Dbrand Offering Customizable Pixel Skins With Nexus ‘X’ on Back

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…)

Google: We Have No Plans for Future Nexus Devices

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…)

Google’s WiFi Assistant Seems to be Rolling Out to Non-Project Fi Nexus Devices Today

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…)

Report: Google’s 2016 Phones Dubbed Pixel and Pixel XL, Coming in October With Google Home and New Chromecast

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…)

Report: This Year’s Nexus Phones Won’t be Nexus Phones

As the leaks have trickled out in recent months surrounding the rumored two Nexus phones for 2016, made by HTC, potential names have not been a part of the equation. Why? That’s a question we don’t have an answer to, but I think it’s safe to say that some of those rumors were considering the idea that these might not end up being Nexus phones, at least in name. According to a report out of Android Central, that’s exactly what we should expect to happen. In fact, their sources are under the impression that the HTC-made phones will arrive under a different brand name altogether.  (more…)

Google Bringing WiFi Assistant, Once a Project Fi Exclusive, to All Nexus Devices

WiFi Assistant, a feature once exclusive to Project Fi users, will soon be available for all Nexus owners in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, and Nordic countries. WiFi Assistant allows users to automatically connect to open WiFi networks that Google has verified as fast and reliable. For example, if you are strolling through a store that has open WiFi, your phone will automatically connect to it if your cell service is poor. It’s one of the reasons Project Fi is so nice to use.  (more…)