Video: Android 5.0 “Lollipop” Quick Tour

This morning, a close-to-final Android 5.0 “Lollipop” was released for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), so as you can imagine, we flashed it immediately to start looking for new features, test out performance, and drool at all of the Material Design. While this isn’t technically “final,” all of its APIs are final, so this is likely the last preview we will see before over-the-air updates are made available in the coming weeks. One would hope that most of the early bugs have been squashed.

So, what are we looking at in terms of differences between this and the previous preview builds of Android L? Polish. So much polish. This new Android 5.0 preview build is so buttery smooth and fast, that I wish you could all take it for a spin. If you own a Nexus 5 or 7 (2013) you can, but the rest will have to wait a bit. And if you own either of those devices, this may be worth flashing, unlike the previous previews. In fact, this is me basically tell you to flash it now. You need to experience this.  (more…)

Video: Testing the Motorola Turbo Charger With a Moto X (Updated)

Motorola’s Turbo Charger is finally shipping after pre-orders first went live back in October. As you would expect, we picked up a couple to test out the supposed 8 hours of juice in 15 minutes claim that Motorola told us during the new Moto X (2nd gen) unveiling.

For those not familiar, the Turbo Charger takes advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which allows a depleted battery to grab a substantial amount of battery power within a few minutes. As you can imagine, being able to charge your device to a decent percentage in a few minutes could really come in handy, especially at the end of a long work day that is about to get longer.  (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…)

The Official Promos Videos for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 (Nexus Player Too)

The Nexus 6Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are beyond real at this point, even if you can’t buy them yet. Soon, though, soon. For now, you just have to drool over Google’s imagery, including the two new promo videos they just uploaded for each device.

Each video walks you through the design of the device being featured, covers specs, talks weight, Lollipop, and genuinely makes you want to hold and caress them in your arms for a few minutes. Well, maybe not the caress part…or holding…how about poking? Either way, watch the clips and continue to tell us what you think.  (more…)