Phandroid » Tablets Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:28:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Android Deals: 32GB Nexus 7 for $169, Halloween movie deals, and more Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:35:59 +0000 deals

Get into the Halloween spirit with some scary good deals on Android smartphones and tablets including the Nexus 7, apps for productivity, and a great selection of spooky movies fit for the season. Act quick: these deals are active as of the time of this posting, but they could soon vanish as ghosts in the night.

Hardware & Accessories

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Get ready for Android Lollipop with a second generation Nexus 7 for $169. The price nets you the WiFi-only version of the 7-inch ASUS-made tablet with 32GB of internal storage. Also on sale are first generation Nexus 7 devices with 16 or 32GB of storage starting at $109.99. [Woot]

Or go with a Google Play Edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra for only $324.99 via Expansys USA. You’ll enjoy 50% off the regular price of this Google Experience smartphone with a 6.4-inch Full HD display and waterproof design. [Expansys USA]

Charge your device anytime, anywhere with the SOScharger available at over 25% off. This portable 2300mAh cell can be charged by hand using the built-in crank, providing enough extra capacity to top off your Android smartphone’s power reserve. Compatible with all USB-chargeable smartphones, tablets, and other devices. [AndroidArea]

Take $170 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and experience Android through a gorgeous Super AMOLED display. Priced at $379.99 with free shipping, this is your chance to own one of the best tablets on the market at an amazing price. [eBay]

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Nexus 9 keyboard folio and Magic Cover cases go up for pre-order on Amazon Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:44:58 +0000 nexus 9 keyboard folio 1


You’ve already pre-ordered your Nexus 9, so why not pre-order the accessories to go with it? Amazon is now listing the keyboard folio case for the tablet that we’ve seen so much of. It’s a little on the pricey side at $129.99, but considering it’s a fully mechanical keyboard, has wireless pairing and looks to be built quite well (it attaches itself to the Nexus 9 using magnets) we imagine it might be well worth it for some of you. The case promises to live for 5 months on a single charge so you won’t have to hook it up to the wall very often. The case also folds to two different angles.

The cheaper case option is the $39.99 Magic Cover, a magnetic slab that can go on the front or rear of the device. It, too, uses magnets, and features smart cover features for automatically waking the display when removed from the front, or automatically launching the camera when the flap covering the camera sensor is removed when attached to the rear. The case folds at 5 different points — one at each corner and straight through the middle — to give you two different viewing angles and to provide for a sturdy prop whenever you are watching video or typing.

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The keyboard folio case comes in your standard black, while the Magic Cover can be had in black, coral amethyst, lime stone, and mint indigo. Both are set to ship November 3rd, which is about the same time Nexus 9 units are expected to leave warehouses for those who’ve pre0rdered one. Head to the Amazon links below to order if you’re interested.

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Nexus 9 pre-orders now up at Best Buy (WiFi+LTE) and HTC (WiFi-only) Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:56:30 +0000 Nexus-9-fanned

If Amazon isn’t your thing then a couple of new options for placing a pre-order for the Nexus 9 have just opened up. Best Buy is one, with the big box retailer offering up WiFi and LTE models. You can choose between the WiFi-only editions in 16GB or 32GB for $399 and $479 in both Lunar White and Indigo Black, or opt for a 32GB T-Mobile LTE model for a cool $599 (though you’ll only be able to get it in Indigo Black.

HTC also has the device, but they only have the WiFi model in 16GB and 32GB for both colors — that means you’ll have to go through Best Buy if you want the LTE model as Amazon does not carry it either. That, or wait for the tablet to appear on Google Play at some point later today. Head the the source links to play your orders and expect them to ship starting early next week.

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Everything you need to know about the Nexus 9 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:51:17 +0000 nexus-9-tabledThe newly announced Nexus 9 is available for pre-order today, but what’s the hype over the latest Google slate all about? Here’s a primer on the newest member of the Nexus family — the first Android device to launch with the Lollipop update.

Hardware & Design


The Nexus 9 (designed and manufactured by HTC under the Google’s guidance) offers a compromise when it comes to size, but it doesn’t compromise when it comes to its spec sheet. An 8.9-inch display equates to a form factor with a smaller footprint than a 10-inch slate but more screen real estate than 7-inch options. This best-of-both-worlds approach should appeal to a wide range of users. A thickness of 7.9mm and weight of 425g (WiFi model) make for a light and portable device.

