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…)