Posts tagged with: Nexus 6
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    Verizon's always been one of the more insular carriers in the US, and between its CDMA roots, its penchant for exclusive devices, and being just so damn large that it doesn't have to go out of its way to lure new customers, it's been one network that just didn't particularly play well with others. Slowly, though, the tide's been turning, both as the network embraces LTE connectivity and starts revising its service offerings to more closely mirror its competition. Verizon's latest move to give users more freedom seeks to correct some of those shortcomings, as we get word that the carrier is ...

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    If Google indeed plans to keep its next two Nexus smartphones on the sidelines until October, there may not be much left to announce by then. Already, we (think we) know a great deal about the stock Android Marshmallow-powered LG and Huawei phones, with the former manhandled and rendered last week, and the latter following suit now. This isn’t the first time we’re getting convincing hints as to the external appearance of the alleged Nexus 6 sequel, but the photos floating around the interwebs today show something we haven’t seen before: an actual N6 2015 prototype, in all ...

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    Rather than leaving us guessing right up until the last minute, earlier this week we saw Google take the mystery out of its Android M name, confirming the release as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the same time, it made with the release of a new SDK, as well as the third (and final) preview ROMs for Nexus-series hardware. Of course, sometimes even “final” releases end up needing a tweak or two, and now Google's got some updated factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. While the software that Google made available back on Monday took the form of build MPA44G, the ...

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    Enter The Double Nexus Giveaway II at the Pocketnow Deals Store for your chance to win a smartphone and tablet prize package with a combined retail value of $978. One lucky entrant of The Double Nexus Giveaway II will be awarded with a new Google Nexus 9 tablet as well as the popular Nexus 6 smartphone. It’s the ultimate productivity and communications prize package, equipped with the latest version of the Android mobile operating system that can run all the best apps. For your opportunity to win, go to The Double Nexus Giveaway II contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Then, log in ...

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    Even though there were a ton of rumors surrounding a fingerprint scanner coming the current Google Nexus 6, the reality was a different story. We even heard former Motorola CEO call Apple out over acquiring the company necessary to bring this technology to the Nexus 6, but then again we still see competitors bring out good fingerprint scanners without excuses today. That said, Dennis Woodside wasn't really kidding about their plans, as today we find proof. Today we land some neat photos of a prototype Google Nexus 6, and believe it or not, that beloved dimple at the back was actually ...

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    To be able to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet, you really need to be able to trust it: trust it with details about your personal life, your finances, and plenty of other specifics that you'd rather not fall into the wrong hands. The companies behind these devices are growing more cognizant to that fact, and we just heard from Samsung about how it intends to make security a big priority going forward, and plans to deliver monthly security updates to its Android phones. Just after posting that news we got word of a similar initiative from another major Android player, as Google ...

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    You'd think that Google's smartphone would be updated to Google's latest software first on Google's own carrier brand, right? Well, you'd be wrong if that's what you thought – the Project Fi Nexus 6 model has indeed not received the update to Android 5.1.1, with other models of the Nexus 6 across other carriers joining in the party earlier than this one. But the time has come for the Project Fi Nexus 6 to get a little love of its own – it has just been announced that this model will be receiving the Android 5.1.1 update over the next few days. As a quick recap, Android 5.1.1 doesn't ...

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    Google spent a great of time telling us what was so great about Android M at Google I/O. Surely Lollipop has gotten better with recent updates, but Android M intends to take things further, and we've covered most of what you'll receive in a recent hands-on video. At the moment this new version of the OS is still a beta for developers, and today it gets an extra polish. Google has just announced its first update to the developer preview of Android M. The changes are mostly internal though, as the company claims the update includes the latest platform code and near-final APIs, something that ...

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    If you've been hanging around Pocketnow for the past few weeks, you know of our recently rekindled interest in Google's Nexus 6. We brought our AT&T demo device off the back burner last month, kicking off the summer with an After The Buzz re-review of Motorola's oversized phablet, followed by a feature piece on Google's Nexus 6-only Project Fi service. Despite its monstrous dimensions and (arguably) high price tag, the Nexus 6 has a devoted following among Android fans – and with Android 5.1 having smoothed some of Lollipop's launch wrinkles, most of us here at the P-Machine ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    Maybe it's because I'm still giddy from the change-high I got from my switch to T-Mobile earlier this year; maybe it's because I recently confessed to liking the Nexus 6 more than I did a few months ago; or maybe it's because I'm trying to save money after a lengthy spending spree ... but for the past 48 hours I've been practically obsessed with the notion of trying out Google's new wireless service, Project Fi. We reported on Project Fi, Google's North American virtual wireless carrier, back in April, and the service has been slowly growing ever since. For now, Project Fi is open ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Enter to win a brand new handset with The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. A phablet offers all the conveniences of a smartphone but with a larger, tablet-like screen size. As far as mobile devices go, it’s like having the best of both worlds. One lucky person will have the opportunity to choose one of five new phablets, valued at $750 each, to be their prize. Up for grabs is the Google Nexus 6, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus 2, and the LG G Flex 2. To enter, just go to The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals ...

