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If you thought that Google’s Project Fi Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service was good before, things just got a little bit better today -- the company has announced data-only support for some of the most popular tablets available. Customers who are already signed up for Project Fi will be able to order a data-only SIM (up to nine can be ordered from Google) and insert it into their tablet to gain wireless service. If you haven’t already signed up for Project Fi, you’ll have to request an invite and get in line like everyone else. Like the Project Fi for smartphones, you’ll be charged... Read more...
Today we're going take a look at Google's latest Nexus-branded phablet, the Nexus 6P. Arriving just under a year after the Motorola-built, 5.96-inch Nexus 6, the Nexus 6P is actually a hair smaller, thinner and indeed, slightly more manageable. The 6P also marks Huawei's first foray into Google's Nexus family of products, which may allow the company to make a larger impact on the U.S. market -- a market which has been hesitant to embrace the brand on its own to this point. The Nexus 6P is the big brother to the Nexus 5X (review forthcoming), which launched alongside it, but there's a lot more to... Read more...
True to its word, Google is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its first-party Nexus devices. Purchasing hardware that has Google’s official stamp of approval on it means that you’re always the first in line to get updates to the latest operating system and that you’re well covered when it comes to timely security updates. Google has posted factory images of Android 6.0.0 (Build MRA58K) to its developer site, and supported devices include the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 tablets, and the Nexus Player. So you can head on over and download them now if you wish to... Read more...
Google's brand new Nexus 5X smartphone looks to be a good contender for its given price point ($379), but there's a major stipulation you should be aware of if you have interest in picking one up. Despite the fact that the USB-C connector has barely broken through to the market yet, Google saw it fit to supply only a USB-C to USB-C connector in the box. Oy. What this means for you is that unless you happen to be rocking a computer that has a USB-C port, such as an updated Alienware notebook, or Apple's latest MacBook, you're not going to be able to connect it to your computer to transfer... Read more...
It looks as though Google just can’t catch it break when it comes to leaks for its upcoming Nexus flagship smartphones. The company was hoping to surprise everyone during its September 29th keynote, but eager tech enthusiasts have been treated to just about all of Google’s Marshmallow secrets ahead of time. The latest leak comes courtesy of a leaked Google slide presentation which spills all the beans on the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P. The slides go into incredible detail on the flagship Marshmallow smartphone, revealing that this will be Google’s “first all-metal Nexus flagship smartphone.” Powering the... Read more...
Google is going to launch another a Nexus smartphone, and if the rumors and leaked information up to this point are true, both LG and Huawei will be involved. The former is rumored to be in charge of the 5.2-inch model, a supposed picture of which was posted online a week ago, while the latter is said to be making the 5.7-inch version. Some photos of Huawei's model have now also appeared online on a Chinese-language website. What stands out more than anything else in the pictures is the bulging camera, though it's not a circular bulge like LG's model. Instead, the device takes on a periscope-like... Read more...
It’s no secret that Huawei is developing one of two new Nexus smartphones for Google. LG Electronics is the other OEM tapped with developing a second smartphone that will result in a one-two punch for Google’s debut of the Android L operating system. Over the past few months, various details surrounding Huawei’s Nexus device have leaked, including word from Evan Blass that the device would feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. That latter spec is becoming a bit more suspect considering that Qualcomm today said it products featuring the SoC wouldn’t ship until the... Read more...
Not long after Samsung announced that it would roll out security updates to Galaxy devices on a monthly basis, Google stood up and said, "Hey, great idea, we're going to do that with Nexus hardware!" That's not a verbatim quote, mind you, but it's the gist of what Google announced only hours after Samsung in regards to making Android a more secure platform on select devices. Google's announcement is sort of an extension of an existing security practice. For the past three years, Google has been notifying Android device makers of security issues on a monthly basis through bulletins. After being... Read more...
Nexus fans who have been following the rumors have heard that Google's tapping two different manufactures for its next generation offerings. One is South Korean outfit LG Electronics, a familiar partner of Google's that is supposedly working on the Nexus 5 (2015 model), and the other is Huawei, which has been linked to a bigger size Nexus device to succeed the Nexus 6.With regards to the latter, famed leaker Evan Blass (you may know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) posted to Twitter a few specs for the Huawei Nexus. According to Blass, Huawei's phablet-sized device will sport a 5.7-inch... Read more...
The highly anticipated Android M mobile operating system will begin [most likely slowly if previous releases are any indication] making its way to devices this fall. We’ll first start seeing new devices preloaded with Android M (like the next generation Nexus smartphone, which is reportedly being developed in conjunction with Huawei) and later as an upgrade for existing Lollipop devices.Until that time arrives, only developers have access to Android M, and up until this week, they were running the same “tired old” build Developer Preview build that was released in late May. Thankfully, Google yesterday... Read more...
Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about what Google has in store for 2015. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend alone, we’ve learned that Android M has the internal designation “Macadamia Nut Cookie,” and that the operating system will bring native fingerprint authentication along with guaranteed OS updates for two years (Nexus devices only). Today, Android Police is giving us some insight on the hardware side of things. The first bit of news may be disappointing for tablet fans (but not surprising given the current state of the tablet market) — there will reportedly not be... Read more...
One of the benefits of owning a Google Nexus device is assurance that it will receive new Android builds as they come out, but for how long? According to a seemingly reliable rumor making the rounds on the web, you won't have to guess with Android M (Android 6.0), which Google is expected to unveil at Google I/O later this week.Android Police's Ryan Whitwam says that Android M will come with an update guarantee for Nexus devices. As told by "solid" sources that rate at 9 (presumably out of 10) on the site's confidence scale, Google will roll out major system updates for two years from the OS's... Read more...
It looks like Google might have just pulled the plug on its well-liked Nexus 7 tablet, as it's no longer listed in the Play Store. To see the latest iteration removed isn't too much of a surprise, as it was released two summers ago, but the fact that Google didn't release a third-gen version last summer (or since then) does seem to highlight the company's lack of interest in it. So, it's probably safe to say that the Nexus 7 is no more. I admit that I consider that to be a bad thing. When the original Nexus 7 was released in 2012, it was an immediate hit. It offered great value, at its price-point... Read more...
In my best Ron Paul impression, all I can say is “It’s happening!” Google today announced its Project Fi wireless service, which has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months. However, Google has confirmed much of that speculation now that the full details of the service have been revealed. First and foremost, Project Fi — yes, that is its official name — is limited only to the Nexus 6 smartphone for the time being. That will severely limit the service’s reach at launch, but it does allow for Google to initially tailor the service for a hardware/software platform that it completely... Read more...
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