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Sundar Pichai: Google has carrier plans, but think Nexus-scale

Sundar Pichai: Google has carrier plans, but think Nexus-scale

Google will indeed light up its own MVNO network in the coming months, SVP Sundar Pichai has confirmed, but it's more like the Nexus of wireless than a strike at AT&T and Verizon. Rumors of Google-controlled wireless cellular service have circulated for some years, surfacing again in January with speculation of a direct-to-user network which the search giant would use to test out new mobile tech. According to Pichai, while there is indeed some truth in the Google MVNO chatter, it's not quite the same as a play for the market as a whole.

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Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

Huawei Nexus 8 – is this Google’s future?

The next Nexus device is being rumored this week to be taking on a decidedly more Chinese origin than hardware of the past. Suggestions from sources inside China say Huawei may be in a good spot to take on the Google-centric Android line of devices that've been central to the software-makers plan for Android total world domination. This rumor suggests that Huawei could be ready to announce a brand new Nexus phone late in the year 2015. What you're seeing here could be the near future.

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Rumor: Verizon to get VoLTE-ready Nexus 6 in March

Rumor: Verizon to get VoLTE-ready Nexus 6 in March

About three weeks ago, Verizon listed the Nexus 6 as ‘coming soon’ on their website. We assumed that meant we’d see big red with the big Nexus in days, but we’re still without a Nexus 6 via Verizon. A new report suggests the Nexus 6 for Verizon is still coming, but will hit the nation’s largest carrier after MWC. Purportedly launching March 12, the latecomer might usher in a new era for Android fans, and bring Android 5.1 to the world.

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Nexus 6 hits Amazon, Moto E may come to Verizon

Nexus 6 hits Amazon, Moto E may come to Verizon

In the market for a new Android handset? Would you like it to be a Motorola device? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we might have some good news for you! According to a new leak, Verizon is about to get an LTE version of Motorola’s mid-range handset, the Moto E. On the other end of the spectrum, Amazon is now selling the Nexus 6, Google’s flagship device made by Motorola, and rolled out in limited quantities.

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Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Helpouts is meant as a way to connect customers with sage advice from ‘experts’, and has a very strong retail angle that was evident at launch. It sounds so clever and easy, but retailers and others have been slow on the uptake. Google it seems, is ready to show them just how wonderful Helpouts can be, and is working on a service that will get customers interested in Android and Chrome OS devices paired with Google Device Experts so they can ask questions and see devices ahead of purchasing.

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Nexus 9 released to AT&T with LTE

Nexus 9 released to AT&T with LTE

This morning both T-Mobile USA and Google Play released the LTE version of the Nexus 9. This is HTC's first Nexus tablet, one that works with an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box. You'll also find that AT&T has released their iteration of the tablet this afternoon. This device will cost the same no matter where you buy it - just so long as you buy it straight out, without any payment plans of any kind, whatsoever.

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Google is making it really hard to get a Nexus phone this year

Google is making it really hard to get a Nexus phone this year

Google’s Nexus might set the bar for Android, but it probably won’t be a gift you give or receive this holiday season. After a report Google was discontinuing their Nexus 5, Google confirmed it was still around — just on a sabbatical. Google says the Nexus 5 will be back next year, likely in January. With that, we’ve got little recourse for actually snapping up a Nexus smartphone right now, since both are out of stock via Google Play. If you were hoping to see a Nexus in someone’s hands this year, you might be out of luck.

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New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

Do you even know what’s going on with Android? If you’re a new user, probably not. There are a lot of subtle tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android handset, and Google is finally acknowledging it’s not easy to know what those are. A new app, Device Assist, has landed on the Play Store today, and helps users discover all the neat little ways they can make their device last longer and provide the info they want. Well, so long as you have a Google-y android handset, that is.

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Nexus updates no longer guaranteed in 2 weeks

Nexus updates no longer guaranteed in 2 weeks

Among the more anxious Android fans are those who have Nexus devices. When a new anything comes out, that faction assumes they’re first in line — and rightfully so. The whole scope of Nexus is to give you a direct line to Android as Google envisions it, or at least that was the aim. It seems Google is changing the language regarding updates to Nexus and Google Play edition devices to reflect a new Nexus-y world where carriers have a say.

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Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Nexus 6 teardown: screwed and glued, but easy to fix

Now that the Nexus 6 has been out for a bit, it’s time for a teardown. As they almost always do, iFixit is here to gently pry open and disembowel the latest from Google and Motorola. Like a surgical procedure for the technologically macabre, a teardown gives a good look at just what’s going on beneath the screen. The teardown also provides some important details on what components are under the hood, and how best to repair or replace them.

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