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Google support site now lists end-of-life dates for Nexus devices [Updated]

Google formalized the update guarantee for Nexus devices last year in the wake of the Stage Fright vulnerability, but now it's gone a step further by listing the approximate end-of-life (EOL) dates on its support site. Google added this data at some point in the last few weeks, but it has only now been noticed.

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The Nexus 9 Disappears From The Google Store In A Puff Of Underwhelming Smoke

The Nexus 9 never really clicked - not as an Android tablet, not as a Nexus device, and certainly not as the premium, segment-leading gadget that Google and HTC wanted it to be. Between a host of bugs, inconsistent build quality, and general apathy from the buying public, the N9 isn't nearly as well-regarded as its predecessors (both versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10, many of which are still in use) and its successor (the Pixel C). Today Google seems to have finally written off the ill-fated tablet, as it's gone from the Google Store.

Not just gone, in fact - it's disappeared.

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Google+ v5.8 Declares Its Built-In Photos App Is Going Away, Directs Users To The New Photos App

The standalone Photos app was released to the public during last month's Google I/O conference, finally completing the separation with Google+ as rumors (and facts) had long suggested. While the new Photos app was widely accepted as an improvement in many ways, it also lacked many of the enhanced editing features that had made the old version so useful. Unfortunately, installing the standalone Photos app effectively hid access to the version built into Google+. That was probably a pretty good sign about what was to come. With the latest update to Google+, users who have stuck to the old version will be warned that it is not long for this world.

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Spacetime Studios Says Development Of Arcane Battlegrounds, Battle Dragons, Dark Legends, Pocket Legends, And Star Legends Has Stopped

As a wise man once said, all good things must come to an end. (I'm fairly certain it was Captain Picard.) So it is with a handful of mobile RPGs and tower defense games from developer Spacetime Studios. In a post on the company's official forum, CEO Gary Gattis said that the games Arcane Battlegrounds, Battle Dragons, Dark Legends, Pocket Legends, and Star Legends will not be getting any future updates, including the standard weekly bonuses and seasonal events.

Arcane Legends, a more recent take on the free-to-play mobile MMO formula, is still receiving updates.

The games themselves will remain available, at least for the time being.

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Sprint Sends The Nexus 5 To The End-Of-Life Underworld, But No One Cares Because Nexus

According to a source inside of Sprint, the wireless carrier has officially placed the LG Nexus 5 on the end-of-life list. That means that Sprint won't be promoting the N5 in its stores, though any stock that's still in retailers or sales partners will probably remain on sale in at least some capacity. It also means that Sprint won't be sending out any more standard software updates to the phone.

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Of course, that's not as big a deal for the Nexus 5 as for other devices, thanks to the developer status of the phone. Like other Nexus phones and tablets, the N5 gets its updates directly from Google, even when those updates include features specific to Sprint.

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Sony Pulls The Plug On Future Updates For The Xperia L, M, C, And SP

Everything dies. It's kind of a grim reality we have to face, but there's nothing in this world that's truer. One day, everything and everyone you love will die. There is no escaping it. Now for a bit of lighter news: Sony is finished updating the Xperia L, M, C, and SP. While that's generally bad news, I tried to ease the blow by reminding you that you're going die one day. Did it help? I hope it helped.

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Anyway, all of these devices are on some form of Jelly Bean, be it 4.2 or 4.3, and that's as high as they're ever going.

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Sony Ends Support For The PlayStation Mobile Game Store, Reminding Everyone That It (Briefly) Existed

In what will surely be a crushing blow to at least four, maybe five gamers across the globe, Sony has announced that it is ending support for its branded PlayStation Mobile game store and platform. If you'll recall, that's the app and control setup that is (or was) exclusive to Xperia phones and tablets, plus a few select models from HTC and Sharp. In a statement posted to the Japanese PlayStation website, the company said that devices running versions of Android past 4.4.3 would not be supported.

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The point of PlayStation Mobile was to offer unique digital games, some of which were also on the PlayStation Vita, in a syncing cross-platform implementation tied to the user's PSN account.

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Droid Maxx Developer Edition Reaches End Of Life, No Longer Offered By Motorola

No matter how much we may love a phone, there comes a time for it to head on to greener pastures, to shed its physical body and exchange bytes with the souls of other great handsets in the sky. Today I am sad to write the obituary for the Droid Maxx Developer Edition. This is a great phone with a massive 3500mAh battery and support for wireless charging, giving it the optimal power situation. Yet despite packing so much juice, even it can't last forever. The Droid Maxx Developer Edition has reached the end of its life, and Motorola has taken the phone down from its site.

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TestFlight Beta Testing And Deployment Service Is Dropping Android Support March 21st [Update: TestFlight Acquired By Apple]

If you've ever written an iOS or Android app, or if you've been part of a beta testing group, there's a chance that you've run into TestFlight. The service provides software to help with deploying beta apps to users and collect usage statistics and bug reports for developers. One year ago today, the company announced its plans to expand beyond the iOS world and begin serving Android developers, as well. What followed was a short private beta that ended in May. Despite an apparently successful launch, Testflight is officially dropping support for Android on March 21, 2014.

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No details have been given regarding reasons or how many developers will be affected by the shutdown.

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Sony Announces End Of Life (And End Of Software Updates) For The Xperia S, Xperia Ion, Xperia U, And More

Nothing lasts forever. As it is with leftovers, so it is with Android phones, or at least their manufacturers' willingness to expend time and money updating the software. XperiaBlog reports that Sony announced a dozen of its older Android phones won't be getting any more software updates. That means no software at all, not just major Android version bumps. The former flagship Xperia S and its American cousin the Xperia Ion are probably the most popular phones among them. Here's the full list, complete with the last major Android revision officially released:

  • Xperia S (4.1)
  • Xperia ion (4.1)
  • Xperia P (4.1)
  • Xperia J (4.1)
  • Xperia U (4.0)
  • Xperia SL (4.1)
  • Xperia arc S (4.0)
  • Xperia acro S (4.1)
  • Xperia go (4.1)
  • Xperia miro (4.0)
  • Xperia sola (4.0)
  • Xperia tipo (4.0)

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All the models in that list are at least 18 months old, with some stretching to two years.

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