Google’s Phone App for Nexus Devices Gets Spam Calling Protection

Google is updating the Phone app that is included on their Nexus devices to include spam protection against unwanted calls. The newest version of the app will alert you as a call is coming in if it may be a “suspected” spam caller (see below) and then let you take additional actions on it.

With Caller ID & spam protection turned on, users will be able to both block and report spam calls. From within the Recent calls log, a tap on a call you’d like to report will offer up an option to “Block / report spam.” You should see options to both report as spam and then block, assuming you want to do both.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X 32GB for $240, Nexus 6 for $280

To head into the weekend, we’ve got a couple of decent deals for you on Nexus devices, assuming you need a good phone on the cheap that actually receives software updates and security patches. You can pick-up last year’s Nexus 5X with 32GB storage for just $239.99 or the previously released Nexus 6 32GB for $279.99.

The Nexus 5X is available at the price ($160 discount) in either white or black as a brand new unit and is shipped to you for free. This is the US model, so it’ll work on all US carriers, including AT&T and Verizon.

As for the Nexus 6, the listing states that it is “new other,” which means it might come in packaging other than its original retail box. It doesn’t say refurbished, so it still should be an unused phone. You can choose from either white or blue models and it too ships for free.

eBay Links:  Nexus 5X ($239.99) | Nexus 6 ($279.99)

Android N Developer Preview 5 Now Available! The Final Preview! (Updated)

Android N Developer Preview 5 just got posted and is available for the flashing! As of right now, it looks like all supported devices are getting Android build NPD90G. Note that this is the final developer preview before the stable version rolls out “later this summer.”

Again, the supported devices include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus Player, Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G (Android One) device.

We’re still looking through the changes and will update this post.  (more…)

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…)

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…)

DEAL: Grab a Nexus 6 for Just $180 at eBay

A current deal running over at eBay can land you a manufacturer refurbished Nexus 6 for a ridiculously low price of $180. Sure, this is the 2014 Nexus, which is a figurative whale, but it’s still one of the best performing devices you will ever use. And, it’s getting all the Android N love at the moment.

Whether you need a device to pass the time because you lost or broke your other, or you just love the Nexus 6 and all of its size, jump on this. The deal currently includes the blue version, as the white is sold out. Free shipping is available as well.

eBay Link

Android N Developer Preview 4 Now Available!

Android N Developer Preview 4 just got posted and is available for the flashing! As of right now, it looks like all supported devices are getting Android build NPD56N.

Again, the supported devices include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus Player, Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G (Android One) device.

We’re still looking through the changes and will update this post. (Updated below) (more…)

Project Fi Adds US Cellular to Gain More Coverage and Speed

Project Fi added a third network today in US Cellular. That means Project Fi users now have access to three different networks, further enabling the ability of Fi to get you on the best connection at all times.

For those not familiar with US Cellular, just know that it’s one of the larger mobile networks (they claim to be the 5th largest) in the US with coverage in 23 states. The company is headquartered out of Chicago, has 4.8 million customers, and runs a network on LTE and CDMA.  (more…)