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Google Makes The Huawei Nexus 6P Official: 5.7-Inch Screen, Android 6.0, All-Metal Body, $499 Starting Price And Pre-Orders Starting Today

Android Police has successfully blown the doors off of the 2015 Nexus announcements, but now Google has made its flagship phone for this year official. The Nexus 6P is the larger of the two smartphones announced today, and the first Nexus device ever to come from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The phone will be one of the first devices to launch with Android 6.0 "Marshmallow," as expected for new Nexus hardware.

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[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 Store Celebrates Seven Years Since The Announcement Of The Original Android Phone With Some Themed Wallpapers

Android has more birthdays than a cheapskate in an Applebees. November 5th, 2007 is often given as one option, because that's the day that Google announced the development of the platform itself. October 22nd, 2008 is another one, the day that the HTC's G1 phone was first released by T-Mobile. But for some reason, the Google Store team is choosing to pin down today, September 23rd as Android's "seventh birthday." On this day in 2008 Google and T-Mobile announced the availability of the G1 for the following month. That's also the day that the Android 1.0 SDK was first available for public download.

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References To 'Nexus Protect' Appear On Hardware Listings In The Google Store

Over the last few days references to something called "Nexus Protect" have appeared in listings on the Google Store. Don't bother looking for it in the tiny type at the bottom of the page - it isn't actually visible unless you dig into the page source. If you do, you'll find the following phrase (which appears to be integrated as a toast-style pop-up text):

You can’t add this phone unless it has the same Nexus Protect choice as other phones in your cart. You can update your choice or purchase this phone in your next order.

We've modified the page a bit to enable the pop-up for the illustration above.

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The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Is Now Available In The US Google Store [Update: Canada Too?]

Android TV still has some growing up to do, but the SHIELD is by far the best piece of hardware to run Google's new living room software. This device was conspicuously absent from the Google Store, but that changes today in the US. It still costs the same $199 for 16GB and $299 for 500GB.

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Google Rumored To Be Prepping Affiliate Program For Play Store, Starting With Movies And Music

According to a report from 9to5Google, an affiliate program for the Play Store is in the works that would allow individuals and companies to earn money by directing people to content in Google's ecosystem. This would start with music and movies, but could expand to cover just about everything that Google sells.

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Chromecast Ethernet Adapter Is Back In Stock After Quickly Selling Out At Launch

A week ago Google released an ethernet adapter for the Chromecast, and a good number of people thought, "Yeah, I want that." Thus the product sold out in a number of hours. Well, there's good news for everyone who thought "Hmm, I might want one. Let me think about it—dagnabbit, it's gone!" The product is back in stock in the Google Store.


The Chromecast's 2.4GHz N Wi-Fi isn't always the most reliable, which can really damper the experience in a device that only has one job. So when Google released a way to guarantee a stable connection, it's easy to see why people jumped at the chance

The ethernet adapter is actually a power adapter with a 10/100 ethernet port down by the wall plug.

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Google Releases A $15 Ethernet Adapter For Chromecast [Update: Out Of Stock]

The Chromecast is a neat little device, even two years after it was released. However, the 2.4GHz N WiFi isn't ideal for all wireless environments. There's not a new Chromecast with better wireless yet, but Google has just released an ethernet adapter for the original Chromecast. Neat!

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Nest Cam Availability Expands To Google Store In Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, And United Kingdom


Moto 360 Price Drop Appears To Be Permanent, Now $150 In The Google Store And Elsewhere

Over a month ago the Moto 360 went on sale for $150. Now it looks like the circular smartwatch may have permanently dropped in price. The Google Store,, and Amazon are all listing it priced at $100 less than its original MSRP (though Best Buy still shows it at $250).


The Moto 360 probably remains the most well-known Android Wear device, even if it's hardly the latest and greatest. Thanks to Motorola's craftmanship, the watch still makes for a stylish timepiece. So if you don't want to wait around for the next generation of Wear devices or part with over twice as much money for the LG Watch Urbane, now's not a bad time to pick up a Moto 360 for a lot less than it used to be.

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