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…)

Google Posts Nexus 9 Android 5.0 “LRX21L” Factory Image

Google just posted the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” factory image for the Nexus 9, if anyone is interested. While the image doesn’t do much for anyone who doesn’t own a Nexus 9, this still could be a sign of things to come. Maybe. Actually, it could be days or weeks before the other factory images arrive, but hey, we like to get excited. You know we will keep you updated.

The build is for “volantis,” which is one of the codenames for the Nexus 9. The build version is LRX21L.  (more…)

HTC Intros Hot Deals for Holiday Season, Nexus 9 on Sale for $199

If dealing with the crowds of Black Friday is not in your cards anymore, HTC is looking to help with your holiday shopping list. Starting today for the next nine weeks, HTC will host a new Hot Deal every Tuesday morning at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern). These deals will be huge price drops on devices, discounted accessories, and who knows what else.

The first Hot Deal, undoubtedly to get your attention, is a brand new $199 Nexus 9 tablet. Supplies will be limited, so your best chance is to have all of your payment info ready right when the clock strikes. To keep even better track of the deal, you can follow HTC’s own twitter hashtag, “HTCHotDeals.”  (more…)