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).

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…)

Google May be Redesigning Android’s Nav Bar With Ugly Home Button, Introduce Live Nexus Support Via App

Not surprisingly, Android news is pretty slow these days, as it always is in the lead-up to a new version of the OS. Google more than likely doesn’t want to out anything too fun at the moment, since we are only two months or so from stable Android N going public and new Nexus devices running it arriving alongside it. To fill the time, we are left entertaining rumors of minute changes that may or may not be on the horizon, like Google tweaking the navigation bar appearance and creating a live support app for Nexus users. Yep, that’s where we are at the moment.  (more…)