Samsung Infinity Flexes | #PNWeekly 331

Samsung lays the path toward its first foldable smartphone in 2019. Also, more notches where they shouldn’t be and the measure of Apple’s success.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P reach end of the road for software updates

After an extra two months added to the software update guarantee, Google has no further obligations to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P owners.

Google crushes all hopes of future OS updates and security patches for ancient Nexus Player

It was easy to predict but that doesn’t make it any less sad. Discontinued way back in 2016, Google’s Nexus Player is officially reaching the end of the road in terms of software support as well.

5G crisis, 10GB RAM, Huawei P20 potentials | #PNWeekly 290

On this week’s show: the Trump administration plays with nationalizing private-sector infrastructure, the spec wars continue on in China and Huawei prepares for launch.

No class action settlement for LG bootloop litigation after all, extended warranty available instead

It appears not all US-based owners of LG G4, G5, V10, V20 and Nexus 5X phones plagued by the bootloop defect will be compensated for their sorrow after all.

LG settles bootloop class action with up to $700 in remedies per plaintiff

Those who owned the G4, G5, V10, V20 and Nexus 5X and experienced bootloops during usage are apparently getting vindication.
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Google begins offering Moto X4 with Android One as Project Fi Nexus 5X replacement

If you’re the unlucky owner of a faulty Project Fi Nexus 5X… with device protection, you’re suddenly in luck, as Google will give you a Moto X4 to replace your old phone.

Dev brings app for Portrait Mode on Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

One developer was able to extract a key tool that allows for the Pixel 2 phones to get portrait-style pictures without needing a second rear camera.

The Pocketnow team plays Secret Smartphone Santa!

How well do the members of the Pocketnow team know one another? In this season of giving, what gifts would they send each other?

There is one Android 8.1 image for all Nexus and Pixel devices

The update is on the loose, but if waiting up to two weeks to get the latest file, you can download and flash the one ROM to rule these devices.

December Android security bulletin will be the first to truly patch KRACK

More details about further fixes and special features for the Pixel and Nexus devices will be disclosed later. The first batch is out now.
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Project Fi device protection stops replacing Nexus 5X, many losing out

Google’s MVNO isn’t able to service or replace damaged Nexus 5X units anymore. For those on its Device Protection plan, it’s break or be done with it.

Android 8.1 Oreo gets second and final developer preview

The maintenance review update is coming next month, but the beta goes on for another month. This time around, optimizations for low-spec devices.

KRACK patch for Pixel and Nexus devices due in December

On the whole, it’s safe for Android devices to interact with Wi-Fi — even with the KRACK bug in effect — but it’d be nice to get that patch expedited.

Pixel and Nexus devices do not get November 6 level patch for KRACK

Those devices have the November 5 level patch, which does not have the fix. Let’s hope Pixels and Nexuses get there sooner rather than later.

November patch out for Pixel 2 XL and others, but OLED and bugfixes are big

The month’s security update is out with patches to combat KRACK and system vulnerabilities. The Pixel 2 XL is the biggest beneficiary.

Factory resetting in Android 8.1 Developer Preview can brick device

If you have a problem and happen to have forgotten your unlock code for some reason, you better hope you don’t need a factory reset.

Duo integrated as a video call feature in Google call and messaging apps

Google’s Phone, Contacts and Android Messages apps will link video calls to the Duo app on Pixel, Nexus and Android One phones.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P security update guarantees extend through to November 2018

The new November 2018 guarantee gives the two 2015-era devices an extra two months of security patch support from Google. No reason why we can tell.

Android Oreo images finally out for Nexus and Pixel devices

New build names and the last major update, potentially, for phones named Nexus. Android 8.0 is out on the Google devices.

Is the Moto Z2 Force a true show of force? | #PNWeekly 263

This week on our show, we talk with Digital Trends’s Julian Chokkattu about what we saw at the #HelloMotoWorld event. Also, more screens for Meizu!

Nexus 5X and 6P losing out on Bluetooth aptX

The aptX and aptX HD codecs aren’t supported on the 2015 Nexus phones. They feature the same audio chip as the LG G4, though, which has aptX.

Android security patches for July are up for Nexus, Pixel devices

Right after HMD Global updated its Nokia 6 devices in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The big fixes in this set of patches include a major media framework hole.
Google Project Fi

With no Nexus phones in its lineup, Project Fi is aching for a budget device

Its current and prospective customers are, too. And Google’s telling them to wait for later this year to see that budget phone come to life.

Walleye and Taimen will be 5-inch and 6-inch Pixel 2 devices

There’s some more corroboration around the rumors that LG will provide OLED displays for the larger so-called Pixel XL 2 model.