The Nexus 5X was one of the last devices with the Nexus brand (unless Google revives it), along with the Huawei-made 6P. Compared to its predecessor, the Nexus 5, it had a faster processor, a far superior camera, a fingerprint sensor, and more. When the 5X was released in 2015, it was easily one of the best value devices you could buy – but how does it hold up a year and a half later?
Nexus 6 owners just can’t seem to catch a break. It took longer than usual for it to receive 7.0 Nougat, and 7.1.1 took a while too. Then several bugs on 7.1.1 were discovered, but they were fixed in the recent March security update.
[Update: Google responds] Android 7.0 OTA update is being pushed to Nexus 6 phones running 7.1.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Nexus 6 owners had cause to rejoice a few days ago when Android 7.1.1 finally hit the beastly phone. It sat on 7.0 for quite a bit after its younger brethren received the update. However, now it seems that the celebration has come to a slight hiccup.
[Update: It's fixed] The Nexus 6 Android 7.1.1 update brought with it some speakerphone echo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Nexus 6 just recently reached the end of mainstream software support from Google, but it is still receiving monthly security updates. The latest OTA, which included the March security fixes, seems to have broken SafetyNet – which in turn, disabled Android Pay.
[Update: It's back] Google pulls March security update for Nexus 6, after it breaks SafetyNet and Android Pay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
CyanogenMod is virtually the best-known custom ROM out there, and for good reason: it brings the newest version of Android to devices that would otherwise have to wait much longer to receive it, or would never receive it at all. This week, quite a few popular devices have received CyanogenMod 14.1, which is based on Android 7.1 Nougat.
CyanogenMod 14.1 (Android 7.1 nightlies):
- Google Nexus 5 (hammerhead)
- LG G Pad 7 LTE (v410)
- Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015) (clark)
- Nextbit Robin (ether)
- Oppo R5/R5s (Intl) (r5)
- Oppo R7 Plus (r7plus)
Enthusiasts who still own the Nexus 5, of which there are many, will no doubt be thrilled to see Android 7.1 Nougat come to their devices (though it did arrive in CAF form late last month).
CyanogenMod 14.1 nightlies arrive for the Nexus 5, Moto X Pure Edition, Nextbit Robin, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
For those of you who were worried about Google’s current Android devices not receiving Android 7.1 Nougat, don’t be; Google has confirmed that the Pixel phones’ current software version will be arriving on Nexus devices and the Pixel C before the end of the year. However, these devices won’t be receiving some Pixel-exclusive (Pixelsclusive?) features.
Google has informed us that before the end of the calendar quarter (aka before 2017), Nexus devices and the Pixel C will receive a developer preview for Android 7.1 Nougat.
Android 7.1 coming to current Nexus devices and Pixel C, will land before the end of 2016 as a dev preview was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Rumors of Huawei building a 7″ tablet “for Google” stirred up by serial leaker Evan Blass last week. We’ve not heard anything more about this alleged device, but suffice it to say that the hype is real for this thing. The original Nexus 7 was as beloved as it was horribly flawed, though its 2013 successor remedied many of those ills. And much can be said of why the Nexus 7 was popular – it was “the right size,” a good combination of value and performance, and one of the few tablets running stock Android.
Weekend poll: Would you buy a new "Nexus" (or Pixel) 7" tablet? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
One of the benefits of Google’s Nexus devices is that you can flash full factory images if something goes wrong. Google makes these files available for download each time a new OTA update rolls out, and the first few devices now have Nougat images. This could be just what you need to get your device back on a stock build of Android in a single step.
So far, Google only has a few images live, all of which are build NRD90M.
[Update: Nexus 5X] The first Android 7.0 Nexus factory images are up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
How about a little Friday Nexus treat? We’ve got something you may enjoy – brand-new ringtones and notification sounds from Google’s upcoming Nexus devices Marlin and Sailfish. Eight notification sounds and ten ringtones, to be precise. My favorite ringtone, per the above image, is the “Rrring.” Though, “Hey hey” is pretty funny, too.
Whoever made these was having altogether too much fun with it – they’re just delightful. You can get the notifications and ringtones in ZIP files, links to which are below.
Download the sweet new ringtones and notification sounds from the 2016 Nexus phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
This deal may disappear fast, so I’m not going to waste time with needless banter. Jet.com currently has the 32GB Nexus 6P on sale for just $ 347, with free shipping, thanks to a coupon code and a couple of other stipulations. Here’s what you need to do to see that price in your cart.
- Go to product listing at Jet.com.
- Select the payment option that opts out of free returns and requires payment by debit card.
[Deal Alert] 32GB Nexus 6P on sale for just $ 347 at Jet.com was written by the awesome team at Android Police.