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Nexus 9 Shows Up In The Flesh In Vietnam, Here Is What The Tablet And Its Keyboard Really Look Like

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.

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[All The Things] Here Are All Of Google's New Android 5.0 Lollipop And Nexus Announcements

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.

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Android Lollipop Will Come With Factory Reset Protection That Makes Stolen Phones Useless

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.

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[Not Weekend Poll] The Nexus Trio: Which Of Them Are You Buying?

Alright, we had a triple-Nexus drop this morning (or afternoon/evening depending on your geographic location), and undoubtedly some of you are planning on buying some of these Nexus things. I know I am absolutely buying a Nexus 6. I am not sure I'll love it, but it does have most of the things I want in a phone. A Nexus 9, or Nexus Player? Not so much, for me.

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But this is about you: which of the new Nexuses are you planning on buying?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition May Have Just Popped Up Again On The Android Website

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.

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Google: The New "Messenger" App In Android 5.0 Is A Stock SMS/MMS Solution, Not A Hangouts Replacement / Rebrand

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.

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Being The Will Of Our Lord Duarte, The Nexus 7 2012 Will Receive The Holy Blessing Of Android 5.0 (Official)

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.

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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.

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[Video] T-Mobiler Posts Quick Unboxing Video Of Nexus 6 (Spoiler: It's A Box, And There's A Nexus 6 Inside)

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).

It's a phone, and it's inside a box.

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Android L (5.0 Lollipop) Developer Preview Builds For The Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Will Be Available On Friday, October 17th

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.

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The Nexus 6 Will Support T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling Following An OTA Update In Early 2015

Many T-Mobile users rely on Wi-Fi calling to use their mobile number without needing access to the mobile network, but they aren't Nexus 5 owners. That handset, due to its lack of carrier modifications, didn't support T-Mobile's nifty feature. With the Nexus 6, things will be different. The carrier has already announced that it is bringing Wi-Fi calling to the handset.

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T-Mobile says it will deliver Wi-Fi calling via an over-the-air update at some point in early 2015, thanks, it says, to enhancements in Android 5.0.

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