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    Is it too early to start talking about new Nexus phones? The early-year 2016 flagships aren't even official yet (leaving us understandably excited to see everything MWC has to offer), and we've got months to go of new Lumias, iPhones, and dozens upon dozens of other phones landing before we can realistically hope to see Google announce the next wave of Nexus handsets. That said, who doesn't like to have something to look forward to, and today we've got a very early rumor that an old friend could be returning to head up Google's Nexus efforts this year, producing not just one, but both of ...

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    Just how well is Huawei’s rookie Nexus effort doing at the box-office, we may not find out for sure anytime soon. Google can be secretive like that, and its newest hardware-manufacturing partner has other device lineups to gloat about. But seeing as how the N6P list price won’t budge, while the LG-produced Nexus 5X is treated to frequent profile-raising discounts, it feels safe to assume the Snapdragon 810 phablet sells like hotcakes. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise Google and Huawei are considering extending their collaboration, though a final decision is probably still down ...

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    We've been on-and-off on what this Pixel C tablet has been about. For Google, the Chromebook Pixel-offshoot represents several things: its first original manufacturing push, its psuedo-Nexus tablet entry for 2015 — a convertible one at that — and its developer showcase for what Android can do on large canvasses. Whatever went into this tablet, we're all now about to witness it. The Google Store now has the 32GB variant Pixel C up for sale starting at $499. The 64GB version costs $100 more. A standard keyboard attachment and a folio keyboard are selling for $150 each. The all-aluminium ...

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    You already have enough mobile gear on sale this Thanksgiving, Black Friday and “Cyber Weekend” at dozens of US retailers to last a lifetime. But one essential piece of the holiday discount puzzle is yet to fall into place. The big one. No, we don’t mean Samsung, although that was also massive. Not Apple either, since, well, you rarely get decent savings on iPhones or iPads from the Cupertino manufacturer directly. But Google last year sold its then sizzling hot Nexus 6 and 9 with free Play Store credit, bringing the LG G Watch price to a temporary all-time low too. Naturally, we ...

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    Although manufactured by a Nexus rookie Americans still have reservations towards, and priced at a steep $500 and up, the 6P predictably eclipsed the 5X’s early popularity, showing great difficulty in meeting US demand for the past couple of months while never really going on sale in Europe. But that all seems to be finally behind Google and Huawei, as the co-branded stock Android phablet ships to eager buyers on the old continent within days. Stateside, it’s also a first to see almost each and every Nexus 6P model available to leave the search giant’s warehouses by the end of the ...

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    Google has yet to make its own smartphone. Sure, we have the Nexus series, which Google's instrumental in shaping with the help of its manufacturing partners, but they're always someone's else's phones: the LG Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6P, or last year's Motorola Nexus 6. Earlier this month we told you about a report that sure made it sound like Google could be about to get a lot more hands-on with its approach to smartphone hardware, suggesting that the company could be about to get more involved with IC design, helping to craft the chips that would power future handsets. Now a new rumor ...

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    "Everyone needs an expensive hobby, right?" "Zack" of JerryRigEverything has that right. His relatively small YouTube channel has rocketed up in subscriber count since his original torture test of the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Some have speculated that with the bend test in that video coming after a compromising flame test against the Gorilla Glass 4 panel on the device, it was, of course, an easy bend. It seems that Zack wanted to address the talkers by sinking his hands into another Nexus 6P unit. Videos like his, he argues, are important for consumers as smartphones probably encounter the ...

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    Although it may feel a little premature to pass definitive verdicts, the newest Android iteration looks pretty sweet, at least in its stock form on Nexus devices. 6.0 Marshmallow helps make the N6P and 5X silky smooth, blazing fast and, above all, it allows them to save as much energy as possible during downtimes. App Standby and especially Doze are the main “culprits”, with the latter feature deemed such a crucial part of the M user experience that third-party hardware manufacturers can’t modify or discard it. But ironically, you now can. Tweak it, that is, not get rid of it, which ...

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    A new month begins, and as leaves continue to fall, Nexus 6P availability remains patchy and N5X sales ramp up on the old continent, Google delivers on its frequent security update promise once again, with universal fixes for seven Android vulnerabilities. The OTA (over-the-air) software package only goes out to the Nexus family at the moment, but Samsung, LG and Motorola also vowed a while back to send monthly patches to their relatively fresh devices, at least in non-carrier-branded configurations. Meanwhile, HTC publicly spoke against the policy, deeming it “unrealistic”, whereas ...

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    Huawei knows full well it has another winner on its hands in the Google-endorsed Nexus 6P, but the company’s rookie smartwatch effort probably needs a little boost to make the quality-pricing ratio feel fair. Granted, the Huawei Watch is a beaut, possibly more stylish than the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, and LG Watch Urbane 2nd edition in the eyes of many, yet it’s hard to get very excited about it at $350 and up. Would a $50 discount help with the wow factor? That’s only a fraction of the MSRP, namely 14 percent even as far as the base model is concerned, but who doesn’t like ...

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    Available for pre-orders since way back September in the US, UK, Korea, Japan, and Ireland, the LG-made Google Nexus 5X is clearly not as in-demand as the Huawei Nexus 6P. Either that, or the former device manufacturer outpaces the latter as far as mass production is concerned, which is obviously a strong possibility as well. Huawei might be able to ship a lot more phones worldwide than LG at the moment, but this is the first time the third largest OEM is involved in a Nexus launch, and customer interest could overwhelm anyone. All in all therefore, Android purists living in EU countries ...

