About the LG V20 Being the First Android 7.0 Nougat Phone…

LG, you sneaky devil, you. Surprising the world with an out-of-no-where announcement last night suggesting that you will be the first manufacturer to ship a phone with Android 7.0 Nougat. That phone, of course, is the LG V20. I like this move, not because you are shipping a device that is actually up-to-date, but because you confused the hell out of the timing of this whole Nougat situation. And now we get to talk about it.

To catch everyone up, understand that last night, LG announced the V20, saying that it will be the “world’s first phone to launch” with Android 7.0 Nougat. They added to that thought by clarifying that it will be the first to feature Android 7.0 “out of the box.” Ah ha!  (more…)

August’s Android Security Update Kicks Off Today With Factory Image Files, OTA Files

Google is pushing out August’s Android security update to Nexus devices today and has done so by already publishing both factory image and OTA .zip files. They also provided the typical security bulletin as well.

As of right now, we have Android 6.0.1 files for the Pixel C (MXC89L), Nexus 6P (MTC20F), Nexus 5X (MTC20F), Nexus 5 (MOB30Y), Nexus 6 (MMB30R,MOB30W), Nexus 7 2013 (MOB30X, MMB30S), Nexus 9 (MOB30W), and Nexus Player (MOB30W).
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Nexus (2016) Render Given Photoshop Treatment to Add a Bit of Color

For a bit of fun, a reddit user whipped open his Photoshop, offering a few renders of what the new Nexus devices could look like if Google provided them with a bit of color.

Obviously inspired by the Nexus 5 in Red and the Nexus 6P in White, these renders are based off the initial 3rd-party render that hit the web earlier this week. With that said, don’t go around thinking Google plans on releasing anything close to what these look like. We still have no idea what exactly is coming.  (more…)

Our First Potential Look at What the Nexus (2016) Will Look Like

As we near the announcement from Google concerning new Nexus devices for 2016, a render has hit the web, giving us our first potential look at what the Nexus (2016) devices will look like. It is still believed that Google will release two Nexus phones (Marlin and Sailfish), but it is being reported that both phones will look very similar in terms of overall design and aesthetic.

The below image comes from Android Police, who created the device render based on information they gathered from an undisclosed source. According to them, exact dimensions are still unknown, but the image portrays what we should expect as closely as possible.

Let’s go over what we can take from this image.  (more…)

Here are Some of the Rumored Specs for the Other Upcoming HTC Nexus

If you believe the interwebs, we should see two Nexus phones once again this year, only this time only one manufacturer will make them. That manufacturer is thought to be HTC. Last week, purported specs for the smaller of the two HTC Nexus phones surfaced, and now this week, we are getting specs for the other, larger model. For those keeping track of the dirty details, the smaller is running under codename “Sailfish,” while the larger, possibly more premium phone is the “Marlin.”

Let’s talk about HTC Nexus “Marlin.”  (more…)

Report: Google Will Release Its Own Non-Nexus Phone Later This Year

For years, tech pundits, especially old washed up media who love nothing more than Apple, have begged Google to be like Apple. They think, because Apple prints money by manufacturing their own phones that run their own software, that there is no other way for Google to approach Android. Forget the fact that Android is on four in five phones across the globe, it’s Apple’s way or bust. According to a report that randomly went live over the weekend from the Telegraph, these one-track-minded pundits may get what they have long wished for.

Sources of the Telegraph, potentially who work within the carrier realm, are under the impression that Google is going to release a Google-branded phone that is 100% controlled by Google. The phone could arrive before the end of the year.

Confused? How is this different from Nexus phones? Let’s walk through this.  (more…)