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Google Providing Full OTA Images for Nexus Devices

One of the perks of owning a Nexus or Google device is the ability to manually upgrade or rollback to any version that is officially supported through factory images. Other phones also give you this freedom, but Nexus devices just make it a breeze. However, one of the downsides of factory images, if you could actually...

The Time is Right for a Pixel Phone: an Uber-Flagship to Complement the Nexus Line

Near and dear to all of our hearts is the Nexus program, revered for its excellent and almost unblemished support of developers, tinkerers, and purists alike. Over the years though we have seen multiple transformations as Google has tried to see where its program fits. After going from top-tier flagship competitor to a mid-range monster and...

Android N Developer Preview 2 Now Available!

It's happening! Android N's 2nd Developer Preview is now out for eligible Nexus devices. This developer preview is a culmination of feedback effort from developers, and as such, has ironed out a few bugs: Not being able to connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks (AOSP 203116) Multiwindow pauses (AOSP 203424) Direct Reply closing an open activity (AOSP 204411) Along with these...

Of Bootloaders & Previews: Despite Higher Prices, the Nexus Line now Offers Better Value than Ever

The Nexus line always had a particularly special place in the heart of tinkerers and power-users, but as the years went on, the line-up once reserved to the savviest became one of the most user-friendly phones you can get today. The evolution of the Nexus line-up is certainly interesting, and I somewhat lament that due to...

Android N Dev Preview Brings Back Dark Mode, Adds Native Night Mode

Adding on to the list of reasons why you should have purchased that Nexus is the inclusion of night mode and the return of the dark mode in the Android N Developer Preview images. What is night mode, you ask? Night mode is a simple term to denote the shift in colors of your display to...

LG Taking Break From Nexus Line to Focus on Own Brand

If you’ve been looking forward to the next LG Nexus, you’ll want to brace yourself, as there are bad news coming from the Korean OEM. At MWC 2016, a spokesman for the company said that LG will not be making a Nexus this year. Rather, and as CNET reports, “LG needs focus on its own brand”...

Google Reportedly Signals Apple-like Direction for Nexus Hardware

The Nexus lineup is the Holy Grail for all pure Android lovers. Featuring some of the best specifications available on the market, along with a Google-AOSP approach, these phones offer the best long-term software experience (except maybe the HTC HD2). Except the Nexus 6P, the Nexus lineup has never been a running contender for the best...

Huawei Unveils new Watch models, Golden Nexus 6P, and new MediaPad at CES 2016

We're attending the Huawei Press Conference at this year's CES 2016 in Las Vegas, where Huawei has unveiled some new devices aimed at the international market. Huawei is quickly emerging as a global powerhouse in the consumer electronics space, taking the number 3 spot. Huawei Watch Family Gets Two New Members First up, Huawei has shown their...

Google Rolls Out January 2016 Security Patches, Factory Images Available

Last year was a rather eventful one in terms of mobile software security, one which saw the rise and subsequent fall of the infamous Stagefright vulnerability, and around halfway through the year, Google and few major OEMs vowed to push monthly security updates to maintain a continuous integration cycle of patches and thus stay ahead of...

The Unrooted Enigma: Why is the Nexus Losing its Old Fame?

Every now and then, I stumble upon the rare sight of a Nexus user in real life. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I quickly pose questions about their ROM and kernel. But so far I always found that they are, in fact, not even rooted. To us at XDA, hobbyists and amateurs of...

Pure Nexus Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

In the past we have, sort of, reviewed many custom ROMs, like CyanogenMod 12s, Oxygen OS, CyanogenMod 12, OmniROM, SlimKat and more. Here at XDA we live for custom ROMs. Whether they be huge community efforts or the tinkering of a single person, custom ROMs help unlock more functionality to our beloved devices. Now that Marshmallow is out, many ROM...

Marshmallow Update & Unofficial Port Round-Up — Get Up to Date!

Come one, come all! While Nexus owners have already gotten a taste of some sweet, sweet Marshmallow, most users are left waiting for an official update. For many devices, it's hard to say when they'll receive their 6.0 updates given how many layers of testing each device needs to go through. Nevertheless, we're compiling a list...