David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

19
Nov
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Embedding photo spheres has been a painful and annoying process since Google announced the ability way back when (and then stopped supporting it in Views). Today, the Google Maps team is making it a lot easier, using the Google Maps Embed API to get the job done. Take a look!

19
Nov
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TWRP support for the Nexus 9 went live just a bit earlier today, and now the Nexus 6 is getting in on the action. TeamWin Recovery Project version 2.8.2.0 is ready for your flashing pleasure, just head over to the TWRP site to get it. Here, again, is the changelog for TWRP 2.8.2.0, which is the build specifically released to better support Android 5.0 Lollipop.

-Pull in all changes from Android 5.0 lollipop into TWRP
-Add decrypt support for Android 5.0 lollipop encrypted partitions including automatic decrypt when the default_password is in use
-Revert some changes to exFAT that were breaking exFAT support on some devices
-Other minor fixes and updates

To install, you simply need to unlock the bootloader and flash the .img recovery file in fastboot.

19
Nov
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Yesterday, Google posted the latest factory image for the Nexus 9 (the third one so far), but still had yet to release a factory image for the Nexus 6. Well, LRX21O just went live on the Google Developers site, marking the first available image for Shamu.

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This is the version Nexus 6's purchased from retailers today are being upgraded to out of the box, as well, many of which shipped with the LNX07M build, presumably a considerably older ROM.

19
Nov
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If you've ever used Chrome for Android, you know it can be an obnoxiously slow browser at times - especially on pages with tons of elements. Part of that, according to Google, has to do with how Chrome currently renders web content, using a pipeline that goes from the CPU to the GPU before content appears on the display. The draw commands from the web page go to the CPU, the CPU turns that code into pixels (textures), and the pixels then go to the GPU which displays them on the screen.

19
Nov
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T-Mobile is now accepting orders (as opposed to pre-orders) for the Nexus 6 through the T-Mobile website in both 32 and 64GB trims, though the only color option remains Midnight Blue, as it will likely always be for carrier-bought versions of the device.

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Selecting either storage variant allows you to choose standard 2-4 day shipping or upgrade to overnight service for $12, though nowhere in the checkout process is it actually made clear when your Nexus 6 will ship, only the amount of time it will take to arrive once it does.

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Nov
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Last Updated: November 20th, 2014

If you use the device security suite Cerberus, the app is getting one of its biggest updates ever in a couple of weeks, but you can grab it on the beta channel right now if you're not inclined to wait / want to be a guinea pig. Version 3.0 overhauls the design of the app to meet Google's material guidelines (as interpreted by Cerberus, of course), but there are a bunch of features packed in there, too.

18
Nov
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Last Updated: November 20th, 2014

While it's been available on iOS for some time, United updated its Android app today in order to add support for a rather cool feature: on-device entertainment. Instead of having to deal with that atrocious LCD on the headrest, now you can watch your in-flight movies and TV on your own phone or tablet.

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This is likely both a blessing and a curse. Who knows what the stream quality is like (anyone with an iPad who's used it want to chime in?), not to mention the reliability.

18
Nov
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Tap-to-wake is one of the niftier features Google's implemented on the Nexus 9, but its telephony-enabled sibling didn't get the same treatment. We know that it almost did, though, thanks to a commit to the device's source code made on September 10th. (We also pointed this out in our review of the Nexus 6).

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Google hasn't commented on this other than to make clear that tap-to-wake is not a feature of the Nexus 6.

18
Nov
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Cyanogen Inc apparently had a sit-down with The Verge recently, detailing in not-very-much-detail its new partnership with Indian smartphone OEM Micromax. CEO Kirt McMaster says the first device will be released as part of a new brand to be called "YU," and it will come preloaded with some apps and services that are "popular" in India. That is quite literally everything that was announced.

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The partnership had been previously rumored, with a phone potentially coming before the end of the year.

18
Nov
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Many Nexus 9 owners appear to be experiencing a bug that causes OK Google Everywhere voice recognition to simply not work, unless you're on the homescreen. Toggling the options or rebooting the tablet doesn't seem to fix it, and not everyone is affected.

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We initially thought this might have been caused by the recent update to LRX21Q (the earliest orders from Google Play shipped with LRX21L), but that's apparently not the case, either.

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