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 7.1.1 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”

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”

Google Pixel XL adoption rate twice of Nexus 6P : But is it really a surprise?

The Pixel and the Pixel XL are not only two of the newest smartphones on the market, but they are also two smartphones that mark a departure away from the usual way Google does things. As a result, many will be watching the initial launch period of the Pixel and the Pixel XL to see how they perform. As this will be thought of as a large indicator of how Google is actually performing, now that it has joined the smartphone market in an official capacity.

Mobile marketing company Appboy claims that the week-one adoption rate of both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones are greater than that of the Nexus 6P. Continue reading “Google Pixel XL adoption rate twice of Nexus 6P : But is it really a surprise?”

Googler explains why they won’t bring Pixel’s fingerprint gestures to Nexus

One of the great new features of Google’s Pixel phones is the fingerprint gestures that have been added to give you additional ways to perform tasks with the device. Some Nexus owners expected to see those features brought over to last year’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, but Google has stated it has no intention of doing so.

Earlier Google reasoned that this was due to a lack of hardware but as it turned out, both the Nexus 6P and the Pixel share the exact same fingerprint sensor. This sparked a controversy on reddit with several users accusing Google of lying to customers. So now that the grand conspiracy to leave Nexus owners high and dry when it comes to fancy new Google Pixel features like has finally been exposed, the question of “why” comes back again. Continue reading “Googler explains why they won’t bring Pixel’s fingerprint gestures to Nexus”

They hacked a fully patched Nexus 6P and won over $100K for it, no luck with the Galaxy S7

Hacking. A term that is thrown around so much these days even though most have no idea what it is or how it works. But those big companies who do know what it implies, are working hard to secure things. This has resulted in an interesting culture of hacking competitions where you get paid to hack, instead of being put in jail. Recently, Google announced such a competition offering upto $200K to anyone who hacks a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.

But this was another competition called Pwn2Own, the mobile-edition of it, sponsored by Trend Micro – the antivirus company -offering cash prizes to anyone who could get user info, install rogue apps, or completely unlock some of the biggest mainstream phones out there: the Nexus 6P, the Galaxy S6, and the iPhone 6s. Continue reading “They hacked a fully patched Nexus 6P and won over $100K for it, no luck with the Galaxy S7”

Simplest ways to get the Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow device (Updated)

When Google released another messaging app, Allo, it opened to much hype and expectations and fell short as it came across a service in development. Google is trying hard and they are planning on adding chat themes to Allo as well but I don’t think anything is going to work until they bring in SMS support and a desktop/web client at least.

However, what almost everyone would agree on is that the integrated Google Assistant is pretty dope. Talking to Google Assistant on Allo almost made me wish I could use voice to talk to it. I’ve never been a fan of talking to my phone before this. Like Siri and Cortana, Google Assistant has a personality, unlike them, it develops over time the more you use it. Continue reading “Simplest ways to get the Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow device (Updated)”

[Poll] The best Nexus that ever was and will be

 It’s 2010: Steve Jobs unveils the first iPad to a wary crowd; Samsung announces the first entry in the Galaxy S series of smartphones; Angry Birds is a worldwide phenomenon; Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is incarnated by Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network; LeBron James decides to take his talents to South Beach.

And Google, amid much hype and hope, joins the smartphone revolution by coming out with the Nexus One for under $530 off contract. It’s the first Google phone, and while not as successful as later iterations, it will be seen by many as an integral part of Android’s trajectory.

Continue reading “[Poll] The best Nexus that ever was and will be”

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