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    It seems HTC found the pricing sweet spot for the grossly underrated Nexus 9 tablet, which typically costs $400 and up, but is currently marked down by 40 percent for at least the third time in recent months. As usual, HTC’s Hot Deals have a hard expiration date attached, also depending on limited supplies, so if you’re interested, stop overthinking things, and just get it over with. After all, the cheapest Google Nexus 9 model, coated in black or white, Wi-Fi-capable and 16GB data-accommodating, goes for a measly $239.40, down from $399. $399 is, of course, the MSRP, which retailers ...

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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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    In case it wasn’t already crystal clear Google let LG and Huawei do their own thing with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P designs, likely welcoming as many distinguishing elements as possible, the two’s teardown reviews couldn’t be more different. While the lower-end polycarbonate-housed 5.2-incher is relatively easy to disassemble, put back together and therefore have its internal components replaced in need, the anodized aluminum unibody-rocking 5.7-incher is best left to professionals. As HTC Ones taught us, this type of super-premium metallic construction doesn’t usually leave room ...

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    Deemed a return to the Nexus program’s roots (in a very good way), and praised for an extremely well-balanced set of specs in our recent review, Huawei’s rookie stock Android effort started going out to early (and lucky) American adopters last week. Unfortunately, Google can’t keep up with strong Nexus 6P demand nationwide just yet, and so, a few particularly popular configurations originally slated for October 27 – 28 shipments are now only due in early to mid-November. We’re not in a position to confirm which memory sizes and colors will be delayed, but multiple online reports ...

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    Update: Thanks for being patient and enjoy! HTC's got a new (and familiar-looking) hero phone, but just how much of a flagship is it? YouTube starts passing around a hat to help pay the rent. BlackBerry's first Android smartphone is yours to order - if you've got the cash. And Verizon and Motorola are so excited about their upcoming launch event that they just can't seem to keep any more secrets. All that plus the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 and Apple iPhone 7 rumors this week on the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. Watch the video broadcast from 3:00pm Eastern on October 23 (click here for your ...

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    The first ever 128GB Nexus phone hasn’t been easy to score from Google in, well, its 128 gig variation, but Huawei now lends a helping hand to digital hoarders enamored with vanilla Android. The heavily advertised Nexus 6P can be pre-ordered via its manufacturer’s US e-store in a top-shelf configuration priced at $649 outright. That’s the same exact fee charged by Google, the only difference being Huawei doesn’t do anything to sweeten the deal, so if you want a complimentary $50 Play Store coupon, there’s still just one way to get it. On the other hand, the promotion is squarely ...

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    The world is full of malice, scheming, bugs and hacks. The surface topic that the public has gotten to know this summer was the Stagefright vulnerability on Android, now in a second form that has sadly gotten less attention. The remedies for these sore points come in the form of patches and software updates that, like a bothersome child or a large public works project left to rot, get shirked off, ignored or shunned altogether. Carriers and OEMs would rather put the arm grease into something new rather than just maintenance. The end user — heck, some of us at Pocketnow — would rather ...

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    Update: To clarify, black and white Nexus 5Xs will ship by October 22. The Ice-colored versions are listed as shipping by October 26. We can’t say we were very surprised to see Google unwilling to share exact release dates for the LG-made Nexus 5X and Huawei N6P when the two phones broke cover, but at least as far as the former is concerned, things are starting to unfold. Previously said to roll out in late October, and attached a vague “shipping in the coming weeks” tag on Big G’s e-outlet, the N5X now welcomes prospective buyers with the message “leaves warehouse by October ...

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    Google bought Android (the operating system and the company behind it) a decade ago (back in 2005). Two years later Google unveiled not only Android, the operating system that powers most of today's smartphones, but also the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies with the goal of advancing open standards for mobile devices. In 2008 Google partnered with T-Mobile and HTC to release the first Android-powered phone - what some of us call "the first Nexus". Later on, Google put together a team to come up with a phone that would serve as a ...

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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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    Some power users and hardcore Android purists may have trouble even wrapping their heads around the notion of purchasing the original Nexus 6 as the sequel rolls out. But if you’re a little strapped for cash, you should warmly embrace round two of the Motorola phablet’s eBay discounts. Already available on e-commerce portals like Amazon for $350 after a whopping $300 off list, the Snapdragon 805 powerhouse cut a further 50 bucks a week or so back. Unfortunately, the eBay promo didn’t last as long as trusted seller qualitycellz initially intended, since people flocked to score the ...

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    All the leaks did what they were supposed to. Numbers next to the letters GPU, RAM, GB and plenty of other acronyms and symbols have been put into place. So, when the Nexus phones came out of the gate during today's presser, we weren't exactly buzzing about what was up with the hardware there. We've been calling this 75-minute affair the "Google Nexus event" when it really should've been called "The Software Show, feat. Nexus and friends." Either way, Google was being Google and everyone, if not bursting from the seams, was more or less content. And then the show then made a U-turn. Or a ...

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    Today was "Nexus Day" - which is sort of like Christmas for Android nerds (like me). Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be released next week and a boatload of new products are available from the Google Store today - primary among them the new Nexus phones, the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Both are pretty much what all the rumors told us they were going to be, but hidden in Google's presentation was the death of Motorola's Moto X. Moto X Google didn't say a single word about the Moto X today, and why would it? Motorola was acquired from Google by Lenovo October 30th, 2014 - ...

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