LAST CALL

Fusion_Blog

It was battle of the tech giants this week as both Google and Apple unveiled their new hardware and software.

First up was Google on Wednesday. The company revealed the name of its new release, Lollipop, which was previewed back in June at their conference, Google I/O. The OS is designed to work flawlessly across all devices, including phone, tablet, and TV, and features over 5,000 new APIs open to developers. Something especially interesting about Lollipop: it includes a “kill switch” to deter theft.

To highlight the new more intuitive and responsive system, Google also unveiled a new lineup of Nexus products: the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player, a streaming media player. The announcements were made on Google’s official blog, and the opening line was an obvious jab at Apple’s own, more exclusive announcement events. In what was certainly NOT a coincidence, Apple’s new iPad line-up (due to be unveiled at their Cupertino event the following day) was leaked minutes after Google’s announcement, in a bid, no doubt, to steal some of the spotlight.

android_lollies-578-80

photo via techradar

Speaking of: on to Apple. Thursday, Tim Cook had several more announcements to make, in a follow up from last month’s event. They unveiled the new operating system, Yosemite, along with the (leaked) iPad updates, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, and updated iMac desktops and Mac minis. There’s still no word on a release date for the Apple Watch, but Apple Pay will be released on Monday. The event featured the usual fanfare, and included a playful video call from Stephen Colbert. However, it was the notoriously irritating auto-correct software that ended up stealing the show, serving up a satisfying slice of humble pie. #ItsRoadTrip