Posts tagged with: Nexus 5
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    For the first time ever, it would seem that the new version of Android will not be released at the same time as the latest Nexus hardware is announced. In fact, it might come earlier. It's only part of the story that tech leaks reporter Evan Blass is tweeting about. Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you 😢 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016 We don't know what else he may or may not know, including a date for when we might be able to confirm the existence of two speculative HTC-made Nexus devices and even a possible ...

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    Even established companies get duped once in a while. And their customers get doubly duped in the process. Take deals site Woot, for instance, and its offer of $150 Nexus 5 smartphones. Turns out, what was sold as "new" and having "32GB" turned out to be refurbished 16GB units. Yep, not exactly sure if even those can fetch $150 these days. Too bad, right? Well, after fielding a few frustrations on its forums, Woot has taken action to address the issue. Buyers can either get a total of $75 back from the site or return the phone and receive an extra $30 in credit. The site's also offering ...

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    Remember last week, when we recommended nostalgic folks and cash-strapped Android purists they buy a pre-owned original Nexus 5 from Daily Steals in exchange for $140, fully convinced it doesn’t get better than this? It turns out we were off by a mile (or ten), as Woot now sells brand-new, immaculate 32GB N5 units at $150 a pop. It’s hard to believe, but nearly three years in, Google and its many retail partners still didn’t manage to clear all LG Nexus 5 inventory. We don’t reckon there are more than a few dozen copies on sale, though, so time is of the essence, and it’s wise to ...

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    With the newer, prettier, more powerful Nexus 5X still sold for $200 on Project Fi, and recently discounted to as little as $230 in international unlocked form, retailers hanging on to inventory leftovers of the OG Nexus 5 have only two possible plays. They can flat-out give up on the 2013-released 5-incher, or practically give it away at ridiculously low prices of $140 or so. That latter figure is almost impossible to turn down, with vanilla Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies in the mix, LTE support for AT&T, T-Mobile and even Sprint, 32GB internal storage space, and a respectably sharp ...

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    For a smartphone dating all the way back to 2013, the Nexus 5 still holds a special place in the hearts of a good number of Android users, and while it's clearly been surpassed by more powerful Nexus hardware, some recent hot deals on the phone have managed to keep it in our thoughts. But for as much as the Nexus 5 did right, it was never a phone that fared well for users with big data needs: with no microSD expansion (well, not without a separate mod), and only 16GB and 32GB storage options, it might not be long before you found yourself uninstalling old apps to free up space. Google and ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    The past couple of weeks have brought many software changes to Nexus devices, starting with the now traditional monthly security patches, then a long overdue bundle of stability and performance improvements designed specifically for the 5X and 6P. Unfortunately, something apparently messed up the two’s fingerprint scanners as well, and a system vulnerability rated as critical prompted Google to pull an unprecedented move. Repairing the flaw couldn’t wait until next month, so “supplemental Nexus updates are being created and will be released within a few days.” Just to be clear, ...

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    Irony in its purest form: a phone that’s over two years old and was never considered a powerhouse currently runs a newer version of Android than a 2015 flagship, at least outside Korea and Poland. Even more ironic, not to mention damaging for the reputation of semi-recent high-enders, is Marshmallow software doesn’t seem to be the only good thing going for the 2013 LG Nexus 5. The Google-endorsed 5-incher is also more than 70 percent screen, so it’s got relatively slim bezels, it delivers crisp Full HD resolution, and packs 2GB RAM in combination with an ageless Snapdragon 800 ...

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    How would you like to be able to easily expand the internal storage space of your Nexus device? Don’t answer that, because it’s really a no-brainer rhetorical question similar perhaps to asking if you’d enjoy spending a day with Harrison Ford in Han Solo character. Unlike one of Hollywood’s most reclusive grumps though, modifying at least a Google Nexus 5 phone to accommodate microSD cards is decidedly within reach… if you’ve got the spare time, right tools and set of skills. All you need to do, according to a Reddit member nicknamed Sockpockets, is carefully remove the ...

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    Last week, a heads-up arrived that Android emoji fans were in for a big treat, with support for a bunch of new symbols about to hit Nexus devices. Google told us it was nearly ready to land, but kept us in the dark as to a precise date. It turns out that today's the day, as Google flips the switch on Android 6.0.1, making the release available to all Nexus devices currently on Marshmallow. That's right: Android 6.0.1 factory images are available for download now for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9, and Nexus 7 2013 – hell, even the Nexus Player. So far, all we know ...

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    Why wait another week or so and rub elbows with millions of angry bargain hunters capable of anything it takes to save a buck when retailers like Amazon and Expansys are ready to cut you some of the greatest deals to date on sizzling hot mobile gadgets. Granted, the latter electronics merchant is nowhere near as famous as Amazon, but in our many interactions with Expansys over the years, we’ve never been let down. You can rest assured therefore you’ll be getting a legit, fully functional unlocked 32GB original LG Nexus 5 at just $200 if you hurry. There’s no telling how long the ...

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    In 1968, novelist Philip K. Dick asked Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In his book (which was the inspiration for Blade Runner), after war had devastated Earth, a bounty hunter was tasked with "retiring" six escaped Nexus-6 model androids - the latest and most advanced model ever. That got us wondering: what's the best Nexus smartphone of all time? For years, Google had denied any intention to make a "Google Phone", reiterating its support of the Android OS and the Open Handset Alliance -  a consortium of companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. The ...

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    What, just because it’s way older than the first-generation Nexus 6, you thought the LG Nexus 5 no longer deserved love from generous and trusted eBay sellers? Well, you thought wrong, as mobilepros1 charges an all-time low price of $174.99 for the Snapdragon 800-powered 5-incher in limited quantities. How limited? We’ve no idea, but as I write this, the 97.9 percent positive certified electronics e-merchant closes in on the 500 unit mark, and since Google officially discontinued the stock Android phone months ago, available inventory in the thousands seems a long shot. Bottom line, ...

