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Jimmy McGee · Jan 3, 2015

Double-Tap to Wake and Swipe to Sleep – Nexus 6 Mods

The Google Nexus 6 has a hidden secret: It can do the double-tap to wake trick just like the LG phones. However, Google didn’t want the Nexus 6 to display this trick, so it was hidden from view. Here at XDA we like to find these hidden things and do what Google (and other OEM's) do not want us to do. In fact we showed you how to root it. For all those who would like to enable double-tap to wake, XDA...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 21, 2014

How to Root and Unlock the Google Nexus 6 on a Mac – XDA TV

In the past, XDA Developer TV Producer droidmodd3rx has shown you how to root and unlock the bootloader on a Nexus device. This process used the WugFresh Toolkit to Unlock than Relock and Unroot and Root. That required a PC. People have asked if there is a way to do that with a Mac computer. Just because you use a Mac doesn’t mean you can’t root all the things. Following up from last week, Droidmodd3rx presents instructions on how to...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 14, 2014

How to Unroot and Relock the Google Nexus 6 on a Mac – XDA TV

In the past, XDA Developer TV Producer droidmodd3rx has shown you how to root and unlock the bootloader on a Nexus device. This process used the WugFresh Toolkit to Unlock than Relock and Unroot and Root. That required a Windows PC. People have asked for an easy way to do this with a Mac computer. Droidmodd3rx presents instructions on how to remove root access and relock the bootloader of your Google Nexus 6 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums....

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 6, 2014

Best Google Nexus 6 Mods – XDA TV

The Google Nexus 6 is finally landing more and more people’s hands. That of course means that more and more developers have gotten hands on the Nexus 6. Recently we showed you how to rooted it. So what do you do next? In this video XDA TV Producer TK presents some applications and modifications that he’s installed on his Nexus 6. Check out these mods to give you an answer to the question of “what to do now.” These suggestions...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 3, 2014

Root and Bootloader Unlock the Nexus 6 – XDA TV

In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root, unlock the bootloader, and install a custom ROM on the Google Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is Google’s latest phone with “pure Android,” or at least, "pure Google." So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Nexus 6 is no exception! TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your Nexus 6 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process...

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GermainZ · Nov 25, 2014

Regain Double Tap to Wake Functionality on the Nexus 6

A few months ago, Google announced its newest flagship device, the Nexus 6, alongside the Nexus 9 tablet and some other sweet news (Lollipop!) Unlike previous phones in the Nexus line, the Nexus 6 featured some very impressive specs that pleased many users--though others were undoubtedly a bit less pleased with its higher price point. One particular feature that ended up in the Nexus 9 but not the Nexus 6 is double tap to wake. If you happen to own...

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Jimmy McGee · Nov 24, 2014

Unofficial CM12 for Android One, Disabling Encryption on Nexus 6 – XDA TV

Android One devices have received an Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 build! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend's news is the announcement of a Jolla Sailfish OS tablet and be sure the check out the article talking about how to disable data encryption on the Nexus 6! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this weekend on...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 23, 2014

Enable the Hidden Notification LED on the Google Nexus 6!

LED notification lights have existed on Android devices since the very beginnings of the OS. While most devices feature a hardware LED notification to inform you of notifications such as missed calls, texts, or battery charge level, some devices ship without trace of a physical LED. One such device is the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6, which ditched the LED notification light in favor of an AMOLED panel capable of displaying notifications on the screen itself. If you've been following the XDA...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 23, 2014

How to Disable Data Encryption on Nexus 6

In late September, Google decided to step on NSA's toes and turn on encryption by default in Android Lollipop. The Nexus 6 is the first Google Nexus device to ship with data encryption enabled right out of the box. According to AnandTech, the Google Nexus 6 performance decreases significantly because of encryption. Data encryption is a software layer. This is a well known fact, since encryption has been available to enable for some time. XDA Recognized Developer bbedward noticed that...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 19, 2014

Google Nexus 6 Factory Images, 5.0 r7 Source Now Available

Google continues to play its nightly game with the release of the latest 5.0.0_r7 revision of Lollipop. The updated code isn't everything, as the Mountaon View giant decided to publish the factory image for yet another Nexus device--and surprisingly, it's not the Nexus 7 GSM, but rather, the Google Nexus 6. Original Android developers have also released new versions of the OS for other devices in the last few days, so it's a wise choice to check if your build is up-to-date....

