Posts tagged with: Android 5.0
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    Earlier this week, Google announced the next version of its mobile operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new software development kit (SDK) should be released sometime later today (October 17th), and ROMs for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play edition devices should start to roll out "in the coming weeks". What about Android Wear? Why weren't wearables powered by Android mentioned, and what will Android Lollipop do for smartwatches? Watch Face API Searching the Play Store for watch faces for Android Wear will bring up dozens of results. Some look great, others, ...

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    Some of you may not remember this, but a lot of us where confused by Google’s announcement of the Nexus One so many years ago. We eventually understood that at a time when Android was beginning to dilute itself in a sea of custom skins and lackluster specifications, Google needed push OEMs to dare the odds of the spec sheet with more powerful hardware, and it also needed to show the world what Android was truly like under all the existing bloat. Google succeeded in this endeavor, and even if the Nexus One wasn’t a hot seller in numbers because of its price, it was my first Android ...

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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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    There was no huge release party. We didn't even get a live-stream event. Instead, Google quietly announced the new Nexus devices and Android 5.0 Lollipop on its blog. Based on the hardware we're seeing, Google didn't need any hyped up fanfare, the devices speak for themselves. Let's take a look at the Nexus 6, and see how it just killed most of the competition. Nexus 6 Finally, after months of speculation, we know that Google's new smartphone is called the Nexus 6, not the Nexus X or anything else. We know that it's more of a phablet than a smartphone (some would even argue that it's a ...

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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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    As expected, a powerful new tablet has gone official today in the form of Google's HTC-made Nexus 9. The tablet represents an affordable stock Android offering, one that doesn't compromise on the specs front either. Let's take a look at it, shall we? The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (with a Kepler GPU), and an 8MP/1.6MP camera combination. There's also 2GB of RAM, a 6700mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. The tablet will feature BoomSound speakers, along with brushed metal sides. Like the new Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 ships with ...

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    The months of high-spirited anticipation are over, Nexus lovers. After a rumor was dropped yesterday by Forbes that stated a new Nexus phone and tablet were to launch today, the phone has gone official: say hello to the Motorola Nexus 6. First of all, the Nexus 6 really is a full-on phablet. At 5.96 inches, you can't call this phone anything but a beast – we're sure that's a turn-off for many of you, but the trade-off is that a good amount of monster specs can fit into the phone as a result of the size. Speaking of specs, we're looking at a 5.96-inch QHD (quad, not quarter) display, a ...

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    The onslaught of Nexus rumors today means only one thing to us, and that is the fact that a launch is looking pretty imminent. To further add to that, we now have a product listing on AT&T's website for a Motorola Nexus 6 – is there really any doubt now? The listing itself isn't quite live, but curiously enough, if you visit AT&T's LG G3 Vigor listing (the first source link below), it shows on the right-hand column a link to the "Motorola Nexus 6," revealing a link to the product and also an on-contract price. While this could just be a placeholder, the $49.99 price isn't far ...

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    In the road leading up to Google I/O we were a little uncertain about whether or not we'd be seeing the premiere of a new version of Android. After all, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 are both still very new, and Google hasn't seemed to be in any particular hurry to move things up to 4.5, or even the 5.0 we've been wondering about for far too long. But then yesterday we heard Sundar Pichai apparently confirm his intent to at least preview this new Android version at I/O this week (and presumably, we're looking at today), even if a release would still be a little further down the line. So with this new ...

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    Android head Sundar Pichai has been talking to the press in advance of Google I/O, which officially gets started tomorrow, and we recently shared with you some of his thoughts concerning Android, Apple, and their approaches to mobile devices. That lengthy Bloomberg interview touched on a lot more about Google, Android, and the I/O conference, and right at the end another tantalizing detail has managed to sneak out: an apparent confirmation of plans to announce the next major release of Android. Bloomberg reports that Pichai intends to preview this release at Google I/O, even if it won't be ...

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    What better way to kick Google I/O week off than with a preview of the Android "L" release? That's exactly what we have here, as the Chrome Issue Tracker has brought up Android L-release screenshots posted by a not-entirely-careful Google employee. While these screenshots are likely of an early revision of the Android "L" (the name isn't final, though speculation has ranged from "lollipop" to "lemon meringue pie"), it's easy to see the different oft-rumored UI changes at play here. While you can ponder the screenshots for yourself down below, there are a couple main things we'd like to ...

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    Google I/O, the company's annual developer's conference, gets underway this Wednesday, June 25. For the past few months, we've been keeping track of various hardware and software rumors, trying to get a sense for just what's going to be on the menu this year. As we prepare for the festivities to get underway, we thought we'd take a moment to back up and go over some of those expectations, letting you know what to be on the look for as the devs descend on San Francisco. Android Wear should find itself getting a lot of attention, and on Google's official I/O schedule we see some Android ...

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    With last fall's release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced an experimental new runtime, ART. As opposed to the Dalvik virtual machine, ART promised speed improvements at the cost of storage space – or at least, that was the idea. In reality, the speed boosts could be hard to see, and compatibility issues that broke certain apps prevented ART from being a slam dunk. Nevertheless, the option has been there for users interested in trying it out. Lately, though, we've been seeing evidence suggesting that Google had improved ART to the point where it was getting ready to go mainstream, ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Android 2.0 made its debut in 2009. Both Android 3.0 and 4.0 surfaced in 2011. And ever since, we've been wondering when we might see Google move things forward to Android 5.0. But despite rumor after rumor over the years, we've been seeing 4.x release after 4.x release. Google I/O's just a couple weeks away; is there any chance that 5.0 might be on the menu? We're asking ourselves that question again this afternoon, after checking out what just might be an effort by Google to tease the new release's launch. These images up top were posted to Twitter by Google's official account yesterday ...

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