Nexus 6 launches in UK on O2 while T-Mobile Nexus 9 launch reportedly delayed

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The launches of Google’s new Nexus devices have been kind of a mess to say the least, and while more people have gotten the opportunity to purchase them because they’re being launched on more carriers, this also means that the rollout wasn’t as simple as just listing them on Google Play. But as of today, some amount of progress is being made, and those in the UK now have a chance to get their hands on the Nexus 6 via O2. Sadly, though, the launch of the Nexus 9 on T-Mobile in the U.S. has hit a bit of a snag, being delayed for an unknown amount of time.

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AT&T’s Nexus 6 stock reportedly being sent back due to software bug (update)

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AT&T retail stores are reportedly being told to send back their first shipments of Google’s Nexus 6 due to a software bug identified by Motorola. The noted issues with this glitch are a blacked out screen and trouble connecting to the carrier’s service. Motorola Mobility is said to be working on restocking Ma Bell’s inventory with replacement devices, however this will likely have an impact on the handset’s availability.

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Review: Google’s Nexus 6 sets a new standard for Android devices (Video)

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Demand for Nexus devices has always been crazy, but this year Google took it a step further in every department and created somewhat of a super-smartphone. Most of what makes the Nexus 6 so great stems from its pure Android experience. Essentially, you’re experiencing this mobile OS exactly as it was crafted and straight from the source.

Because of Android’s openness, many smartphone makers dilute Android with their own custom skins. This is mostly great for consumers as skins add features that help create the core concepts of devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, but there’s almost always a tradeoff. You’re sacrificing overall speed and fluidity thanks to the resources being consumed.

Google’s Nexus lineup is a series of devices without all of the added bulk. This is the cleanest Android experience you can find. While it may not be as feature-rich when compared to other devices and their skins, it might be the best Android experience you can get…

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Nexus Player’s Android 5.0 factory image now available from Google

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And then there were two. Google recently released the factory image for its Nexus 9 tablet and for an encore the search giant has uploaded an image of its Nexus Player. Indexed as version LRX21M, if you’ve invested in Mountain View’s media puck, it’ll be a good idea to snag this download, just in case you decide to tinker with your TV’s newest companion.

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Google promises to restock Nexus 6 every Wednesday

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When the Nexus 6 first went up for order on the Play Store, the process was anything but seamless for customers. The device sold-out almost instantly and Google’s servers took a massive hit, making it nearly impossible for anyone to get through and place an order. If you’re still looking to get your hands on a Nexus 6, however, Google this evening has announced its plans for restocking the device.

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Nexus 6 pre-orders to open November 18 in the UK, available on December 1

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If you live in the UK and have been feeling left out of all the Nexus 6 madness over the last few days, your wait appears to be almost over. According to mobile retailer Mobiles.co.uk, the Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in the UK on November 18th. Retail availability will be December 1st, with pre-ordered devices hitting customer doorsteps on that same day.

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LTE Nexus 9 passes through FCC with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint support

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The Nexus 9 just recently became available in its WiFi-only model, with Google promising an LTE variant sometime this year. Yesterday, however, an HTC-made tablet passed through the FCC carrying the ID NM80P82300 and support for LTE connectivity. Given that the Nexus 9 is manufactured by HTC, it seems more than likely that this device is indeed the LTE-capable Nexus 9.

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Google Nexus Player review: stuck in the middle

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For the past several years Google has been winning. The company is responsible for the world’s most popular search engine. Its Android mobile operating system has the lion’s share of worldwide smartphone shipments and the tech juggernaut’s advertising platform generates gigantic sums of money every year. So when a habitual winner like Google actually loses, it typically doesn’t handle defeat too well, and despite all of the company’s accolades, it’s been getting clobbered in one area for almost four years straight.

Google has successfully captured your desktop’s homepage and managed to work its software into the pockets of millions of people, however the Internet’s reigning search king has continuously struggled to find success in one very critical space — the living room.

Since 2010, Google has been aggressively trying to attach itself to your television, and despite several software and hardware revisions, the company has continued to come up short. However, when Google revealed Android TV during its annual I/O developer conference earlier this year, hordes of cord-cutting couch potatoes were optimistic about what the future might hold.

Fast-forward to today and Google’s first Android TV-powered device has been deemed fit for full duty by the company’s leadership. But does Google’s Nexus Player have enough bells and whistles to stand out in an extremely crowded space loaded with cable boxes, game consoles and other TV-friendly contraptions?

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Google Nexus 9 head to head: coming straight from a year with the iPad Air

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I’ve been an iPad Air user for a solid year. Sure, I’ve tried tried and reviewed other devices, but my go-to device for reading at night, some light work on the train or plane and just brain dead playing Facebook/Twitter/G+/Reddit/Email/Video chatting has been the Space Gray iPad Air 16GB.

Before the Air, I had used both of Google’s Samsung Nexus 10 and Asus Nexus 7 (2012) tablets and found them OK devices. The Google I/O version Nexus 7 power supply broke about 8 months in and I didn’t bother getting it fixed. The Samsung Nexus 10 was actually an under-rated device, in my opinion, probably mostly because the initial software wasn’t as polished as it should have been.

So with the Nexus 9, Google has had a long time to get its software right, and I shouldn’t have gotten déjà vu when I started using the Nexus 9, right?… Read more