Thursday, 16 October 2014

I/O You All My Money

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Surprisingly quiet news today, as Google posted on their blog (I mean, what talentless idiots use Blogspot, right?) yesterday detailing and announcing their new lineup of devices and the new operating system, Android Lollipop. Said operating system seems similar to Windows 10, as it aims to link all of Google's devices together, from your watch to your car. The headline feature not outlined at Google I/O earlier this year is "Material Design", which means that every device running Android Lollipop will always look familiar to each other. It's a nice touch, but the new power saving feature is cool, as it can extend battery life of any device by up to 90 minutes. There's also the ability to view notifications from the lock screen (A la iOS) and now you can unlock your phone by pairing it with another Android device that you own.

Onto the new hardware. These new devices are the flagship for Lollipop's fleet, with Motorola delivering the long-rumoured Nexus 6 phone, and HTC developing the new Nexus 9 tablet. The phone is aesthetically pleasing, with a curved aluminium edge, and packs a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon processor. It also includes a new Turbo Charger: a new charger that can provide 6 six hours of use with only a 15 minute charge time. Its 6-inch screen means that it's well into phablet territory, and it's even bigger than the iPhone 6 6 Plus.

If the phones are getting bigger, the tablets must too, and HTC's new Nexus 9 is 2-inches bigger than the successful Nexus 7 tablets, but is still only 7.95mm thick. The small size hides the fact that this not that bad of a tablet: 2GB of RAM and a 64-bit Nvidia 2.3GHz processor mean that it's about on par with most high end phone of the last year. It also has an 8MP rear camera, usually a luxury for a tablet of this size, and with most Google tablets always friendly to the wallet, this could be a great value tablet.

Last of all is probably the most innovative of the bunch: the Nexus Player. Created by ASUS, this is Google's first whack at their own Android microconsole, and it's a stylish one. The sleek disc will look good under any TV, and has a black remote to go with it, complete with microphone so you can use your voice to scour the user-friendly Android TV interface. It may seem weak in terms of power, with only 1GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz CPU, but games on mobiles aren't usually demanding, and I'm sure there'll be slurries of games developed for the Nexus Player.

What do you guys think about this new lineup? Do these products seem better than Apple's lineup? Tell us in the comments below!

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