On November 3, 2014, I published our review of the Nexus 9. It wasn't especially pretty, if I'm honest. But as with all things Nexus, time and software updates (mostly software updates) can smooth out rough edges and straighten up quirks, so a revisit seemed necessary. Now, three months on, have things really changed with Google's flagship tablet? Or is it still the HTC-made misfit I wanted to love, but just couldn't?
The end of a review is nothing to spoil, so I'll just be out with it: the Nexus 9 feels like basically the same kind-of-OK-but-not-great tablet today as it did the morning it arrived on my doorstep.
January brought us the yearly madness that is CES, but that doesn't mean much in terms of software. The biggest news is probably Microsoft's continued expansion into multi-platform support for its biggest software sellers, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and now even Outlook. Google has been uncharacteristically quiet so far in 2015, aside from updating its current stable of apps.
It's been possible to use Microsoft Exchange mail accounts on Android for years, but never exactly in an ideal or intuitive way. Microsoft is changing that thanks to its new multi-platform approach, releasing something we never thought we'd see a few years ago: a first-party Outlook email app.
Popular wisdom says that movies released in January are the detritus of the previous year, as studios breathe a sigh of relief once all the Christmas blockbusters and Oscar bait has left theaters. The game industry has inherited a bit of this stigma, but it's hard to argue with the evidence: for the first time in over two years, we skipped a game roundup because of a lack of content. Even so, there are enough notable newcomers to keep you occupied until Valentine's Day at least.
Yammer is a social network for people in suits, a way for corporate employees to learn about their colleagues and communicate without all the distractions that come with relying on a platform that's connected to the entire world. Microsoft bought the service in 2012, but apps remain available for iOS and Android. In the latest round of updates, the latter version is getting Android Wear support.
Out of the box, Android Wear could already display any notifications that Yammer shot out. This new integration adds the ability to like messages and reply using speech.
The notification experience has improved on the host device as well.
Evoland is not a typical adventure RPG. It is actually all typical RPGs rolled up into a single package. This game takes you through the history of the action RPG genre, starting with 2D monochrome gameplay and eventually ending up with full-3D open world graphics.
OnePlus One owners are waiting for the latest version of Android to come to their devices, and the company has decided to stoke their excitement on Google+ with a brief video showing that yes, Lollipop is coming, and soon.
In the 24 second clip we see the kind of stock experience Nexus and Motorola device owners have grown accustomed to over the past few months, just with a couple CyanogenMod-related apps thrown in.
The video follows an announcement from Cyanogen Inc. that CyanogenMod 12S has entered the final testing stages required before shipping out to handsets around the world. This version of CyanogenMod comes with Android 5.0.2.
For weeks now, the vast majority of recent issues in Google's public Android issue tracker have been spam. This is no sophisticated attack, just a barrage of the most transparently useless bug submissions you can imagine. It is completely crowding out legitimate issues and it appears Google is not too concerned about that fact. We would file a bug report about it, but...
Nearly a hundred more posted just in the time I sifted through grabbing screenshots. I did see the number fluctuate a bit, suggesting that maybe Google has taken some measures to decrease it. If they have, though, they're doing a very poor job.
There are a lot of outdated apps lurking in the Play Store, but Yelp's antiquated design has been particularly irksome. See, Yelp is a popular app that can be really useful, but it is just a mess of old design language. If you're in the Yelp beta, check your updates because things are about to change. Yelp 7.0.0-Beta1 is rolling out with a material overhaul. It's so much better, and we've got the APK below for your sideloading pleasure.
Talon for Twitter (Plus) has received its biggest update since its (re-)release in October, bringing with it a host of improvements. Today's update includes a new activity page, which aggregates mentions, retweets, follows, and favorites into a single timeline view. Also new is the "muffle user" feature, which is a midpoint between muting somebody and fully following them.
In the screenshot above, you can see what happens to a muffled user. Their tweets aren't invisible to you, but they appear as just a single condensed line. If an account's tweets are redundant or annoying, you can have them minimized rather than gone entirely.
Of our many jobs here at Android Police, one is to make our readers' lives easier when we can. With that in mind, here's a roundup of every known Nexus Lollipop OTA. As new ones become available, this post will be updated accordingly.
Lollipop will be released to Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2012 and 2013), and 10, plus bugfix OTAs to Nexus 6 and 9. As I'm sure you've guessed, there will be plenty of files to be had.
Nexus 9 Issues
Update: For those of you who had issues with applying the LRX21L > LRX21Q update, that was a screw up on Google's part.