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Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

With Hangouts, which replaced Google Chat and is trying to do the same to Voice, the idea was that we’d have one app to rule all the messaging. Instead, we’ve ended up with a mixed bag of kinda-works, sorta-works, and doesn’t-work-except-for-this-one-time. The Nexus 6 artwork, which prominently shows a messaging icon (new, but obviously a messaging icon) at the bottom, we all started questioning the direction. It seems google still hasn’t quite figured out messaging.

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Nexus 5 back in stock, and probably staying around

Nexus 5 back in stock, and probably staying around

Earlier today, as we were hunting down all the Nexus/Android good stuff for you, our readers, something stuck out. I passed if off as a bit off as an error (because Google had quite a few of them today), but it’s there, plain as day, and still present. It doesn’t make sense, either, considering Google’s Nexus madness of years past. The Nexus 5 still has a home, and not a hidden one deep in the support pages. The Nexus 5 just might stick around.

 

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Android Lollipop statue revealed at mini Google gathering

Android Lollipop statue revealed at mini Google gathering

This morning a Google mini-event took place before the reveal of the newest addition to the company’s collection of statues. This statue was of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This figure does not take on the shape of the lollipop itself, the artist instead opting to have a standard Android holding a lollipop instead. Google’s happy-go-lucky video release for this statue also unveils the official "logo" for the flavor. This release follows similar unveilings over the past several years for each successive dessert.

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Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know

Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know

When Google releases a new version of Android, it’s like a celebration for devices of all sorts. Your device might not get the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system in its entirety when it’s released, but you can bet that Google’s innovations in the software will trickle down to you eventually. What we’re doing today is checking out everything Google has in store for the Nexus line of smartphones - their babies. Their "this is what we want, ideally" devices.

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Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition with Lollipop release imminent

While we did, honestly, expect the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition to be launched several months ago at this point, it would seem that they’re finally ready to roll. With the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the official preview we saw courtesy of Samsung itself earlier this month, there can’t be much time between now and the GPE. What with Google’s update of their Android homepage still including the elusive Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S5 alongside the new Nexus family, we have only to ask - what’s the holdup?

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Nexus Player detailed for Android Lollipop

Nexus Player detailed for Android Lollipop

Without a doubt the strangest member of the newly revealed Nexus device bunch is the Nexus Player. This circular device is made by ASUS and comes with a remote control - and you can purchase a Gamepad for Nexus Player separately. They’re all made for one-another, creating an experience for your display - likely your television - that’s all Android Lollipop, all the time. Also this device effectively replaces Chromecast - at a different, slightly higher cost, of course - as ASUS’ device is "Google Cast Ready."

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Nexus 6 official: here are the details [Update]

Nexus 6 official: here are the details [Update]

The Nexus 6 is a big phone. Google is wisely marketing it as one with “more space to explore”, with “more sound to hear”. Still, a 6-inch screen encroaches on too-big for many users. The rest of the Nexus 6 is equally big, meaning Google has scaled their latest Nexus accordingly. Now that it’s out,we’re learning all about the newest Nexus flagship smartphone, and just what it brings to the table, officially. Oh, and hey, we’re finally getting Android Lollipop, too!

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Nexus 9 detailed for Android Lollipop release

Nexus 9 detailed for Android Lollipop release

This week the folks at Google have made a sly deal of releasing their next wave of devices, starting with the Nexus 9 tablet from HTC. This device works with an 8.9-inch display with IPS LCD technology, an 8-megapixel camera at its back, a 1.6-megapixel camera up front, and an NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor under the hood. This tablet will be released in three colors and two different internal storage sizes.

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Android Lollipop, Nexus 6, 9, and Player all arrive!

Android Lollipop, Nexus 6, 9, and Player all arrive!

You’ve been waiting for it, and now it’s here. The Nexus 9 has arrived, and is branded with a very small HTC logo at the bottom. All the rumors, all the chatter, it was all true. In addition to the Nexus 9, we are also getting the Nexus 6, a VERY Motorola product. In fact, it looks like a bigger Moto X, which is exactly what we’d heard it would be. As if that weren’t enough, a Nexus set-top box is also seeing the light of day.

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Nexus 9 incoming: Nexus 5, 7, 10 leave Play store

Nexus 9 incoming: Nexus 5, 7, 10 leave Play store

This morning it’s become clear that Google means to move some inventory in a very short time. As they’ve done in the past immediately preceding the release of a new product, they’ve taken out the Buy button from several of their main products - Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 - to make way for the next wave. What that’ll mean for you is a new Nexus 9, at least, and perhaps a new Nexus 6 to go along with it. The release of these devices to the play store will likely occur this afternoon.

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