Hey Look, a Nexus 5 With a Fingerprint Sensor!

At last week’s Google I/O, Google made a big push in the world of fingerprint scanning for authentication purposes by introduces a fingerprint API in Android M. Going forward, manufacturers who choose to include fingerprint sensors in their phones will no longer have to work around Android and can instead use the native API to make for tighter integration.

To show off how fingerprint scanning can work in Android M, Google put out a short video on using your fingerprint to make payments. The video shows you how a payment situation would likely unfold when running Android M, something can more than likely envision without the need to see a video. After all, there have been fingerprint-powered payments on iPhones for some time. But what’s interesting about the video is the fact that the presenter randomly pulls out a Nexus 5 that has been outfitted with a fingerprint sensor to show how it all works.  (more…)

Android M Developer Preview Will be Available for Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player (Updated)

Google has announced a whole bunch of features of the Android M Developer Preview, which we have detailed here. But what about devices? Well, they also announced that it will be available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. They didn’t say when, but I would imagine that it will be soon – maybe even this week.

As we learn more about availability, we’ll update this post.  (more…)

Google Just Introduced $40 Special Edition Skrillex Cases as Part of New “Editions” Case Program, Confirms World is Doomed by Naming One “Bae”

Google, randomly, just introduced a new program called “Editions” to the Google Store that is a series of creative collaborations with influencers. The collaborations are turning out special cases, like this first one which was made in partnership with Skrillex, king of the wub.  (more…)

Sprint Says Nexus 5 is Getting Android 5.1.1 “LMY48B” Update This Week

According to Sprint support, the Nexus 5 is set to receive an update this week to Android 5.1.1 build LMY48B (Sprint says it was supposed to start May 11). The update is listed as being nothing more than the update to 5.1.1 with included “security enhancements.” Tough to say what those security enhancements are, but in general, the update is expected to be quite minor.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.1.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices

Update May 28:  Added both Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) mobile model files and a new Nexus 6 file for Sprint and US Cellular devices.


Now that Android 5.1.1 factory images have been posted for a number of Nexus devices, we are starting to see the rollout of over-the-air (OTA) updates to them, namely the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. More will arrive soon (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9), so we are starting to compile a list of them all below. We know that many of you like to sideload updates rather than wait for them to hit your device – feel free to bookmark this one.  (more…)

Top DL Deals of April: Nexus 5 for $199, 18000mAh Power Packs, Bluetooth Buds for $29

With the month wrapping up, we thought we would take a minute to feature some of the top deals of the month that were best sellers on the DL Deals store. In other words, these were the deals we told you about that you actually flocked to.

The deals include a couple of battery packs, an unlimited lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited, mystery Android collectibles boxes, Bluetooth ear buds, and a steal on the Nexus 5 through FreedomPop.

If you missed out on any of these the first time around, now is your chance to get in before they are gone.  (more…)

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Google Posts Android 5.1 “LMY47I” Factory Images For Nexus 5 and Nexus 6

Update March 25:  Google added Android 5.1 (LMY47I) images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. I think it’s safe to say that if there are many changes, they’ll be incredibly minor. This is still Android 5.1, not 5.1.1 or something else.


The first batch of Android 5.1 factory images are now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012).

You will find links to all below. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)

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