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    It was last month when the Android 5.1.1 update began rolling out to Nexus 6 devices across the globe, though those who purchased their units from AT&T were out of luck at the time. Sure, it was a minor update over the build of Android 5.1 the phone was already running on AT&T, but it represented an important bug-fixer nonetheless – for good reason, users wanted to have it. Those people are in luck today, as the Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 update is finally rolling out to users of the AT&T variant of the device. The OTA comes in at a fairly small (at least in the land of ...

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    There have been a good amount of reasons to purchase a Nexus 6 as of late. If you're interested in trying out Google's Project Fi, the Mountain View company's new mobile virtual network operator with an unconventional take on pricing, this is the only phone that will support the service at launch. Or if you want to try out the Android M developer preview, this is one of two phone models on the planet that'll let you load up some Android M goodies to try out yourself. If all that's what you're all about, these Nexus 6 discounts should certainly pique your interests. Following yesterday's ...

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    Back in the early days of cell phones in these United States, cellular phones were purchased from the carrier along with a service plan. Those plans came with ridiculous pricing by today's standards - some cost more than US$5 per minute! If you needed to replace your phone (if it was lost, stolen, broken, or even if you wanted to upgrade) you had to go back to your carrier and have them update your account to point the new device. Each device had a unique ID assigned to it, so this process wasn't particularly difficult, just inconvenient and fairly time consuming as you were forced ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    Google announced its Project Fi back in late April, the company's inaugural attempt at offering cellular phone service to the public. With customizable plans, some pretty affordable rates, and smart connection management, it all sounded like an MVNO well worth checking out – so long as you had or were willing to buy the required Nexus 6 handset. In the weeks since we've seen invites begin going out, and now we're also hearing about the arrival of starter kits for users who also bought a new Nexus 6 in the process – ones loaded with a few nice freebies. Project Fi users who order their ...

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    At the Google I/O 2015 keynote we were shown pieces of the next version of Android, currently codenamed "Android M". While we don't know what the final dessert name will be we were treated to a Developer Preview of Android M (just like last year with Android L). Not everything we saw in the keynote is available in the Developer Preview, but many of the features are. If you want to give the Developer Preview of Android M a try on your supported device, head over to the Android Developer website and flash away. It's buggy, as one might expect, so proceed at your own risk. In the meantime, ...

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    Google just got done with its I/O 2015 keynote, and among all the news it had to share, we learned of the coming availability of Android M. We'll be discussing those new features and Android M changes in our upcoming Editorial Roundtable, starting at 4pm Eastern. Before we get to that, though, Google has already made the Android M preview available for you early adapters who just can't wait to get a look at everything that was just announced. As promised, the Android M preview supports the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and the Android TV Nexus Player. As full factory images, installing any of ...

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    For a while now, we've been expecting Google to do something new with cases for its Nexus devices. Rumors emerged last year about a custom case program for the Nexus 5, one we saw mature to support the Nexus 6 as new evidence emerged last month. But so far, none of that custom angle has yet to go official. We're still not there quite yet, but today Google introduces a slightly different case program for some popular smartphones – and not just Nexus models – announcing its “Editions” series with the Skrillex Live Case. Yup: dubstep poster-boy Skrillex wants to bring you smartphone ...

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    Though you may not quite be able to use the new Google wireless MVNO service, at least we're a bit closer to that date now, with the launch of the Project Fi Android app to the Google Play Store. So even though nobody has an invitation right now, if you're eager to get yours and try out Project Fi, now may be a good time to download the app. What's curious is that this application is available for download on all Android phones, not just the Nexus 6. This is surprising, because Fi (at launch) has a limitation to just the Motorola-made stock Android smartphone; no other smartphones can ...

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    It's not a secret that a majority of Google's earnings comes from advertising, but there is a small subset of income that comes from the company's other (more device-related ventures), such as the Play Store and Nexus device program. For perspective, that subset is even clumped into its own "other revenues" category on Google's earnings reports; it makes up a small amount of what Google actually makes. Although, it isn't an unsubstantial bit – this Google Nexus revenue decline does indeed concern us despite its tiny placement on the earnings report released by Google for Q1. Google had ...

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    Google's intention to launch its own MVNO and start selling cellular service directly to users has been confirmed for weeks now, leaving us to wonder about the specifics, including when this all might go live. We just heard a rumor claiming that Google was nearly ready to go, and would be formally launching the service todayi. Just as predicted, Google has officially announced Project Fi. Fi intelligently evaluates available network connections to find the best option for your phone at the moment, whether's that LTE, 3G, or a local WiFi network. Transitions between cellular and WiFi should ...

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    The Google wireless service is nearly here, according to trusted sources of The Wall Street Journal. The publication reported Tuesday that the Mountain View company is prepared to launch the wireless service, which leverages both the Sprint and T-Mobile networks, on Wednesday (April 22). As per the same sources, the service allows customers to only pay for the data they use – this isn't akin to a model any other major US carrier uses (though some have embraced the concept of rollover data as of late), and it's unclear how it will be regarded in the telecommunications industry. ...

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