Yes! The “Clear All” Notifications Button has Returned in the Latest Android 5.0 Build

That’s right, in the latest Android 5.0 “Lollipop” preview build that went live today, Google brought back the “clear all” notifications button. If you weren’t running either of the previous Android L previews, then you likely do not care at all. However, if you did, you already realize how big of a deal this is. Having to individually clear away 10+ notifications after not looking at your phone for a lengthy period of time is not fun.

Thank you, Google. Thank you for bringing it back.

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…)

Yes, Verizon Will Carry the Nexus 6.

Shortly after Google and Motorola announced the Nexus 6, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile all confirmed that they would carry the device. T-Mobile even gave us a date of November 12 and a full retail price of $649, which matched Google’s. But what about Verizon? They have remained quiet since Wednesday, leaving many of you with questions.

We reached out to Big Red today to see what we could find out and they confirmed to us that they would be carrying the Nexus 6(more…)

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Will Run $129, Cover Case in Multiple Covers for $39

Two official accessories for the HTC Nexus 9 showed up on Google Play today, along with pre-orders for the device.

First, we have the Keyboard Folio, an attachable case that protects your Nexus 9 when traveling, but opens up as a full-blown keyboard. It runs $129.

Second, we have the official Cover case for the newest Nexus tablet, a case that folds in multiple ways to provide you with different viewing angles. The Cover will be available in four different colors schemes for $39.99.  (more…)

Nexus 6 and Sony SmartWatch 3 on Google Play, Remain Unavailable for Time Being

The Nexus 6 from Google and SmartWatch 3 from Sony are now live on Google Play, but for the time being, they are unavailable for purchase or pre-order.

As of this morning, it is not exactly clear when these devices will be available to the masses, but with the pages going live on Google Play, and the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player pre-orders going live, it should be soon. Google stated when the Nexus 6 was announced that pre-orders would be available sometime in “late October.” (more…)

Nexus 9 Pre-Order Now Live on Google Play!

Pre-orders for the new HTC Nexus 9 went up at Amazon last night and Best Buy this morning, but if you were holding out for the official Google Play pre-orders to open, that time is now.

You can buy it with 16GB and WiFi-only connectivity in white or black ($399), or with 32GB and WiFi-only in black or white ($479). The tan 32GB WiFi-only model is showing as “coming soon,” as is the black 32GB LTE model.  (more…)