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    When talking about phones that carry the Nexus name, we typically consider them to be iterative updates of one another - each building on the success of the one that came before. Google decided to change things up a bit last year by releasing the Nexus 6: a phablet - not a phone. Thankfully, this year Google returned the Nexus to its roots by releasing the Nexus 5X. How does it stack up against the original Nexus 5 from two years back? Let's dive right in! Nexus 5X vs Nexus 5 To begin with, both the original Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X are remarkably similar in terms of overall dimensions. ...

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    Some men just want to watch the world burn. Others enjoy seeing the always resourceful DIY specialists from iFixit dismantling popular phones so they don’t have to. Or, on the contrary, so they do if the occasion arises, a component breaks, and the user insists on replacing it himself from the comfort of his home. As far as the Google and LG-co-developed Nexus 5X is concerned, you’re strongly advised to consult with a professional if the LCD or display glass suffer damage, given the fused assembly doesn’t make the repair of either a very easy task. Overall however, the relatively ...

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    While many of us have our eyes set on the more powerful and premium Nexus 6P from Huawei, we can't ignore an interesting fact about its smaller sibling. This would be the first time that a particular OEM builds three Nexus products in a row. Other than that, we've only seen as many as two products from HTC, Samsung and ASUS. If you're wondering why this is, Google sheds some light today. Dave Burke, Google's Android Engineering VP was in a recent video press conference and three a few flowers at LG. According to Burke, "LG is the best partner for engineering the Nexus smartphone." No ...

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    We brought it up in our Android 6.0 primer video: expect bugs. Especially expect them in more front and center areas at first blush before the updates eventually come to patch them. It's not a rule exclusive to Android, just ask iOS. Twice. But T-Mobile troubles have appeared (no, not those T-Mobile troubles) and it involves LTE reception on Nexus 5 handsets. One Reddit user noted 3G reception in areas normally flush with LTE. Another user, from AT&T subcarrier Cricket also had a similar experience which got troubleshot with a toggle on-and-off of airplane mode. Another T-Mobile ...

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    Earlier today, Android Marshmallow technically dropped on all of us. To be more specific, the public version of 6.0 got pushed and was intended for developers to work with some live software. Google promised that over-the-air updates to devices-at-large would start tumbling out in due fashion. We've been wishing hard, praising the techies at Google and yet, we're all disappointed the same in some aspects. One of these aspects was the dark theme that we so desperately wanted in those pitch black room conditions. Also not easy on the eyes was the multi-pane app multitasking, or the lack ...

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    Owners of some Nexus devices (Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus Player) can already get a taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow thanks to Google, who made the factory images available on its servers. But what if you own a smartphone (or a tablet, for that matter), and your carrier of choice is T-Mobile? Magenta confirmed the Marshmallow update to be in the works for 17 of the devices on its line-up. The page also reiterates something we know so well (and learned to hate) concerning the long time required for a carrier phone to get an update: "Software updates are a long ...

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    Last week's big Google announcements marked the formal arrival of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as the company revealed the first two handsets to debut running the platform: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. More than that, though, the event also brought word of the coming availability of Marshmallow releases for existing Nexus devices. We had already heard that Google could get that ball rolling today, on October 5, and its announcement confirmed that distribution was set to get underway this week. Right on schedule, the factory images are in – not just for one or two models, but seemingly for ...

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    Google's Nexus event has just finished, and the company made sure it didn't disappoint. Not only did we find ourselves with a new batch of powerful Nexus devices to choose from, whether you're on a budget or not, but we also saw Google announce a major update to its Google Chromecast, in addition to its software services. For those of us already rocking a Nexus, software updates are definitely what we care about most right now, and we also received information that. Google has just announced that it'll be pushing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the existing Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, ...

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    Tomorrow's shaping up to be a big one for Google, and beyond bringing us the first official look at the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, we're expecting to see a lot more of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The new Nexus phones will understandable ship with Marshmallow, but what about existing Nexus models? We've already heard that Google could be relatively generous with its support this time around, bringing Marshmallow to even older models like the Nexus 7, and now a new rumor fills us in on just when those updates could land – while also confirming a few devices that won't make it past Lollipop. ...

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    Based on the Verizon Nexus 6 debacle, and similar past pains for Nexus 7 adopters looking to activate their LTE-capable tablets on the nation’s largest wireless network, you have to figure Big Red and Google aren’t on the greatest terms. But for their mutual advantage, the two tech giants might be seeking to finally end whatever beef crippled the US cellular connectivity of recent stock Android-running devices. Yes, at least one of the imminent two new Nexuses appears ready to embrace Verizon users off the bat, in addition to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile fans. Oddly enough, the ...

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    To a certain extent, it feels natural for mobile enthusiasts to show a lot more interest in hardware upgrades prepped by Google rather than software makeovers. The two new Nexuses in the pipeline are palpable and, if you disregard the recent rumor flood, more secretive than Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which broke cover months ago and was gradually detailed in the meantime. Nonetheless, we don’t know everything about the M build of the world’s most popular operating system just yet, and a big question mark hovers around the names of older devices due for promotions beyond Lollipop. It’s ...

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    Even though we’re still betting for a possible announcement of Google’s new Nexus smartphones on September 29, there’s always a minor level of certainty. The Nexus 6 was announced on October 15 last year, so it does make sense for it to happen somewhere around these days. Obviously another big question on the table is when do existing Nexus devices get the new version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the answer is not far off. Canadian carrier Telus has just released its software update release schedule and even though we’re not sure if intentionally, the list does include the ...

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