The Nexus 5 has been replaced, sorta. The Nexus 5X isn't exactly as small as its predecessor, but it carries the cheaper Nexus mantle nonetheless. Still, at a starting price of $380, it isn't cheap. That's hardly flagship dollars, sure, but we're not talking budget bucks either.
Though thanks to a seller on eBay, you can get the original Nexus 5 for just $175. Shipping is open to much of the world, though folks in Alaska and Hawaii are out of luck in regards to US buyers. Shipping is free.
The Nexus 5 remains a perfectly usable device. It may be approaching the end of the line in terms of support, but you'll be hard pressed to find a piece of Android hardware with more custom ROM support than this one.
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.
Updates to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides tend to travel in groups. They're timid that way. Few of them are bold enough to jump out at you directly. But taken together, they're worth a look.
Sheets brings the bulk of the changes. Google's spreadsheet app will now show you more content when you zoom in and out of a spreadsheet. The toolbars will disappear and reappear as needed. And while you're taking a look at things, you can now view filters that were created on the web.
Then once you start tweaking a document, Sheets' paste special option will also let you copy content and paste only associated values, formula, data validation, and other formatting.
Here's a gaming announcement that came out of nowhere: Titanfall, one of the biggest new first person shooters to appear on gaming PCs and consoles last year, will get a mobile release. The Guardian reports that Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment (made up mostly of ex-Call of Duty developers) and Nexon (a developer that focuses on full-sized PC games that use the freemium model) will both invest in newbie mobile developer Particle City, with the aim to create "several mobile games based on Titanfall."
If you weren't following the gaming news in early 2014, Titanfall is an arena-based shooter that puts a sci-fi spin on the popular FPS genre.
Sending out updates through the Play Store can be a frustrating experience for users and developers alike. Just because a publisher says the update is out now, that doesn't mean it is. The app goes through processing, then it goes out at the speed of Google.
Now developers will have more control. Google is giving them the ability to control when an update goes live. Those that opt for timed publishing will still have to have their apps processed, but after that, sending the goods out to everyone is simply a matter of pressing the Go live button.
Sprint has been struggling to keep subscriber numbers up over the last few years, and the collapse of the rumored T-Mobile merger didn't do anything to help matters. The carrier has tried all manner of plan incentives to attract customers (Framily, anyone?), but now it's fiddling with the definition of "unlimited." Sprint's new unlimited plan is only $20 per month... as long as you consider 2G data unlimited.
The company didn't say much in the announcement. Actually, it didn't say anything. We're treated to a 'coming soon' page on Motorola's UK site (pictured above) and this YouTube video highlighting the phone's Moto ShatterShield display. Watch it fall. See how much better it sticks the landing than those other guys.
Oh, underneath that is a note: the phone is coming to Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America starting in November.
Sometimes in a person's life, they just need a huge phone. And I'm not talking Nexus 6 huge — think bigger. Like, sometimes you just want to be able to talk on something more along the lines of a Nexus 7, right? I mean, even if that's not something you actually want to do, it's now an option with the new Studio 7.0 HD from Blu. Yes, this is a 7-inch phone.
Display: 7-inch 1280x720 with Blu Infinite View Technology
We've been hearing mumbles and whatnot about a new, smaller OnePlus handset called the X for the last few months. Well, it's a real thing, and it's finally official.
The company took wraps off of the X just a little while ago, and being as completely objective as possible, it actually looks like a pretty nice phone for the money. Here's a quick look at what this 5-inch phone is packing under its hood:
Display: 5-inch 1920x1080 Active Matrix OLED
Processor: 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801
Camera: 13 MP f/2.2 rear; 8 MP f/2.4 front
Storage: 16 GB with microSD card slot
Dimensions: 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm; 138g/160g (depending on configuration)
Battery: 2,520 mAh
OS: OxygenOS based on Android 5.1.1
Available Colors: Onyx, Ceramic
Buy: Available in the US via invite-only starting on November 19th for $250
The Google app now has its own beta channel, and the first official version dropped last week. Of course there are a number of bug fixes and probably some fine tuning for performance, but no notable features seemed to turn up between the two releases. However, like most other updates, there are new clues about features we've yet to see. This time around, there is evidence of Chrome's Custom Tab feature coming to search results, a new event card for concert tickets, and a pair of new cards for system status toggles.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete evidence.