NEXUS Posts on XDA

February Android and Pixel Security Bulletins are Live with Factory Images and OTAs

Google kicks off the beginning of every month with an Android Security Bulletin, the newest of which went live Monday alongside patches for Pixel and Nexus devices. It's accompanied by a list of exploits addressed, and factory images and over-the-air update files for the Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P,...

[Update: Re-Enabled] CopperheadOS Disables Nexus Update Server due to Violations of their Licensing Agreement

CopperheadOS, the security and privacy focused variant of Android has ceased supporting its update server for Nexus devices, after competing firms flashed CopperheadOS on devices and sold them for profit.The update server for Nexus devices has been disabled until we can find a way forward from the ongoing license violations. It's not okay to disrespect our...

A New Mid-Tier Smartphone Is Coming to Project Fi Later This Year

If you own a Pixel/Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, or Nexus 6P, there's a fairly good chance that you use that handset with Google's own Project Fi phone service. Ever since its launch back in 2015, Project Fi has been locked down to only officially support Nexus and Pixel-branded smartphones, and according to a tweet from...

Google Announces Android Nougat 7.1.2, Public Beta Starts Rolling Out For Pixel and Nexus Devices

In an official blog post earlier, Google has announced the beta version of the upcoming Android Maintenance Release: Android Nougat 7.1.2. The public beta update will start rolling out starting today for supported devices. As always, the update will only be rolled out to devices which are enrolled in Android Beta Program. The supported devices include...

Google and LG’s Watch Sport and Watch Style Launching with Android Wear 2.0 on Feb 9

Android Wear 2.0 is the next iteration of upgrades planned for connected smartwatches. While Developer Previews have been around for a while, the last one was rolled out in mid December as Developer Preview 4. So it's only expected that we start getting impatient for the final release once new information starts rolling in. While it...

Upgrade Not Needed: How the 6P Holds up as the Last Nexus Phone

The Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the best Android devices I've used, and certainly the best I've owned. It looks and feels like a premium device, has a rich and pixel-dense screen AMOLED display, great speakers, a fast fingerprint sensor, an excellent camera and an awesome custom ROM scene. You probably know all of this, as the...

Android 7.1 Dev Preview 2 Images are Live for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 and Pixel C

Not too long ago we received hints that we'd see a second 7.1 developer preview for Nexus devices, as the rollout process had reportedly begun yesterday. Now, we finally see the system images become available for select Nexus devices! This is the final update to the Android 7.1 Developer preview before the final release, and it...

Google Pixel XL XDA Review: A Foundational Release for Google & Post-Nexus Android

Google's newest incursion into the smartphone market is upon us, and the Pixel and Pixel XL aim to offer top-notch hardware and the perfect realization of Google's new vision for Android. Most importantly, perhaps, it is key part of a bigger push for a redefined Google ecosystem.With so many great Android phones around, how clearly can...

Google Silently Removed Mentions of an “HTC Cerberus” from Pixel XL Source Code [Update: More Evidence]

Update 5:00PM CST: It has been brought to our attention that there is more evidence regarding HTC's involvement in the software development of the Pixel devices, see the addendum at the end of the article.The "Made by Google" motto represents a dramatic shift in Google's attitude towards Android. Rather than cycle through its various OEM...

Google Publishes Factory Images, OTA Images and Binaries for the Pixel and Pixel XL

Many people were curious how Google would be handling the software side of things with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Before release, a system image of the Verizon variant was leaked and that was all we had to go on. So many weren't even sure if Google would allow us to root and unlock...

Android 7.1 Developer Preview is Coming This Year

For weeks we've heard rumors about the Pixel and Pixel XL phones shipping with Android 7.1 Nougat and that information was confirmed this week. At the Google product launch event on October 4th, we learned a lot about this new Android update and it's made people wonder which devices will get it. Not only that, but...

Renouncing the Nexus Legacy Priced the Pixel into a Battle it May Not Win

As with almost every Google launch, the Pixel phones have been leaked to no end. Months ahead of things we and other Android news sources have reported on various things like the likelihood of locked bootloaders on carrier variants, colors, and specifications. We also knew that HTC would be manufacturing the phones, regardless of Google's admission,...