February’s Android Security Update Goes Live With Factory Images for Nexus, Pixel

Google just posted the Android security update for February 2017 and the files are already live for a number of devices.

So far, we are seeing 7.1.1 files for Pixel and Pixel XL (NOF26V, NOF26W), Pixel C (N4F26O), Nexus 6P (N4F26O, NUF26K), Nexus 5X (N4F26O), Nexus 6 (N6F26R), Nexus Player (NMF26X), and Nexus 9 (N4F26Q). The Nexus 6 also got new 7.0.0 builds of NBD91Y and NBD91Z. (more…)

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Owners, Pixel Camera APK Now Downloadable

For anyone with a compatible device, being the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P currently, the Camera V4.2 apk file from the Pixel devices is now downloadable. Not only will you need a specific Nexus device, you also need to be running an official build of Android 7.0+, and not a custom ROM. So, if you have a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P running stock Nougat, you should be groovy. (more…)

October’s Android Security Update is Rolling Out (Updated: Nexus 6 Nougat!)

Google is pushing out October’s Android security update (at least we’re assuming that’s what this is; Edit: Yep, it is!) to Nexus devices today and has done so by already publishing both factory image and OTA .zip files. This is the second security patch for Nougat and that means new Android 7.0 builds for a few devices. The security bulletin should be up soon as well (Edit: It is!).  (more…)

Reports: Google’s “Andromeda” is the Android-Chrome OS Merger, Might Debut October 4, Already in Testing, and Coming 2017 on a New Pixel

Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.

To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016.  (more…)