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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
With the launch of Chrome 53, Google is bringing improvements in battery performance and overall speed to everyone. Shown off in a video of Chrome 53 running against Chrome 46, the machine running Chrome 53 lasts 2+ hours longer while streaming videos, confirming the browser’s upgrades in the battery performance department. (more…)
Google is pushing out September’s Android security update to Nexus devices today and has done so by already publishing both factory image and OTA .zip files. This is the first security patch for Nougat and that means new Android 7.0 builds for a few devices. They also provided the typical security bulletin as well. (more…)
According to Evan Blass on Twitter, Google is working with Huawei to launch a new 7-inch tablet later this year. Will it be a Nexus? A Pixel? We don’t quite know yet. A single specification was provided by Blass, reporting that the device will feature 4GB of RAM. There’s no word yet on processor, LTE capability, or anything else. (more…)
Last night’s bombshell news came from a report that suggested Google will ditch Nexus branding for its 2016 phones and loop them into the Pixel brand. As you can imagine, I have some thoughts on this move and would much rather talk about Pixel phones today than read volcanic takes on the Galaxy Note 7 and its battery recall.
So, shall we discuss? OK! (more…)