The Nexus 9 is gone. Google I/O is happening next month. Android N will be released next quarter. You know what that means, right? Yep, it's time for a new Nexus device and, since Google hasn't changed its pattern here, we're looking at another Nexus smartphone. Of course, there's the eternal guessing game of who gets to make it this year. But, it seems there's another angle to be looked at.
That the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet has been taken off from the Google Store and no one is making a big deal out of it probably underlines the weak argument for Android-powered tablets. The Nexus 9 was on discount programs and “hot deals” for a couple of months now, but it seems that finally Google is clearing their shelves of the tablet.
Google made the whole mobile industry excited when it first introduced the Project Ara concept but sadly, the project is still an ongoing project. After many years, it's still a concept. We may have seen a demo unit but you all know how that turned out. We're forgetting the Ara for now since LG impressed us with a similar modular design of the G5.
Google has long made Nexus and Pixel C factory images available for people who just can't wait to install new Android versions (or want an alternative restore option). However, they've always come with a big gotcha: since it's a complete system image, you have to wipe your phone clean. You won't have to start from scratch after today, though.
We haven't been hearing much about Google Nexus recently. We don't have any idea if the tech giant will be showing off a new model at the upcoming Google I/O but we know it's not going away anytime soon. The last update we heard was the ‘My Live Case’ for the Nexus phone and the Nexus 5X getting a Cool color temperature toggle . The Nexus 6P also received an update last March.
Google came out with two Nexus phones last year--the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. The latter was manufactured by Huawei which is the leading OEM in China today. The tech giant is up-to-date when it comes to releasing software updates and is generous with promos . We have no idea how fast or how many units Google is selling eachweek but we know not a lot of people are satisfied with their Nexus 6Ps.
Are Android tablets in trouble? While there has always been an industry-wide slump in tablet sales, Android OEMs have always been churning out large slabs until recently. There has been a marked slowdown and distinct lack of high end Android tablets of late. And now, one of Google's very own tablets has left the building.
You can choose a matching or contrast wood type/color for theback glass inlay panel and the buttons. I choose walnut as the main color with the darker ebony for the camera and button inserts. I also asked to have the Jolly Roger, skull and crossbones to be laser etched into the skin as well.
Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function.
This week it is my turn to post some quick updates to some of my past reviews. I have realized that I don’t continue to use that many items after I review them. So can be tough for me to come up with a handful of reviews to update.
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