Unless you regularly develop video games or other visually-intensive programs, you probably don't know what Vulkan is. That's OK. But if you are in the habit of developing visually complex apps for Android, the news that Google plans to support the Vulkan API is a big deal indeed. And it looks like the company intends to jump into the Vulkan pool with both feet: Google has just hired an entire team of dedicated Vulkan developers and folded them into the Android team. Read More
Google is handling the sale of Nexus phones in the US this time around rather than distribute them to carriers, but that doesn't mean you won't find these devices floating around elsewhere. For instance, the Nexus 5X just popped up on eBay for $10 less than the Google price. Whatever, right? Hey, with free shipping and no tax, you might save a bundle. Read More
Google updated its support pages with an interesting item recently. Down at the bottom of the gift card page, is a US-only option called "Google Play credit gifts." And sure enough, a new option to send a gift has popped up in the web Play Store. So, just in time for the holidays, you can give the gift of Google Play via email. Read More
Yesterday, CyanogenMod announced the first wave of devices supporting CyanogenMod 13 (CM13) — the latest version of CyanogenMod based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The range of devices was reasonably small, containing just seven entries, but CyanogenMod promised they were working hard to get that list to expand rapidly.
It turns out they weren't kidding. Barely 24 hours later, the first CM13 nightly builds for the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P (codenamed 'bullhead' and 'angler,' respectively) have popped up on CyanogenMod's download page.
As always, nightly builds (and the first batch of them in particular) are not designed to be very stable, and there's no guarantee that everything will work properly. Read More
If you're in Australia, a Telstra customer, and own a Nexus 6P, today is a good day for you. As we reported earlier, the Nexus 6P has been suffering from widespread issues connecting to Telstra's LTE network. It would appear that the OTA to fix this is now rolling out.
The OTA weighs in at 71 MB and will update you to build MMB29N. There's no indication whether or not there are additional bugfixes included in this build, but we'll probably find out soon enough once the changes get pushed to AOSP. If you're the impatient type, you can download the ZIP file below and flash it manually in stock recovery. Read More
The Google Store has been the sole source for new Nexus phones thus far, but now the Nexus 5X is expanding. This device is now available officially on Amazon and B&H Photo. All the colors and capacities are listed, but there's no way to get Google's Nexus Protect add-on if you buy from these outlets. Read More
I have fond memories of Jordan. The hot temperatures and the desert environment didn't stop me from enjoying my 4-day tour of the country where I walked around the city of Petra and took a donkey ride back to the entrance because my feet hurt too much, went on a 4X4 drive around Wadi Rum and got sand everywhere in my clothes and shoes, floated in the Dead Sea and panicked when I figured that I couldn't swim back to shore but had to awkwardly paddle my body, got lost between the hookah café on the Aqaba beach, watched a Roman gladiator fight reenactment in Jerash, and visited what is believed to be the Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ. Read More
Good grief, T-Mobile has been awfully late in providing the Android 6.0 update to Nexus 6 users on its network. That kind of behavior is positively... carrier-like. But as of Friday the rollout for Marshmallow should have finally begun, at least if you're anywhere near a Wi-Fi network - according to T-Mobile's support document, a full OTA including the cellular network will begin later. As always, it might be several days until you see the update alert on your specific device. Read More
Are the people you call with your shiny new Nexus 6P saying that they can't hear you? Then you might want to check out several threads on the Google Product Forum and XDA-Developers. A common problem among early adopters seems to be weak and spotty voice quality - that's the voice of the Nexus 6P owner, not the other call party. At the time of writing, several dozen owners across the two sites are reporting very similar problems, both in standard call mode and when using the speakerphone. Google representatives have responded on the official forum, and say that they're looking into it. Read More