Intel-powered Samsung Chromebook 2 Pre-order Available on Amazon, Priced at $249

Chromebooks generally sell well, but Samsung’s Chromebook 2 may not have done as well as the company had hoped it would. Perhaps the aging Exynos 5 Octa processor or questionable build quality left consumers unimpressed. Whatever the reason, the Korea-based electronics maker is making another go of it with a new and improved Chromebook 2 model that ditches ARM for Intel silicon. (more…)

Pre-order a Nexus 9 From HTC, Ships October 31

If you needed another storefront from which to order a shiny new Nexus 9, HTC itself should do you quite well. The manufacturer began accepting pre-orders for the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi variants earlier today, with the choice of either black or white outer casing.

Interestingly, HTC is the only retailer so far to offer a ship date of October 31. That is not to say it is the best place to buy the Nexus 9, as Best Buy might suit your fancy, and Prime members will probably favor Amazon, but given how inconsistent Play Store deliveries can be, HTC might prove to be a little more reliable than some of the competition. (more…)

Google Updates Material Design Guidelines, Provides Downloadable Assets for Developers

As we inch incrementally closer to the final release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has provided developers with updated tools needed to leverage new APIs and conform with top stylistic practices. In the case of the former, the search giant seeded the SDK this morning. In a separate blog post today, Google turned its attention to aesthetics.  (more…)

Moto Voice Receives Minor Update, Improves Responsiveness and Moto Hint Performance

Like Touchless Control? How about faster and more precise touchless control? If you own a newer Motorola (i.e., released within the past year or so) smartphone, you get your wish. A minor Moto Voice update is rolling out today with “improved responsiveness” for commands and “improved performance” when paired with the Moto Hint(more…)

Hands-on Video and Pictures of the Nexus 9 in Use Hit the Web

The recently announced Nexus 9 may not go up for pre-order until tomorrow, but picture and videos of the HTC-made tablet in action have already begun to emerge online.

SChannel, the Vietnamese YouTube channel of Sforum, published an overview of the device this morning. The narrator compares several aspects of the Nexus 9 to the 1st generation iPad Air, saying the body is similar in heft, but more compact and lighter than Apple’s offering.  (more…)

Nexus 6 to Gain WiFi Calling on T-Mobile in Early 2015

In case T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 7.0 event did not make it clear, the wireless carrier is extremely committed to WiFi calling. Lest you were concerned the Nexus 6 would not support the carrier’s much-vaunted feature, you can now rest easy.

T-Mobile has confirmed in a press release that the Nexus 6 will gain support for WiFi calling in early 2015 after an over-the-air update. (more…)