We mentioned that HTC and Google didn’t cut corners when it came to hardware. Here’s the spec highlights for the Nexus 9:

  • 8.9-inch IPS LCD (2048×1536, 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • NVIDIA Kegra K1 (64-bit dual-core Denver CPU @ 2.3GHz)
  • Kepler GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear, 1.6MP front-facing cameras
  • 6700mAh battery

The Nexus 9 also features front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers (as well as 3.5mm headset jack), dual microphones, MIMO WiFi 802.11ac, and LTE connectivity options. Google promises battery life of up to 9.5 hours for media playback and WiFi browsing with standby times of up to 30 days.

Android 5.0 Lollipop & Timely Upgrades

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The Nexus 9 will be the first device to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The operating system update is best known for its visual overhaul dubbed Material Design. Material Design aims to create a familiar but custom-tailored interface across Android devices, allowing users to seamlessly transition from their smartphone to tablet to smartwatch and even TV with the new Nexus Player. Material Design relies on responsive animations to create visual feedback to interface interactions, creating a more tangible experience that feels intuitive and natural.

Other improvements include enhanced notifications and multitasking as well as a new battery saver feature to squeeze every last minute out of a waning charge. The Nexus 9 takes advantage of Lollipop’s capability to allow access to Google Now voice commands even when the display is powered down. User’s simply speak and their tablet responds.

Under-the-hood improvements include Project Volta, again focused on improving battery life, and the transition to the new ART runtime. ART replaces the Dalvik runtime that has long been a part of Android and promises better application speeds and an overall performance boost.

Because the Nexus 9 is a Nexus device, it will not only be the first to launch with Lollipop but it will also be first in line to receive future Android updates. With a direct line to Google, updates will push to the Nexus 9 as soon as they are available. Carrier and manufacturer interference will not slow down the process. When Android 5.1 is ready, Nexus users will receive it before anyone else.

Media Machine


The Nexus 9’s abundant power and efficient Android 5.0 operating system make it the perfect device for reading, web browsing, streaming video, gaming, and more. Access to the Google Play Store gives puts over 1 million apps and games, a huge library of books, and nearly endless music and movies right at the users fingertips. Entertainment options on the Nexus 9 are nearly endless.

The N9’s 192-core Kepler GPU promises desktop-grade graphics and the 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 is future-proofed for the next generation of mobile software. The dual BoomSound speakers provide immersive audio for movies, games, and music alike.

Keyboard Dock


A separate keyboard dock will be available for the Nexus 9, doubling as a productivity tool and stand for hands free entertainment. The dock features magnetic attachment and a folding design that allows users to position their Nexus 9 at the perfect angle for work or play. The full-fledged keyboard turns the N9 into a potential replacement for a laptop when it comes to tasks like document creation, email, and more.

Configuration Options & Pricing

The Nexus 9 is available today for pre-order in a variety of configurations via Best Buy, Amazon, and the Google Play Store. Pricing starts at $399 for the WiFi-only model with 16GB of internal storage. The WiFi model with 32GB sells for $479. A WiFi + LTE version with 32GB of storage is available for $599. All options will be available in one of three colors: lunar white, indigo black, and beige.

Retail availability begins November 3rd. Pre-orders are expected to arrive on or before that date.

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Pre-order the Nexus 9 early from Amazon for $399, ships Nov 3rd Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:31 +0000 Amazon HTC Nexus 9 preorder

It’s a little bit early from Google’s announced October 17th pre-order date, but starting right now you can pre-order the HTC-made Nexus 9 from Amazon for $400 (16GB) or $480 (32GB). Left out was the LTE model and specific color options, but then again, Amazon did jump the gun.

Ship dates are currently set for November 3rd, same as anywhere else so pre-ordering now doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’ll receive the tablet early — it just gives you a little peace of mind. Tomorrow, the Nexus 9 will be available on the Google Play Store if you want to wait a few more hours.

For anyone wary, Amazon has some of the best customer service this side of the internet and could help avoid any frustrations that may arise should the Google Play Store sell out quickly. Links provided below.

