Nexus 9 LTE Stops by FCC With Support for 10 LTE Bands

An HTC-made tablet stopped by the FCC yesterday under ID NM80P82300, one we are assuming is the LTE-ready version of the Nexus 9. As you may have noticed, the LTE version of the Nexus 9 hasn’t gone up for sale yet, nor have we been given a release date. This could be the reason why. As Google learned with the Nexus Player, you can’t sell a product unless it has been given the green light from the FCC.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for October 2014, Kit Kat Hits 30%

When Google updated the Android distribution numbers for September, Kit Kat was nearing 25% of all devices. Now for October, it has passed that mark and currently sits at 30.2%. Unsurprisingly, Lollipop is still not available through this graph, given that it is only publicly available starting today, so you can expect to see Android 5.0 appear in next month’s numbers.

As for the rest of the field, Jelly Bean sits at 50.9%, which is slightly down from last month’s 53.8%. Ice Cream Sandwich is also on the decline, falling to 8.5% from 9.6%, and Gingerbread now sits at 9.8% down from 11.4%.

Last month’s numbers can be found here(more…)

This is the New Gmail 5.0 for Android

The new Gmail 5.0 app for Android is finally here. After being teased back at Google I/O and then appearing in numerous images here and there, as well as being featured in a ROM built for the Nexus 4, we can finally talk about its beauty (and new functionality). In case you were wondering, yes, this is the Material Design update with ripples, layers and transitions that also includes support for Exchange and other email accounts like Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, etc. You now have an all-in-one email client on Android that has been built by the Gmail team. How awesome does that sound?

Update:  You can download it here.

Let’s look at what we are working with.  (more…)

Nexus 9 Review

It has been almost two years since the release of the Nexus 10, which first hit shelves on November 13, 2012. For anyone who has been wanting to use a Nexus tablet larger than a Nexus 7, Google has definitely been testing your patience. Fast forward to today and we finally have a new Nexus slate, made in partnership between Google and HTC of all companies, which stopped making tablets for the US market a tad over two years ago.

The Nexus 9 is supposedly HTC’s new “commitment” to the tablet market, and I have to tell you, using an HTC-made Nexus device is somewhat like shaking hands with a dear old friend. HTC’s last venture in the Nexus category was with the original Nexus phone many years ago, so it is nice to see them partnered with Google once again.

Officially, this is the first publicly available device to run Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” also coming powered by NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 processor and 2GB of RAM. That alone is enough to excite any Android fan, so you can imagine my desire to dive into the tablet as quickly as possible.

We have been fortunate enough to take the Nexus 9 for a spin over the weekend, and we are ready to deliver our verdict on whether this should be your next slate.

This is our Nexus 9 review. (more…)

Need a Nexus 9 Today? Best Buy has Them for In-Store Pickup

Today, is Nexus 9 launch day. We reminded you of that yesterday when we pointed out that the device was now showing as in-stock and ready to ship from Google Play. But what if you don’t want to wait a couple of days for shipping and would rather enjoy your new HTC-made tablet immediately? Well, you can go buy one from Best Buy’s online shop, pick it up today in a store, and start enjoying Android 5.0 before almost anyone else on the planet.

From what we are seeing, only the black version is in-stock, but both 16GB or 32GB are showing as available for in-store pickup. If the white shows up too, we will update this post.

Best Buy Link  (more…)