Posts tagged with: Nexus 5
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    There are new two ways about it: the Nexus 6 is the future of the Nexus smartphone lineup. And while the Nexus 5 has hung around even after the 6's debut, we've been forced to acknowledge that the phone's days are numbered. As of right now – in the US, at least – you'll find the Play Store out of Nexus 5 inventory; it sure hasn't felt like ongoing Nexus 5 sales are a big priority for Google. But just how much longer before this guy is gone for good? Today brings us news on a couple fronts about the handset's future, all getting started with the report that production of the Nexus 5 has ...

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    We know that you're all super-tired with Android 5.0 at this point, it's just so old. In case you somehow feel that way, we have quite the treat for you: say hello to Android 5.0.1. The update, mainly to squash the various bugs we found in the initial Lollipop build, has been pushed to AOSP and factory images have been made available for select Nexus devices to sideload as well. As far as we can tell, build number LRX22C (which flies in AOSP as Android 5.0.1_r1, by the way), brings no functional changes to Lollipop – it's mainly a compilation of fixes to a bunch of bugs noted by ...

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    Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5. If you're a die-hard Android fanboy/girl with a wad of phone-buying bills burning a hole in your pocket and no idea whether to spring for the super-modern or settle for the slightly dated, this is the comparison for you. While the gulf in screen and chassis size is huge here, there's more to this decision than bigness. The Nexus 6 carries a larger battery, higher-resolution camera, more modern processor, more elaborate radio stack ... and a $300 premium over its year-old predecessor. That means it starts at $649 instead of $349, probably its biggest deviation from ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest iteration of Google's mobile operating system, has been rolling out since the beginning of the month. Not everyone has gotten it yet, and some won't get the update at all. Because of the rapid development cycle of consumer electronics these days, OEMs don't have much incentive to update "old" devices with new versions of operating systems, it's much more profitable just to sell you a new device with the new OS already on it. One of the purposes of the Nexus program is so Google can showcase its latest and greatest software on a hardware reference ...

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    Yesterday, after a lot of will-they-won't-they confusion, we saw Google go ahead with initial distribution of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for existing Nexus models. We got word of updates on their way down for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and both generations of WiFi Nexus 7, as well as some smaller updates for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Shortly thereafter, Google made available factory images for these models, enabling you to flash your device with Lollipop at the expense of losing all your data. For many users, that's just not an option they want to embrace, and the ...

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    It's a big day for Android 5.0 Lollipop, and following Motorola's confirmation that this year's Moto X and Moto G were seeing their Lollipop updates go public, we got word from Sprint that we should be on the lookout for an update to the Nexus 5. As we mentioned in an update to that story, Google has since tweeted that “the rollout has started,” but we were careful to not read too much into what it meant there without getting some further confirmation. Based on a growing number of reports from end users, we can confirm that OTA Lollipop updates are headed out for certain Nexus models. ...

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    Sorry, Google: you weren't first to the Android update race with your Nexus devices this year. But surely, even if Google wasn't the leader out of the gate, those Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for Nexus phones and tablets must be nearly ready to go by now, right? Last week we heard a rumor that Google's Nexus update plans had hit an unexpected delay, but that they'd be getting started soon, with today, November 12, mentioned as a possible release date. We've yet to get confirmation of updates hitting actual phones, but Sprint sure thinks that one's about to arrive for the Nexus 5, updating ...

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    This week's been a pretty significant one for Android, as users get their first taste of the public non-dev-preview Android 5.0 Lollipop release in the form of the Nexus 9. We've seen Google update its online codebases with new Lollipop sources, as well as deliver factory images for some of this new 5.0-running hardware. But despite how hard we've been looking, there's been nary a peep of Lollipop updates for existing Nexus devices – models like last year's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. There's still no official news, but rumors now suggest that Google might have hit a small delay in getting ...

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    Earlier this week, we got news from Google about its plans for the public release of Android 5.0 Lollipop: while the new Nexus devices would (obviously) ship with Lollipop, updates for existing models were announced as arriving sometime in the weeks to come. Well, what does that mean? Will Nexus 5 owners be waiting until Thanksgiving before they have a chance (beyond the dev preview, at least) to bring Lollipop to their phones? Today we start to get a better sense of just who's getting what when, as a leak attempts to reveal Google's distribution strategy. The first release should be in ...

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    As much as I’d love to trust the Internet, it has a tendency to screw you on certain things. I read about something and get all excited, and then find out it was just so much bunk. Maybe it was some made up BS that some troll decided to spew, or maybe it was someone who genuinely thought they were right and happened to have a platform on which to speak to such things. However you look at it, I’ve been burned enough in my life to take on a sense of cautious optimism when it comes to things that seem too good to be true. Anyone who has read my work is aware of the tragedy that befell my ...

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    Oh, crap. You thought you had a solid grip on your phone as you pulled it out of your pocket, just as you have thousands of times before, but this time your fingers wavered, your hold gave way, and your shiny Nexus 5 found itself careening down to the ground for an up-close and personal introduction to your hard tile floor. Now you've either got a very expensive paperweight or a spiderweb of broken glass between you and the display. Well, lovely. Some smartphone manufacturers have recently started easing up on their warranty coverage restrictions, replacing handsets for free even when the ...

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    Six weeks ago today, a day after Google detailed the arrival of Android L at its Google I/O keynote, the company released the first Android L Developer Preview images. Downloads were available for both the 2013 Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5, and we quickly took advantage of these resources to bring you a hands-on look at the updated platform. In the time that's followed, Google's been hard at work on finalizing Android L with its eye on a public release this fall, and today we check out the next step on the path towards that goal, as a couple new Android L Dev Preview releases arrive for those ...

