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Oct 16, 2014
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Geeks, we can now finally stop the guessing game: Google has just announced the official name of the next Android version!

Call it, Lollipop!


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This continues Google's tradition of following an alphabetical pattern based on desserts (e.g. Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat) for its Android naming scheme. And so far, we like this one the most. The babe below shows you why:

android lollipopGIF via Onepiecebay.net

Slurp!

Seriously though, we expect big things from Android Lollipop especially since it will be the 10th official and commercial Android OS. With that kind of experience, Google should better up their game another notch. And based on the medyo atat sneak preview we made about three months ago, things look S-W-E-E-T!

Still, we'll reserve our judgment until we get our sweaty palms on an actual device that runs on it. Speaking of which, here are the very first Android Lollipop-powered gadgets:


GOOGLE NEXUS 6

android lollipop

Made by: Motorola

A gargantuan phablet with hebigat specs, the Nexus 6 comes with awesome hardware that puts it in the same echelon as drool-worthy flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z3.

Hardware highlights: 5.96-inch display (2560 x 1440 resolution), 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, up to 64GB internal capacity, 13-megapixel rear camera with 4K video shooting, 2-megapixel front camera, 3G, Bluetooth, 4G


GOOGLE NEXUS 9

android lollipop

Made by: HTC

Looking for a tablet that can really game? We point you to the Nexus 9!

It runs on Nvidia's Tegra K1 mobile processor, which basically means it has the power to handle better-looking and more resource-hungry games than what you currently play on your small handset. Angry Birds? Candy Crush? Sus, this bad boy deserves better, brother!

Hardware highlights: 8.9-inch touchscreen (2048 × 1536 resolution), Nvidia Tegra K1 dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front camera, Bluetooth, optional 4G connectivity


PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The latest version of Google's mobile platform is set to roll out as an upgrade to current devices in the next several weeks. However, both the Nexus 6 and 9 have it out of the box so these devices officially have the first "lick" of Android Lollipop, so to speak.

As for the SRPs, the Nexus 6 will sell for $649 (around P29,000) while its bigger bro starts at $399 (around P17,900). No word yet on Philippine availability but seeing that previous Nexus devices also landed on local store shelves, we're optimistic that we'll see it in the flesh, hopefully sooner rather than later. Abangan!

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