Google Phone and Contacts Apps are Back on Google Play, Still Only for Nexus Devices

Update 12/7:  They are back again! (Still only for Nexus phones, though.)

This morning, Google pushed two apps to Google Play for the first time, Contacts and Phone (or Dialer, depending on Google’s mood). The arrival of each shouldn’t surprise you, though I am a bit surprised it took this long for Google to do this, since they started decoupling their stock apps from Android long ago.  (more…)

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Here are the New Emoji Coming to Android Next Week

Earlier in the week, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer told us to expect new emoji on Nexus devices next week, thanks to a system update that will be joined by a new keyboard and font. Shortly after he made the announcement, we took to Hangouts on the web after a tip told us that re-vamped emoji expected to be a part of the update were already available and showed you many of them (pictured above).

Then yesterday, a redditor created a script to pull them all from Hangouts, but his script managed to get the new ones that will show up next week on Android as well, not just the re-vamped versions. You can see them all below. However, in case you were wondering, taco, middle finger, unicorn, upside down smiley, popcorn, and turkey emoji are all there.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5 32GB in Black or White for $209 in Newegg Flash Sale

In my Nexus 5X review, I mentioned that the original Nexus 5, a phone two years old, performs better with Android 6.0 Marshmallow than the new LG model. I don’t know how that is possible with all of the new tech inside of the 5X, but it was painfully obvious. Outside of the camera being pretty poor in the original Nexus 5, it’s still a phone worth considering at the right price. $209 might be the right price.  (more…)

Comparison: Nexus 6P and 5X vs. Moto X Pure, Nexus 5/6, iPhone 6, Galaxy S6, and More

One of the most common requests we hear during our initial period with a new phone is “How does it compare to this phone or that phone?” To get out ahead of that we put together this video, which is 10 minutes of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X compared to the hottest phones on the planet, including the Moto X Pure, iPhone 6, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, LG V10, and of course, the original Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

This video isn’t a software, performance, or feature comparison, it’s more of a, how this phone feels and looks next to that phone, type of comparison. We do this with most phones and you all seem to enjoy them, so here is that same approach with the new Nexus devices.  (more…)