So there you are, pining hard over one of the new Nexus phones so you can get your hands on the latest stuff Google has to offer. The anticipation must be excruciating. But fret not, dear friends, because good news is afoot: Marshmallow will begin making its way to the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9, and Player starting "next week" — most likely on October 5th like we heard yesterday. That's also the day that we expect 6.0 to start hitting AOSP.
Like we said yesterday, the OTA rollout can be a slow one. But, like always, the zip file should be located with haste, and then everyone who wants it will be able to get Marshmallow, Now on Tap, and all the other fun stuff that comes along with the updated OS. Read More
Google has been testing Android 6.0 over the summer, and you might have even been running the developer previews, but when is the final version rolling out? We've been able to confirm that the rollout is scheduled to start on October 5th, which is the date previously leaked in a Telus FAQ page. Read More
There are some new OTA updates rolling out to Nexus devices today, but don't expect any big changes. T-Mobile has posted the update details for Nexus 4, 5, 6, and 7 LTE patches. They're all minor security and bug fix updates, but that's nothing to scoff at. Read More
Google announced the Stagefright vulnerability fix would start rolling out as an OTA today, but it has also added new factory images to the Nexus developer pages. That means bootloader unlocked Nexus phones and tablets can flash the new build immediately, even if your device is running some wacky ROM. Read More
For many Nexus owners, the wait for Android 5.1.1 is finally over. Today, OTAs began rolling out for several Nexus devices which had thus far been stuck on Android 5.1. If waiting on an OTA update isn't your thing, you can now head on over to Google's Nexus developer page to get the latest factory images.
In order to flash these, you'll have to have some familiarity with unlocking bootloaders and using Google's Fastboot utility. Plenty of easy tutorials can be found with a simple Google search.
With these latest updates, the only Nexus that still doesn't have an official Android 5.1.1 update is the Nexus 6, but considering the latest push to AOSP was completely for that device, an official OTA likely isn't far off. Read More
Today is a good day to be the proud owner of a T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013. Lollipop 5.1.1 is here with bug fixes and security enhancements in tow. The OTA actually started to show up on some devices yesterday, but your device may not have been part of the first wave of tablets receiving the update availability notification. If you haven't been invited to update yet and can't bear to wait, then you can head over now to the system tab in settings to manually initiate the software download.
Before you attempt an update, there are a couple of requirements you should know about. Read More
After an early tease with the Nexus Player, it looks like Android 5.1.1 is legitimately rolling out to the Nexus family. An OTA for the Nexus 10 was spotted just a few hours ago, and now factory images and binaries have been posted for that tablet and both generations of the Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi only, for now). There haven't been any OTA reports for the two smaller tablets, but they will probably start rolling out shortly.
There are still no signs of OTAs or factory images for the seemingly ignored Nexus 9, nor any phone or tablet with a cellular radio. Read More
The 2013 Nexus 7 might not be available from Google anymore, but it's still one of the best devices in its form factor. There are a lot of impressive deals available for this tablet, usually falling well below the $150 mark. So it is with one of Groupon's deals today: you can grab a 16GB WiFi N7 for $149.99, but if you add in the coupon code sale3 to the mix before you check out, you can take an extra $15 off that price.
Yes, there's a coupon on Groupon. No one was more surprised than I.
Thanks to Groupon's $25 and over policy, shipping is free... Read More
When we buy gadgets, it's usually with the expectation that their useful lifetime will carry us at least until we're ready to replace them, and hopefully well beyond. Most people assume their smartphones should last at least two years, in part because contract customers in the US are accustomed to unreasonably high upgrade prices for mid-term upgrades, and also because most manufacturers have adopted yearly release cycles that fit well with this pace. The expectations for tablets aren't as well defined, but most customers seem to want about 3 years or so. Even when we're done with a device, we want to be the ones to end the relationship, rather than wake up and find our hardware dead beyond hope. Read More