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    If you're just a friendly neighborhood Nexus owner with a slight curiosity about what Android N might offer you, the Android Beta Program was made for you — you could just download the latest OTA package made available at Google's discretion and enjoy. But if you're a developer that needs to hop between different preview versions and you hate flashing the full image on and reconfiguring your settings and re-uploading your apps and re-dreading your life ... well, there's a way out of that, too. Google has made its over-the-air update packages available for flashing on its Developer site. ...

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    The Nexus nebula, as thick as it is, could use some more muddying. Huawei had done a bang-up job with the Nexus 6P according to critics across the board. There was a little doubt to its future-proofedness, though: it had a Snapdragon 810 and 3GB of RAM. These specs were old news by the end of September last year. Why not really step things up? Well, we don't know why not. And we don't know why a "google Nexus 6P" has popped up again in Geekbench with some weirdo changes. 4GB of RAM? A Snapdragon 820? Android N? The codename "Marlin"? What's happening here? We thought HTC was supposed ...

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    Google's been selling Nexus hardware for years, offering shoppers a chance to take home a “pure” Android experience with some of the best software support in the business. Starting as a phone-only affair, the lineup's since matured with tablet options, as well as multiple handsets selling alongside each other. But in recent years, Google's love affair with Nexus tablets seemed to be waning, and the last such model we got was 2014's Nexus 9. Now the era of that HTC-made tablet is starting to come to a close, as Google puts an end to its Nexus 9 sales. As of today, Google's no longer ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    There's an interesting thread on the /r/Android subreddit that has people talking about what a new HTC Nexus phone might actually look like. If you like the HTC 10 now and wouldn't mind seeing it again, this mock-up — based entirely on that phone — should suit your bill perfectly. Edits to the front panel include a near-zero bezel between the edge and a humongous screen while an extra speaker replaces the capacitive keys and fingerprint sensor mounted at bottom. The sensor is reformed into a circle and replaced below the camera sensor at back, just like how the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P ...

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    In a marketplace where custom-printed cases (or skins) for pretty much any mainstream smartphone are quite accessible, Google has only just seemed to catch on that it would be a great idea to make this happen as well. Maybe certain circumstances prevented the revenues behemoth from doing this, but hey, at least now you can make your very own Live Case. Yep, those unique little things that Skrillex had a part of for a second with a weather balloon or something. These custom Live Cases for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are now available for $35 and in two main forms: "Places" and ...

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    Nexus owners, get ready to patch things up once again as another monthly OTA is heading out right now. The image is also available from Google. The April 02, 2016 update covers issues related to remote code execution through Android's handling of media files including exposure through the Stagefright directory. It also targets a major privilege elevation exploit right within the kernel that several apps in the marketplace can take advantage of. Through it, they can wrench full control over your device. As always, it will take time for non-Nexus devices to get an edited package out from ...

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    A well-done April Fool's gag is somewhat of an art form. You can go over-the-top and present something patently ridiculous in a formal, believable way. Or maybe you come up with a legitimately great idea that's just silly enough to work for April Fool's – and if you're lucky enough, it might even become a reality (Tauntaun sleeping bag, anyone?). Every April 1, we look forward to seeing what tech companies can think up to keep us entertained, and each year there's bound to be a few gems. Google's delivered some great ones in the past, but this year it looks like an early prank might have ...

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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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    For a couple months now, rumors of Google's 2016 Nexus phone lineup have been almost singular in their vision: rather than Huawei coming back for another round, or Google turning to frequent collaborator LG, multiple reports have suggested that the Nexus family could return to its roots with Google recruiting HTC to build a pair of handsets. While we haven't seen much in the way of evidence to support that theory, it's still managed to build up a bit of momentum, with recent reports turning their attention to possible features like a pressure-sensitive touch screen. Now the latest rumor ...

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    For about the past month now, HTC rumors have largely focused on the company's efforts to deliver its next flagship, the presumptive One M10. But back in January we were as much thinking about the One M10 as we were a couple other rumored HTC phones, as the suggestion arrived that the company could be involved with creating this year's new Nexus models. Subsequent reports of Google itself becoming much more involved in the hardware side of the Nexus equation left us a little unsure exactly what HTC's role would be, but the rumors persisted – especially as LG said it wouldn't be returning ...

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    With a new flagship smartphone, some recent mid-rangers, and no shortage of high-end accessories, LG hit Barcelona with all cylinders firing, giving us one of the better spreads of MWC gear. That puts the manufacturer in a great spot for early 2016, but what will the rest of the year bring? An LG spokesman has been talking to the press about some of the company's plans, adding support to the idea of Google shaking up its Nexus program with new manufacturers and revisiting one of 2015's failures. LG's been responsible for Nexus phones three of the past four years, but this year we've been ...

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    To what extent is a Nexus phone a Google phone? Sure, Google's intimately involved in the process that brings these handsets to market, but in the end it's working with another manufacturer, and inevitably we see traces of their influence bubble up to the surface. Now a new report suggests that going forward, Google's going to be taking a much more hands-on role in the Nexus lineup – and limiting the amount of input its manufacturing partners get to exert in the process. Just what level of involvement are we talking about? Well, the report's not exactly clear, and Google itself may still ...

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    I've built up a love/hate relationship with HTC. This is a company which fueled most of my gadget obsession moving out of Windows Mobile and into the early days of Android. The One M7 was my favorite phone of 2013. However, recent efforts from the company haven't satisfied. HTC's mobile hardware of late has inspired plenty of discussion but not a lot of sales. Be it repetitive design, underwhelming camera tech, or fear of throttled performance, many people seem to have a reason why they aren’t picking up an HTC handset. Understanding doubt is important, but what helps dig a company out ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your RSS/iTunes/Xbox feed starting January 24 at 3:00am Eastern. It's also down below right now. We would've liked to feature some fanart this week, but we'll have to wait until next time to show it off. HTC Nexus phones, a free smartwatch with your smartphone and iOS apps coming to Windows Phone. Who says the post-CES lull has to be dull? All of the above –plus a special announcement from Pocketnow's Editor-in-Chief and your listener mail– awaits on episode 184 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So put on your Perfume and varnish up your Islandwood; we're ...

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    The twists and turns of the path of Nexus came to a head last year with two phones from different manufacturers — one a Google favorite, the other a rising star. Trade winds blew in word that a troubled legacy phonesmaker would be making both of this year's Nexus smartphone entries. Noted HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR has tracked down "alleged" HTC Nexus device codenames. Allegedly related to HTC Nexus devices codenames are: T50 T55 — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) January 19, 2016 There's little precedent for this codename format in both Nexus and HTC phone portfolios. As far as Android devices ...

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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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