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[Sorry] There Won't Be A MicroSD Card Slot In The Nexus 5X Or 6P

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will have some cool improvements to external storage support. This has led to speculation that Google might be planning to include microSD card slots in the new Nexus phones. Some FCC documents seemed to support that possibility, but we've confirmed with multiple sources that Google won't be offering a microSD card slot. It's still all internal storage in the Nexus phones.

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[Exclusive] Nexus 5X And 6P Will Be Available Online Only, Won't Be Sold In US Carrier Stores

Tomorrow is the big expected Nexus day, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to find out what's going on with this year's devices. Obviously. I mean, what more is there to know about the Nexus 5X and the larger, oddly-shaped Nexus 6P at this point?

Here's something. Through the information we've acquired, we've found that, unlike most previous models, this year's devices won't be available in carrier stores.

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Asus ZenWatch 2 Review: The First True Entry-Level Android Wear Watch [Update: Small Version Comparison]

The original Asus ZenWatch was one of my favorite first-generation Wear devices because it had a slick design and competitive price ($200). It wasn't perfect, but it offered a good alternative to expensive devices like the G Watch R. The ZenWatch 2 is going to hit shelves in a few days, and at first glance it's very much like its predecessor.

Asus actually made a number of notable changes, but not all of them are positive. At the same time, the price is very attractive and there are two size options—the large one starts at $129.99 and the smaller will be $149.99.

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The Google Android App Now Supports Limited Voice Commands For Offline Use

Keeping a constant data connection is getting easier every day, whether we're in heavily populated areas or in the middle of nowhere. But there are still situations when we're bound to lose service, perhaps during a power outage or while driving through a dead zone. Just because you've lost access to Google's servers, it doesn't mean you should lose all of the powerful capabilities your phone has to offer. Google has just enabled a small set of voice commands for use even when you're completely offline.

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If your phone was offline about a week ago and you tried a voice action, you probably would have seen a "Something went wrong" error message pop up just below the Google search box.

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[Weekend Poll] Nexus 5X Or 6P?

Tuesday, we will finally, officially, get to see Google's new Nexus phones in person. At least, we hope so. If not, we'll still likely learn exactly how much they'll cost and when you'll be able to buy one. As to the specs? Well, they've already been about as leaked as much as is possible at this point. We have a pretty clear idea what these phones look like and what kind of hardware they'll be packing. But, to recap.

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The Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X will have a 5.2" 1080p LCD display, Snapdragon 808 six-core processor, likely 2GB of RAM (we're still not 100% sure on this), 16 or 32GB of storage (most likely - there have been no 64GB rumors), a 2700mAh battery, and will come in three colors.

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[Update: More Specs] Nexus 6P Presentation Leak Includes More Images, Confirms Metal Body, Gorilla Glass 4, And 3450mAh Battery

The leaks continue to flow out of Mountain View. The latest information on Huawei's Nexus 6P, the larger and presumably more expensive of the two Nexus devices Google is expected to announce next week, comes from a public image gallery posted to Imgur. It's a series of slides that appear to be designed for retail employees to use as an information and promotional tool. The slides include a set of hardware specifications and new photos.

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Inbox On The Web Now Supports Drag & Drop And Copy & Paste For Images Into Email Composer, A Long-Loved Gmail Feature

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Are Finally Getting Updated To 5.1.1, Current Generation Samsung Phones Across Other Major Carriers Also Getting OTAs For Samsung Pay Launch

After a very long wait for owners of the AT&T variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, they are finally getting updated to Android 5.1.1. This is in large part due to the upcoming launch of Samsung Pay on September 28th. Most other current generation Samsung devices needed some updates to be prepped for Samsung Pay and most carriers have issued them over the past day or so.

AT&T owners are the only ones who are being brought up to date from Android 5.0.2, which is why the updates are roughly 670 megabytes.

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Another Free Album On Google Play Music: The Bleachers' Terrible Thrills Vol. 2

The Android Police staff must not be very musically eclectic, because none of us had ever heard of Bleachers before we spotted another free album on the Play Store. But don't let our lack of broad influences keep you from getting some free music: Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 is now up for grabs. Just add it to your Google account and you'll be able to stream or download it to your Android devices for free, gratis, and nothing. As with most of these free albums, it's a bit of a coin toss as to whether you can download it for free outside the US.

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Zulip, Dropbox's Team-Focused Chat Client, Goes Open Source

I've used a bunch of team-based, business-oriented chatroom-style services, and Slack and Hipchat seem to be the two most popular choices for managers at this point. Maybe it's time to consider an alternative, and cloud storage giant Dropbox is giving us a pretty good reason to do so: Zulip. The funny-named client has been quietly developed by Dropbox for the last year, and now it's available as an open source tool.

Dropbox acquired Zulip in 2014, and the service is going open source as a result of the company's yearly Hack Week invitational program. And when they say open, they mean wide open: the chat server, the Android and iOS apps, the desktop programs for Windows, OS X, and Linux, all of it is being offered up.

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