Android 7.0 Factory Image and OTA File Posted for Nexus 6P (Updated)

At long last, after an unusual wait, Google has made the factory image and OTA file for Android 7.0 “Nougat” available for the Nexus 6P. The build listed by Google is NRD90U, which is different than the previous beta OTA that carried NRD90M. This is likely because you will find the September security patch inside and not August’s.

Have at ’em! (more…)

#TBT: Watch Andy Rubin and Samsung Unveil the Galaxy Nexus

If I had to pinpoint a time at which the entire Android community was excited about a phone, I would have to give it to the Galaxy Nexus. The hype was real. In October of 2011, Google and Samsung hosted a press conference in Hong Kong to unveil not only the Galaxy Nexus, but also Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.”

To put this timing into perspective, just a few days earlier during that same October, the tech industry lost one of its founding fathers, Apple’s Steve Jobs. Personally, the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, an incredibly hyped device, helped take our minds off of the loss.  (more…)

Google’s WiFi Assistant Seems to be Rolling Out to Non-Project Fi Nexus Devices Today

Project Fi’s exclusive WiFi Assistant feature that has allowed Nexus owners to automatically connect securely to open WiFi networks appears to be rolling out to non-Fi Nexus owners at the moment. Google first announced WiFi Assistant for all Nexus phones back in August, suggesting that we would start seeing it within the “next few weeks.” It looks like we made it there.  (more…)

You Can Now Hail a Lyft or Gett Ride Straight From Google Maps

Recently inside of Google Maps, users were able to hail an Uber car while looking to see how long a trip may take. Now, Google is also adding in support for Lyft throughout the US, as well as Gett in New York City.

The way to access this feature remains unchanged. For example, once a destination is entered, you can review how long a trip will be depending on which mode of transportation you take. Under the Taxi section, you will now see Lyft options alongside Uber, as well as price and arrival estimations for both services.  (more…)