#TBT: The Nexus 4 Was Awesome, But Google Omitted a Huge Feature

Looking over the reviews we have posted of previous Nexus devices, the Nexus 4 was easily one of our favorites. However, Google did something that not many expected.

At the time of the device’s launch, which was the second half of 2012, 4G LTE was getting really serious in Android devices. It was basically a staple of all new flagship devices. However, to many people’s surprise, Google launched the Nexus 4 without 4G LTE, even though the previous year’s Nexus device, the Galaxy Nexus, had LTE.

Why did Google do this? Well, Andy Rubin discussed why Google opted for leaving out 4G LTE, and he basically said LTE wasn’t quite mature enough to be shipped with the Nexus 4. To help keep cost low and to ensure people saw better battery life, they decided against shipping the Nexus 4 with two separate radios, keeping it purely a HSPA+ smartphone.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Which Nexus Phone is Your All-Time Favorite?

We are getting close to Google’s unveiling of the Nexus devices for 2016, but before that happens, we wanted to get a feeling for which past released Nexus phone is your favorite. We’re talking all-time here.

Realizing not everyone here has owned each Nexus device, feel free to judge on which design you like the most, or even what version of Android it shipped with. The goal here is to find which Nexus device is the all-time favorite among DL folk.

Personally, while the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S would be in my Top 3, I have to give my all-time favorite choice to the Nexus 5. It felt great in-hand and Kit Kat was awesome.

What about you?

Which is your favorite Nexus phone?

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Download: LMY48M, LYZ28K, LVY48F OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

Over-the-air (OTA) zip download links to LMY48M for Nexus devices are hitting the web, in case you don’t want to mess with flashing factory images, wiping all of your data in the process. For now, we have links to the update for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, with more sure to be on the way shortly.

As we continue to receive new file URLs that are direct downloads from Google, we will continue to update this post. (more…)

Google Posts LMY48M Factory Images for Nexus 6, 9, 5, 7 (2013), 10, and 4 (Updated)

Yesterday, T-Mobile told us to expect monthly security updates for Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, and 10. Today, Google posted the factory images for each as build LMY48M.

Keep in mind that the T-Mobile Nexus 6 will receive a different update as build LYZ28K, so if you are running a Nexus 6 on T-Mo, don’t flash these LMY48M images.  (more…)

Nexus 4, 5, 7 (2013), 6 and 9 All Getting Updates to Build LMY48M, LYZ28K Today

According to T-Mobile, Google is going to push another update today to many of its Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 9. The update will arrive as build LMY48M for all but the Nexus 6, which will be LYZ28K. The update will contain bug fixes and “Android security enhancements.”

It appears that this is one of the scheduled monthly security updates that Google promised after the big Stagefright extravaganza.  (more…)