If Kojak were alive today he'd no doubt be extemely excited...assuming of course that he'd somehow managed to transcend the chasm between fiction and the real world, while developing a fascination for smartphones in the process.
Ok, I'm reaching a bit, but he sure did love his lollipops. Enough confectionary gags already.Google has got the Android community salivating with the news that Android Lollipop will ship on the new Nexus flagship device line-up which will be hitting stores from November.
I'm not afraid to admit that when it comes down to it, Android is my mobile OS of choice...nothing against iOS I should hasten to add, but I just love the tweakability of just about anything you care to think of (thanks especially to the Tasker phone automation app).
A lot of the functionality I've previously relied on from these 3rd-party apps is now going to be available as part of the core OS, which should mean better performance, more stability, stronger security, and less hassle.
As well as a raft of under-the-bonnet improvements, Google is forging ahead with a much stronger UX direction than before with "Material Design" - which gives a more consistent look and feel across the whole ecosystem - both for Google's own apps, and for developers too.
I've got to say, the Nexus devices are making me drool - the Nexus 6, built by Motorola, is a smidgen bigger than the Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. Time to buy some new trousers! (with bigger pockets...what were you thinking?).
Hardware-wise, the Nexus 6 has serious grunt with its 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU and storage weighing in at 32Gb and 64Gb flavours. The screen has a higher resolution than reality itself, at 2560 x 1440 pixels. I'm also liking the sound of the "Turbo Charger" which promises six hours of use from just fifteen minutes' charge.
The Nexus 9 tablet (built by HTC) sports an 8.9-inch display, 2GB of RAM and a beast of a 64-bit processor (Nvidia Tegra K1) so will be an ideal partner for streaming games to the new Nexus Player.
So it's looking like a pretty good month for Google on the news-front - for the sake of healthy competition though, let's hope Apple can bring some balance back to the force!