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Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android users, developers, and OEMs should probably be used by now that new, almost experimental features that Google introduces in "Release A" don't get polished until "Release A+1". That was the case with Doze mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well as the "hidden" split window API in the same release. Now it seems that it will be true as well for the free-form resizable windows of Android N. To be clear, the API will be there for app developers and OEMs to use and implement, but as far as Google's Nexus and Pixel C devices are concerned, it's going to be a no show.

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Nexus 9 not actually discontinued quite yet

Nexus 9 not actually discontinued quite yet

HTC has confirmed that though their tablet has ceased being manufactured, they have not "discontinued" the tablet altogether. The word "discontinue" suggests that the device has stopped being made AND stopped being available for purchase. Only one of those necessities has been fulfilled. While the information appearing this week VIA a source speaking with CNET suggested the tablet wont be around for long, HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon said the following this afternoon: "I can confirm Nexus 9 has not been discontinued. We still sell and support it at HTC dot com."

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iFixit Pixel C teardown: glued tight, hampers repairs

iFixit Pixel C teardown: glued tight, hampers repairs

Google's official acknowledgment of multi-window and split screen capabilities in the still to be named Android N has inevitably put the Pixel C back in the spotlight. It doesn't hurt that Google's only remaining tablet also got a bit of a discount. The team at iFixit took that a sign from above (from the mothership really) to finally give the tablet-would-be-laptop a good and thorough teardown. Sadly, it was an adventured mired in glue, revealing the Pixel C to be a rather tough nut to crack. Or rather a difficult tablet to take apart.

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Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Are Android tablets in trouble? While there has always been an industry-wide slump in tablet sales, Android OEMs have always been churning out large slabs until recently. There has been a marked slowdown and distinct lack of high end Android tablets of late. And now, one of Google's very own tablets has left the building. The Nexus 9 has silently been removed from the Google Store and will in fact reach its support EOL later this year. That leaves the rather ambiguous Pixel C as the lone Android slate in Google's device and accessory store.

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Android needs a bit of growing up for productivity

Android needs a bit of growing up for productivity

Tablets are on the cusp of a renaissance. Long described by analysts as a dying device category, tablets may have stumbled upon a new lease on life, a new reason for being. That will come through a redefinition of sorts, a transformation from content consumption to content creation and productivity. We've already seen that shift starting to turn, with the Microsoft Surface line for a good few years now, to Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C. But hardware is one thing. Software is a related but different story. And as far as Android is concerned, , and even iOS as well, the software has a bit of catching up to do.

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Google Pixel C Review

Google Pixel C Review

Google shows a deft touch for hardware at times, and the Pixel C is one of those occasions. It's a clear cousin to the Chromebook Pixel, with a squared-off anodized aluminum casing and Gorilla Glass protected display. The refreshing absence of logos is presumably considered acceptable because of the color-changing LED light bar on the rear, which can show both the Google hues as well - when the tablet is tapped - as battery status.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Marshmallow update released today

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 Marshmallow update released today

Starting this afternoon, owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 will begin to see OTA updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This version of Android is only otherwise out on the HTC-made Nexus 9 and the Google Pixel C (both of which also use NVIDIA processors). The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 will be getting a collection of feature upgrades including Google Now on Tap as well as adoptable storage, allowing users to tread microSD cards as internal storage.

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Pixel C AMA gives hope for split screens but not styluses

Pixel C AMA gives hope for split screens but not styluses

Early reviews of the newly launched Google Pixel C seem to agree on two things. First is that it's an awesome kit as far as hardware goes. The second is that it is somewhat ironically hampered by Android. To many, it felt like Google simply slapped on Android on the tablet hybrid without preparing it or designing it to fit the hardware. Based on the recent Reddit AMA, that almost seems like the case. The good news is that almost all those criticisms will be addressed in future updates. The bad news, it might take a while, even up to Android N, whatever its name might be.

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Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Google has just made the Pixel C Android 2-in-1 tablet available for purchase and the tech world will undoubtedly be awash with reviews of the device, most of which will compare it with the iPad Pro and the Surface 3. And that's to be expected, not just because they are direct competitors to each other, to some extent, but also because they are the forerunners of a shift in the tablet market that will most likely define the device category in the next few years. Tablets are growing up, and they aren't content to just be passive bystanders to the digital content that we are creating by the droves.

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Pixel C released today: final details on the iPad Pro competitor

Pixel C released today: final details on the iPad Pro competitor

Google's Pixel C tablet has been released to the Google Store online this afternoon, bringing with it a keyboard and Android Marshmallow to boot. Microsoft was first in line to this worker-tablet party with their "Surface" tablet suite, bringing "productivity" to the tablet universe with Windows 8. Then came Apple, bringing the ultra-large iPad Pro with its own keyboard and stylus. Google's entry keeps it simple with a silver back, 10.2-inch display, and USB-C connectivity.

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Google Pixel C benchmarks reveal a performance monster

Google Pixel C benchmarks reveal a performance monster

Last September, Google revealed an unexpected new member of its Android hardware family. And no, it wasn't a new Nexus tablet. At least not by name. The Google Pixel C looked more like a Chromebook, and even had part of the Chromebook name, but ran Android instead. Rumor has it that the Pixel C will launch sometime in the next few days. But before that happens, some benchmark sites have caught a glimpse of the 2-in-1 tablet hybrid and have revealed just how powerful, and maybe even underutilized, it could be.

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Google Pixel C hands-on

What happens when you set the Chromebook Pixel team loose on Android tablets? The Google Pixel C is the result, a sleek metal-bodied premium slate with a detachable QWERTY keyboard for those who refuse to compromise when it comes to text entry.

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