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Android M developer preview and SDK now available for download

Android M developer preview and SDK now available for download

Following the conclusion of the Google I/O 2015 Developer conference keynote, the Android maker has released its first developer preview build of Android M on the Android Developer website.

Google Nexus 6 for T-Mobile receives Android 5.1.1 (build LYZ28E) OTA update

Google Nexus 6 for T-Mobile receives Android 5.1.1 (build LYZ28E) OTA updateThe Google Nexus 6 for T-Mobile is now receiving the Android 5.1.1 OTA update. The update's approval was confirmed by the operator's product evangelist Des on Twitter and Google+ a few hours ago and it has appeared on T-Mobile's product support pages.

Download Android 5.1 OTA update for Nexus devices

Android 5.1 OTA update files

Google has started rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update to its Nexus devices. In order to make it easier for our readers to download and install the updates, we have put together a list of links to the official OTA update links for the entire Nexus family. As new update files become available, this post will be updated accordingly.

Verizon announces availability of Nexus 6

Verizon announces availability of Nexus 6Verizon has finally announced that it will be offering the Motorola built, Google Nexus 6 on its network. You will be able to order the flagship Android smartphone starting March 12 online and March 19 in stores. The smartphone will be $249.99 with new two-year activation or $27.08 per month for 24 months with Verizon Edge.

Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus - Video Comparison

Google Nexus 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Large screened phones have become a trending fad, with manufacturers trying to top one another with large size smartphones. Both the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Google Nexus 6 as examples of companies stepping into the large-screen smartphone market.

Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Video Comparison

Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Bigger seams to be the better option these days in the smartphone market, as Apple has also stepped past its traditional size on its newest phones. However, two of the biggest handsets you will likely encounter are the Google Nexus 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

T-Mobile releases Android 5.0.1 for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 5

T-Mobile is rolling out the Android 5.0.1 software update for its Nexus 6 and Nexus 5. The new software will brings the LRX22C build of Lollipop to both handsets. T-Mobile has a few requirements necessary before either model will start downloading the update.

Google Nexus 6 now available at T-Mobile

Google Nexus 6 now available at T-Mobile

After a short delay, the Google Nexus 6 is now available for purchase on T-Mobile. The first Motorola built Nexus runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and offers flagship hardware, with a premium design but comes at a higher price than Nexus devices are known for.

Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update zip files now available for Nexus devices

Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update zip files

Google has started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Nexus lineup, and have also released the factory images for most of its Nexus devices. The Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 are all expected to receive the OTA update, and you can download the update files using the following links:

Google Nexus 6 - Video Review

Google Nexus 6

When it comes to phones, Google has had a history of offering them at very affordable prices. Sadly this changes with this year's flagship, the Google Nexus 6 which comes at a higher price point form a new manufacturing partner. 

The Motorola built Nexus 6 is very similar to the new Moto X, but its $650 price may turn off many regular Nexus customers who have gotten accustomed to getting the stock Android experience at an affordable price. The Google Nexus 6 is a flagship in every way. It features a 5.9 inch Quad HD display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS, a 2 megapixel front camera, and a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM.

On top of that you get Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is the biggest overhaul to Google's mobile platform to date. Also as part of the Nexus family, the Nexus 6 will be one of the first to be updated to the next version of Android as it is released.

Still we cant help but wonder why Google chose to suddenly increased the pricing of its flagship smartphone. The new pricing has certainly gotten the carrier's attention, allowing them to offer the device for $250, while tying users down to a contract on their networks. This has allowed Google to offer the Nexus 6 on all four major carriers in the US. In comparison the Nexus 5 was only offered through T-Mobile. Are carriers the cause of the higher price on the Nexus 6 ?

The Nexus 6 also makes the other manufacturer devices look like viable alternatives. Last year's Nexus 5 deal made it one of the hottest choices for a new smartphone. Its powerful hardware and amazing price made it a nearly unbeatable deal. This year, consumers could consider various other alternatives which offer much better software enhancements over stock Android. Could Google have folded under the pressure from manufacturers ?

The other important thing to factor into your Nexus 6 purchase is its size. The Nexus 6 is definitely not suited for single handed use. Customers who find they don't need such a large size device could consider the smaller Moto X, or even the powerful Motorola DROID Turbo on Verizon or its global counterpart the Moto MAXX.

In fact Google hasn't even added any customization to Android to make it usable with one hand, as we have seen from other manufacturers. You should also note that the Nexus 6 doesn't come with any other phablet specific software enhancements, like a stylus or specific apps. 

This makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, one of its top alternatives. For $100 more you get phablet-like features to complement its package, as well as the signature S Pen stylus for drawing and note-taking. You also get a phone that takes better photos and videos, offers longer battery life, and something that’s accompanied with a rich set of secondary hardware tools (think IR blaster, microSD card slot, and much more) and software features that really solidifies what it means to be a phablet.

source - PhoneArena | The Verge | Android Authority | MobileSyrup | Liliputing | GootaBeMobile

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T-Mobile delays Nexus 6 launch by a week to November 19

Google Nexus 6T-Mobile announced today on Twitter and Google+ that it will be delaying the launch of the highly anticipated Google Nexus 6 by a week. According to sources said to be familiar with the situation, the problem revolves around Motorola's scheduled delivery of Nexus 6 inventory to the carrier. Shipments of the handset that were due to arrive this past weekend, failed to appear

As a result, only one-third of T-Mobile's brick and mortar stores would have had inventory of the phone had T-Mobile not implemented the delay. That probably would have led many T-Mobile customers to suffer through a poor customer experience.

So it looks like T-Mobile had no choice but to delay the launch of the Nexus 6 from tomorrow to next week. That means Sprint customers will be the first to get their hands on Google's newest flagship this Friday. AT&T is will start accepting pre-orders tomorrow, but have not given a specific launch date yet.

source: T-Mobile ( Twitter | Google+ ) | TMoNews

Google Nexus 6 can be purchased at Sprint on November 14

Google Nexus 6

AT&T customers will be able to pre-order the Nexus 6 tomorrow, but Sprint has announced that they will be selling the device on Friday. That means you will be able to walk into your local Sprint store, and purchase the Google Nexus 6 directly, though it's unclear if all locations will have stock.

The Nexus 6 for Sprint will support the carrier's Spark LTE network and Easy Pay plans. You can get the new Nexus on Sprint for $29 per month for 24 months, or pay the entire cost of $696 up front. Obviously that is more than the $650 asking price on Google Play or Motorola, but its still better than paying those absurd amounts on eBay. Keep in mind, the Nexus 6 is an unlocked device, so you could grab one from Sprint and drop in your SIM card from another carrier and go about your day.

The Google Nexus 6 is one of the first devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed. It is also packed with high end hardware including a 5.9 inch Quad HD display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, up to 64GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS, a 2 megapixel front camera, and a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM.

source - Sprint

Google Nexus 6 can be pre-ordered at AT&T on November 12

Google Nexus 6 can be pre-ordered at AT&T on November 12

AT&T has announced that it will be offering the Google Nexus 6 for pre-order starting tomorrow, November 12. The handset has been almost impossible to come by on the Google Play Store, where it is priced at $650, but some may find AT&T's subsidized prices more appealing.

Google Nexus 6 units to be available on Play Store every week

Google Nexus 6

The Google Nexus 6, like its predecessors, has been hard to purchase on the Google Play Store, despite coming with a premium price tag attached. The initial inventory was sold out almost immediately when it went up for pre-order. Now Google has released an update on the Play Store, which states that the company will replenish their Nexus 6 stock every Wednesday.

Given, that today happens to be Wednesday,we guess the Nexus 6 should once again be available on the Play Store. While stock is bound to be hard to come by again, we suggest checking the website regularly and hit the refresh button on your browser... You may be in luck...

The Nexus 6 is priced at $649 for its based model, which comes with 32GB of storage. The 64GB variant will cost $699. This may seem like a lot compared to the great value offered on the $349 Google Nexus 5, but the specs are in now way disappointing. 

You Nexus 6 will feature a 6 inch display with a 1440 by 2560 pixel resolution, a 13MP rear camera with OIS, a 2MP front cameras for video calls, a 3220mAh battery, and a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 420 graphics. The handset will also be one of the first devices to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, out of the box.

Google Nexus 6 units to be available on Play Store every week

If you miss out on purchasing the Nexus 6 from Google Play, you could consider waiting a couple of weeks, and getting the handset through one of the four major U.S. carriers. Also be sure to check out our article on "Should I purchase a Nexus 6", if you find yourself on the fense.

source - Android Central | Google Play

Google Nexus 6 - Unboxing Videos

Google Nexus 6

The Google Nexus 6 is a Motorola built flagship device which breaks free from Google's usual low pricing for its Nexus lineup. For its $650 price, you get a massive, 5.9 inch Quad HD display, 32GB of internal storage and a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor. Here are some early unboxing videos of one of the first Android 5.0 Lollipop devices.

source - Android Authority

Should I purchase the Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6 (front)Another year another Nexus, but unlike the Nexus devices of the last, the newly announced Google Nexus 6 and the Google Nexus 9 are priced higher than usual. Especially those who have been fans of the Nexus smartphone line would find the $650 price of the Nexus 6 is no longer a bargain, so should you really purchase one ?

