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Two new Nexus phones available for pre-order in Australia today
Monday, October 26, 2015
We introduced Android as an open platform that anyone can build on, and today there are 4,000+ Android devices in all shapes and sizes. Android’s diversity is why it’s become the most popular mobile platform in the world, and the latest version,
, takes Android to a new level of performance.
Every year, the people who build Android also build
devices to show off the latest and greatest of Android. And this year, they built not one, but two Nexus phones. Today we’re introducing two new Nexus treats and opening pre-orders for both phones in Australia. They both run Android Marshmallow 6.0 and are sweetened by amazing apps — sandwiched by some cutting-edge hardware (see what we did there?).
is the first full metal-body Nexus phone. Built by Huawei, this 5.7” phone is crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum, with a powerful processor, a 12 megapixel camera and a new type of USB port —called USB Type-C — for fast charging.
Many of you told us how much you loved the Nexus 5. So, we’ve brought it back with the new
, giving you great performance and a beautiful 5.2” screen, in a compact and light package.
With Android Marshmallow, the new Nexus phones offer Now on Tap to help you get fast answers when you need them, fingerprint support for quick and secure access, more control over app permissions, and Doze to help your battery work smarter.
Starting today in Australia, you can pre-order the new Nexus phones from the
. The Nexus 5X starts at $659 and the Nexus 6P starts at $899. You can also get the Nexus 5X on a plan or outright through
, while the Nexus 6P is available through
. In early November, you can pop into a
or Harvey Norman to pick up a new Nexus device.
Posted by Venkat Rapaka, Director of Product Management, Android and Chrome
Ineka Voigt from Canberra wins Doodle 4 Google 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Earlier this year we announced our latest Doodle 4 Google competition, in which we asked school students across Australia to draw their own version of the Google logo, inspired by the theme “If I could go back in time I would...” Now, more than 26,000 doodles later, we can announce the winning entry.
Congratulations to Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School in ACT who has just been named the overall national winner for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Ineka has won a Chromebook laptop and Nexus tablet for herself and $10,000 worth of technology for her school. Her doodle will be featured on the
homepage next year.
Ineka’s doodle is titled “Stolen Dreamtime”. Ineka said: “ If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother sits in an ochre desert, dreaming of her children and a life that never was... all that remains is red sand, tears and the whispers of her stolen dreamtime.”
Congratulations also to our other
national age group winners
, Years 1-3 Billy Mahaffy, Scotch College Junior School, WA; Years 4-6 Samuel Nelson, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, QLD; and Years 7-8: Shalayne Smith, Marymount College, QLD.
The National Age Group Winners spent yesterday at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney for the unveiling of the National Winner. The young doodlers also saw their work in a special display at the gallery. Special thanks to Leanne Carr from the Art Gallery of NSW for her generous support of the competition and for an unforgettable day at the Gallery.
Thank you to all our thousands of doodlers from across Australia, and look out for Ineka’s doodle on our homepage.
Posted by Leticia Lentini, Brand and Event Marketing Manager, Google Australia
Careers with Code
Monday, October 12, 2015
Technology doesn’t stand still. Neither do careers, or the skills that we need for the jobs of the future. Just as careers like ‘knocker uppers’ (yep it was a real job) were replaced by alarm clocks, ice cutters by refrigeration, and lamp lighters by electricity, so too are we seeing a transformation in the types of jobs we’ll need and want as a future society.
As few as eight years ago there were no Android or iOS developers - because there were no smartphones! Self-driving cars were just a dream. And 3-D printing of prosthetics wasn’t even imaginable. Yet today, all those these sectors are thriving and likely to supply many of tomorrow’s jobs.
Last year we helped to publish the Careers with Code guide, which showed the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to - everything from art and music to medicine and agriculture. In Australia alone, demand for skilled computer scientists is growing rapidly. In this year’s guide we’ve showcased more amazing and diverse Computer Science careers in fields such as sport, gaming, health, sustainability, and more.
Australia needs technically-capable grads with a passion to solve the really tough challenges facing the world. We hope this guide will inspire your students to take up the challenge and become the change makers, innovators, and creators of the future.
Today, with Refraction Media and we're launching the 2015 edition of Careers with Code, with an unprecedented distribution of 175,000 magazines – 50 copies for every Australian high school, university careers centres and science outreach programs - being distributed across the country.
Careers with Code
, a magazine,
and website, shows high school students the wide variety of careers that computer science can lead to – everything from art and music to business, sports, health and conservation. We encourage you to share
with the widest possible audience of students, teachers and parents - it’s not just for the tech, science or maths classes!
Help us start the conversation about the careers of the future with your community, and inspire the next generation to change the world.
Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community and Outreach Manager, Google Australia
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