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[Weekend Poll Redux] Now That They're Official: Nexus 6P Or Nexus 5X?

Last weekend I asked you: Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X? Well, technically I asked you Nexus 5X or 6P, but whatever. But they weren't official yet! Now they are.

The Nexus 5X rings in at $379 for the base 16GB model or $429 for 32GB, while the 6P is $499 here in the US for 32GB, $549 for 64GB, and $649 for the mega-storage 128GB that, yes, Artem has probably already ordered 17 of (one for him and one for each end of each room of his house).

Personally, I'm a 5X man. After holding it, touching it, and generally being near it, I love the design of this device.

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Slickwraps Gets Its Dark Side On With The Star Wars-Themed Galactic Series For Samsung, LG, Nexus, And HTC Flagships

Are you excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Have you taken out a second mortgage to pay for all the new action figures, LEGO sets, Millennium Falcon quadcopters, and a tiny army of BB-8 Sphero droids? And do you still have about twenty-five bucks left over? Then you might want to check out the latest licensed phone decals from Slickwraps, starring none other than Darth Vader and Stormtrooper #5. According to the official Empire Strikes Back Annotated Companion, his name was Martoona Chumscrubly and he once served Obi-Wan a Coke in the Mos Eisley Cantina before being press-ganged onto a Star Destroyer, getting a mild burn from a stray laser blast delivered by Han Solo, and retiring with disability pay to another galaxy with less obsessive lore.

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Google Is Adding Waitlisting With Email Notifications To The Google Store [Update]

So that thing you want is out of stock on the Google Store? Bummer. I suppose you'll just have to refresh the page for days on end until it's available for order... or maybe not. Google is poised to add a waitlist feature to the Google Store, which we spotted by fiddling with the site's JavaScript. It's not live yet, but everything appears to be in place.


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[WTF] Motorola Marketed The Moto E 2015 On Promise Of Updates, Is Now Apparently Ending Them After 219 Days

Today, Motorola published a list of the devices it would be updating to Android Marshmallow. And to be clear: that list is of planned updates. All of them. If a device is not on that list, Motorola is not planning on upgrading it to Marshmallow at this time, and that means those plans are unlikely to change. We even have explicit confirmation that Moto X 2014 AT&T and Verizon models, which do not appear on this list, will not be getting Android 6.0.

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Motorola Publishes List Of Devices Getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Announces Retirement Of Moto Assist, Migrate, And Connect

As the title says, Motorola has officially announced which of its smartphones will be getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The list isn't small, but it does have some notable omissions, so here it is:

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

This list is complete based on Motorola's current plans.

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Samsung Gear S2 Smart Watch Launches In The US Today [Update]

Samsung's latest smart watch is hitting shelves today, but it's not Android Wear. Samsung is forging ahead with its Tizen-based Gear line with the Gear S2. This is Samsung's first round smart watch with a full circle display (none of that flat tire nonsense). Listings are still hard to come by, but expect the Gear S2 to pop up throughout the day. In addition the the US, the Gear S2 is launching in Germany, Singapore, and Korea.

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Chromecast Audio Review: You Can Just Throw Away All Those Crappy Bluetooth Dongles Now

Chromecast Audio is a very simple product, and that’s probably the best thing about it from a consumer’s standpoint. You plug it in to power and then into an audio output source like an A/V receiver or a powered speaker. The Chromecast Audio supports either standard stereo audio cables or optical via a mini-digital connector. From there, just open the Chromecast app and get the device set up on your Wi-Fi network. That’s it - you’re done.

Now, any cast-enabled device within a reasonable proximity of the Chromecast Audio can tell it to play audio, regardless of whether it is on your Wi-Fi network, just like Chromecast.

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The Nexus Protect Website Goes Live Ahead Of Nexus Shipping

Google announced Nexus Protect on Tuesday as a way to get a little more peace of mind with your new phone. Nexus Protect is a warranty program that offers two years of coverage for hardware failures and accidental damage. The claims website was just a placeholder before, but now it's alive. Not that you can do much with it.

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NVIDIA Pushes Update 2.0 To SHIELD Android TV, Brings GeForce Now, Support for 4K Android Games, New Codecs, And More

Yesterday, NVIDIA announced GeForce Now, the company's new game streaming service. Today, that service is available on all SHIELD Android TV devices as part of a massive new OTA that's chock-full of stuff.

The star of the show is undoubtedly GeForce Now, which brings over 50 streaming PC games to SHIELD. The service is free for the first three months to all SHIELD owners, and after that it'll run $7.99 a month, which is an extremely reasonable price for all-you-can-eat gaming (at least in my opinion). Aside from Now, however, Update 2.0 also brings support for native Android games in 4K; here's a list of what will run in Ultra HD right out of the gate:

  • Beach Buggy Racing
  • Bombsquad
  • Hardwood Solitaire IV
  • Riptide GP 2
  • Kosmik Revenge
  • Video Poker Duel
  • Leo's Fortune
  • Machinarium
  • Meltdown
  • Never Alone
  • Samurai II
  • Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders


That's a relatively short list for now, but more developers should be adding 4K to their titles moving forward.

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Amazon, Gunning For "Biggest Jerk" Award, Will Be Banning Chromecast And Nexus Player Listings From Its US Store

If you have a Chromecast or Android TV, you've probably noticed the one big glaring hole in content on those devices: Amazon Instant Video. Now, it seems more unlikely than ever that these devices will be getting AIV support, because Amazon is apparently preventing sellers on the US site from listing them altogether, and will remove all existing listings for the devices on October 29th.

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