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Chrome Dev v52 Is Rolling Out With Our First Look At The New 'Herb' Tab Management [APK Download]

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 02:37 PM PDT

nexus2cee_ChromeDev_thumb.pngGoogle has nearly completed the process of removing the merged apps/tabs option from Chrome after the option was pulled from the recent beta build. But what comes next? The Chromium bug tracker hinted at a new feature called Herb in Chrome v52, and indeed, there are several flavors of Herb in the new dev update.

The flavors of Herb are actually named after herbs, because that's how Google is. You'll have to grab the app from APK Mirror and access the flag to play around with Herb.

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Chrome Dev v52 Is Rolling Out With Our First Look At The New 'Herb' Tab Management [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Enhancing App Security on Google Play

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 02:13 PM PDT

Posted by Eric Davis, Android Security Team

We're constantly investing in new tools and services to help developers build secure Android applications. This includes the application sandbox and Security APIs in the platform, Security APIs in Google Play Services, and even open source testing tools. Last year, Google Play also helped developers enhance the security of their applications by looking directly at the code they've written and offering suggestions for improvements.

The Google Play App Security Improvement Program is the first of its kind. It has two core components: We provide developers with security tips to help them build more secure apps, and we help developers identify potential security enhancements when uploaded to Google Play. This week, to help educate developers, Kristian Monsen, one of our engineers, gave a presentation about security best practices at the Samsung Developer Conference. And in 2015, we worked with developers to improve the security of over 100,000 apps through the program.

How it works

Before any app is accepted into Google Play, it is scanned for safety and security, including potential security issues. We also continuously re-scan the over one million apps in Google Play for additional threats.

If your app is flagged for a potential security issue, you will be notified immediately to help you quickly address the issue and help keep your users safe. We'll deliver alerts to you using both email and the Google Play Developer Console, with links to a support page with details about how to improve the app.

Typically, these notifications will include a timeline for delivering the improvement to users as quickly as possible. Applications may be required to make security improvements before any other app updates can be be published.

You can confirm that you've fully addressed the issue by uploading the new version of your app to the Google Play Developer Console. Be sure to increment the version number of the fixed app. After a few hours, check the Developer Console for the security alert; if it's no longer there, you're all set!

The success of this program rests on our partnership with you—the developers of apps on Google Play—and the security community. We're all responsible for providing safe, secure apps to our users. For feedback or questions, please reach out to us through the Google Play Developer Help Center. To report potential security issues in apps, please reach out to us at security+asi@android.com.

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BBM Video Now Available As A Public Beta In The US And Canada

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 01:53 PM PDT


When it comes to Android, BlackBerry has the PRIV, and it also has BBM. The messaging app received an update last month that added support for Marshmallow permissions and removed privacy features from behind a paywall. Now users in the US and Canada have the option to start streaming video.

BBM Video is currently only in beta, but it's an open one. There's no sign-up required.

To use the feature, tap the video icon to initiate a call.

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BBM Video Now Available As A Public Beta In The US And Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Servers Ultimate Pro, A Ton Of Tin Man Games Titles, And More

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 01:38 PM PDT


We all want good apps and games, but oh, the cost! You can and should spend your hard-earned money to support developers, but maybe you don't have to spend so much. That's what sales are for, and we've got some good ones listed below.


Servers Ultimate Pro: $4.49 from $8.99

Framelapse Pro: $0.99 from $1.99

My Game Collection: $0.99 from $3.49

Fitness Point Pro: $1.99 from $4.99


Evoland: $0.99 from $4.99

Mechanic Escape: $0.99 from $2.99

Zombie City Defense: $0.99 from $2.49

Puddle +: $0.99 from $2.99

SUBURBIA City Building Game: $0.99 from $2.99

Heroes of Steel RPG Elite: $1.99 from $3.99

Lifeline: $0.10 from $0.99

Lifeline 2: $0.10 from $0.99

Lifeline: Silent Night: $0.10 from $0.99

Battlestation: Harbinger: $1.99 from $3.99

Star Knight: $0.99 from $2.66

LEGO Star Wars: TCS: $0.99 from $6.99

Star Wars Pinball 4: $0.10 from $1.99

Star Wars: KOTOR: $2.99 from $9.99

Blood of the Zombies: $0.99 from $4.99

GA 1: An Assassin in Orlandes: $0.99 from $1.98

Caverns of the Snow Witch: $0.99 from $1.99

Bloodbones: $0.99 from $1.99

Island of the Lizard King: $0.99 from $1.98

House Of Hell: $0.99 from $1.98

Infinite Universe: $0.99 from $5.99

Trial of the Clone: $0.99 from $5.99

The Forgotten Spell: $0.99 from $5.99

The Forest of Doom: $0.99 from $1.98

Starship Traveller: $0.99 from $1.98

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Servers Ultimate Pro, A Ton Of Tin Man Games Titles, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Fenix Returns To The Play Store After Developer And Twitter Apparently Reach Agreement To Allow More Users