Buy on Amazon (US): Nexus 9

Buy on Amazon (Germany): Nexus 9

Buy on Amazon (France): Nexus 9

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Sony promises Lollipop for every single device in the Z series Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:57:24 +0000 sony-xperia-z3

You read that right — if your Sony Xperia phone is from the Z line, you’re getting Lollipop, no questions asked. Sony confirmed that much in a blog post today, and in case you’ve forgotten how many devices fit the bill here’s a handy dandy list:

  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia ZL
  • Xperia ZR
  • Xperia Tablet Z
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z1S
  • Xperia Z Ultra
  • Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3v
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony says the core Xperia Z3 and Z2 models will be first in line with first upgrades expected to begin in early 2015. Timelines for the rest of the phones are still up in the air, though we’re sure Sony will work to get it out as soon as they can. That’s the extent of what we know about their plans to this point so we’ll be patiently awaiting more details from the Sony camp as the months tick by.

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Apple’s new iPads vs Nexus 9 & Samsung Galaxy Tab S Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:08:38 +0000 Apple has announced a pair of iPad updates today, refreshing both models from last year with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The two devices don’t change much in terms of design from the previous models, but a few key upgrades promise to once again make Apple’s tablet offerings the talk of the town.

Before we get swept up in another round of Apple hype, let’s breakdown how these slates really stack up against the best Android has to offer. We compare the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini head-to-head with the newly announced Nexus 9 by HTC and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S line.

iPad Air 2 vs Android competitors

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 picks up where last year’s model left off, packing plenty of punch the lightest and thinnest tablet (437g, 6.1mm) we have ever seen. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S, which launched earlier this year, gets close at 6.6mm (467g). The Nexus 9 is the odd man out with a thickness of 7.9mm, a measurement that is still nothing to scoff out. The N9 is the lightest of the tablets at 425g.


With tablets seeing plenty of use as media devices, the display is without doubt one of the most important hardware elements to consider. The iPad Air, Galaxy Tab S, and Nexus 9 are all in the ballpark of 10 inches and all feature resolutions in excess of 1080p Full HD.

The Nexus 9 straddles the line between the large and mid-size tablets at 8.9 inches. It’s 1536×2048 resolution equates to a pixel density of 281ppi across its surface area. The Galaxy Tab S offers the biggest display option at 10.5 inches. Its Super AMOLED display slightly edges the IPS LCD of the Nexus 9 with a resolution of 1600×2560 and a pixel density of 288ppi. The iPad Air 2 sits in the middle with its 9.7-inch Retina display, an IPS screen touting a resolution of 1536×2048 and a pixel density of 264ppi.

Processing Power & Battery

Between the Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, and Galaxy Tab S, there is plenty of processing power to go around. Each device is supported by a SoC from a different manufacturer, and each has its own advantages.

Apple’s latest offering features the 64 bit A8X. The A8X is a iPad-tailored version of the A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month, a dual-core chip that has been tested to reveal clock speeds around 1.4GHz (Apple does not reveal detailed figures for its processors). The chip also includes an M8 coprocessor for handling motion sensor inputs and promises improved graphical capabilities.

The Nexus 9 relies on the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip, a quad-core chipset clocked at 2.3GHz. This chip also includes a Kepler DX1, which comes with the claim of offering desktop-grade graphics on a mobile device. The Nexus 9’s processor suite is supported by 2GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Tab S comes in two flavors. Some regions have access to the tablet with an Exynos 5420 octa-core processing, but most will see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 variant. That device sports quad-core 2.3GHz processing and Adreno 330 graphics and 3GB RAM.

The iPad Air 2 features a battery that promises up to 10 hours of use (Apple did not reveal a specific capacity). The Galaxy Tab S features a 7900mAh battery that offers up to 11 hours of multimedia use. The Nexus 9 features a 6700mAh battery.

Fingerprint Scanner, Camera & Other Features

The latest generation of iPads are the first to feature Apple’s Touch ID technology, allowing users to unlock their devices with a fingerprint and provide additional security for supported apps and services. The Galaxy Tab S offers a fingerprint scanner with similar capabilities, though it has been known to be slightly more finicky than its Apple competitor. The Nexus 9 does not include a finger scanner.

All devices feature rear and front facing cameras. The iPad Air 2 sports a 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera, while the Nexus 9 and Galaxy Tab S both feature an 8MP rear shooter and 1.6MP and 2.1MP front-facing sensor, respectively. All are capable of capturing 1080p HD video in addition to hi-res still photos.

All three devices feature dual-antenna MIMO WiFi for enhanced connectivity and improved data speeds. The three devices all also offer LTE-enabled variants to take advantage of mobile data over a cellular network.


