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Google rolls out February security update for Nexus devices

Google rolls out February security update for Nexus devices

Still holding on to its promise, Google has released updates for its most recent Nexus devices that carry within it the latest security patches for Android. Although no high profile security exploit has been reported for the past month, Google isn't letting its guard down. Factory images are already available on the Nexus developer web page and OTA links will soon follow. Users, on the other hand, are expected to wait for the update to land on their devices. Unless, of course, they intend to start fresh and flash the factory image themselves.

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Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

Google wants tighter control over Nexus just like Apple

From the beginning, the Nexus line of devices were intended to showcase Google's vision for Android, not just with the software but how software and hardware work in harmony. That vision, however, has always been dependent on others', specifically device manufacturers, vision as well, which may or may not always completely align with what Google has in mind. Soon, however, Google might be taking matters into its own hands, somewhat. The latest insider tip is that Google wants to exert even more control over the design and manufacturing of Nexus devices, almost like how Apple does things.

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HTC rumored to have not one but two Nexus for 2016

HTC rumored to have not one but two Nexus for 2016

While HTC still makes headlines in the smartphone market, and lately gaming too, these days, most of them haven't really been positive. It almost seems as if the Taiwanese manufacturer's glory days are over but, of course, that won't stop it from trying to get that back. Perhaps inspired by the success, or at least popularity, of China's Huawei and its Nexus 6P, HTC is rumored to be getting back into the Nexus game. More than that, it might actually be jumping in head first with two, yes two, Nexus smartphones later this year.

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Google team share the (mis)adventures of making a Nexus

Google team share the (mis)adventures of making a Nexus

To many of us, except those deeply ingrained in the industry, the process of designing and making a smartphone is pretty much an arcane art, with many parts purposely hidden from the scrutinizing and sometimes judgmental eyes of the public. And many in the public may not care at all, as long as the end product is something they can live with. So it's actually rare and unorthodox for Google actually put some of the people behind its most recent Nexus smartphones on the public hot seat, to fill pages of anecdotes, funny quotes, and revelations on what makes a Nexus 5X or 6P tick.

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Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

This week Google has added the original Nexus 6 to their ever-growing list of updates to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, the newest version of their mobile operating system. This joins the Nexus Player, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9 LTE, and Nexus 9 Wi-fi, as well as a bunch of Android One phones internationally. You'll also find Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on this list, of course. This list is for those that know what's going on with the downloading and the flashing and so forth.

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Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

As of today, December 9th, 2015, Google has begun to rollout Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Depending on which Android phone you have, you should be getting a notification soon, telling you that you can update to the latest OS version. Traditionally, this usually happens to the Nexus line of phones first, though others should fall in line shortly after.

The biggest news for the latest release is the update to the Unicode 8.0 standard, which includes several new emoji. Personally, I think that the burrito emoji has been far too long in the making. According to the original announcement for 6.0.1, the update includes a "new keyboard, new font, new code."

Of course, the emoji and keyboard updates aren't the only thing that you'll find in the latest version. There are also several other security patches, including one for a vulnerability that could let malicious code be executed when Android processes media files from email, web pages, or MMS. You'll also see some changes to the navigation bar on tablets.

If you'd rather just grab the factory image downloads straight from Google, you can do that by heading here.

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Android 6.0.1 update isn’t just about emojis

Android 6.0.1 update isn’t just about emojis

Google has just pushed out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which will, of course, be available to Nexus devices first before everyone else. But contrary to popular belief and media, the update isn't about emojis only. As part of Google's new monthly update schedule, it also contains necessary security patches. There are also a few hidden gems in the update that will benefit other Android users, especially those on tablets, who don't really give much of a care for putting whimsical fonts and faces in their text messages.

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Google working to fix Android 6.0 bug affecting Nexus Player, 5X and 6P

Google working to fix Android 6.0 bug affecting Nexus Player, 5X and 6P

Google has acknowledged reports claiming the Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P are suffering from bugs introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The cause of the issues affecting the Nexus Player are somewhat different than the cause of the issues affecting the two handsets, however. Google says it has already created a fix for the two phones, which will be arriving to users soon.

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The age of emoji shame is almost over for Android Nexus

The age of emoji shame is almost over for Android Nexus

While Apple users have been enjoying several brand new emoji since the release of iOS 9.1 in October, Android devices have been missing out on the fun. That's changing soon, as a new Android update will introduce the Unicode 8.0 standard, and with it new emoji like the unicorn, lion, and burrito. Google's Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer has revealed that Nexus devices will be the first to get the update, with a release set for sometime next week.

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Keep your BlackBerry PRIV, I’ll stick with Nexus 6P

Keep your BlackBerry PRIV, I’ll stick with Nexus 6P

I want to root for the underdog - I want BlackBerry to return to prominence, I really do. But if I'm trying to be objective about the BlackBerry PRIV and its chances in the market amongst some of the other top-guns that it'll be released alongside, I can't imagine most modern consumers really wanting a device from the business-oriented smartphone maker. It might be great for a BlackBerry user from way back - even someone that's been forced to use touchscreens for several years even though they prefer hardware keyboards. But for any iPhone or Android device consumer, the appeal may be lacking.

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Nexus 6P Review

Nexus 6P Review

Past experience has told us not to expect a top-tier smartphone from the Huawei-made Nexus 6P sold by Google. It's been a surprise, as a result, to find a high quality hardware experience in this smartphone - one with a body and a camera just as well made as its software. In the past, the Nexus line has been Google's standard for developers and an expectation of a baseline for manufacturers of the future. In the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei have made a device to lust after.

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