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[Exclusive] Nexus 5X And 6P Will Be Available Online Only, Won't Be Sold In US Carrier Stores

[Exclusive] Nexus 5X And 6P Will Be Available Online Only, Won't Be Sold In US Carrier Stores

Tomorrow is the big expected Nexus day, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to find out what's going on with this year's devices. Obviously. I mean, what more is there to know about the Nexus 5X and the larger, oddly-shaped Nexus 6P at this point?

Here's something. Through the information we've acquired, we've found that, unlike most previous models, this year's devices won't be available in carrier stores.

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The Google Android App Now Supports Limited Voice Commands For Offline Use

The Google Android App Now Supports Limited Voice Commands For Offline Use

Keeping a constant data connection is getting easier every day, whether we're in heavily populated areas or in the middle of nowhere. But there are still situations when we're bound to lose service, perhaps during a power outage or while driving through a dead zone. Just because you've lost access to Google's servers, it doesn't mean you should lose all of the powerful capabilities your phone has to offer. Google has just enabled a small set of voice commands for use even when you're completely offline.

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If your phone was offline about a week ago and you tried a voice action, you probably would have seen a "Something went wrong" error message pop up just below the Google search box.

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[Weekend Poll] Nexus 5X Or 6P?

[Weekend Poll] Nexus 5X Or 6P?

Tuesday, we will finally, officially, get to see Google's new Nexus phones in person. At least, we hope so. If not, we'll still likely learn exactly how much they'll cost and when you'll be able to buy one. As to the specs? Well, they've already been about as leaked as much as is possible at this point. We have a pretty clear idea what these phones look like and what kind of hardware they'll be packing. But, to recap.

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The Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X will have a 5.2" 1080p LCD display, Snapdragon 808 six-core processor, likely 2GB of RAM (we're still not 100% sure on this), 16 or 32GB of storage (most likely - there have been no 64GB rumors), a 2700mAh battery, and will come in three colors.

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[Update: More Specs] Nexus 6P Presentation Leak Includes More Images, Confirms Metal Body, Gorilla Glass 4, And 3450mAh Battery

[Update: More Specs] Nexus 6P Presentation Leak Includes More Images, Confirms Metal Body, Gorilla Glass 4, And 3450mAh Battery

The leaks continue to flow out of Mountain View. The latest information on Huawei's Nexus 6P, the larger and presumably more expensive of the two Nexus devices Google is expected to announce next week, comes from a public image gallery posted to Imgur. It's a series of slides that appear to be designed for retail employees to use as an information and promotional tool. The slides include a set of hardware specifications and new photos.

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Inbox On The Web Now Supports Drag & Drop And Copy & Paste For Images Into Email Composer, A Long-Loved Gmail Feature

Inbox On The Web Now Supports Drag & Drop And Copy & Paste For Images Into Email Composer, A Long-Loved Gmail Feature

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GIFs Will Work Again In Hangouts 5.0

GIFs Will Work Again In Hangouts 5.0

We've been hearing rumblings of an impending update for Hangouts, bringing it to version 5.0 and coming "soon." The update will allegedly resolve lots of lag issues, but it will apparently fix at least one other problem: GIFs.

In Hangouts 4, GIFs appear to send as static images, which kinda ruins the fun. Hangouts 5 appears to send GIFs as they were meant to be enjoyed, though - as you might expect - GIFs sent from Hangouts 4 to Hangouts 5 still won't work.

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YouTube's Completely Ad-Free Subscription Likely To Launch October 22nd With The Name YouTube Red

YouTube's Completely Ad-Free Subscription Likely To Launch October 22nd With The Name YouTube Red

We all know YouTube has been planning to launch a completely ad-free subscription, but the details have been sorely lacking on things like how much it will cost, what will be included, and when it will launch. There may finally be some answers in a report by Recode that points to October 22nd as a probable launch date. The subscription is expected to run for $10 / month and would completely remove all paid advertising from YouTube and include the current benefits of Google Play Music Unlimited.

Rumors about a premium service option have circulated for years, particularly after the first report of a music-focused streaming subscription surfaced, which ultimately became YouTube Music Key.

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The FCC Just Listed The LG-H790 And LG-H791 (Nexus 5X) With Dimensions, Screen Size, And LTE Bands

The FCC Just Listed The LG-H790 And LG-H791 (Nexus 5X) With Dimensions, Screen Size, And LTE Bands

Ready for the new Nexus phone announcements next week? Google is, and apparently they're preparing for a launch soon after that. A device that's without a doubt the LG Nexus 5X has arrived at the Federal Communications Commission for documentation and certification, an essential step in selling any wireless device in the United States (and a frequent source for gadget leaks to hungry nerds). This particular phone uses the model number LG-H790, presumably the carrier-agnostic version for the United States, while the international version leaked by an Amazon India listing yesterday is the LG-H791. The LG-H791 has also been listed in the FCC database.

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Google Tweaks Voice Search On Android To Make It Faster And More Accurate

Google Tweaks Voice Search On Android To Make It Faster And More Accurate

Have you noticed an improvement in your phone's voice search or voice dictation capability in the last few days, especially in noisy environments? You can thank the Google Speech Team. They've implemented a new system for automated listening to human voices. Adding recurring neural network functionality to the system has allowed it to more accurately identify complete words instead of individual snippets of sound. From the Google Research Blog:

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The Google Play Services v8.1 SDK Is Now Available, Includes A Few Enhancements And A Couple Breaking Changes

The Google Play Services v8.1 SDK Is Now Available, Includes A Few Enhancements And A Couple Breaking Changes

The rollout for Google Play services v8.1 is complete and now it's time to open the floodgates for developers to begin working with some of the changes. When new versions come out, it's fairly common for Google to hold back a few extra details to be announced after the rollout has completed. This time around, there are improvements for the Maps API, Nearby API, and App Invites. The previously announced Play Games Play Stats API has been added, and Google has advice on properly handling Android 6.0 permissions. There are also a couple of minor breaking changes that have to be dealt with too.

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