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Is Nexus too big and expensive, now?

Is Nexus too big and expensive, now?

The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet are official, and available for scrutiny via the Play Store. The two newest flagship devices from Google are also big; bigger than the devices they replace. Are they too big, though? Is the price Google is asking too much? Both new Nexus represent a new direction for the platform, but has Google turned some fans off? A lot of criticism has been levied against them for these two big, more-expensive-than-your-usual-Nexus devices — but is it fair?

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Pre-order your Nexus 9 from Google, Best Buy, or HTC

Pre-order your Nexus 9 from Google, Best Buy, or HTC

Ready for the Nexus 9? Google’s answer to the iPad mini is now available for pre-order! Branded as one “for mover’s and makers”, the Nexus 9 has arrived on the Play Store, with all options listed. The full compliment of official accessories — the keyboard folio and various “origami” stands — are also listed, but are noted as “coming soon”. If you’re not interested in add-ons, you might be able to find the Nexus 9 you want, but some options are missing.

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Report: new Chrome OS boss means “Android is the future”

Report: new Chrome OS boss means “Android is the future”

When Chrome boss Sundar Pichai took over the reigns of Android in addition to his normal duties, the synergy between the two programs began inside Google. Overseeing Google’s two major platforms requires a lot of support, and The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Pichai has appointed Android engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer to head up the engineering team for Chrome. His focus is said to be Chrome OS, which makes its home on several computers as a lightweight, web-based operating system.

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Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

Want Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 or Nexus 7? Here you go

This morning with the release scheduled for the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 in the Google Play store, Google has prepared Android 5.0 Lollipop for developers everywhere. If you own the LG Nexus 5 or the ASUS Nexus 7 - either year - you’re in luck. You’ll have only to get prepped with the Developer Preview and update. If you want to shoot this process into super-speed, you’ll have only to tap Google’s downloads directly.

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Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Mini 3: Release Day

Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Mini 3: Release Day

There’s a collection of tablets appearing on the market today - two from Apple, the other from Google and manufactured by HTC. These tablets are amongst the thinnest, highest-powered, and finest tablets ever made. But supposing you’re going to get one of them - which one do you choose? We’re not going to make it that easy for you - but we will tell you the differences between the three. And there's a tablet made by NVIDIA in the mix as well - released previously, but still very much in this competition.

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Nexus 9 seen in Vietnam in the flesh, Amazon starts pre-orders

Nexus 9 seen in Vietnam in the flesh, Amazon starts pre-orders

The excitement around Google and HTC's newest Nexus 9 tablet is so great that some people just can't keep their hands off it, or keep those from showing up on the Internet. The new Nexus tablet isn't due out in a few weeks, but someone in Vietnam already got their hands on not one but two Nexus 9, in black and white colors, just to tease everyone else with a substantial number of photos. In the meantime, though, Amazon has already started the ball rolling.

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Chromecast stops by FCC, 5GHz WiFi may be coming

Chromecast stops by FCC, 5GHz WiFi may be coming

google’s Chromecast is a tiny wonder, and has claimed the “HDMI 1” port on many TVs across the globe. Our favorite app-to-TV dongle is getting a bit of an upgrade it seems, sopping by the FCC to show off some new stuff. The overall makeup looks the same, hardware-wise, but there’s one small uptick that will have some existing users grabbing a new one. Adopting the 5GHz WiFi standard in addition to the 2.4GHz signal is going to make streaming a pure joy.

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Google Q3 2014 Earnings hit and a miss

Google Q3 2014 Earnings hit and a miss

This afternoon Google announced their financial Q3 2014 earnings, this just a short while after Apple held their 2014 iPad event. Generally Apple’s events squash every other kind of technology news released during the day, but Google’s earnings - especially ones that turn their stock into a rock - should be strong enough to break on through. What we’re seeing today is Google’s CFO Patrick Pichette announce that they’re excited about the growth in our advertising and emerging businesses."

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Android Lollipop confirmed for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Android Lollipop confirmed for NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

As if you needed another reason to want the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, here’s one: this tablet will be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop as soon as NVIDIA can muster it. This means everything we discussed yesterday in our Android Lollipop guide: everything a Nexus needs to know and likely more. NVIDIA has been really good about incorporating Google’s must-have features for Nexus devices into their own tablet lineup and have incorporated some feature even Nexus devices don’t have yet - like on-device screen recording.

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