This is a guest post by Ricardo "arcee" Cerqueira who takes things apart for sport, on a quest to understand how they work. He currently works on Android devices at Cyanogen.
As people started receiving their Nexus 6Ps, some began freaking out over a new message that comes up on the screen when booting into fastboot mode: “QFUSE: ENABLED,” with wild speculative theories coming up regarding what it does and doesn’t do, what kind of limitations it’s imposing, and wondering if and how it can be “disabled.” So... what’s this qFuse thing, anyway?
Think of an eFuse as the mind’s eye representation of a bit that only flips one way, or something that can only be done once on a piece of writeable flash. Read More
The tireless developers at Team Win released their custom Android recovery for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X last week, but at the time it didn't support decryption. This makes working with the stock software (which Google encrypts by default, gleefully thumbing their noses at the NSA and FBI in a show of customer protection) somewhat tricky. But ROM flashers and phone modders can now use the latest version of TWRP on the Nexus 6P with the encrypted stock software, or any other ROM that uses the feature. The latest version is 184.108.40.206. Read More
Google offers this year's Nexus phones in a variety of colors, but if you want sparkly pink, you're out of luck. The company figures there isn't enough of a market for that sort of style. Most other manufacturers would agree. Read More
We're seeing more and more devices come to the market with USB Type-C charging ports instead of MicroUSB. The new standard is reversible, more convenient, and potentially faster and more powerful than the previous Type-A one. (David Ruddock wrote a detailed explanation that I advise you to read in order to understand the intricate details of this new connector.) However, it is creating a bit of a ruffle with consumers who are now opening up their brand new Nexus 5X boxes, for example, only to find a Type-C charger and a single cable included. In order to charge those shiny phones from computers and traditional Type-A chargers, they have to buy new cables and adapters. Read More
Last week, a video of a Nexus 6P being snapped in twain caused quite a ruckus around the internet. But while some people got very worked up over the fact that a grown man can produce enough force to break a 7-millimeter-thin slab of metal, glass, and silicon, others correctly pointed out that the validity of the "bend test" was compromised by the cracked display. Indeed, logic implies that when a phone is half broken, it is structurally weaker than when it is not broken.
Wanting to prove his point, the YouTuber proceeded to buy another Nexus 6P over the weekend and film one more video of himself attempting to break it. Read More
Google promised monthly security updates for Nexus devices, and so far, the company has delivered. It's November 2nd, and we're now receiving this month's dose of security patches. Over-the-air updates are heading out to devices, but if you rather get the goods now, factory images are already up. Read More
You can (allegedly) buy a Nexus 6P from the Google Store. Heck, that's basically the only place that comes to mind. But if you don't think you can get the phone elsewhere, you're wrong. Huawei will also sell you the phone directly from its site. Read More
The "bend test" has been a thing ever since Apple redesigned the iPhone in 2014. It didn't take long for people to notice the new thinner phones could be bent fairly easily (this was "bendgate"). So, now that everyone is worried about how easily phones bend, YouTubers have taken it upon themselves to test that. One video in particular has made waves as it purports to show the new Nexus 6P folding in half like a piece of wet cardboard. However, this video misrepresents the build-quality of the phone. Read More
If you've been eying the Nexus 6P but haven't been able to pick it up due to supply constraints, now may be the time to do it. The following 6 configurations are no longer listed as Sold Out on the U.S. Google Store:
- Frost 128GB
- Graphite 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB
- Aluminium 32GB and 64GB
The Nexus 5X had a surprisingly good repairability score of 7 when it was examined inside out by iFixit, but the Nexus 6P... not so much. In the teardown for this device, the aluminum unibody 6P was found to be very difficult to open and disassemble. Even "simple" repairs of this device are far from simple for most people. Read More