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 01:23 PM PDT

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Fenix disappeared from the Play Store on Monday. You've heard the story before. Popular Twitter client reaches 100,000 users and goes away. If you aren't familiar with the song and dance, here's how it went down this time around.

Except, it turns out, there's a happy ending.

Fenix is back. You can go to its Play Store page, purchase the app, and sign in as a new user.

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Rick Osterloh, former Motorola CEO, is now heading up Google’s hardware division

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 01:12 PM PDT

Over the past couple of years, we've seen a whole series of shake-ups involving Motorola, Lenovo and Google. Now there's another piece at play. Just weeks after leaving Lenovo, former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh is headed to Google as a new Senior Vice President who is tasked with leading Google's new hardware division. Osterloh previously worked for Google when the company owned Motorola, but stayed with Motorola when it was purchased by Lenovo. Now, he is headed back to Google after Lenovo restructured its leadership positions and Osterloh left the company.

As head of hardware at Google, Osterloh will oversee a number of different divisions. These include Nexus devices, Google's Chromecast products, consumer hardware including Chromebooks and the Pixel C tablet, OnHub wireless router, Google Glass and ATAP, which is Google's experimental team that handles devices such as Project Ara, Google's modular phone.

Osterloh has been highly praised for his work at Motorola and it's no surprise that he's being given far more responsibility at Google now than he previously had. The move comes amid a concentrated effort at Google to streamline and unify the company's various hardware projects. Google has had its share of struggles with hardware in the past, relying on numerous partnerships with manufacturers for products and occasionally facing major product flops, such as the Nexus Q. With Osterloh as the new head of hardware, we should see improvement.

What's your reaction this latest move at Google? Will it improve the company's hardware efforts?

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WaterField SleeveCase for Microsoft Surface Pro 4 / Surface Book review

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 01:11 PM PDT

I decided to start the Microsoft Surface devices reviews series with a thing I spent the most time looking for - a case. Getting a proper protection for such an expensive device like Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book is fundamental. Not only to avoid some serious damage (both devices are rather unrepairable), but also to keep these shiny gadgets in a good visual condition.

It's not a secret that portability always comes in pair with a potential risk of having some unexpected scratches, caused by permanent moving the device, pulling it out of the bag, using it outdoor (train, bus, car) or simply travelling with it.

When I was looking for a perfect case for my Surface Pro 4 I had two crucial requirements in mind:

1. It has to be thick, soft but also handy.
2. It can't have a potentially risky elements.

What exactly does it mean? Thick for outside impacts protection, soft to avoid unexpected scratches when inserting and removing the device from the case, and handy to be able to pack in inside the business bag.

Risky elements are all kind of zippers (it might damage the delicate aluminium body if the device in a case fell to the ground from the side of the zipper) or buttons (the same reason as above).

The most popular case (but not a sleeve case) up to date is the Urban Armor Gear Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Case. How comes? I don't know. I would never buy such a hard and ugly shell for a gadget that took first place in every contest of its category - and one of the winning key was always the spectacular design.

The rest of the competition in this category has either zippers, they are too thin, ugly or simply too ordinary and not very original in terms of the design.

Loosing my hope to find this "something" I had pictured in my mind, I found a company located in San Francisco - WaterField Designs. What attracted my attention in a first place was an unusual design of their products. Luckily it took me only few seconds to find a dedicated Surface Pro 4 cases on their site. Looking closely at all the pictures and a short video, I concluded that's the product I was looking for.

Before making the final decision I spent some time chatting with Heidi from WaterField Designs team - an extremely kind and helpful person, who explained to me the differences between 2 models I was confused about - SleeveCase and Dash Sleeve. I ended up with the SleeveCase model as the one that can ensure a better protection for the device when travelling. International shipping took a while, but it was so worth to wait!