While two of our devices run Android and only one runs iOS, all three offer different software experiences. Chalk this up to the inclusion of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on the Galaxy Tab S (based on Android 4.4 KitKat) and the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 9. The new lineup of iPads sports iOS 8, Apple’s latest update to their mobile platform.

The differences between the Galaxy Tab and Nexus 9 are mostly surface level — core Android features like widgets, multitasking, and access to the Google Play Store remain the same. The N9 does benefit from new features introduced in Android 5.0 including its Material Design interface (a new design language geared at unifying the Android experience across devices) as well as improved notification controls and a new battery saver mode.

iOS 8’s differences are a bit more drastic. Users still have access to features like multitasking and over a million apps via Apple’s App Store, but widgets are refined to the notification shade and other core differences exist in how iOS functions versus Android. Apple made a point of emphasizing continuity features that allow users to easily move from smartphone to tablet to Mac, enabling text message and voice calling support across devices paired with a connected iPhone.

Android Lollipop boasts some continuity features, but Google has focused on media. Users can start a movie or video on one device and pick right up on another, including televisions thanks to the new Nexus Player.

iPad mini 3 vs Android competitors

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Apple also unveiled a new edition of their iPad mini, a device featuring an 8-inch display. This tablet perhaps best compares with the Samsung’s smaller Galaxy Tab S, the 8.4-inch edition, but the Nexus 9’s 8.9-inch form factor is still an option for those looking for a slightly smaller slate.

The iPad mini 3 features a 7.9-inch Retina display at 2048×1536 resolution and 326ppi. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4’s Super AMOLED display measures 8.4 inches with a pixel dentist of 359ppi. Specs for the iPad mini and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 are otherwise identical to their larger counterparts.

Availability & Pricing

The iPad Air 2 will be available starting at $499 for a 16GB model, identical pricing to the equivalent Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 model. The iPad mini will retail starting at $399, a price point that again matches the Samsung Galaxy Tab S at the 8.4-inch level. The Nexus 9 will retail for an identical $399 for a 16GB model.

The Nexus 9 will go up for pre-order on October 17th with official availability beginning November 3rd. The new iPads will also be available for pre-order starting October 17th and ships next week. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is currently available from a variety of retailers and carrier partners.

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This is how the Nexus 9 looks in the real world [Pics, Video] Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:21:06 +0000

Renders are enough to give us a decent idea of how a new device looks at its best, but there’s nothing like getting a look at the thing in the flesh. The Nexus 9 won’t be available until November 3rd, but some lucky souls in Vietnam have already gotten a chance to finagle the thing and were gracious enough to deliver all the photos and video we can handle.

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The device doesn’t really look more or less cool than what we’ve seen in the official press renders, though we were taken aback by the fact that it definitely is as thin as advertised. And it does look absolutely stunning. We obviously can’t comment on how it feels in the hand just yet, but early impressions suggest you won’t have any issues palming the 8.9-inch tablet.

The Nexus 9’s 4:3 aspect ratio might have been off-putting on paper, but it looks like a really comfortable, natural device that should hopefully bring 4:3 back in style for the tablet scene. One last thing — that keyboard case looks freaking awesome. The case is a very snug fit when not in use, and it looks to fold out into a laptop-like state with ease. Needless to say this is most certainly one of the best looking tablets out there, and we imagine there won’t be a much better way to spend $400 this year if you’re in the market for one. Be sure to head to the source links for a lot more.

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Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 available early November, first devices to run Android Lollipop Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:24:17 +0000 As expected, Google has today officially announced via a blog post the availability of the long-rumored new entries to their Nexus line. The Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet will be available for purchase in early November with pre-orders starting later this month. The pair will be the first devices to ship with Android Lollipop (the now-official name of the operating system update previewed at this year’s Google I/O).


The Nexus 9 is HTC’s first Nexus Tablet and their second Nexus device following the original Nexus One. It succeeds the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 and will serve as a replacement for both that tablet and the larger, pricier Nexus 10 by Samsung, by all appearances. Its specs include:

  • 8.9-inch, 1440×2048 display
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 processing (quad-core 2.5GHz Cortex-A15)
  • ULP GeForce Kepler graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear and 1.6MP front-facing cameras
  • 6700mAh

The tablet is offered with two storage options: 16GB and 32GB. A folding keyboard case/stand will be sold as an optional accessory.


