Around the Android Police virtual headquarters, the annual Nexus announcements are known as "Nexmas." This Nexmas was quite a haul with a new phone, tablet, and TV box. Then there's the brand spankin' new version of Android. In case you didn't pay attention all day long, here's a quick recap of all the Lollipop and Nexus information from Google's October 15th loot drop.
There were rumors earlier this year of a Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5, but nothing happened at Google I/O, and there's been hardly a peep since. SamMobile noticed something interesting in an image on the Android site, though. There's a Galaxy S5 running stock Android 5.0 in one of the images. How very suspicious.
HTC has detailed an over-the-air update for the Sprint version of the One M7 that rolls out what the company refers to as "Google security fixes." This is vague in the usual carrier-provided-update-way, but folks over in the Sprint Community have reported some more specific changes. Users who install this update should no longer see the annoying "Smith Disabled" notification that appears after every reboot. The default flashlight app has apparently also been replaced by an LED flash app.
We've just received official word from the Googlers on high that the 2012 Nexus 7, albeit burdened with crappy, crappy NAND storage and an aging Tegra 3 processor, will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop as an OTA update. Rejoice.
Just how the 2-plus year-old tablet will fare on 5.0, we don't know, but the fact that it's getting it at all is reassuring. Google may be getting more committed to giving Nexus devices longer update lives, something we can all be happy about.
Wondering what the Nexus 6's box looks like? Wonder a little less - a T-Mobile employee just posted an unboxing of his test unit phone on Vine (given that he's a social media evangelist, I'm guessing he got the OK).
— Des (@askdes) October 15, 2014
It's a phone, and it's inside a box.
Are you super-anxious to get your hands on Android L, now that it's been officially revealed as version 5.0 with the Lollipop name? Well tough noogies - it looks like we'll have to wait for the releases of the new Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet before the older Nexus and Google Play Edition devices get their updates. But if you have a Nexus 5 or a Wi-Fi Nexus 7, you've already got the Android L Developer Preview builds as an option.
Many T-Mobile users rely on Wi-Fi calling to use their mobile number without needing access to the mobile network, but they aren't Nexus 5 owners. That handset, due to its lack of carrier modifications, didn't support T-Mobile's nifty feature. With the Nexus 6, things will be different. The carrier has already announced that it is bringing Wi-Fi calling to the handset.
T-Mobile says it will deliver Wi-Fi calling via an over-the-air update at some point in early 2015, thanks, it says, to enhancements in Android 5.0.
There have been many reasons to sweat over whether the Nexus 6 will come with wireless charging support. The new Moto X that it's derived from doesn't support the feature, and there's zero mention of it on Google's Nexus 6 page. Well, you can rest easy now. This year's Nexus phone will still have support for wireless charging. It's listed on the device's full spec sheet.
The support is built-in, so you won't have to invest in a case or some other contraption to get things to work.