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Google Nexus Player: first Android TV device made official

The Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have arrived as predicted, but before you close down Mobot for the night and head off to your specialist chat rooms, there’s a third prong to the Android hardware assault.

Meet Google’s Nexus Player, built by trusty old Asus. Available shortly, the first-ever Android TV device looks to take over your TV, with the movies and the music and the streaming and whatnot.

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Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

We’ve already detailed the flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone this evening, namely the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6. Here we turn our attention to its big brother, an 8.9in tablet.

I speak of HTC’s Google Nexus 9, a premium beast with a Microsoft Surface-troubling magnetic keyboard accessory and brushed metal sides. Sounds good, yes, but it ain’t cheap.

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Google Nexus 6 specs are crazy good: 6in QHD display, QS805, 3GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB

Last year, LG’s Google Nexus 5 was pretty much as top-of-the-range as you could get for the time, including a 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. A slouch it was not.

This year, Motorola is Google’s smartphone manufacturer of choice, and the resultant Nexus 6 doesn’t disappoint. Not one bit. Ok, maybe one tiny bit. Full story below.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop made official

Google confirmed its existence at the end of June (as if there was any doubt that a KitKat successor would touch down in autumn), and since then we’ve been referring to it simply as Android L or Android 5.0.

Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP) appeared to be the internal codename, and I had my suspicions that it might be Android Lion (as in the Nestle chocolate bar), but it’s officially now Android 5.0 Lollipop. Death to corporate sponsorship, I guess.

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Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android L launching TODAY?

The Google Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android L were at one point tipped to launch tomorrow, October 16, but with Apple holding its iPad event on said date, and big G keeping remarkably quiet about its much-discussed wares, we’d resigned ourselves to a late-October launch.

Imagine our surprise, then, upon hearing that the Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L will launch on October 15. THAT’S TODAY, YOU MANIACS.

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Motorola Moto G stars in Android L preview video

Motorola Moto G stars in Android L preview video

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 14 at 16:00

Android L was originally detailed at the end of June, and while it was tipped to launch officially on Thursday this week, that’s looking increasingly unlikely – especially given Apple’s planned antics.

As we patiently await the green light from big G, Android L has been shown off in video format, hosted by the humble Motorola Moto G.

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HTC One E8 seemingly next for the ‘Eye’ treatment

Time was, HTC clearly thought more is more. And when that didn’t work, it went back to less is more. Now that that’s not working, it’s swung back the other way, and currently it seems to think shoving ‘Eye’ on the end of everything is the solution to all life’s woes.

Last week saw the launch of the HTC Desire Eye and the HTC One M8 Eye. Next in line for Eye-ification is the One E8 (above). The One what? More below.

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Oppo teases N3 smartphone ahead of official launch

Ah, smartphone names. You all know what comes after the Oppo N1, right? Correct; it’s the Oppo N3. If you said Oppo N2, well, I don’t know what to tell you, kid.

As the world awaits the official launch later this month, Oppo has shared a cheeky shot of the N3’s rear camera, in all its faux leathery goodness.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets software update ahead of global release

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets software update ahead of global release

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13 at 12:30

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s UK release date has been shoved back to Friday this week, but already the handset has received its first software update.

As is often the case, there are two ways to look at this. Join me below as I fire up the speculatrix machine and write various - what do you call them? - words.

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 UK release date: October 17

We’ve been focusing on Samsung’s high-end wares of late, specifically the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, but the manufacturer has never been one to neglect the low end.

The Galaxy Ace series has been quietly ticking away in the background for years, and remarkably we’re about to meet the fourth member of the family (not including cousins), the appropriately named Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. Release date? October 17, buddy.

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