As for the Nexus 6, the handset could be considered the first phablet to enter the Nexus line, featuring a display measuring an inch larger than last year’s Nexus 5. Manufactured by Motorola, it’s design will be immediately familiar to anyone who has seen a Moto X or Moto G. Its specs:

  • 5.96-inch, QHD (1440×2560) display
  • Snapdragon 805 processing (quad-core 2.7GHz)
  • Adreno 420 graphics
  • 13MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras
  • 3220mAh battery

The Nexus 6 will also benefit from Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology, promising 6 hours of battery life after only 15 minutes on its charger. It will be available in both 32GB and 64GB options.

The Nexus 9 goes up for pre-order on Friday, October 17th with full retail availability beginning November 3rd. The Nexus 6 will go on pre-order later this month and launch in early November and will be available unlocked or with carrier support from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Specific pricing for both devices has not been announced.

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ASUS Padfone X Mini heads to AT&T prepaid on October 24th Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:10:07 +0000 asus_padfone_x_mini_story_1

Fans of ASUS’ interesting Padfone lineup may be excited to learn that one of the latest affordable entries in the line will be headed to AT&T here in the United States. The carrier has announced availability of the ASUS Padfone X Mini, giving us an October 24th launch date for their prepaid arm GoPhone. The device will run you just $199.99 without contract, and that’ll afford you a 4.5-inch phone that can be docked into a 7-inch tablet form factor whenever you need to transition to the big screen.

For $200 you obviously shouldn’t expect the world in terms of specs, but we know it’ll feature an Intel Atom processor, a 5 megapixel camera and 15 hours of battery life for phone mode vs 28 hours of life while docked into the tablet. Unfortunately AT&T didn’t go into grave detail about its specs, but we’ll be digging for that information and will look to share it with you as it comes in. This obviously won’t appease the needs of everyone but it could be a very nice compromise for folks who don’t want to spend too much for both a phone and a tablet.

[via AT&T]

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Report: Nexus 6 and 9 will offcially be revealed tomorrow along with pre-order and launch dates Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:44:06 +0000 htc nexus 9 leak

You know what they say, when it rains, it pours. The typical birthing pangs of a new release, leaks have been spewing out from all around the net as Google prepares to launch the newest additions to their product portfolio: the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

If you needed any further confirmation that we’re nearing an official announcement, Forbes is now chiming in, confirming that tomorrow will be the day Google finally reveals, not only their new super-sized smartphone and tablet, but the latest version of their software currently known as “Android L.” They wont have an event, instead of opting for a simple blog post as they work on getting Android L up to speed (and get the jump on Apple’s iPad event).

According to sources, the Nexus 9 (aka HTC Volantis) will be available for pre-order starting this Friday October 17th, public availability (and shipping) on November 3rd. The new tablet will be available in 2 hardware configurations: 16GB for $400, or a 32GB 4G LTE model for $500.

When it comes to specs, Forbes was able to confirm the Nexus 9’s 8.9-inch 2048×1440 resolution display, 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 8MP rear/3MP front-facing cameras, and an approximate weight of 480 grams. As far as stylings, it appears HTC and Google decided to go with a “brushed aluminum” frame instead of “all metal.” This was an effort to help keep their costs down.

An origami-like magnetic flip case / stand will also be available tomorrow as well, and mimics a design we’ve seen before where it bend into various shapes to suit your favorite viewing angles.

Unfortunately, Forbes wasn’t able to confirm much else about the Nexus 6 (like available colors), but then again, tomorrow is only a short time away. Stay tuned!

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New Android ad videos featuring Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 revealed Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:52:58 +0000 google android nexus 6 ad

Looks like Google has a cool new advertisement for Android starting to hit airwaves. A total of three ads showed up during The Walking Dead’s season premier last night. The theme is “be together, not the same” which is Google’s prideful way of showing how many different Android devices there are, and how even identical devices can be completely different depending on the user.

Two of the ads give us a nice little surprise — drawings of a Nexus 6-like phone and a Nexus 9-like tablet being used by a couple of the Androidified folks in the ad. The Nexus 6 comes in the Bus Stop spot, where the tiny guy’s phone happens to be a gigantic Nexus 6. We’re not sure if everyone was laughing with him or at him after seeing how ridiculously big his phone was, but that’s the idea behind it — what may seem like a funny, weird phone to you is the perfect phone for someone else!

