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
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
Some lucky early buyers are getting their Nexus 6P shipments today, and Google is ready to go with the official factory images. There are two builds available, and as with the Nexus 5X builds last week, we're not sure what exactly makes them different. Still, if you break something, you can get back to stock now. Read More
The Nexus 5 was a big hit; an unqualified success for Google. People loved that phone, and many of them are still using one. Now, there's finally a true successor to the Nexus 5 in the LG-built Nexus 5X. Hopes were understandably high for this phone, and the handful of missing features led some Nexus 5 owners to planning how they'd keep their 2013-era phones running for another year. Specs don't tell you the whole story, though. The Nexus 5X doesn't have the most RAM or highest resolution screen, but it still deserves your attention because it offers a wonderful experience for not a lot of money. Read More
The 2013 Nexus 5 was a much beloved device—it was great at a few things, good at others, and cheap enough that its shortcomings didn't seem so glaring. It struck such a good balance that many owners passed on the (humongous and expensive) Nexus 6 last year. Now, there's the Nexus 5X, a spiritual successor to the 2013 Nexus. I haven't had the 5X for long enough to give it a proper full review, but I've got some impressions to share in advance of the review. Read More
As several of you pointed out to us today, Qualcomm recently updated a blog post on its website regarding the "double-twist" camera launch gesture on the upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P. Specifically, they placed a strikethrough on the text identifying the feature, and clarified the reasoning for the change with the below information:
[UPDATE: The feature to launch the camera via double-twist of the device was replaced by double tap of the power key. The name Context Core has been changed to Android Sensor Hub.]
We've officially confirmed with Google this morning that the feature has indeed been dropped from the Nexus 5X and 6P. Read More
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On this week's episode, it's the Nexus (and Pixel... and Chromecast) super show! We cover all of Google's major hardware announcements this week and answer some of your questions about them. Read More
The Nexus 6 had a lot of fine qualities, but the sluggish storage performance was a disappointment. This was mostly due to the automatic device encryption, which was managed by software rather than hardware. In today's Reddit AMA, the Nexus team was asked about encryption support in the Nexus 5X and 6P. VP of Engineering Dave Burke responded, saying it's still software-based, but it should be even faster than hardware encryption this time. Read More
We heard hints about something called Nexus Protect before the announcement today, but its exact nature wasn't clear. Now we know. It's an enhanced warranty you can purchase with Nexus devices in the Google Store. It's launching today with the Nexus 5X and 6P. Read More