Android O first Developer Preview available for fownload

Continuing the transparency of Android development, Google announced the first Developer Preview of Android O. This Developer Preview is meant to provide an early access to developers so that they can start making their apps compatible with the new APIs and design guidelines. This is in no way meant for consumers or as a daily driver being the very first preview and it unstable. However, if you’re an enthusiast and have an extra Pixel or Nexus lying around, I don’t see why you shouldn’t give it a try and get a taste of all the new features yourself.  Continue reading “Android O first Developer Preview available for fownload”

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Android 7.1.2 beta brings fingerprint swipe gesture to Nexus 5X

Google started rolling out Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta to all compatible devices just a few days ago. One of the compatible devices, the Nexus 5X is receiving a much requested feature: a swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to reveal notifications. There was much controversy back in November over why last generation’s Nexus devices were not receiving the ‘Swipe for notifications’ gesture. Despite the Pixel featuring the exact same fingerprint sensor, Android 7.1 did not bring over the useful feature to the Nexus 5X and 6P. Continue reading “Android 7.1.2 beta brings fingerprint swipe gesture to Nexus 5X”

Android 7.1.2 beta available now, Nexus 6 and 9 won’t officially get it

Starting today Android 7.1.2 is rolling out to Android Beta Program members. At this time, we don’t know much about Android 7.1.2, only that it’s an “incremental maintenance release focused on refinements, so it includes a number of bugfixes and optimizations, along with a small number of enhancements for carriers and users.” Continue reading “Android 7.1.2 beta available now, Nexus 6 and 9 won’t officially get it”

Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA updates live for Pixel and Nexus devices

Following a brief developer preview, Android 7.1.1 is now available for Nexus and Pixel devices as previously rumoured. Google has just published the Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory images and OTA files for a couple of Nexus and Pixel devices. If you don’t own a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, you will get some of the features that were only available for these devices since they were launched with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. Continue reading “Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA updates live for Pixel and Nexus devices”

Rumour : Android 7.1.1 coming to Nexus line on December 6th

When Google pushed out the “final” developer preview for Android 7.1.1 this past week, they did also note that the stable update would be heading out to all supported Nexus devices in December. According to Vodafone Australia, Android 7.1.1’s consumer release to Nexus devices will coincide with next month’s security patch on December 5th.

First launched on the Pixel, Android 7.1 qucikly came to the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C via the Developer Preview. DP2 was expected to add support for the remaining crop of current devices and Android One, but the Nexus 9 was the only addition this week. Continue reading “Rumour : Android 7.1.1 coming to Nexus line on December 6th”

LG issuing full refunds for defective Nexus 5X units

The Nexus 5X manufactured by LG is one of the two, very last Nexus devices, at least right now. It is still going to be supported by Google for one more year or so through regular software updates. But what about the hardware, what happens if your phone starts suffering from various internal issues that makes it inoperable?

Contact the manufacturer of the device of course. Usually, even when the device is under warranty, you’d have to send in the device for repairs or the manufacturer replaces your unit with a refurbished one. According to some users, however, LG is issuing full refunds for Nexus 5X units that are suffering from a certain defect.  Continue reading “LG issuing full refunds for defective Nexus 5X units”

Android 7.1 Dev Preview 2 images live for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and Pixel C

Not too long ago we received hints that we’d see a second 7.1 developer preview for Nexus devices, as the rollout process had reportedly begun yesterday. Now, we finally see the system images become available for select Nexus devices! A month after the release of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview for the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C, DP2 is now available for the Nexus 9. These near-final system images are intended for testing before next month’s release to AOSP and OEM ecosystem. Continue reading “Android 7.1 Dev Preview 2 images live for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and Pixel C”

Get the Pixel home button animation on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

There is lots to love about the Pixel and Pixel XL, from the stellar camera to the build quality, the design is sort of meh! but there’s likely no doubt that the best part of the Pixel phone experience is the software. Both phones are running Android 7.1 Nougat and do come with a handful of things that are exclusive. But as is the case with software features on Android, most of them simply don’t stay that way.

Over the past few weeks, more and more Pixel-exclusive features became available to Nexus device owners through unofficial hacks and today we’re going to add another missing piece of the puzzle, the home button animation. Continue reading “Get the Pixel home button animation on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P”

Huawei Executive talks about why the company walked away from the Google Pixel

Huawei has been on the rise ever since it became the first Chinese OEM to partner with Google on a Nexus. The company hasn’t looked back and is now openly threatening the market leaders, Apple specifically. Huawei’s Galaxy S7 rival, the Huawei P9 has sold over 9 million units in only 8 months.

The Huawei made Nexus 6P was also one of the best Nexus devices and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Huawei was Google’s first choice for the Google Pixel. However, Huawei later backed out of the project for an unspecified reason. A Huawei executive has now spoken out about the decision. Continue reading “Huawei Executive talks about why the company walked away from the Google Pixel”

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