Google Partnered With Huawei To Make The Nexus 6P, A New Flagship

Nexus 6PThe Nexus 6P is the new flagship Android device for Google, and considering the spec list rightly so. What makes the Nexus 6P so unusual however is it s manufacturer: Huawei. It’s the first time a Chinese corporation officially built a Nexus device, so it makes a milestone for Huawei, in many ways.

Starting with the screen: 2560 x 1400 resolution on a 5.7-inch display, which operates at 518 pixels-per-inch — crips and rich, indeed. Like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus Imprint (fingerprint sensor) is present on the back of the device. A 12.3 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser-assisted autofocus (a la LG G4), which means that it should be a Nexus device with great photos — for once. Those specs include 4K video recording, 240fps slow motion, and 30fps burst shooting. Huawei hasn’t taken a pass on the front-facing camera’s specs either: at 8MP with an f/2.4 aperture.

USB Type-C is also present here, with an off-the-shelf quad-core, 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. Carrier support is unlocked in the States: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — as well as Project Fi support. Also: the phone mostly wears aluminum, in silver, black or white (with a gold variant, exclusive to Japan).

The Nexus 6P starts at $499, while pre-orders begin in the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan, exclusively through Google. Shipping begins in October.

Via: Google Store

The New Google Nexus 5X: LG Returns To The Vanilla Experience

Nexus 5XFor the first time Google has announced two nexus phones at the same time, and the first comes from a Nexus veteran: LG.

The Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, a solid 1.8GHz quad-core Snapdragon 808 processor, a 2700mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, USB-C support, unlocked carrier support for all major U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. And get this: Project Fi support, as well.

Lest I forget, the imaging capabilities: a 12.3MP shooter on the back with dual-LED flash and 4K video recording, along with a 5MP camera on the front. Interested in the colors? Carbon, Quartz and Ice Blue are LG’s offerings this year.

Google will sell the Nexus 5X exclusively through its online store, starting at $379.99 for the 16GB model (up to 32GB) in the US, UK, Korea, Japan and Ireland; shipping begins in late October.

Finally, the spirit of protection programs, Google has also unveiled Nexus Protect: at $69 for two years, it sounds like a fair deal. The program covers accidental or mechanical issues, allowing for a new device to be shipped within 24 hours.

Via: Google Store

The New Google Chromecast 2: Still $35, But It Does A Lot More (And Better)

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 1.35.04 PMBesides refreshing the Nexus line, Google as also dropped a new Chromecast on the world. The Chromecast 2 comes in different colors, still costs $35, and quite literally makes any TV or monitor into a smart TV. However, there have been some crucial changes this year, starting with the design: it’s more circular, but also a little wider.

Software! Let’s talk about it: Fast Play is a new Chromecast solution to playing content faster on-screen. by preloading content as soon you begin the media player app, along with a redesign app (iOS and Android) that is sleeker than before and offers relevant updates and content.

Also: Chromecast audio is a physical solution to adding 3.5mm audio to your Chromecast, so that now a decent home theater setup is possible — it’s the little things that make an iteration count.

Colors available starting today include lemonade, coral and black, in 17 countries, priced at $35 when you buy it from the Google Store, Best Buy or Wal-Mart. Also new partners for the Chromecast 2 have come onboard: Spotify, Google Photos, BBC iPlayer Radio, Showtime, NBA and MLS.

Via: Google Store

LG Finally Brings Its Gram Laptops Stateside

lg-gram-13Everywhere else in the world, LG laptops are something of a regularity — but reading that sentence in the United States may warrant a question mark.

Yes, LG does produce laptops and as of today, is introducing the Gram series to the United States, starting on Amazon and the Microsoft Store. Still running fifth, not sixth generation Intel Core processors, they may be slightly behind on the times, but still are venerable 13- and 14-inch systems. The lightest machine weighs 980g (2.16lbs), but still offers a 1080p display, microSD card slot and HDMI-out.

Pricing $899 for a 13-inch version with a Core i5 chip, 8GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive. The 14″ costs $999 with similar specs, or $1,399 for one with a Core i7 processor and a 256GB SSD.

While the build quality isn’t in the same ranks as an ASUS Zenbook, Dell XPS 13 or even a Macbook Air, LG does have a nice little offering here.

GoPro’s New Hero+ Brings WiFi To Action Cams On A Budget

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Before you had to spend over $300 to have wireless capabilities for an action camera that came from GoPro — well, now you just have to spend a little over $200. The new Hero+ brings Bluetooth and WiFi for the cost of two Benjamins, with 60 frames per second at 1080p HD resolution, or 8 megapixel stills. Its launch date is pegged for October 4th.

Oh, and for those of you who couldn’t justify the $400 price tag for the tiny cube action camera, the Hero4 Session, GoPro took the liberty of also reducing its sticker price by $100, making it $300.

In making these pricing arrangements GoPro is not only solidifying its place in all levels of the action cam market, but also giving a friendly nod to its users, in stating that you don’t need pockets full of cash to get great action footage — and that’s a good thing.

Via: GoPro

This Took Too Long: Google Keep Finally Arrives On iOS

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Users of the Google suite of apps know that Google Keep, while not perfect, is one of the best-note-taking solutions out there, especially for keeping a daily schedule or your agenda in check with lists — or better yet, with location-based reminders.

After all, it only took two and a half years, but Google finally accomplished the delivery of a much-requested app on its rival’s platform.

Supported iOS devices include the iPad and iPhone, naturally. Google Keep debuts on the App Store today, for free.

Via: App Store

Oculus Will Add VR Support For Netlfix, Twitch, Hulu And More

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Welcome to a world of VR that is (or will be) more consumer-friendly.

Oculus is working with some of the top apps of this generation, including Twitch, Hulu and Netflix — the latter launching today — to bring virtual reality versions of the services to the Oculus Rift platform. Facebook, Lionsgate, Fox and even TiVo support are all in the works, as well.

Also announced on the side, but still of importance: Minecraft for VR and a Samsung Gear VR headset that works with all 2015 Samsung phones for $99. Indeed, the virtual reality onslaught is ramping up for 2016.

Via: Oculus

Pebble Time Round: The 7.5mm Thin Smartwatch Meant To Be Practical

pebble-time-roundThis time around, Pebble is keen to bring a practical rounded smartwatch to market. Compatible with iOS and Android, the Pebble Time Round is a $250 smartwatch in a 7.5mm, marine-grade stainless steel case, with black, silver, or rose gold colorways. The practicality comes from its battery life: it can (purportedly) receive enough charge to last 24 hours in 15 minutes, with a full battery life of two days. Those stats translate to its ability to track your sleep cycle and physical activity.

In fact, it might be one of the most practical smartwatches announced to-date. It’ll be time to see if that stays true when it ships later this Fall.

Via: Pebble