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Google announces the new Nexus 9 tablet

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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It’s great to see HTC back in the Nexus line, and this time they have built the tablet Nexus, which hasn’t seen an upgrade in three years.

As was widely expected, we’re looking at a larger, squarer design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centred on the front of the display. There’s a microUSB port on the bottom for charging. (more…)

Android 5.0 is official and called Lollipop

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yes, today is all about the big G. Not only do we have two new Nexus devices, but we also have the official release of Android 5.0 or ‘L’, which is now officially called Android Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables. (more…)

Nexus 6 goes official: newest stock Android superphone

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We don’t use the word ‘superphone’ lightly. We’ve only used the term on the highest of high end devices, and never on the Nexus line of stock Android devices.

After months of speculation and rumours, debates and leaks, to and fro in the tech community, Google has finally taken the warps of the Nexus 6, a Motorola built phone this time around. A big change for the brand, this year the Nexus 6 is a full on phablet, a 5.9-inch behemoth. (more…)

Skype launches Skype Qik: a disappearing video-message app

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

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With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two. 

Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app. 

Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.

Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service. 

The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users. 

Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the  video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature.  (more…)

China poised to surpass the US as Apple’s largest iPhone market

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

apple-china_think-differentLove them or hate them it seems as though Apple is making inroads into one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has the technological media and consumers polarised, on the one hand this will probably be the most successful iPhone in history and on the other end the device is plagued by issues like “bendgate”. But as with any potentially successful product, the proof is in the pudding, or the sales figures for that matter. The Cupertino company has always had a firm footing in the US, but now it seems as though they might just take the largest market of them all. (more…)

Google says teens causing rise in voice search usage

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Many people think that today’s digital assistants aren’t very useful, but in many circumstances they can be extremely beneficial, at least in our experience. How often do you use Siri, Google Now or Cortana?

A recent study conducted by Google, among others, shows that the younger generations are embracing these assistants wholeheartedly, while adults haven’t embraced them as fervently. According to a new study commission by Google, 55% of users under 18 will use any voice search service, be it Google Now, Siri or Cortana, more than once a day in comparison to 41% of adults. (more…)

This is the Nexus 6: a 5.9-inch phablet

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

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We are probably only a couple of hours away from seeing the latest Google Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. It might not be what we were all hoping for in terms of the form factor, but we are excited to see what Google intends to do with a screen this large.

Unfortunately, all we see here is a pretty regular looking phone – a design language we’ve come to expect from Google Nexus devices. (more…)

Android looks very different in these new ads (video)

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

The ad above and the two below are now showing on US televisions and it gives us an idea of the new direction Google is taking with Android. It is certainly very different from what we have seen in the past.

It all but shows the new Nexus 6 that we are expecting sometime this week, with the smallest Android figure pulling out a monstrously large phone. We are expecting the Nexus 6 to be a large 5.9-inch phablet, which is a bit disappointing to the stock Android fans out there not interested in the large screen craze. To be honest, Android isn’t optimised in its stock form to really use the larger screens effectively, so let’s hope Google is cooking up something interesting with Android L which we haven’t seen yet.

Check out the other ads below, and let us know what you think about them in the comments section: (more…)

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