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…)

Google Adds “On-Body Detection” to Smart Lock in Android 5.1

Smart Lock is arguably the best new feature in Android “Lollipop.” With a secure lock screen set, Google gives you a number of options in Smart Lock to keep your phone or tablet quickly unlockable when the device is near you, but can forcibly lock it when you step away from it or should you leave it behind. In the latest update to Android 5.1, Google added yet another option called On-body detection(more…)

Deal: Best Buy has Verizon’s Nexus 6 for $99.99

The Nexus 6 is officially available in Verizon stores as of this morning. If you were interested in picking up Google’s new Nexus through Big Red, but were waiting to be able to get one in hands, now is the time. Once you do that at a Verizon store, you may want to walk back out and across the street to Best Buy to actually purchase one, though. Best Buy is currently selling the Verizon variant of the Nexus 6 for just $99 with a 2-year contract. Verizon, on the other hand, wants $250 for it.  (more…)

Deals: $50 Google Play Credit When You Buy Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear Device – $50 Off Sony Smartwatch Too

From today through March 31, should you buy a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or an Android Wear device through the new Google Store, Google will hand you $50 in Google Play credit to spend as you please. If you choose the Sony Smartwatch 3, you will save another $50, as the GPS-equipped watch’s price has been slashed from $249 to $199.

According to the terms, you will receive your Google Play credit once your device ships, but you must claim it by April 20, 2015. The credit is then good through September 1, 2015.  (more…)

Android 5.1 Factory Images Available for Nexus Devices (Updated: New Nexus 6 Build LMY47E)

Updated March 12:  Nexus 6 factory images added.

Updated March 17: Google just added a new Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus 6 as build LMY47E.


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…)

Verizon Nexus 6 Orders are Already Shipping and Arriving

Verizon’s Nexus 6 became available for purchase last Thursday with an estimated ship or arrival date of March 18. If you took the plunge and ordered last week, you may receive your phone well-before the 18th. A number of our readers pinged us within the last day because they had received shipping notices for their orders. Most were showing an expected arrival time of March 17, but at least one reader says he received his phone today.

Some times it does pay to pre-order.

Other Verizon Nexus 6 orderees, have you received your orders? What’s your current shipping time frame looking like?  (more…)

Giveaway: Win a Nexus 6 From dbrand, Outfitted With Their Pink Carbon Fiber Skin

You know that pink carbon fiber skin for the Nexus 6 from dbrand that we just reviewed? You can win it. Not just the carbon fiber skin either, you get to win the Nexus 6, the carbon fiber skin, another six black skins with varying cutouts, and a whole bunch of colored M logos. So not only can you win a brand new Nexus 6, but you also get a limited, hard-to-find carbon fiber skin of dbrand’s and a bunch of alternatives in case carbon fiber isn’t your thing. That’s a pretty solid prize pack.

In order to enter to win this contest, all you need to do is follow the two instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. dbrand only asks that you follow them on Twitter and Instagram to enter. You can do that, right?

The contest runs from the time of this posting until Monday, March 16 at 2:30PM Pacific.

Ready?  (more…)