Verizon Attempts to Make It Easier for You to Activate Unlocked Phones

You know how much of a pain it has been to activate a non-Verizon branded Nexus 6 on Verizon, even though the phone is completely unlocked at all times and fully works on Verizon’s airwaves? For a while, it was pretty tough. In fact, it took months before Verizon allowed the Nexus 6 from Google Play or other carriers to be activated on its network. Now, we’re talking activating, not SIM-swapping. There is a difference here.

Verizon, like with the Nexus 7 (2013), likes to use this “we are still testing the device and haven’t certified it yet” when telling people they can’t activate unlocked phones or other devices. Again, these phones all fully work and more than likely (like 99.999999999999999%) won’t do harm to their network, but they still must test. And since they are testing, they won’t just activate anything.  (more…)

Download: Android Marshmallow Preview 3 OTA Updates

After issuing a quick update to build MPA44I (well, new images) that followed the initial release of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Developer Preview 3, Google is now starting to roll updates out over-the-air (OTA) to compatible Nexus devices. We have a running list of the .zip Preview 3 OTA updates for your Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player (soon) below, in case you either didn’t get prompted to update your device or didn’t feel like messing with the factory image files. (more…)

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Developer Preview 3 Now Available! (Updated)

UPDATE 8/19:  Google has already posted even newer images. Find them here.


Google just made Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” official, but along with that news, they also released the final M Developer Preview (MPA44G) for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9. The images are up, but there will also be over-the-air (OTA) updates for those not interested in flashing images.

You can grab the files at the download link below for each device. You’ll find factory image flashing instructions here(more…)

Download: Nexus OTA Stagefright Patches (Updated)

Update 8/13: We now have all available files below.


Last week, Google released factory images for most of its Nexus devices that were supposed to address Stagefright vulnerabilities. While those images are there for the flashing and will get you all patched up, we know that many of you like to wait for over-the-air (OTA) updates to hit your devices. If you are still waiting for those and are willing to sideload the updates instead, we are compiling them in a list below.

Before long, we should have .zip files for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 9 WiFi and LTE, and Nexus 10.

We will continue to update this post as we have more URLs.  (more…)

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Nexus 6 on T-Mobile Gets Its Own Stagefright Factory Image as LYZ28J

Last week, shortly after Google announced a new monthly update schedule of security patches for Nexus devices, the search giant posted factory images that contained Stagefright patches. The initial set of patches dropped in as Android build LMY48I, which was the proper build almost all of the Nexus devices outside of non-T-Mobile and non-Project Fi Nexus 6s. Last night, Google posted the specific factory image for the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile as build LYZ28J(more…)