The HTC Nexus 9 tablet has been pulled from the Google Play Store. Despite it having very powerful internal hardware, solid build quality and an affordable price, Google's 9-inch Android tablet from HTC was never really much of a success. It just didn't take off in the way that HTC and Google hoped it would.
Now it will have no chance of any recovery, because it's just gone. In fact, there's not even a landing page in which Google indicates it is no longer in stock. It has simply vanished as if it never existed.
Here's a story from yesterday that we didn't quite get to at the end of the day. YouTube just announced they are planning to implement their new 6 second un-skippable micro-ads. They are called bumper ads and Project Manager Zach Lupei described them as — “a new six-second video format […] ideal for driving incremental reach and frequency, especially on mobile, where “snackable videos” perform well.”
Luepi also shared, “We like to think of Bumper ads as little haikus of video ads – and we’re excited to see what the creative community will do with them." While we appreciate his passion for his job, we can imagine that being un-skippable might irritate YouTube users. You can check out an example of the Bumper ads above. Let us know what you think of them.
Update version 23.5.A.0.570 is now pushing out to the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which upgrades the tablet to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. The update is now live for the LTE (SGP621, SGP641) and Wi-Fi (SGP611, SGP612) versions of Sony’s tablet.
This is one of the last Sony Xperia device holdouts for Marshmallow.
It looks like the Nexus owners will not be the only folks who get to try out the Android N Developer Preview early. Sony has released it for consumers to try it out on specific Xperia Z3 models. The Android N Developer Preview for Sony devices will only work on the D6603 and D6653 models of the Xperia Z3.
Here's a breakdown of the steps if you have one of these devices and would like to try out Android N Developer preview on it:
Connect your compatible Z3 device to a computer with a USB cable.
Xperia Companion will open automatically
Make sure you have Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later. If not, download the latest version from here.
Hold down the ALT key on your computer and click on Software repair on the home screen, then follow the guide.
The European Union has moved from investigating Google to charging them for supposedly violating anti-trust regulations. This charge is in reference to the way Google has bundled apps with Android, and for the aggressive contracts with Android OEMs which forced them to do so.
Margrethe Vestager, EU's commissioner for competition, specifically explained that Google violated EU anti-trust laws by "requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google's Chrome browser and requiring them to set Google Search as the default search service on their devices, as a condition to license certain Google proprietary apps;" and by "preventing manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices running on competing operating systems based on the Android open source code;" and finally by "giving financial incentives to manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-install Google Search on their devices."