Reviewing Google’s new Nexus 6 has been an entertaining mixed bag of an experience. This is so close to being the phone that long-time Android fanboys have been waiting for. This is a Nexus phone, made by Motorola, that has the most premium set of specs currently available in the mobile space, and that works on Verizon, along with a number of other carriers. This is supposed to be as good as it gets. This is supposed to be the Nexus phone of Nexus phones. But is it?
That’s a tough question to answer, mostly because Google created the Nexus 6 knowing that this wouldn’t be the phone for everyone. In fact, their VP of engineering, David Burke, said that he thinks about 50% of people who hold a “phablet” like this won’t want to put it down. In other words, they know that at least half of you want something much smaller or different than the Nexus 6.
And that’s exactly why the Nexus 6 is that mixed bag. For the most part, you can’t help but love everything about the Nexus 6. It feels premium. It looks great. Internally, it tops the charts. It runs Lollipop, which is ridiculously fun to use. But then it’s also a giant whale, which Google is clearly aware of since they codenamed it “shamu.” You have awesome and then huge. You have premium, but in whale form. You have the phone of enthusiast dreams, that’s available everywhere, but that only 50% of may want due to its size.
As you can see, we have plenty to talk about.
This is our Nexus 6 review. (more…)
Your first chance to purchase the Nexus 6 with a contract or a device payment plan through a carrier is now here. AT&T pre-orders are live for the Midnight Blue model with 32GB of storage.
For $249 and a 2-year contract or $682.99 without one, the new Nexus whale can be yours. AT&T also has Next device payment plans available, starting as low as $22.77 per month. (more…)
According to a report from Financial Times, YouTube has reached a deal with Merlin, a group which represents nearly 20,000 indie labels, allowing YouTube to bring the countless number of artists which they represent to Google’s upcoming music service. (more…)
More applications received Chromecast support this morning on Google Play, with a few of them coming as sort of a surprise, given that they are actual games you can play.
Google appears to be letting game makers in on the Chromecast fun now, with classic games, such as Monopoly Dash, Wheel of Fortune, and Scrabble Blitz gaining support. If you are curious how you will operate your games, don’t worry, as Google and developers allow you to use your synced smartphone to take control of the action. (more…)
Ready to go out and buy a Nexus 6, the newest flagship phone from Google? Then you are probably wondering when and where you can do that at, I would imagine. November 12 has basically become the official launch date at this point, but that doesn’t mean that every single carrier or store will have the phone at that time. So, since tomorrow is the 12th, we thought a handy little list of stores, carriers, and availability at each would help you decide where you can focus your efforts. (more…)
Sprint joined AT&T this morning in announcing availability of the Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship phone. But unlike AT&T, Sprint is actually giving us a date to buy the phone, not just pre-order. Come Friday, November 14, you can buy the Nexus 6 “in Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1.” (more…)
AT&T has finally announced a sliver of Nexus 6 availability, dropping word this morning that they will open pre-orders tomorrow, November 12. (more…)
Confirming what we reported last week, Google software engineer Dylan Salisbury writes on Google+ that Google Voice MMS messaging with Verizon Wireless subscribers is now officially supported. That means, as he points out, that MMS through Google Voice should work with all major carriers in the US and Canada.
In a related announcement, Salisbury said Hangouts is gaining native MMS support for photo messaging; pictures sent to Voice recipients via MMS will now appear natively, instead of as a link. As for the other major feature of MMS, group messaging, it will be apparently be enabled in a coming update. (more…)