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 12, 2014

Lollipop Factory Images for Nexus 5, 7, 10 Now Live!

It's been over a week since Google released the full source code for Android Lollipop. We've seen quite a few ports made by the community. However, one thing was still missing: factory images for Nexus 5, 7, and 10. Earlier today, we talked about how the Nexus 7 2012 WiFi images were found a bit early, but the rest were nowhere to be seen. Finally, after almost two weeks, Google engineers pressed the shiny green button and the factory images...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 19, 2014

How to Unlock and Root a Nexus Device – XDA TV

It is official--Google has released the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. The Nexus family is growing, and as we all know the great part of a Nexus device is that you can customize it to your heart's content. While rooting, unlocking, and installing a custom recovery on a Nexus device is easy, sometimes you just want to click and go. In today's video,  XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off XDA Recognized Developer WugFresh's Nexus Root Toolkit. This kit allows...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 15, 2014

Google Announces Nexus 6, 9, and Player, Alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop

Folks, the day that we Android fans across the globe have been waiting for is finally here! Google has just now formally announced the highly anticipated (and heavily rumored) Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 9, as well as the official name of Android 5.0 "Lollipop" and the new Nexus Player device. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Oct 15, 2014

Forums Added for the Google Nexus 6 and Moto Droid Turbo

Will today be the day of the Nexus and the official unveiling of Android L (possibly Licorice or Lollipop)? Quite a few people seem to think so. Just yesterday, we talked about how the Google Nexus 6 may possibly be unveiled today, alongside the rumored official release of Android L (and possibly the HTC-built Google Nexus 9). And now, we've gone ahead and added a forum for Google and Motorola's upcoming whale of a device with our new forum for the...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 14, 2014

Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 9, and Android L to be Unveiled Tomorrow?

We know that rumors can grow tiresome after a while, and there have certainly been quite a few surrounding the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6 and HTC Nexus 9 releases. Now, there's a new set of rumors that place both of these releases, as well as the official release of Android L, tomorrow. The plot thickens after Forbes magazine announced that Google will release at least one of its devices tomorrow or Thursday (October 16), which means that we may likely...

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Tomek Kondrat · Oct 10, 2014

Motorola Nexus 6 “Shamu” Goes through CPU-Z

A rather important moment for Android fans is about to pass. Android L will soon be released and the new, rumored Motorola Nexus 6 is perhaps the hottest topic of the last few weeks. Every day brings some new information and leaks regarding the new phablet device from Google. The latest leaks from the popular benchmark application CPU-Z give us a deeper insight about hardware and software specifications of the device codenamed shamu. The device will ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805...

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Will Verduzco · May 16, 2014

Could the Nexus Program Come to a Halt This Year in Favor of Android Silver?

There are a few things that we as Android geeks look forward to every year. One of these things is undoubtedly the unveiling of new Google Nexus devices. And who's to blame us? After all, with a Nexus device, you're generally getting top notch hardware (with the exception of their cameras) at a bargain basement price. But beyond that, you're also getting the promise of expedient Android version updates to keep up with newer generations of devices---well unless you're rocking a...

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Will Verduzco · May 13, 2014

Nexus 6 and 8 Names Appear in Chromium Code Review

Over the past week, we've seen a couple of hints that shed light on what we can expect from the next generation of Nexus devices. This started when we first saw "Flounder" appear in the Chromium issue tracker. And then later that day, courtesy of the Android 4.4.3 changelist, we learned that HTC will be manufacturing this device. Curiously, we also saw "Google Molly" appear in the changelist. And thanks to some sleuth work by XDA Senior Member farmerbb, we can assert that Molly may be a set-top box running...

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