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Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer Explains In Reddit AMA Why The New Nexus Phones Lack Wireless Charging

Google was one of the first to embrace wireless charging when it was added to the Nexus line back in 2012. All the Nexus phones since have had Qi wireless charging, but not this year. The Nexus 5X and 6P have to be plugged in with a cable, and Google's Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer has explained why in a Reddit AMA. Basically, it's all about the Z (axis).

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Google Acquires Jibe Mobile In Move To Increase Android Rich Communications Services (RCS) Adoption

Money has exchanged hands, and now Jibe Mobile is becoming a part of Google. You've probably never heard of Jibe Mobile. That's okay. Here's what matters.

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PSA: Many Third-Party Nexus 6P Cases Appear To Block The Laser Autofocus

It's been barely 24 hours since the Nexus 6P was officially unveiled, but already you can order dozens of cases from Amazon for the phone you won't even have for weeks. Case manufacturers have perfected the art of churning out cases for phones based on pre-release leaks. Well, I should say almost perfected. It looks like many of the third-party cases currently listed on Amazon for the Nexus 6P will block the laser autofocus port.

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TAG Heuer Android Wear Smartwatch Will Be Revealed On November 9th For $1800

This past spring we heard that an upcoming partnership between Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer would result in a high-end Android Wear smartwatch. At that point, the rumors said it would be shipping in October or November and that it would come with a hefty price tag of $1400. Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of TAG, told CNBC yesterday that the company would be unveiling its new smartwatch at an event on November 9th in New York.

The price of the Carrera 01 will be $1800, which is a bit above what was previously reported. This is by far the most expensive Wear watch to date, with the closest being the $800 Huawei Watch. Biver says that he believes the Carrera 01 will sell just fine at this price point, considering how well the similarly priced Apple Watches have done over the past few months.

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This Hummingbird 240FPS Slow-Motion Video Recorded With The Nexus 6P Will Make Your Heart Flutter

Just, just when I pull the trigger on a Nexus 5X, I see a link to this video taken by the Nexus 6P. And now I'm cold and confused, while still feeling warm and fuzzy inside. The video in question was taken by Eddy Talvala, the camera framework team lead at Google, and shared by Dave Burke on Twitter.

It features a hummingbird, the cutest hummingbird, flying around and beating its wings. Apparently, hummingbirds don't flap their wings, they beat them at a rate of 10-15 per second (pdf), and sometimes faster. With the Nexus 6P's 240fps slow-motion capture, you can clearly see every beat of the bird's wings.

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Google Play Newsstand Paid Content Makes Its Way To Japan, Malaysia, And Thailand

Google Play Newsstand's paid content has been forging its way around the world, trying to catch up with the various Play entities that preceded it. Today marks its arrival in three new countries in East Asia: Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The news was mentioned on Google Play's Twitter stream, and indeed, after checking the country availability support page for Play digital content, we can see that Malaysia and Thailand are both now on the Newsstand list (they weren't there on September 8th) but Japan is still missing. It's either a small error or the service is coming to the country but isn't quite live yet.

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The Nexus 5X Does Have A True RGB Notification LED Just Like The 6P, But It's Missing From The Spec List

Nexus launch day is a cutthroat time when mere moments can make the difference between a speedy shipment and weeks of waiting. While quickly comparing the Nexus 5X and 6P to decide which one to order, many have noticed that the 6P lists an RGB notification LED, but the 5X doesn't. Well, we've confirmed there's an LED on the 5X too. How? We bothered Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke via email. He was kind enough to explain what's going on.

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The Special Edition Gold Nexus 6P Is Confirmed To Be A Japan Exclusive

Gold phones are a thing these days, but you won't be able to get Google's latest flagship in gold unless you happen to be in Japan. Odds are that you aren't, so that's a bummer. The gold version of the Nexus 6P is a special edition, and it will only be sold via the Japanese Google Store.

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Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Also Available For Pre-Order At Best Buy

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Google announced lots of new toys at the Nexus event today. Two of these devices are the Chromecast 2015 and the Chromecast Audio. After the event was over, they became available on the Google Store for $35. These Chromecasts will start shipping very soon, and some might be getting them tomorrow.

If you'd rather buy your Chromecast from Best Buy, then you're in luck. Best Buy has put up their product pages for both the Chromecast 2015 and the Chromecast Audio. They are both priced at $35 dollars and are eligible for free shipping.

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[Update: $79 Deductible] Google Announces 'Nexus Protect' Premium Warranty, $69 For Nexus 5X And $89 For Nexus 6P

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.

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