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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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    Rumors have been going back months now that Google's looking to introduce a new level of customizability to Nexus device purchases. Last summer we checked out a leak claiming that a service called Google Workshop would allow users to design custom cases for their phones – the Nexus 5, to be precise. It would permit them to upload photos for a personal touch, or use stylized imagery from Google Maps – a feature dubbed MapMe. We haven't heard more about Google Workshop for a long time now, but now some of the first hard evidence for its existence may have just been uncovered, in the form ...

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    Every version of Android that comes out is followed by a good amount of hot-fixes and small revisions coming in the form of revision updates, and Lollipop is absolutely no exception. The team at Google in Mountain View today has released a new Android 5.1 build, making some bug-fixing changes from the last version while still keeping the codebase very similar (even the jump in version number is very slight). The updated build has hit AOSP and Google's factory image site, so here's more information. The update is tagged Android 5.1.0_r3, indicating that this is the third revision of Android ...

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    In case you've been on the edge about whether or not to purchase one of Google's recent devices, now may just be the perfect time to act. The company, to commemorate the launch of its brand-new Google Store, has started up a new offer to help sweeten the deal when buying select devices – this Google Store purchase deal will let you get $50 in credit that can be applied across the entire Google Play software store. To be eligible to the offer, you must purchase a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or any Android Wear watch, and your order must be completed through the Store. The deal will be available ...

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    After being first seen on Google's Android One devices in emerging markets, Android 5.1 Lollipop is finally starting to land on Google's Nexus Devices. I spent the better part of the day yesterday downloading and attempting to install the update, and have about one day of actual use under my belt so far. Your Nexus 6 Android 5.1 update should be arriving any time. Let's jump right into how I got it on my device, and what's new, changed, updated, and what is still missing in the latest version of Lollipop! My upgrade process To begin with, I was running Android 5.0.1, rooted, with a ...

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    Android 5.1, just formally released by Google this past Monday, brings with it some pretty exciting changes, as we just discussed when looking at the substantial performance benefits imparted to Google's flagship Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. “Well that's nice,” you respond, “for those users who actually have Android 5.1 on their phones. I haven't seen it yet? What the heck am I supposed to do, just keep waiting?” Well, yeah, you could just be patient until your phone or tablet pops up its update notification warning, but for the more proactive Nexus users out there, you'll find a ...

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    Google started off the week with its release of Android 5.1. While the latest version of Android tweaked a lot of little things that bugged us about earlier Lollipop builds, introducing new features and changing the way others worked. But more than all that, what owners of certain devices have been noticing is a big boost in performance. Nexus 6 users have been reporting that their phones feel a lot more speedy after upgrading to 5.1, and now we have a better sense as to what's going on, as Google changes the way the phone's multi-core SoC works. The Nexus 6 runs a quad-core Snapdragon ...

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