Google just unwrapped Android 7.1.1 factory image files for Pixel and Nexus devices. That’s right on schedule with Verizon’s news this morning and matches up to Google’s previously monthly releases. Not only is this Android 7.1.1, but it should be the December security patch as well. (more…)
In early October, a report circulated that HTC was not Google’s first choice for manufacturing the Pixel devices. In fact, Google first approached Huawei, the makers of the Nexus 6P, but due to Google’s fierce desire to have no other branding on the devices besides its own, Huawei stepped away from the deal.
Confirmed this week by Huawei executive Colin Giles, having no mention of Huawei in any promotional or branding material was apparently a major turn off for the company. It is reported that years ago, Huawei decided it would not be a contract shop for other companies looking to produce handsets. Since Google was looking purely for this exact thing, the deal never took place. (more…)
On the backside of Pixel devices, you obviously won’t find the word “Nexus” anywhere, but instead, a simplistic G for Google. For all of the Nexus diehards, dbrand has a skin option available for both the Pixel and Pixel XL, which will replace that G with a Nexus X.
This new skin option is available in dbrand’s online interactive customizer system, which actually has more than 160,000 possible Pixel skin combinations. For example, if you want Red carbon fiber with a colored X, or a White leather option with Black X, you can have it. (more…)
Too soon? Maybe. But I don’t know how else to put it to the Nexus lifers who are screaming frustrations in the comments about Google’s new high-priced Pixel phones, phones that have signaled the end of Google’s beloved, nerd-focused hardware line. I know it’s going to be hard to just “get over it,” but think about the positives here with Pixel. (more…)
What you saw this morning, at the Google event that is, wasn’t only the launch of the Pixel smartphone line, but likely the death of the Nexus line. At the event, Google made it clear that they have “no plans” for future Nexus devices.
While the Nexus line never gained huge traction outside of the Android fan realm, it was Google’s platform to showcase everything Android was capable of. Each year, we would anticipate and speculate what Google may offer, and which OEM would be selected to manufacture the device. With Pixel, this may not change at all, but the Nexus brand that has become such a large part of our lives, is now going away. (more…)
Project Fi’s exclusive WiFi Assistant feature that has allowed Nexus owners to automatically connect securely to open WiFi networks appears to be rolling out to non-Fi Nexus owners at the moment. Google first announced WiFi Assistant for all Nexus phones back in August, suggesting that we would start seeing it within the “next few weeks.” It looks like we made it there. (more…)
Last night’s bombshell news came from a report that suggested Google will ditch Nexus branding for its 2016 phones and loop them into the Pixel brand. As you can imagine, I have some thoughts on this move and would much rather talk about Pixel phones today than read volcanic takes on the Galaxy Note 7 and its battery recall.
So, shall we discuss? OK! (more…)
Just two days ago, a report suggested that Google would abandon the Nexus branding for its upcoming 2016 phones and go with something else, though no one was sure at the time what the new brand would be. That thought lined up with a report from back in June out of the Telegraph that claimed Google would release its own branded phone later in 2016 and was discussing the move with carriers. This evening, additional support has been stacked behind this idea, only now we may have names to replace Nexus. (more…)