Google Listing Android Update Death Dates for Nexus Devices (Updated)

As we already know, Android software updates typically last for two years following the launch of a device. This goes for pretty much every OEM, although, not every device sees that type of support. However, when it comes to Google and its lineup of Nexus devices, the company is usually quite good about supporting its smartphones and tablets.

Listed on a support page this week, Google is now detailing the timeframes that owners of these select devices should start really thinking about an upgrade. For Nexus phones and tablets, the Android software updates will last “at least” two years, but for security patches, the updates will continue for about three years after launch.  (more…)

Reports: Huawei’s Daydream-Ready VR Phone to Arrive in Fall, New Nexus This Year Too (Updated)

Through two separate interviews from Huawei executives that took place this week, we aren’t starting to understand that Chinese company’s plans for the fall. One of those plans includes their VR and Daydream-ready phone, but they may also include a new Nexus device.

According to Huawei’s Richard Yu, the man in charge of Huawei’s consumer electronics business who sat down for an interview with the Wall Street Journal, we should expect a phone that will take advantage of Google’s new Daydream VR platform this fall. He didn’t provide any other details, so he’s really just confirming what Google told us at I/O while adding in a time frame. The “fall” makes sense since we expect Android N (which has Daydream built-in) to hit stable in late summer, which would then mean the first devices running it would arrive shortly thereafter.  (more…)

Sundar Pichai: We are “Investing More Effort” Into Nexus, More Opinionated on Design and Features Too

With the launch of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, I think it’s safe to say that Google was trying to tell us that it is now taking its Nexus products seriously. They created two phones for the first time in a single year at two price points to give consumers choice. They then put them up for sale all over the place, making them much more accessible than in the past, and are constantly running regular discounts on them through promotions to tempt you into buying one. It’s pretty obvious that Google wants you to buy their phones, to see their vision for Android, and hell, get updates when you are supposed to get updates.

To further hammer that point home, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sat down at Recode’s Code Conference today to discuss some of the recent Google I/O happenings, but also to talk about Nexus.  (more…)

Google Begins Posting OTA Images for Nexus Devices (the .Zip Files)

You know how we often spend days hunting down the over-the-air (OTA) .zip files for Nexus updates to try and get you updates faster than Google sends them? We may not need to do that any longer because Google started posting the files today. I’m not kidding – the .zip OTA files are now up on the Google Developers site, right next to the factory images.  (more…)

Jeff Koons Nexus Live Cases are Now Available for $40, and Here’s How to Make a Balloon Swan

The Jeff Koons designed Nexus Live Cases that Google began teasing yesterday are now available for purchase on the Google Store. Priced at $40, you will find three different limited edition cases, all of which are individually numbered.

Not familiar with Jeff Koons? I know nothing of him either, but Google calls him “one of the world’s greatest living artists” who is best known for his “Gazing Ball” series, where he re-creates previous masterpiece paintings and then places a large blue gazing ball in front of them. He also does public sculptures and created a special live wallpaper for these cases that is built from Koons’ favorite moments from the Swan Lake ballet.  (more…)

Former Motorola Boss, Rick Osterloh, Heads to Google to Oversee Nexus Program, Other Hardware

According to a report out of Recode, it didn’t take long for former Motorola boss, Rick Osterloh, to find a sweet new gig. Osterloh, after fleeing Motorola just last month, has landed at Google as a new senior vice president who will head up a new hardware division that aims to unify the company’s many projects, including Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, Glass, Chromebooks, and yes, Nexus devices.

Google has apparently confirmed the addition of Osterloh.  (more…)

HTC Double Nexus Bonanza Rumors Pick Up Steam With Codenames Surfacing, Potential Benchmark

Back in January, an “often-reliable leakster” over at Weibo suggested that HTC has been given the green light by Google to make not only one of the next Nexus phones, but two. Fast forward to today, through months of weak speculation on that idea coming true, and we get a tweet from @evleaks along with a post by Android Police that may add some validity to HTC becoming King of Nexus for the next year.

Here is what we know. according to these two.  (more…)

Opinion: After Seeing the HTC 10, Maybe HTC Should Make This Year’s Nexus

If Nexus rumors are your life, you will already know that reports have been circulating, claiming that HTC has be chosen by Google to create this year’s Nexus device. In those reports, it was even written that HTC would make not just one, but two Nexus devices for 2016. When these reports first surfaced, I thought to myself, “Crap, guess I won’t be buying any Nexus phones this year.”

To me, HTC’s past attempt at a Nexus device, the Nexus 9 tablet, was one of the more underwhelming tablet experiences I have had. It’s just boring. Looking back at it, I wouldn’t necessarily say it was HTC’s fault, but Android in general is ridiculously shallow on tablets. However, with the latest software tweaks we have seen from Android N, maybe that will change soon.

My point is, HTC might be making this year’s Nexus device, and after seeing the HTC 10, I don’t think I’m as disappointed as I was when the rumor first hit the street. Let me explain why.  (more…)