Video: A First Look at the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio

The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is the first official accessory available for Google’s new tablet. It’s also more than likely going to be the most expensive. At $129, this Bluetooth-connected keyboard-case-combo is going to be tough for most to justify buying without any knowledge of its capabilities, quality, etc., so we went ahead and took the plunge for you, just like we do with almost all of the important Nexus accessories.

To kick off our coverage of the Keyboard Folio, we wanted to first put together an overview/first look and tour of the device, so that we are all on the same page and know exactly what we are dealing with here. This is also a chance for us to share initial impressions, many of which tend to stick through to the end of a review cycle.  (more…)

Nexus 9’s Keyboard Folio Now In-Stock and Shipping From Google Play for $129

Look! The HTC Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is finally available for purchase on Google Play! At $129, it certainly isn’t cheap, but it does attach magnetically and wirelessly to your tablet, so that its mechanical keys can let you “type with confidence.” It also lasts for up to five months on a single charge, which is kind of neat, and it should offer some sort of screen protection.

But dat price doe.

Any takers? We ordered one, as we almost always do with Nexus accessories, so we’ll report back shortly with our thoughts. (more…)

Best Buy Offers Minimum of $100 Towards Nexus 9 When You Trade in Any Working Tablet

From now until November 29, if you trade in any working tablet at Best Buy, you can get a minimum savings of $100 towards the Nexus 9. If your tablet is in working order, with no cracks on the display, you will receive a $50 gift card, as well as a $50 discount coupon towards Google’s tablet.

Best Buy has few restrictions on the deal, but it does exclude the Nook and other e-readers. To make it short, if you have an old Nexus 7 or Galaxy tablet, now is good time to upgrade.

If this deal interests you, check out the small print below.  (more…)

If Your Nexus 6 has Performance Issues, Blame the Encryption That You Can’t Turn Off

During our Nexus 6 review, we noted that at times the device seemed to suffer from weird performance issues or hiccups that were unexpected, especially knowing that the device runs one of the newest and most powerful mobile chipsets on the planet, has 3GB RAM, and was optimized specifically by Google for Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Some of our readers, along with others at reddit and XDA, tossed around the idea that maybe the performance hit was due to the fact that devices shipping with Android 5.0 do so with encryption enabled. That encryption could potentially put a damper on read/write disks speeds, which would cause performance hiccups.

The folks over at AnandTech had similar thoughts, so they reached out to Motorola in hopes of testing a Nexus 6 that didn’t have encryption enabled. With an unencrypted Nexus 6 in hand they found results that seem to confirm our fears – the default encryption in the Nexus 6 does indeed slow down read/write disks speeds, which is unfortunate, because you can’t turn it off.  (more…)

Google Releases 4 New Android Commercials – Scary Movie, Garage Band, Break Room, and a Longer Road Trip

Google posted four new Android commercials today that showcase their new slogan of “Be together. Not the same.” The commercials are similar to the set we saw on Android 5.0 launch day, featuring Androidified characters, all of which are using a variety of Android devices.

One commercial stars Android Wear and watches, another the Nexus 9 and tablets, and another focuses on cameras. We are even treated to a part 2 of the road trip commercial that was previously released.

I know we are an Android fan site and are supposed to love all things Android, but these commercials are brilliant.  (more…)

FYI: Android 5.0 Introduces “Enable OEM Unlock” Option in Developer Options

If you buy one of the new Nexus devices – the Nexus 9 or Nexus 6 – and plan to unlock its bootloader upon first boot, so that you can get to tinkering, understand that you may have to enable the “OEM unlock” command that would typically be used to accomplish that task. In Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” Google has added a check box under Developer Options that enables the OEM unlock command to work. If that box isn’t checked, then I would imagine you will see an error during the bootloader unlock process.  (more…)