The HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet has been removed from the Google Store, leaving only the Pixel C tablet available for purchase to potential Android slate shoppers. After months of discounts and “Hot Deals” from HTC, Google is clearing its shelves, possibly for something new, but maybe, for nothing at all.
The Nexus 9 led us to ponder the tablet ecosystem as a whole with regard to the Android OS, as no particular build of Android has given way to a “ah-ha” moment for developers. Yes, Android tablets have their place and can be useful from time to time, but with no growing library of tablet-exclusive apps (like you see for Apple’s iPad), there does not seem to be any commercial demand for Android tablets. Even the Pixel C, which is a gorgeous device, comes off as pretty damn boring in daily usage. (more…)
To make this Wednesday an extra fun Wednesday, Google has gone ahead and released the Android N Developer Preview 2 (DP2) as build NPC91K for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G (Android One). After pushing out the first Android N Developer Preview a month ago, this new preview contains fixes that you pointed out to Google along with a solid list of new stuff. (more…)
Google just released Developer Preview 2 (DP2) for Android N, and inside, the Android team has baked in plenty of changes, as well as fixes from last month’s preview. Once the latest NPC91K build of Android N is booted, developers will find system-wide support for the Vulkan 3D rendering API, enhanced launcher shortcuts, and changes for the Multi-Window experience. (more…)
For today only, HTC is offering discounts on five of its devices, directly from its website. As listed, folks can grab a One M9 for $399 (any carrier, even the Developer model), One A9 for $389, Desire 626 for $149, or even get a Nexus 9 tablet for up to 40% off.
In addition to tablets and smartphones, HTC is also offering its RE Camera at 60% off, bringing the grand total for the hand-held shooter to $80. (more…)
This morning, Google kicked off the release of April’s security patch by pushing out factory images of the update for supported Nexus devices. As of right now, we are seeing new images for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013, WiFi and LTE), and Nexus 10. (more…)
In need of an Android tablet that receives timely updates and has been substantially discounted? Amazon currently has the black WiFi-only Nexus 9 with 32GB of storage for just $299. That’s $180 off the original price of $479 that Google and HTC introduced it at.
While the device may be a year and a half old, Google is still supporting it with updates and has even made it a part of the Android N preview. It’s a great tablet size at 8.9-inches and would be a great travel buddy or coffee table mate when you need a bigger screen.
You can read our Nexus 9 review from back in 2014, but just understand that the device has evolved in recent years with each big update.
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For this week’s Hot Deal from HTC, the company is offering a free Nexus 9 tablet ($399 value) when you purchase a new One M9 for $649. The phone can be purchased for any major US carrier, or you can select between an Unlocked model and Developer model. Each is priced at the same $649. (more…)
The first update for the Android N preview is now available. For now, the update is available through new factory images, but should be rolling out over-the-air (OTA) before long, if it isn’t already, I would imagine.
The updates are showing up for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as build NPC56W, while the Nexus 9 is getting NPC56X. The rest of the Nexus line-up isn’t seeing new files just yet. (more…)