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    We've got a winner! Congratulations, Isaac Rodriquez: you're getting a Nexus 5 and the Android Wear smartwatch of your choice! Everyone else, check back next week, only this time instead of Monday, we'll be bringing you word of our new contest on Wednesday. ___ Last week, we saw our second Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE giveaway draw to a close.  And as it did so, it marked the end of the last contest we announced back at the start of July, for our month of giveaways. So, is that all she wrote? Not hardly. We're expanding that month of giveaways to a summer of giveaways, and if you were ...

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    When we're talking about custom smartphone designs, our thoughts immediately go to Motorola, the Moto X, and Moto Maker; with options ranging from colors to different materials, there's a lot of room to put together a phone that's uniquely yours. But what about custom cases? Sure, there are any number of third party companies that will help you put together a case unlike anything else that's out there, and you could even go the DIY route with a 3D printer, but a new leak suggests that Google could be getting into the custom case game itself, and may be launching a tool called Workshop to ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Most of the time, when Google releases new software for a Nexus device, it's in the form of a full Android release: going from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4, or somesuch. But that's not always the case. Back in February, for instance, right around the time Google was bringing the 2013 Nexus 7 to Verizon, it released an incremental Android 4.4.2 Release 2 (R2) update which (among other things) delivered targeted fixes for operation on Verizon's network. This week we see a similar story unfolding, as we get word of the distribution of Android 4.4.4 R2 for the Nexus 5 in certain areas. This update is only ...

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    We were introduced to Project Volta at Google I/O this year. There it was described as a set of new tools and APIs which developers could use to help their apps "run efficiently and conserve power". To save power, we must first understand what's using that power. To that end, Battery Historian was developed. It's a new tool in Android L that lets you "visualize power events over time" to help you understand how apps are using your battery. As developers come to a better understanding of how their apps use power, they can utilize a new job scheduler API to help that app know when tasks and ...

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    Android L is still very much a developer preview, but there's one thing power users have been missing more than anything else: Root. With Chainfire away at Google I/O, development on this front slowed to a crawl. Lucky for all of us, Chainfire is back and has updated SuperSU to version 2.01. If you'd like more information about this version of SuperSU, head over to Chainfire's post. Some have claimed that this new version of SuperSU contains the ability to auto-root your Nexus 5 or 2013 Nexus 7. Unfortunately, this is not the case. However, rooting your Android L-powered device isn't ...

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    Google's Android L release so far has differed from the norm in as many ways as possible -- for one, an early developer preview version has been made available for non-public consumption until the general release comes around this fall. Now, an AOSP push has begun for the Android L developer preview source code for most Nexus devices. To be clear, as Googler Bill Yi puts it (in the source link below), this is "not a full platform update and only for reference." That means, yes, custom ROMs based off of this code won't be possible quite yet. For the devs among you, we're sure you want ...

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    Google recently released a Developer Preview of its latest version of Android: Android L. Though it's not final code by any stretch of the imagination, we wanted to see how it compares to Android 4.4.4 KitKat - the latest official release of the operating system. We headed over to Google's "L Developer Preview" page, downloaded, and installed Android L build LPV79 to our Nexus 5 (there is also a build for the 2013 Nexus 7, though only for the WiFi version). From there we spent half a day using it as our daily driver, hunting through the various screens to try and find differences and ...

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    Google introduced us to the next version of Android at Google I/O 2014 yesterday: Android L. Unfortunately, we won't have an official release of until "later this Fall", but we were promised a Developer Preview. This morning that preview landed, and we decided to go hands-on. We loaded it up on our Nexus 5, booted up, and took it for a spin. Click play to see what we found, and what you can expect from Android L. Make sure you watch all the way to the end to get a good look at the new boot animation.   If you'd like to give Android L a go on your own device you'll need to be running ...

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    Google said it was coming: yesterday at the I/O keynote Google introduced us to all the new features arriving with its introduction of Android L, and while the formal public release (and updates for existing devices) won't be arriving until the fall, Google told us that a developer preview would be coming out today. A little earlier the Android L SDK went live, and now it's followed up by Android L system images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. If you've got a Nexus 5, you're good to go, but the Nexus 7 build is only for the WiFi version of its 2013 refresh. Once downloading your respective ...

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    Back in the chilly days of January, we were thinking quite a bit about Nexus 5 color options. The Android smartphone was already available in black and white, and it was looking like some new colors were just about to arrive. There was one “leak” pointing to a rainbow of different shades, but critics were quick to call it a fake. But shortly thereafter we checked out a pic of the Nexus 5 in red, and sure enough, just about a week later, that red option was official. But alongside that red pic, a source claimed that a yellow Nexus 5 would also be launching – an option we've yet to ...

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    We're fresh off of the launch of Android L, and we were told a developer preview would be launching tomorrow. We're now hearing more about when exactly this developer preview will be launching, and which devices will be initially able to get in on the fun. The preview will be available as factory images, presumably on Google's usual site (linked in the source below). This site has never been restricted to developers only in the past, so we're not sure if a developer account will be required to download and install this Android L developer preview. Installation should be a cinch with some ...

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    Google's in-house Nexus brand of affordable developer smartphones has garnered a small, dedicated group of enthusiasts since the first handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, launched in early 2010. Since then, Google has partnered with Samsung and LG two times each to make the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5, all of which have been fan favorite Android handsets each year. The venture was never about making money or inflating profits. Instead, it was about sticking it to the U.S. wireless providers and letting consumers choose their phone first, then choose a provider – something ...

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