I've never been to Vietnam, but (after seeing the earlier hands-on photos and now this video here) I'm tempted to check out airplane ticket prices for the country. I hear they have gorgeous landscapes, an interesting culture, and a bunch of geeks loose with Nexus 9s. One of them is parading in a coffee shop with a chocolate drink, a couple of books, and our coveted tablet. But I might be mistaken.
When the Nexus 9 was announced yesterday (check our post for the specs and release details), we were only served a series of rendered graphics to give us an idea of what the hottest new tablet in the Android world looks like. But we all know how deceiving renders can be, sometimes making devices look better than they do in real life and other times conveying a less flattering image of them.
Around the Android Police virtual headquarters, the annual Nexus announcements are known as "Nexmas." This Nexmas was quite a haul with a new phone, tablet, and TV box. Then there's the brand spankin' new version of Android. In case you didn't pay attention all day long, here's a quick recap of all the Lollipop and Nexus information from Google's October 15th loot drop.
It has been the hot thing to make kill switches for phones recently. Carriers have been asked by government agencies to do it, states are passing laws to require it, Apple did it, and now Google is implementing it in Android 5.0. Lollipop will come with an opt-in "Factory Reset Protection" option that keeps a thief from being able to wipe your phone, making it a less appealing target in the first place.
There were rumors earlier this year of a Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but nothing happened at Google I/O, and there's been hardly a peep since. SamMobile noticed something interesting in an image on the Android site, though. There's a Galaxy S5 running stock Android 5.0 in one of the images. How very suspicious.
There's a new default homescreen tenant in town on Android 5.0, and its name is Messenger. We've seen this puzzling app in screenshots many times today, and it's left a lot of people wondering: where'd Hangouts go? Well, first things first: Hangouts isn't actually going anywhere (except maybe to the app drawer or a folder). SMS and MMS, though, are getting a new default home in Android 5.0: the Messenger app.
We've just received official word from the Googlers on high that the 2012 Nexus 7, albeit burdened with crappy, crappy NAND storage and an aging Tegra 3 processor, will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop as an OTA update. Rejoice.
Just how the 2-plus year-old tablet will fare on 5.0, we don't know, but the fact that it's getting it at all is reassuring. Google may be getting more committed to giving Nexus devices longer update lives, something we can all be happy about.
Wondering what the Nexus 6's box looks like? Wonder a little less - a T-Mobile employee just posted an unboxing of his test unit phone on Vine (given that he's a social media evangelist, I'm guessing he got the OK).
— Des (@askdes) October 15, 2014
It's a phone, and it's inside a box.
Are you super-anxious to get your hands on Android L, now that it's been officially revealed as version 5.0 with the Lollipop name? Well tough noogies - it looks like we'll have to wait for the releases of the new Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet before the older Nexus and Google Play Edition devices get their updates. But if you have a Nexus 5 or a Wi-Fi Nexus 7, you've already got the Android L Developer Preview builds as an option.