Design and material

What makes this case even greater, is that you can choose between two completely different finish materials - black ballistic nylon with perforated nylon trim or tan waxed canvas with grizzly leather trim. I went for the second one, as it perfectly fits the leather business bag I own. Also, you can choose between two different case orientation - horizontal or vertical.
Ballistic Nylon Shell material
Tan Waxed Canvas material
The tan waxed canvas material is very soft in touch and it just feels great. I doesn't feel like some cheap material. Actually, it feels a little bit like a luxury alcantara material. It's definitely something unique and uncommon for such type of products. The size of the case if perfectly fitted for the Surface Pro 4 naked or with Type Cover keyboard. At the top there's a lightly padded flap with a Velcro closing system. Even if the shape of the case is rather simple, the overall design is fantastic!


Apart from the finish material and orientation, you can choose if you'd like additional strap for the case. The selection is between none, d-rings only or full suspension strap. I believe it's worth to have these suspension strap, as it might be very useful for people who won't travel with an extra bag. But again - leaving this decision to customers elevates the product flexibility and guarantees being one more extra step ahead the competition, where the colour option is the only option you have, most of the time.
Ballistic Nylon Shell with an extra suspension strap
At the back of the case you'll find a little pocket, but I wouldn't recommend carrying there some hard stuff. Keep in mind the back of the Surface Pro 4 is very delicate and you might easily deform it with a pressure even from a hard object.

Although the protection inside the SleeveCase if very good due to the very thick and soft material, remember that in case of a sudden hit from the outside, some hard object inside this back pocket might leave a deformation mark on the back of the Surface Pro 4. It's still a sleeve case after all, but using it wisely gives as good protection as any type of a hard shell, unless you're going to use it at war.

Back pocket, better for some documents instead of a hard items
Final thoughts

With no doubts, Surface Pro 4 SleeveCase made by WaterFiled Designs is a unique product. The design and build quality are all top notch, plus you have a variety of options to go for (material and colour, orientation, straps). Apart from being very good looking case, it very well protects the device inside. The soft interior finish guarantees no scratches on the back of the device. It looks greats, it feels great, and it works great. Totally worth the price.

For me, the best in its category. I can't say much about the durability yet, but I believe there won't be surprises.


Surface Pro 3 or Surface Book owner? Worry not! You can choose the size of the case dedicated either for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book.

Overall score: 10/10


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Google Photos v1.19 Allows Custom Music In Generated Movies, Adds Better SD Card And Folder Management, And Makes A Bunch Of UI Tweaks [APK Download]

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 12:53 PM PDT


Update Wednesday went by a bit quietly with relatively few rollouts. However, the tail end of the day brought a bump to the Photos app with a lot of unusual and interesting changes. There are plenty of visual tweaks throughout the app, not to mention a couple of new features. Auto-generated movies now support custom music and there are some improvements to folder management and SD card support, such as it is.

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Google Photos v1.19 Allows Custom Music In Generated Movies, Adds Better SD Card And Folder Management, And Makes A Bunch Of UI Tweaks [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Firefox 47 Beta Adds A Few Changes To Slightly Reduce Mobile Data Usage, Removes Support For Android Web Runtime

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 12:24 PM PDT


Shortly after Firefox 46 went stable, the beta for version 47 is now available. As is typical for browser updates, the changes are minor and eclectic, but a few this time around can decrease the amount of mobile data you consume by a hair or two.

One change is the option to show or hide web fonts, which is now available under advanced settings. Plus, Firefox will stop using data in the background when a website uses meta refresh.

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Firefox 47 Beta Adds A Few Changes To Slightly Reduce Mobile Data Usage, Removes Support For Android Web Runtime was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Thanks to Twitter, Fenix has returned to the Google Play Store

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 11:13 AM PDT

Just a few days ago, one of the most popular third-party Twitter apps for Android, Fenix, was pulled from the Google Play Store because the app had reached its token limit.

Now, thanks to some help from Twitter itself, the app has made its triumphant return to the digital store shelves. Developer mvilla has announced that the Fenix app is now available for new users to install and use once again. When the app reached its token limit earlier this week, it meant that new users wouldn't be able to download the app, but also that mvilla wouldn't be making any money from the app, either.

However, with the help of Twitter, that's no longer the case, and it looks like mvilla's hard work will continue to see plenty of attention moving forward. However, when asked what happened, mvilla could only say that the developer had "been in contact with the Twitter team and they've helped to fix the issue." So what, exactly, Twitter did to help Fenix out remains a mystery.

Are you happy to see Fenix's return?

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Google Photos adding more powerful search in latest update

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 10:53 AM PDT

Google Photos is one of those apps that nearly every Android user has on their device, but not everyone uses. Nonetheless, Google is continuing to improve the service with frequent updates that add and improve features, both in an effort to keep current users happy and in an attempt to draw in new users. This latest update from Google Photos brings in a few notable features that you should definitely know about.

