Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Nov 2013 09:01 UTC

Dieter Bohn, for The Verge:

So for a long time now, we've found ourselves asking the two questions again and again: what exactly is Google trying to accomplish with the Nexus program and what's the strategy with these Android updates? We sat down with three of the four main leaders of the Android team to ask those questions yet again. "Nexus stands for high specs at a really fair price," says Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for Android. "The other thing is the updates come directly from Google. Those are the attributes of Nexus that I think people have really enjoyed and we're not changing that strategy."

Yet while Google's answers to these two questions have been remarkably consistent over the past couple of years (and remains consistent today), the Nexus 5 and KitKat themselves seem to give us a different answer than their predecessors. The hardware and the software tell a more ambitious story: older Nexus devices were Android phones, but the Nexus 5 is the first true Google phone.

Something is happening in the Android world.

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Yes. My previous laptop was a Vaio SZ1XP, my current one is a Vaio Z2.Both basically all things working out of the box using a standard Debian install.

The only thing I know of to not work is the fingerprint reader on the SZ1XP, haven't tried on the new one.

But it could of course depend on what kind of category the models fall into. My laptops are both high end "business" category.
Since I was considering a MacBook when I bought the older model that didn't really make any difference in price though.

The last two Vaio laptops I had were full of bloatware in the default Windows install (VGN-CS215J had over 4GiB of Sony crapware alone, not to mention third party BS)

True, but that didn't matter for me since I am running Linux anyway.
However, the system restore utility is surprisingly good, it has an option to restore just the base system, without any 3rd party crap.

As for "nice" Windows laptops, what about ThinkPads?

Right. I was interpreting "nice" as referring to design. ThinkPads are always part of the group of final choices when shopping for a new laptop.

I was just disagreeing with the statement that you had no other option other than buying a Mac. Seems you are disagreeing also.

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