Download: Android 5.0.2 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Update 2/2:  Nexus 7 Mobile links (both 2012 and 2013) added.

Update 1/20:  Nexus 10 link added.

Now that Android 5.0.2 factory images have been posted for more devices (Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10) and over-the-air (OTA) updates are starting to rollout, it’s about time that we give you a post to bookmark that will continue to be updated. So even as the update hits the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and other Nexus tablets or phones, we will update this post.  (more…)

3 Games You Need to Own Right Now

Instead of listing out the best games for the month, we feel it necessary to tell you which games you need to be playing right now. Here, there is no room for debate. Of course, our preference on mobile games may differ slightly than yours, so we are always willing to take your suggestions in the comments below.

Below, we have three titles that we think should be on your device, no questions asked. They range in quick pick-me-up titles, to the longer, more involved players. Moving forward, you can expect to see many more quick recommendations from us.

Now, prepare your wallets.  (more…)

This is How Beautiful the Leather Looks on a Moto X (2nd Gen) After 3 Months

As you can imagine, there were plenty of skeptics who questioned Motorola’s decision to offer Horween leather as an option through Moto Maker with the new Moto X (2nd gen). Leather certainly isn’t as durable, at least in most cases, when compared to plastic or wood. It’s soft, after all, so on one level, I can understand that point of view. But I can tell you that from the minute I first held a leather-backed Moto X in my hand at the phone’s unveiling, I knew exactly which version I would go with if I were to buy one – you guessed it, leather. What a fantastic decision that was.  (more…)

Forget Wireless Charging, Your Next Phone Needs Quick or Turbo Charging

A year ago, maybe even six months ago, I was fully invested in Qi wireless charging. There was a time that I couldn’t even envision life without a phone that had Qi wireless charging built-in. In fact, I used to complain about phones not having the technology built in and chastised carriers for removing it from their phones. Today, I couldn’t care less about it. I can still acknowledge the convenience it brings by not having to plug your phone in, but at this point, I’m much more interested in charging phones faster than without wires. Yes, I’m talking about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which has more recently been marketed as “Turbo Charging,” thanks to Motorola. This is the future of charging. (more…)

This is Project Ara: A Gallery of the Modular Beauty

Today was Project Ara’s day to shine. Through their developer conference, they lived streamed (might still be live streaming) an opening keynote, gave an update on the platform and roadmap, talked food carts and Puerto Rico, ran through demos, took questions from developers and participants at the event, and then unveiled a massive gallery of the updated Ara skeleton with modules and other customizations to show the potential as we get closer to availability.

We tried to capture some of the best images from today’s image dump to help show off a world with modular phones or what your first modular phone might look like. Think customization. Think interchangeability. Think Android. Think tech. Think future.

Does this look like a concept you could get behind?  (more…)

5 Things Android Enthusiasts Care About Today

Last week I had the chance to hang out with Kellen and Tim while I was visiting family in Portland. One of the things that we talked about was what it was like to be an Android enthusiast back in 2009 and on. Back then, Android was about rooting, installing custom ROMs and kernels, customizing your device, and pushing the limits of the hardware.

It was also about not using an iPhone; at the time the iPhone was considered the state of the art device, and it would arguably continue to be a superior overall package for several years. While the iPhone had more apps and a more established ecosystem, the Motorola Droid boasted both a physical and software keyboard, real multitasking (it’s hard to remember now, but the iPhone didn’t get real multitasking until iOS 4), a higher resolution camera with a flash, customizable home screens with widgets, expandable storage, and a user-replaceable battery. It was the antithesis of the iPhone in so many ways, and those of us that used it were proud to say we didn’t use iPhones.

As I was reflecting on this, I began to wonder what it means to be an Android enthusiast today. How much has changed and how much has stayed the same? Read on for my top five things Android enthusiasts care about in 2015. (more…)

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hands-on and Tour

When Sony announced a new Walkman during its press event at CES yesterday, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. As an owner of previous Walkman players, back in the 90s, I was excited to see how Sony would market one which runs Android and looks much like a smartphone.

Sony expects to price the Walkman NW-ZX2 around $1000, shipping it with Android 4.2.2, which is apparently the most stable build of Android released. When asked, a Sony representative stated that the company was more focused on delivering a consistent and smooth experience, not running the latest build of Android. Needless to say, it is possible Sony will not spend many resources on updating the Walkman anytime soon to Lollipop.  (more…)