First off is an improved search experience that is clearly changed from the existing search experience. Google Photos now features a prominent search bar at the top of the UI. Users can tap the search bar and type in their query to instantly begin searching, or they can simply tap the search bar and scroll down to see faces, places, and photo types to help narrow the search category down.

Also added is the ability to customize the movies that the app automatically creates. Users can now add their own music, photos and videos to these automatically created movies. Additionally, users can now rename and delete user-created device folders right from Google Photos. Managing files and folders on SD cards has also been simplified.

The update is now rolling out to Android devices and will be available for iOS in the coming weeks.

What are your thoughts on the new features?

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Top 10 new Android games this week: illi, Tiny Rogue

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 08:53 AM PDT

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Ether Wars

DescriptionProve your worth in unlimited levels that will test your radial-aim skill and patience. If that isn't enough for you, challenge your best friends in PVP matches to proclaim yourself the absolute ruler of the ether galaxy.



Description:  illi is a polished one button platform puzzler. As the creature illi, you jump your way through a strange world where gravity follows you! Things you take for granted in your world is different here. illi travels through portals and enters barren worlds where she gathers light crystals that remain. 


Adventure Jack

DescriptionHe knows there is an old boat house on the island, but he don't know how to reach there.Your objective is to help him to reach the boat house by guiding him through the jungle. In each level, you have to help him to find the required objects to proceed and the way to the boat house. Tap to guide him to the objects to interact with them or collect them. Keep an eye on his energy level and get the food when its goes down to avoid losing his life.



DescriptionFor eons, the Titans have fought for fame, glory, and bragging rights in an eternal struggle. As a Spellbinder, YOU control the battlefield. Choose a Titan, command an army of fearless minions and dust off your favorite spell book.


Now Escape

DescriptionDrag the ball to avoid obstacles. These neon-like traps can surprisingly transform right before your very eyes – stay focused and use your reflexes… Now Escape!


Tiny Rogue

Description: In Tiny Rogue you will descend as deep into the randomized dungeons as you can. Strategize your turns moving through the dungeons collecting treasure, using potions and spells, slaying foes, earning experiences and levelling up your hero. Can you compete on the high-score leaderboard?


The World of Dots

DescriptionThe world of dots was once a world of structure. Since the ancients disappeared the dots have begun losing their order. Help rebuild the world of dots with Rubik's cube inspired puzzles.


Super Phantom Cat

DescriptionSuper Phantom Cat is a retro-inspired 2D platformer that pays homage to 8- and 16-bit classics Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Country, and Sonic The Hedgehog. In Super Phantom Cat, players take on the role of Chemist White and embark on an action-packed journey through the Phantom World.


Rush Fight

Description Get ready for super fun arcade action! Test your reflexes and break records, challenging fighters from around the world. And remember, if you stop you lose!


Angry Birds Action!

DescriptionPull, aim, action! Send the birds of the Angry Birds Movie crashing through obstacles and bouncing from wall to wall like a wrecking ball – all in the name of saving some eggs. It's a game based on a movie, based on a game! Explore the world of The Angry Birds Movie for the first time ever in Angry Birds Action!


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Angry Birds Action! Now Available To All In The Play Store

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 08:49 AM PDT


Well, that Angry Birds movie is going to come out in a few weeks, so the time has come for Rovio's latest promotional vehicle to launch. Angry Birds Action! appeared in the Play Store as a geo-limited beta a few weeks ago, and now it's live for everyone. What's it like? It's a mix of pinball, classic Angry Birds, and desperation. I kid, sort of.

There are eggs that need to be saved in each level, and you do that by running into them with the classic slingshot mechanic.

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AT&T is pushing Marshmallow to the LG G3

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 07:53 AM PDT

Marshmallow updates have been raining down lately, with most current and previous flagships now having received the update. One previous flagship, however, has faced quite a long wait. LG was fairly speedy in getting a Marshmallow update out to the LG G3, but the carrier variants have taken a bit longer, particularly the AT&T model. Fortunately, that wait is now over, as AT&T has begun pushing the Marshmallow update out to LG G3 owners on its network.

With the update, you'll get the usual goodies of Marshmallow. These include Google Now On Tap, which allows for contextual assistance based on what is currently on the screen, as well as Doze, which improves standby battery life. In addition to those, you'll see LG's slightly updated UI. Under the hood, you'll likely also notice some performance and stability improvements. All in all, it should be quite a welcome update.

