Reminder: Carriers Probably Can’t Activate Your New Nexus 6, Here are Your Options

So you received your brand new Nexus 6 today, straight from a factory in China, and you walk into a Verizon or AT&T or Sprint store to have it activated for use. As you and a sales rep get the process going, you get to the point where they need to scan the nano SIM for the phone and then your phone’s IMEI. You can almost taste the Lollipop. You will soon know how many licks it takes. You are this close. The sweat needed to give you extra grip on the 6-inch whale in front of you is starting to build in the palm of your hand. Your fresh pair of JNCOs is crisp from the dryer. The fresh Free Willy tattoo under your tribal band still has a bandage protecting its scab. You are a Nexus 6 owner. No, even better – you are an unlocked Nexus 6 owner on the verge of becoming one with a marine mammal. “I tell you what to do, carrier,” you say under your breath as you reach for your newly activated phone.

And then the sales rep gives you that look. You have seen this look before, typically when the 7-11 clerk scans your lottery ticket. You sir, do not have a winner. “Sorry, the phone won’t activate because the IMEI is not in our system. There is nothing I can do,” the sales rep says. (more…)

Are Carriers Really Branding the Nexus 6? What About SIM Locking?

Over the weekend, the crew in the Nexus 6 subreddit noticed that AT&T’s official images of the Nexus 6 included AT&T’s globe logo on the back of the device, just below the “Nexus” logo. As you can imagine, kind words were not shared, especially with AT&T’s branding leading almost everyone in the building to immediately joke that Verizon would probably place at least two of their own on the device, just to one-up their competitor. Actually, Verizon probably does it just annoy the hell out of us, but either way, those who pre-ordered the AT&T version were not exactly excited about this news.

But wait, we all thought that Google created just one SKU and model for the US, so is AT&T really placing a logo on the Nexus 6 devices sold directly from them? Well, we don’t actually know because no one has seen the device in the wild yet. There are some things to consider here.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Orders Arriving…Today! (Updated)

Remember on Friday how we told you that Nexus 6 orders placed through Motorola’s site back on November 6 were shipping with an estimated arrival date of as early as November 19? Well, we were wrong. Some of those orders are actually arriving…today!

At least one of our readers already received his shipment this morning, as can be seen in the pictures above. He went for the Midnight Blue 32GB model. Two other reader’s units are on trucks and should be delivered within the next couple of hours, basically whenever UPS makes its way to their locations.  (more…)

Nexus 4 Android 5.0 “Lollipop” Factory Image Now Available as LRX21T

After posting Android 5.0 “Lollipop” factory images for the Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 models, and the Nexus 10, the Nexus 4 owners in the building were (for good reasons) feeling a bit left out. Well, Nexus 4 owners, your time has come – your Lollipop factory image is ready as build LRX21T.

You can download it below. You can find instructions on how to flash a factory image here(more…)

Google’s Project Tango Showed Up on Google Play Last Night

Google’s Project Tango, the NVIDIA Tegra K1 powered tablet that is used to track and map 3D environments to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” showed up on Google Play last night. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), you can’t buy it just yet. However, there are listings for both black and white models, so we get the feeling that someone will be able to buy it soon.  (more…)

Motorola is Shipping Nexus 6 Orders Today, Arriving as Early as November 19 (Updated)

If you happened to order a Nexus 6 from Motorola before they sold out, be on the lookout for shipping confirmation emails that are going out this morning. At least one of our readers received shipping info within the last hour showing an estimated arrival date of November 20, but that FedEx is actually expecting to deliver on November 19.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Now Available From Sprint for $299

Add Sprint to the list of carriers now selling Google’s Nexus 6. As of this morning, the Now Network opened up orders for this year’s whale at a price of $299 on-contract. If paying $300 for a marine mammal doesn’t interest you, Sprint will also sell it to you for $0 down followed by 23 equal payments of $29.

Sprint is selling the Midnight Blue 32GB model, just like AT&T.  (more…)