there's a ton of killer hardware waiting for you here. Let's take a look at just what variety of flagship-level components go into making up this first Nexus smartphone effort from Motorola. Nexus 6 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.96 inches Screen type,OLED Resolution,2560 x 1440 Pixel ...

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    A few hours back, when we shared with you Google's official Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we mentioned how the company had confirmed plans to deliver updates for the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the various GPe models. That was well and good, but what about older entries in the Nexus family? We'd been wondering for months now what the update situation might look like for the Nexus 4 and first-gen Nexus 7, and Google's words there, declining to mention the Nexus 4 and making no explicit effort to distinguish between the two Nexus 7 models, had us fearing the worst. Fortunately, it looks like ...

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    With the new Nexus hardware announced, it's time for the shortest of breathers before we move right into this week's next big launch, as Apple gears up for tomorrow's press event. A new iPad is practically assured, with the big questions concerning just which model (or models) would take the stage. We'll have our official answer in just about a day, but Apple may have let the cat out of the bag a little early, as the company itself seems to have leaked confirmation that an iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are just about to drop. The company just published its iOS 8.1 user guide for the iPad, and ...

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    It's easy to get excited about new mobile hardware, making the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 launches the real attention-grabbers of the day. But we've been almost just as interested in seeing what today's launches meant for the future of Android as platform. Since this past summer, we've been experimenting with the Android L dev preview release, but now Google's finally ready to move it up into the mainstream, announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop. It took us a while to get there, but the L-name is now official (and thankfully not anything gross, like licorice). But the name is just window dressing; ...

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    Hey, you know how you're sick of hearing all this speculation over the formal name Android L will arrive with as it debuts in non-dev-preview form (maybe even today) on the next Nexus models? Man, you are on the wrong website, because we're not stopping now – not this close to getting to the truth. As we standby to see what Google's planning, some new Android L naming evidence has been uncovered, lending support for Android Lollipop. The evidence comes in the form of text string, appearing in the code behind Android.com, where there's a clear reference to a “lollipop” banner image. ...

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    If you're one to believe the rumors, we're just hours away from a multi-device Nexus launch, when Google could announce both the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. While the idea of a Nexus phone pushing six inches, or a Nexus tablet without a widescreen display might seem odd to some Nexus fans, giving them pause before committing to a purchase, others will no doubt be jumping all over this hardware the moment it's available. For those who do, what will they end up paying? Some possible pricing details have just leaked, and at least on the phone side, those shoppers might be in for a ...

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    At this point, you're probably feeling a little Nexus fatigue – and that's understandable. After all, our morning was positively dominated by the latest leaks and rumors surrounding both the Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet. But what of Google's launch plans? Are those whispers of a possible October 15 or October 16 announcement accurate? Will Google hold a surprise event, or is this just going to a very low-key “hey, these are up for sale now” blog post? Forbes has just heard from “a source close to Google” and reports that both the Nexus 6 and 9 are set to debut tomorrow. Word ...

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    Following Google's new Android videos and that Nexus 6 leak, we're keeping this Nexus train running just a little while longer, though for the next stop, we're switching gears to tablet territory. Probably even more than with the Nexus 6, we've been hearing that the Nexus 9's launch is imminent, set to occur as soon as tomorrow – and really, it's those Nexus 9 rumors that are driving Nexus 6 launch date speculation, and not the other way around. HTC kinda, sorta seems to have confirmed the tablet already, and yesterday one of the company's execs delivered a new teaser to keep our ...

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    Having just checked out that latest batch of Google Android videos, we've clearly got the Nexus 6 on the mind. The phone featured in one of those spots sure hit a few Nexus 6 notes, from the big screen size, to the very Motorola-looking body curve, to the unusual positioning for hardware buttons midway down the phone's edge. It remains to be seen if depicting the Nexus 6 was Google's intention there, but as we wait for any sort of official confirmation to arrive, we've got a brand-new Nexus 6 development to check out, with the release of the render you see here, seeming to reveal this ...

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    It sure feels like Google could be ready to introduce the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and public release of Android L at nearly any moment; multiple rumors have suggested launches on various days this week, though for the moment Google's done little to have us feeling particularly confident about any given one. But while details of a specific launch announcement may remain unclear, there's definitely something brewing; look no further than to the new trio of Android video ads, one of which sure seems to feature a jumbo-sized Android L phone – perhaps the Nexus 6? You can see that bit in the first ...

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    It used to be that Android was king of the low-priced tablet game: with even 2012's iPad models continuing to fetch premium prices, Apple's in no hurry to discount its hardware, whereas Android has no problem filling that sub-$300 space with plenty of tablets. Granted, there was a lot of crap down there mixed in with the few really good values, but at least affordable tablets were out there for those who wanted them. Now that Windows has emerged as an affordable tablet platform, we've seen a glut of similarly low-priced tablet hardware. But can it go even lower than the $100 price point ...

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    Back in the summer, before Apple launched its Apple Watch and when Android Wear was only just seeing its third model announced, we were talking about the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch – one that was said to come out this very month, in fact. Those rumors may have seriously cooled down in recent months, but Microsoft is still clearly thinking a lot about smartwatches. Over the weekend, news of a surprising smartwatch effort from the company emerged, not in the advancement of any Microsoft-branded wearables, but as it shared word of an experimental keyboard it had baked up for Android ...

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    Rumors have been quite insistent that some sort of new Nexus hardware is right about to be launched. That might be the Nexus 9 this week, or maybe the Nexus 6 a little later on this month, but the idea that one, if not both of them, are just about to debut is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. And when that hardware arrives, it's almost sure to do so alongside the public release of Android L – but not under that name. After all, the “L” was merely a placeholder until we get the official name of this Android release's dessert of choice. Would it be layer cake? Lemon meringue pie? ...

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    October's a month that's shaping up to be defined by a few high-profile launches: we've got Apple's presumed iPad event later this week, and rumors continue to suggest that Google's announcing at least some new Nexus hardware before October's out. And while those may be the most headline-grabbing mobile products, others are set to make their debut as well, and right at the end of the month Oppo plans to introduce the world to its N3 flagship. Well, “introduce” may not be quite the right word, considering the extent to which the manufacturer has been teasing the phone's launch these ...

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