Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Oct 2014 17:10 UTC

Time for happy news! Google has just released Android 5.0 Lollipop, and to accompany the release of their latest treat, they're also unveiling not one, but three new Nexus devices.

Let's start with Android Lollipop. Since its features have been unveiled months ago, there's little news to tell you that you don't already know. The biggest visible change is Material Design, the brand new design and behaviour language that spans all of Android's screens - from watch to car. Notifications have been significantly overhauled, and Lollipop will give you more control over what you see and when. There's also a lot of work done on battery usage, and Google promises you should get 90 minutes more battery life with the battery saver feature.

As fa as security goes, and as we touched upon recently, all new devices will come with encryption turned on by default, making it harder for third parties to see what's on your device if it get stolen or impounded. Lollipop will also be the first Android release to swap out Dalvik in favour of ART, and it brings support for 64bit.

Google will release a new Developer Preview for Android Lollipop this Friday, which, looking at its label, still isn't complete. Of course, this build is for Nexus devices only.

The Nexus devices, too, have been leaked extensively. There's the Motorola-made Nexus 6, with its huge 6" 2560x1440 display, Snapdragon 805 processor, and a 13 MP camera with OIS. It basically looks like a larger Moto X - not exactly my thing (way too large), and the price is decidedly non-Nexus too: $649. It'll be available on contract, too. Luckily, the Nexus 5 remains available as well. Pre-orders will open late October.

The second new Nexus is the Nexus 9, built by HTC. As the name suggests, it's got a 9" 2048x1536 with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The processor is interesting: NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit dual-core processor at 2.3 GHz, making this the first 64bit Nexus device. It's a lot cheaper than the Nexus 6 at a mere $399, and it will also be available for pre-order 17 October (in stores on 3 November).

Lastly, there's the odd one out: the Nexus Player. It's a box (well, circle) for your TV, much like the Apple TV. It's actually got an Intel Atom processor inside, making it the first x86 Nexus device. It's got all the usual TV stuff, and Google is selling a dedicated gaming controller separately. It'll also be available for pre-order on 17 October, for $99.

I can't wait to update my Nexus 5 to Lollipop, but I'm a little unsure about the Nexus 6. It's huge and expensive (in Nexus terms), and I just don't like the Motorola design (but that's moot).

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the Nexus Player?
by themwagency on Wed 15th Oct 2014 18:02 UTC
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If Apple had done this... you would have referenced how Apple was just catching up and that it was a me-too device.

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RE: the Nexus Player?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 15th Oct 2014 18:03 in reply to "the Nexus Player?"
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That would be hard since this is not the first Apple TV-like device from Google.

Better troll next time.

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RE[2]: the Nexus Player?
by themwagency on Wed 15th Oct 2014 18:04 in reply to "RE: the Nexus Player?"
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That would be hard since this is not the first Apple TV-like device from Google.

The first offering was not an Apple-TV-like device. It had a full keyboard for God sakes.

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RE: the Nexus Player?
by Jbso on Wed 15th Oct 2014 18:08 in reply to "the Nexus Player?"
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I don't think it's catching up since I don't think this market is very mature yet. Everyone's still floundering trying to find something that really works.

That's not to say the current offerings are bad, necessarily, just that they aren't really compelling either. Even the company's making them seem to be somewhat unsure what there for. That's why we often get a gamepad with little effort to support gamepad-oriented games. The thinking mainly seems to be "This is a tech product category, and we are a tech company, so we should compete here".

Amazon and Sony seem to have a fuller vision than most, though I'm rather skeptical about the Vita interface being thrown on a TV largely unchanged from what I can tell (though I haven't actually tried the Playstation TV).

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RE[2]: the Nexus Player?
by tylerdurden on Wed 15th Oct 2014 19:38 in reply to "RE: the Nexus Player?"
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Amazon and Sony seem to have a fuller vision than most,

Which is saying something about how much their competitors must really suck if those 2 are the best of the crop.

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