The Nexus 6 is still a flagship device, in fact it offers some of the best specs on a smartphone including a large 5.9 inch display with a Quad HD resolution and a Snapdragon 805 processor. Its closest competitor is the higher priced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the newly announced  Motorola DROID Turbo.

In terms of price, the Nexus 6 now costs as much as the notoriously overpriced Apple iPhone 6, and potential customers can now consider a wider range of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, HTC One M8 or the LG G3 before spending all that money on the newest Nexus device. In fact customers may want to consider the cheaper Motorola Moto X, which is basically a smaller version of the Nexus 6.

Do the new features warrant the price increase

The Google Nexus 5 is still one of the most powerful smartphones in the market. It features a 5 inch display with a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution, an 8MP camera with optical image stabilization and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A year later, its still hard to find a device with similar hardware to match the price of the Nexus 5.

According to Google product manager Sandeep Waraich, the Nexus 6 is a "deliberate decision to push the boundaries on technology. We arrived at the solution, then the price."

But does the hardware warrant such a high price? In a way it does... You get a 6 inch Quad HD display, 32GB of storage on the base model, a 13MP camera and a Snapdragon 805 processor. But these specs are best suited for a niche audience who want to continue to push the boundaries of performance on their devices.

But if you are a regular user, you needs a smooth performing device, you will quickly realize the Nexus 6 doesn't really bring you any new features you cant get on your much cheaper Nexus 5. You don't get a fingerprint scanner, you don't get a heart rate monitor. Yes it is water 'resistant' but that's about it.

Should I buy my Nexus on Google Play

In the past, I would have answered this with an emphatic yes. Previously Google offered their Nexus devices at a cheaper price on Google Play, while carriers would charge more for purchasing the device on their network. These were GSM unlocked handsets, and customers could purchase their Nexus smartphones from Google and use it with their own GSM carriers.

Because of this, carriers don't really get any advantage out of the Nexus lineup as users would much rather pick their smartphones up directly from Google's inventory.

With the high price of the Nexus 6, users are once again tempted to opt for the carrier's subsidized prices instead of paying $650 for their smartphone on Google Play. In fact, all five major U.S. wireless carriers will be offering the Nexus 6 for just $200 up front, along with a lucrative two-year contract.

While some users with deeper pockets, may still pick up the Nexus 6 from Google Play, the handset will end up primarily being sold on-contract, and presumably locked to one network. In an interview, Google VP for Android Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer said "We are selling the Nexus 6 in a way most people are used to buying a phone." Yes, but what happened to networks not supporting certain apps (Google Wallet, for example), or being slow to update software? Weren't these unpopular tactics a driving force behind making the Nexus range different?

The Pre-order fiasco

The first Nexus phone was designed to shake up dependency on networks and stop us being sucked into an expensive, long-term contract. And there are still fans of the Nexus brand who will willingly spend their hard earned money on purchasing the handset on Google Play.

Since the launch of the Google Nexus 4, it has been extremely hard to pre-order the Nexus 4, and even the Google Nexus 5 due to high demand which resulted from its low price. Now one would expect that the Nexus 6 demand would be much lower on Google Play, given that it costs nearly twice as much as the Nexus 5.

The pre-orders were set to take place on October 29, and Google didn't even announce when the pre-orders went live. A few lucky users managed to grab an order of the Nexus 6 over the course of an hour, but through most of the pre-order period anxious users were greeted with a message station "We are out of inventory. Please check back soon."

Putting it up for sale inside Google Play was a token gesture. The company kept the pre-orders quiet, not even tweeting it out from the official Nexus account until 10am on October 30, by which time the virtual shelves were empty. For the phone to disappear so fast suggests the initial stock was relatively small. Google also delayed pre-orders in the U.K. and Europe until mid-November, and there’s no information on when pre-orders will re-open in America.

Did Google really run out of inventory of their expensive Motorola built Nexus ? Did the company learn nothing about pre-orders in the last three years? Did they underestimate the demand of the handset and not prepare enough stock ?

