July’s Android Security Update Kicks Off Today With Factory Image Files, OTA Files

Google is pushing out July’s Android security update to Nexus devices today and has done so by already publishing both factory image and OTA .zip files. They also provided the typical security bulletin as well.

As of right now, we have Android 6.0.1 files for the Nexus 6P (MTC19X), Nexus 5X (MTC19Z), Nexus 5 (MOB30P), Nexus 6 (MMB30K, MOB30O), Nexus 7 2013 (MOB30P, MMB30M), Nexus 9 (MOB30P), and Nexus Player (MOB30P).

UPDATE:  Pixel C files for July are now available as build MXC89K.  (more…)

#TBT: Google Unveils Kit Kat, Googler Accidentally Leaks Nexus 5

Back in September of 2013, the Android community was bracing itself for the next Nexus smartphone. Funny enough, during the unveiling of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” at Google HQ, a Googler (an employee of Google) accidentally revealed Google’s upcoming smartphone. Whoops!

In a video clip which was centered around the new Kit Kat statue, all attention was on the mysterious “Nexus” smartphone this certain gentleman was holding. Naturally, every tech site on Earth posted about it, with Google quickly pulling the clip. Was the clip posted on purpose, maybe to get the hypetrain rolling? Anything’s possible.  (more…)

Google Listing Android Update Death Dates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

As we already know, Android software updates typically last for two years following the launch of a device. This goes for pretty much every OEM, although, not every device sees that type of support. However, when it comes to Google and its lineup of Nexus devices, the company is usually quite good about supporting its smartphones and tablets.

Listed on a support page this week, Google is now detailing the timeframes that owners of these select devices should start really thinking about an upgrade. For Nexus phones and tablets, the Android software updates will last “at least” two years, but for security patches, the updates will continue for about three years after launch.  (more…)

Question of the Day: Why Don’t You Buy Nexus Phones?

Earlier today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made an appearance at Recode’s Code Conference to talk about all that is on his company’s plate. During the chat, the conversation moved over to Google’s Nexus line of devices and where it’s headed. In short, Pichai said that Google is investing more in Nexus and sees areas that they can really improve upon stock Android through Nexus devices, as weird as that sounds.

Conversations like these often spark my curiosity, especially when they involve the Nexus line, a long-standing favorite of ours. As many of you know, we love the Nexus line of products (phones more specifically) because they offer a lot of what we look for in an Android phone. We get Google’s vision for the operating system without the bloat, the newest versions the quickest (which means new features first), and direct and swift updates from Google.  (more…)

DEAL: Brand New Nexus 5 at Woot Today for $149.99

Google’s Nexus 5, a phone so loved they re-created it in modern form as the Nexus 5X, can be purchased today at Woot.com for a ridiculously low price of $149.99. The best part? These are brand new Nexus 5s. I don’t know how that’s possible, but I’m not about to complain about a 2.5-year old darling of a phone available to fans or those in dire need of an affordable, yet still awesome phone, in new condition.

The listing says that this is the D820 model, which is the North America variant that works perfectly on AT&T or T-Mobile or a variant of GSM prepaid outfits. This phone will not work on Sprint or Verizon.  (more…)

Google Begins Posting OTA Images for Nexus Devices (the .Zip Files)

You know how we often spend days hunting down the over-the-air (OTA) .zip files for Nexus updates to try and get you updates faster than Google sends them? We may not need to do that any longer because Google started posting the files today. I’m not kidding – the .zip OTA files are now up on the Google Developers site, right next to the factory images.  (more…)

May’s Android Security Update Kicks Off Today With Factory Images

Google just posted factory images for May’s Android security update. Devices receiving the update so far include the Pixel C (MXC89F), Nexus 6P (MTC19T), Nexus 5X (MCT19T), Nexus 6 (MMB30G and MOB30I), Nexus Player (MOB30G), Nexus 9 WiFi and LTE (MOB30G), Nexus 5 (MOB30H), and Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi and LTE (MOB30J).

You can grab each image at the link below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go(more…)