A rather lengthy report on The Information was published this morning about the state of Google's Nexus program, and if I had to put it in one word, the state of Nexus seems to be "fluctuating." While there's a lot to chew through here, there are a few talking points worth pulling out specifically to digest and analyze, so let's dive in.
- Google will take more control over Nexus device development and branding in the future. Maybe.
What does this actually mean? It really is impossible to know. The Information carefully clads these statements in a lot of "ifs," "mays," and "coulds." Google clearly already does nearly all of the aesthetic design on Nexus devices and likely many major feature or hardware decisions - neither the Nexus 5X nor the 6P look anything like what LG or Huawei currently produce. Read More
Google is keeping up with its promise to roll out monthly patches for Nexus devices, and it's really on the ball this time. The factory images for the February update are already available for download from the Google developer site. There are also some updated binaries for devices that need them. Read More
I've used Android as my main mobile platform for almost six years now. My first smartphone was a Motorola CLIQ XT that I bought back in May, 2010. It ran Cupcake and though, in retrospect, the phone was a bargain basement toy, it paved my way into the Android world. As a fun experiment, I decided to ditch Google's OS entirely for two weeks and use Apple's products exclusively to see how crazy it would make me. I have owned iOS devices in the past, but I've never forced myself to convert. These days I generally flip between my Nexus 6P and my iPhone 6S Plus depending on my mood that day. Read More
You might have seen some banter about a way to bypass factory reset protection (FRP) on Nexus devices recently—just like LG and Samsung. It's true that there was a way to get around factory reset protection from the setup wizard, but not anymore. Despite what a certain video seems to claim, Google actually patched FRP in the January security update. Read More
The Nexus 6 is available on Amazon for $249.99/$299.99 for the 32GB and 64GB models respectively. This isn't a new deal, or a better price than what we posted a couple of weeks ago at the end of December, but the phone has been out of stock for the past several days.
I'm sure most of you have the Nexus 6's specs memorized by now, so I won't go into detail telling you about the device. Summary– it's a great big phone for a pretty small price that will give you access to lighting quick Android updates.
Both dark blue and white models are in stock, and as this is the US model, it is compatible with every major carrier in the US, just pop in the SIM card of your choosing. Read More
The Nexus 6P launched in November in three colors—graphite, aluminum, and frost. However, if you were in Japan, there was a special edition gold phone that was sold through the Google Store (it eventually launched in India too). Now you can get the blingy gold Nexus in the US through Best Buy and the Google Store. Read More
We've been seeing some fantastic prices on last year's Nexus phone leading up to and following the launch of the 2015 devices. This is almost the cheapest yet: $249.99 gets you the Nexus 6, which is still very much a powerful and desirable phone, from Amazon. This is a new device, with the stock 32GB of storage and either the blue or white color option, plus a standard warranty. It's a full $400 off of the retail price at which the Nexus 6 launched a little over a year ago.
If you need a little more storage, the 64GB model is also available at $299.99, though at the moment it's only being sold in the white version. Read More
This is a guest post by Ricardo "arcee" Cerqueira who takes things apart for sport, on a quest to understand how they work. He currently works on Android devices at Cyanogen.
As people started receiving their Nexus 6Ps, some began freaking out over a new message that comes up on the screen when booting into fastboot mode: “QFUSE: ENABLED,” with wild speculative theories coming up regarding what it does and doesn’t do, what kind of limitations it’s imposing, and wondering if and how it can be “disabled.” So... what’s this qFuse thing, anyway?
Think of an eFuse as the mind’s eye representation of a bit that only flips one way, or something that can only be done once on a piece of writeable flash. Read More
If you've been eying the Nexus 6P but haven't been able to pick it up due to supply constraints, now may be the time to do it. The following 6 configurations are no longer listed as Sold Out on the U.S. Google Store:
- Frost 128GB
- Graphite 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB
- Aluminium 32GB and 64GB
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. Read More