Or does this mean that the company that once fought against monopoly and money makers has now gotten in bed with the carrier networks. The sell-out of the Nexus 6 on Google Play could turn out to be due to Google, um, selling out.

Profits vs. Value for customers

Since Amazon launched its first Fire tablet, manufacturers were forced into compete or stand the chance of loosing customers to Amazon. Google was one of the first to respond with their Nexus 7 followed by the affordable Nexus smartphones. The demand for affordable small sized tablets even forced Apple into releasing the iPad mini at a lower price.

However for company's like Apple they have always tied quality with a hefty profit, and we saw this year's iPad mini 3, hidden behind the more profitable iPad Air 2 in order to make more money off their flagship tablet. Even Amazon who initiated offering better value for their customers ended up releasing an overpriced Fire Phone which didn't perform well in the market.

You'd think Google would have been paying attention to all this. Well, in a way, it has. "I wouldn't draw any conclusions from what we’re doing this year," said Google’s Android engineering VP, adding that “every year we do different things."

So should I buy the Nexus 6 or not ?

So it would seem that Google has taken a gamble with their Nexus 6. The company has introduced the interesting concept of affordable smartphones, and have decided to take advantage of their growing Nexus fan-base in an experiment to see if they will spend more money for the Nexus brand.

At $650, the Nexus 6 is fairly priced when compared to other flagship smartphones. There are very few smartphones with the Snapdragon 805 processor and you get the promise of quick Android updates. Those who find the price too daunting can still pick one up from their carriers at a subsidized rate.

However, if Android 5.0 Lollipop is what you are looking for, consider sticking to your Nexus 4 or upgrading to a Nexus 5. The Lollipop update is one of the biggest updates Google is set to release, and nearly the entire Nexus lineup will get to enjoy the latest treat before the end of this year. So you can gain access to the latest version of Android at a much more affordable price.

If Google is indeed trying to experiment with their user's money, it maybe a good idea for the customers to step back and wait a year. The company will hopefully come back to their senses and return to what made them popular in the first place... Quality first and quantity will follow...

Google Nexus 6 - Photo Samples

Google Nexus 6 camera

Yesterday we saw Google unveil its Nexus 6 smartphone, which comes with a 5.9 inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 processor and a 13 megapixel camera which includes optical image stabilization (OIS). Fortunately an early tester of the Google Nexus 6 is sharing first camera samples and they look pretty good.

Google has mentioned that the Nexus 6 uses the new Sony IMX 214 camera sensor. It's a 1/3.06" stacked CMOS sensor with Exmor RS for better low-light performance. On top of it, comes a lens with a wide, f/2.0 aperture, and there is also a dual LED flash with a ring to add it a slight diffusion.

So what do you think of these Nexus 6 samples? Are they convincing enough to make you choose the expensive Nexus device as your next smartphone?.

source - +Duan Dao (album)

Google Nexus 6 officially announced

Google Nexus 6

The Google Nexus 6 is now official, as the company has just unveiled its sixth generation smartphone, which comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop onboard. Lets take a closer look at this Motorola built device and see what features it has in store for us.

Nexus 6The Nexus 6 is the first Nexus smartphone to cross the phablet screen size territory with it 5.9 inch display. Google knows that this size might not be right for everybody, but seems to embrace this diversity with a new ‘be together, not the same’ campaign.


The highlight of the Nexus 6 is clearly its 5.9 inch AMOLED display, which has a (Quad HD) resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels. The large display size is likely the reason the device is codenamed 'Shamu', after the big orca whale.


In terms of design, the Nexus 6 is almost identical to the Motorola Moto X, and its clear that Motorola has used its own flagship as a base for designing the new Nexus for Google. Last year we saw the Nexus 5 which was based on the LG G2, but did not share its design elements. We are glad to see the Nexus 6 has borrowed the dual front-facing speakers from the Moto X, which Google claims will deliver 'high-fidelity sound'. It's also listed as being water resistant, which means that it should be able to resist splashes, but is not supposed to get submerged in water.

Nexus 6 - Colors

Still there are notable differences, such as the curved beveled screen edges on the Nexus 6 compared to the curved edges on the Moto X. The Nexus 6 is also a fairly heavy phone, with a weight of 6.5 ounces, and its curved back goes from a fairly thin 4mm at the edge to around 10mm at its thickest point.


Google has outfitted the Nexus 6 with a 13 megapixel rear camera which features optical image stabilization like its predecessor. The camera is a Sony IMX 214 image sensor, which is the newest from Sony and comes with a wide f/2.0 aperture. The camera is capable of capturing as much as 4K video at 30 frames per second. You also get a secondary 2.1 megapixel front camera for your selfies and video calls.

