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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But do we really need this?
by sheokand on Thu 16th Oct 2014 04:25 UTC
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Do we actually need 2560x1440 smartphone displays?
When will this display size race stop - when the smartphones don't fit neither in your pocket nor in your hand?

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WereCatf Member since:

Do we actually need 2560x1440 smartphone displays?
When will this display size race stop - when the smartphones don't fit neither in your pocket nor in your hand?

I'd personally say no, we do not need such high resolutions. I feel 1080p is hitting the sweet spot on a mobile phone, it provides clear font-rendering and graphics, and I just can't fathom how increasing the resolution any further would be of benefit to me.

Then again, I don't like this insane race to paper-thin devices, either; I totally wouldn't mind having even a 3-times thicker devices if I could just get more battery-life out of it and perhaps a slide-out, physical keyboard. I do not like the compromise of less powerful specs and less battery at the price of thinness.

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leos Member since:

Agreed. Scale back the display to 1080p, abandon the spec war in places where it makes no difference, and give me a multi-day battery life. Apple had a golden opportunity with their more efficient hardware/software combo and they blew it. An extra millimetre would add huge battery capacity given the size of the phones these days.

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unclefester Member since:

I've thought about combining a low powered small screen QWERTY feature phone on one side with a touchscreen smartphone on the other side.

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