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Motorola's list of Nougat updates includes most 2016 phones, plus the Moto X and Droids from 2015

Motorola picked a pretty busy day to release its list of phones that are slated to be upgraded to Android 7.0 - make of that what you will. After previously confirming that the new Moto Z , Moto Z Droid, and Moto G4 lines would be upgraded to Nougat "starting in Q4," a more complete list was published to the company blog today. The list is fairly predictable, with some notable exceptions.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL hands-on: Google takes on the iPhone... by becoming the iPhone

Google's new smartphones were, well, exactly what we expected. They're expensive, they have high-end components, and they feature industrial design by Google. There's a big one and a small one, and the only real differences between the two are those of proportion (battery size and pixel density).

Pricing for the 5" Pixel starts at $649 with 32GB of storage, and the 128GB Pixel XL runs all the way up to $869. They can be substantially more expensive depending on where you live, too. As such, there is no doubt that Google is uninterested in being a champion of the "phone of the people" pricing model in 2016.

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Android 7.1 Nougat's changelog is here, includes both Pixel-exclusive and non-exclusive changes

Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled earlier today alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL, but there's still a fair bit we don't know about it. Now, thanks to a source from Google, we've got a list of both Pixel-exclusive and non-exclusive changes. (It's unclear which category the Pixel C falls under.)

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The Google Cast app is becoming Google Home

Back in March, Google renamed the official Chromecast application as 'Google Cast', and it is now renaming it again. Several users have sent us the below screenshot, showing the Google Cast app informing them that it will become 'Google Home.'

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The 'Really Blue' Pixel is only a temporary US exclusive, will come to other regions later

Phone makers have long given device colors unnecessarily esoteric names, but Google is going for raw descriptiveness with the Pixel phones. You have Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. The blue offering is certainly bold, and probably the most divisive choice. However, you don't even have the option of getting a Really Blue Pixel unless you're in the US. That will change, though.

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Android 7.1 is coming to current Nexus devices and the Pixel C, will land before the end of 2016 as a dev preview

For those of you who were worried about Google's current Android devices not receiving Android 7.1 Nougat, don't be; Google has confirmed that the Pixel phones' current software version will be arriving on Nexus devices and the Pixel C before the end of the year. However, these devices won't be receiving some Pixel-exclusive (Pixelsclusive?) features.

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Nexus Protect has become Device Protection for Pixels

The branding change with Google's in-house smartphones this year means more than different names for the phones. All the stuff related to the phones has to change too. For example, Nexus Protect. The device insurance program started last year has been renamed to just "Device Protection." The details appear to be mostly the same, though.

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Google is creating an open developer platform called "Actions on Google" to integrate with assistant and an embedded SDK to add assistant to new hardware

Today's announcements by Google have certainly given us a lot to look at in terms of new hardware and features – and possibly a case of sticker shock. But while the show was mostly dominated by new gadgets and demos of Google assistant, there was a really important addition for developers (and ultimately users) at the tail end of the event. Google intends to turn assistant into a major ecosystem for apps and services by opening up the platform to developers.

The platform is called "Actions on Google" and it will allow developers to deliver custom experiences through Google assistant. Google assistant can already take advantage of many existing capabilities like app indexing, deep linking, and even the Voice Interaction API to provide helpful answers and services.

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Google has no plans for future Nexus products

Starting with the Nexus One in 2010, Google has maintained the Nexus line of phones, tablets, and media players. In recent history, the Nexus line became known for (relatively) inexpensive devices with timely Android updates. But it looks like the Nexus 6P and 5X will be the final devices to bear the Nexus name.

Google confirmed to us at their Pixel event today that they have no plans to develop future Nexus products. Presumably, all of Google's hardware efforts moving forward will be under the Pixel banner, which already is populated by phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.

While it might be easy to consider the Nexus lineup as the best Android devices hands-down, it did have difficulties.

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Pixel and Pixel XL will support T-Mobile and Verizon WiFi calling

In recent years, WiFi calling has become increasingly prevalent on various carriers and devices; the recently-announced Pixel and Pixel XL back up this fact. Google has confirmed that the Pixel smartphones will support WiFi calling for both T-Mobile and Verizon upon launch.

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