The update has begun to roll out, but it could be a few days before it reaches everyone. Be patient and savor the reward when you finally receive the update.

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Miitomo Crosses 10 Million Users, Announces 10 Day Promo And Two New Mobile Games

Posted: 28 Apr 2016 07:04 AM PDT


During its earning call last night, Nintendo announced that Miitomo has had 10 million users since its release in March, with 20 million 'Miifotos' created and 300 million conversations started. To celebrate reaching the 10 million mark, the company has announced a 10-day promotional period, lasting from April 29 till May 8. There's no word on what this will involve, but I wouldn't be surprised if users can win exclusive, limited-edition clothes for their Mii, or something of that ilk.

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Miitomo Crosses 10 Million Users, Announces 10 Day Promo And Two New Mobile Games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC Nexus M1 Internally Referred To As Marlin

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 10:24 PM PDT


Earlier today we posted an article about the upcoming Nexus M1 and S1 smartphones and how HTC has been chosen as the Nexus partner for this year. Well now it looks like we have more evidence to support this claim.


Android Police has shared an image of the AOSP Gerrit page showing references to the name Marlin by a Qualcomm engineer. Marlin is believed to be the codename for the Nexus M1 whereas Sailfish (currently unconfirmed) is the Nexus S1.

I'm actually pretty excited about the next Nexus flagship considering I'm still rocking my Nexus 5 so here's hoping we get more info soon.

[Android Police]

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Minecraft: Gear VR Edition Now Available For Samsung S6, S7, And Note 5 Series Phones

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 08:49 PM PDT

gearvrheaderlol2Minecraft isn't the first game you think about when you hear the word "immersion." No, it's the first one you think of when you hear "surprisingly popular," or "construction-based," or "Notch made more money than Solomon's divorce lawyer." But even so, it's been tied to the new virtual reality trend more than once, most notably thanks to new owner Microsoft's HoloLens platform. That said, a little platform competition isn't going to keep them from making ungodly amounts of money, so check out Minecraft for Samsung's Gear VR headsets.

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OPPO lands national retail partnership with JB Hi-Fi and confirm OPPO R9 for May 9 launch

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 07:23 PM PDT


In a move that sees it further solidify its place in the Australian market, OPPO has announced its latest national partnership with JB Hi-Fi, as well as news of the OPPO R9 launch.

JB Hi-Fi as part of the agreement with OPPO will begin offering the entire current range of OPPO's devices, including the R7s, R7 Plus, F1 and its latest handset, the R9 from May 9 2016, both in stores nationally and online. Additionally OPPO's collection of accessories, comprising phone covers, cases and fabled VOOC flash chargers for car and home will also be available through the electronics retailer.

OPPO's R9 to the unacquainted is a handset with a 5.5-inch FullHD Super AMOLED panel, with narrow side bezels, a ...

The post OPPO lands national retail partnership with JB Hi-Fi and confirm OPPO R9 for May 9 launch appeared first on Android Australia.

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HTC 10 available for pre-order ahead of May 3 release

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 03:58 PM PDT


Time is edging closer towards Australian launch of the HTC 10 and those interested are now able to pre-order in time for its release on May 3.

The new metal-clad handset, with added fingerprint reader, UltraPixel camera setup, hi-res audio and more, will be available outright from retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores or online from 3 May 2016 at its RRP of $1,099. HTC Australia is offering two colour options locally, either Carbon Grey or Glacier Silver

If it's the carrier route that appeals more so, then with Telstra the HTC 10 will be available on the carrier's Go Mobile plans, with an example being $97 per month on the $95 Go Mobile plan with $2 handset ...

The post HTC 10 available for pre-order ahead of May 3 release appeared first on Android Australia.

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HTC Nexus 9 no longer available from the Google Store

Posted: 27 Apr 2016 03:53 PM PDT

Rumor has it that HTC is hard at work on potentially two new Nexus-branded devices. One of them could even be a tablet. So it seems like a good time to pull HTC's current Nexus tablet from Google Store stock.

If you are perusing the Google Store today, and happen to find your way into the tablets section, you'll only find Google's Pixel C as an option. The HTC Nexus 9 has been unceremoniously removed from stock, which makes sense considering the Nexus 9 first launched back in October of 2014.

Even though it looks like Google is over and done with selling the Nexus 9, you can still pick one up from Amazon or HTC if you'd like to clamp down on a bit of nostalgia before it's gone for good.

Did you ever own an HTC Nexus 9?

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