Battery Life

The Nexus 6 includes a massive 3220 mah battery which promises up to 24 hours talk time on paper. Unfortunately the Nexus series has not been known for offering great battery life, so we are keen to see how the phablet size battery will aid this device in the real world. The battery will be aided by the power savings optimization in Android L, but will have to manage a high resolution Quad HD display. The new phablet also comes with Motorola's Turbo Charger, that promises up to six hours of use with just a 15-minute charge.

Nexus 6 - Turbo Charging

Processor and hardware

The Nexus 6 will be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 processor which has been clocked at 2.65GHz. It is important to note that this is a 32-bit chip, so it wont take full advantage of the 64-bit capable Android L platform. However the processor has been tied with 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 graphics chip, so you should get impressive, smooth performance with top of its class graphics. The Nexus 6 is also the first in the series to ship with 32GB of internal storage for the basic version.


The Nexus 6 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop which is probably the biggest redesign to the platform to date. Android Lollipop features a new ‘Material design’ language based on flat shapes and realistic shadows to subtly convey structure. It comes with a redesign of the icons, and a refresh of the looks of Android with neat, snappy animations.

Android L Release Android 5.0 Lollipop - Here's all you need to know
We now know that Google's L release will officially take the Android Lollipop moniker and have the 5.0 version number. The update will bring a brand new user interface along with several new features and improvements including the ART runtime and a power saving mode.

Google has also introduced several under the hood improvements and enhancements with Lollipop, which also sets the foundation for a future of 64-bit Android devices. It also introduces the new ART runtime that replaces Dalvik, and this 64-bit-compatible environment is ready to transform existing Java apps into 64-bit without any effort from the developer.

Pricing and Availability

The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order starting October 29th. and will be available in stores by the beginning of November. It will be priced at $649 off-contract and unlocked, which breaks the Nexus trend of being an affordable device. Google will continue to offer the Nexus 5 as an affordable alternative alongside the Nexus 6.

In the U.S. Google will make the Nexus 6 available through Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

source - Google

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Google Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android L teased in videos

Android - be together, not the same

Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and release the Android L release sometime soon, and all rumors point to an official unveiling tomorrow. Now some new ads have leaked out, showing the new Nexus family which highlight Google's "be together, not the same" motto for Android.

The First shows a gigantic smartphone, which will very likely be the Nexus 6 (Nexus X / Motorola Shamu). This device is clearly aimed at the user looking for a large screen device and will feature a 5.9-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) display, a 13-megapixel optically stabilized camera, the latest Snapdragon 805 system chip by Qualcomm. The handset will come with the latest Android L release.

The next two ads highlight the Nexus 9 tablet and the Android Wear 2.0 platform. See if you can spot both devices in the following videos.

Are you ready for the Nexus party? Which device are you most excited about?

source - PhoneArena

Google Nexus 6 rumor roundup

Google Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 L

The Google Nexus 6 is coming, and it is rumored to be built by Motorola this year. Up until now we have had a lot of speculation regarding the internal hardware and some images depicting the device. Today a new report that confirms many of these rumors.

The information comes from AndroidPolice, confirming that the upcoming Nexus 6 will indeed feature a 5.9 inch display and will essentially be a larger variant of the Motorola Moto X. The Nexus 6 will however feature black front-facing stereo speakers, and the power button and volume rocker are a bit farther down on the side of the device, to account for the enormous screen.

Since the Nexus 6 will run the Android L release, the device will come with new icons as depicted in the image. Additionally, the status icons for battery, Wifi, and cell signal are all solid (without breaks like the current icons), suggesting they've been refreshed for the new release, which will carry the Android 5.0 moniker.

The Nexus 6 is said to carry the same aluminum frame found on the new Moto X, and 5.9 inch QHD display with an ample 496ppi pixel density. The rear will have the 13 megapixel camera with the dual-flash ring configuration, a 2MP camera in front will take care of the selfies while a 3200+ mAh battery will keep the device running.

The Nexus 6 is also said to be compatible with the Motorola Turbo Charger, and will offer super-fast charging. For reference, Motorola currently claims that 15 minutes on the charger will give the new Moto X "8 hours" of usage.

So when can be expect this mysterious Nexus 6? We dont know yet. Google has still not announced a date for an unveiling, but we reckon Android 5.0 L should be ready sometime in October. Stayt tuned.

source - Android Police

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