The Nexus 9, on the other hand, shows up in a less prominent role during the road trip ad. You’ll notice a quick shot of it being used by a blonde bearded man rocking his head to some tunes inside the Winnebago. The third and final ad doesn’t show any phone or tablet in particular — it’s just fun, cool and embodies everything Android is about.

More than just the latest Nexus devices possibly being outed here, these ads could hint toward one other big change coming out of the Googleplex — actual advertisement for Android. Since the platform launched in 2008 Google has left it up to carriers and manufacturers to advertise their Android phones and tablets however they saw fit.

But somewhere along the way, Google became conscious of branding, marketing and the need to win mind share. We’re not sure if we’ll ever see these ads on TV, but their very existence shows Google could be ready to do more to get Android’s name out there than they ever have. Be sure to watch all of them above and below.

[Reddit, Google+ via Android Authority]

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Nexus 6 is reportedly launching this month, are you ready for it? Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:04:23 +0000 Nexus 5 unboxing featured

If last year’s sudden Nexus 5 launch wasn’t a big enough clue for you, we’d say we’re not too far off from Google announcing a followup sometime this month as well. They didn’t give a specific date, but according to 3 sources out of The Wall Street Journal, Google is planning just that, with the Nexus 6 — Google’s new phablet — being made official any day now.

Running with Google’s recent naming scheme, the Nexus 6 is fixin’ to be an exceptionally large smartphone that will help Google compete in the phablet market, one currently dominated by the likes of Samsung and soon, Apple (if they can keep up with demand). There was no mention of pricing, but it’s interesting that recent Nexus 6 leaks show a phone identical to Motorola’s Moto X (2nd Gen), only larger and with the Nexus name on the back. Typically, Google contracts an OEM to build an entirely separate model (usually with cheaper parts to help keep costs down). It’ll be interesting to see if any corners were cut and if not, what the unlocked pricing will look like.

Apple is planning an October 16th event and with rumors of Google also announcing a Nexus 9 tablet along with the Nexus 6, it would make sense for Google to try and get a jump on Apple by announcing their new product portfolio a day before (or the day of?) the event. But that date is closing in fast and without hide or hair of any invites being sent out to press, expect another lowkey blog post for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 like Google did with last year’s Nexus 5.

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HP quietly launches affordable new 10.1 inch tablet on Amazon Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:36:01 +0000 hp 10 plus 1

After news that HP has finally split its company up this morning, the company seems to have quietly placed a new tablet on sale through Amazon. It’s called the HP 10 Plus, and we’re a bit understanding of the fact that they didn’t give it much fanfare due to its following specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1080p display
  • 1GHz Allwinner processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • 0.37 x 6.89 x 10.43 inches

The tablet does come in at a reasonable $280 to start, and we’re sure that price is going to come down over time. Not meant to be the most fabulous device in the world, but if Samsung and LG’s 10.1-inch affordable options aren’t working for you and you don’t mind an HP-made doohickey, this would be one to check out.

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Is this our first look at the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet? [Leak] Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:45:46 +0000 htc nexus 9 leak

Google is long overdue for another tablet in the Nexus lineup, and rumors say to expect them to introduce that tablet alongside HTC at some point this year. We haven’t heard a ton about the device and what it’s expected to bring to this point, but we might finally have our first glimpse at the thing.

Up and coming leakster @upleaks obtained a purported photo of the Nexus 9. We obviously want to approach this leak with a bit of caution as even the most reputable of leaksters have been duped with falsified renders and information before.

But if this is indeed real, what does it tell us? Not much, honestly. There’s an HTC logo sitting beneath the familiar Nexus stamp on the back. It’s big and square. And it appears the camera is being accompanied by an LED flash, which may or may not be noteworthy depending on who you are.

Even more noteworthy is that the camera ring design looks pretty similar to that of the Nexus 5’s. That’s all we can tell for sure. If my eyes don’t deceive me, though, it looks like the tablet could be sporting the same soft-touch material on the back that the Nexus 5 launched with. Heck, it’s almost as if this could be a really stretched out Nexus 5, but we won’t sound the alarms on a potential fake just yet.

Google and their partners have yet to disappoint when it comes to introducing smartphones and tablets with impressive specs so we’re sure we’re in for a treat with the Nexus 9. Unfortunately there isn’t enough information out there about the Nexus 9 so we’re still left in the dark. Perhaps that’s all for the better — knowing how much of a beast it might be would make the wait that much harder to bear.

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