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Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Not all Nexus devices have been privileged enough to officially get the newest Android 7.0 Nougat release, but it seems that Google will be throwing them a bone. Somewhat. The Android maker has just revealed that it is bringing a feature previously exclusive only to its Project Fi customers to all Nexus owners in select countries. Wi-Fi Assistant, which helps users save on data by connecting to “verified” Wi-Fi hotspots, will soon be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or higher.

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Android Nougat tipped for August 22 launch

Android Nougat tipped for August 22 launch

Back at the beginning of August we heard that Android 7.0 Nougat might be landing during the first week of the month, but that week came and went with no launch happening. We now have a new rumor that suggests that Android 7.0 might be landing on August 22. This particular rumor claims to be an upgrade schedule from Telus.

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Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

A few years back, analysts and market watchers loved picking on the PCs, by which they traditional meant desktops and laptops, as the underdogs of the consumer tech industry. These days, however, that status has befallen the tablet, whose sales have seen continuously plummeting numbers. But with the iPad Pro and the proliferation of Windows 2-in-1 hybrids, that is even more so the case with Android tablets, despite the strength of their numbers. Why has this once popular device class become so laid low? Is there a way to save them, or should we even bother trying? I'd say yes, but it's going to take some guts, which OEMs have unfortunately lost in the past years.

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HTC Nexus “Marlin” specs confirmed on AnTuTu

HTC Nexus “Marlin” specs confirmed on AnTuTu

August is near its end, which means a possible Android 7.0 Nougat final release. Which also means a possible announcement of the new Nexus smartphones from HTC, as confirmed by the FCC. Whether it does happen in a week or in a month, things are definitely heating up for the two fish-named smartphones. On the heals of last week's sighting of the "Sailfish" on AnTuTu, the larger, higher end "Marlin" has now broken cover, practically confirming what we've heard so far.

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Nexus Sailfish leaked photos show an interesting design change

Nexus Sailfish leaked photos show an interesting design change

The expected final launch of Android 7.0 Nougat is fast approaching and, with it, the hopes of finally seeing the new 2016 Nexus smartphones in the flesh. As no solid dates have been set for either event, we will just have to make do with unofficial images of the smartphones. Luckily there are indeed such photos that give us some idea of what the HTC-made Nexus devices would look like. And suffice it to say, they might look quite intriguing.

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HTC Google Nexus “Sailfish” smartphone lands on AnTuTu

HTC Google Nexus “Sailfish” smartphone lands on AnTuTu

We have heard some grumblings in the past about the coming HTC Nexus smartphones that will launch this year. Word is that HTC will launch some new Nexus devices in October, specifically on the fourth of the month. With that rumor fresh, some new details on the Sailfish device have surfaced. These details include some specifications that have turned up in AnTuTu benchmarks.

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Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

This week the folks at GFXBench appear to have received a benchmark for the next (one of two) Nexus smartphone. This would be the smaller of the two, one we're being told (by unofficial, anonymous sources) may be called the Nexus 5P. This device would be the replacement for the Nexus 5X. Coming with the operating system the benchmark calls "INVALID Android Google Edition" - catchy name! - this device rolls with a 1920 x 1080 5-inch display with 5-finger touch support.

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Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google's own Nexus phone and tablet line now has a launcher app of its own. This app will allow any Android smartphone (most any Android smartphone) to look and act much like a Nexus phone - super simple and clean. Fully Material Design compliant, that is to say. This launcher works with its own Google Now button (or Google button, if you prefer) for universal searches. It also has a brand new slide-up app drawer.

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New Nexus phones might also have a new app launcher

New Nexus phones might also have a new app launcher

There is certainly no dearth of app launchers and homescreens on Android, easily proven by a quick Google Play Store search. That, however, isn't going to stop Google from showing anyone willing to listen what it thinks the ideal Android launcher should be. It usually does that through Nexus devices, which already saw such a somewhat debated change with the Nexus 6P and 5X. Now it seems Google is playing with another idea for the upcoming Marlin and Sailfish smartphones, and it might be just as, or perhaps even more, controversial than last year's version.

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HTC Nexus phones release date and details leak

HTC Nexus phones release date and details leak

Today it's become clear that a new set of Nexus devices are well on their way from Google to the hands of the public. Word comes from Droid Life where they've gotten word that October 4th could be "the launch date" of these new devices. HTC will very likely make both of these machines, and they'll almost certainly be coming with the next version of Android running on them. That's Android 7.0 Nougat - the tastiest of treats yet sent by Google.

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HTC Nexus “Marlin” render unsurprisingly looks like an HTC 10

HTC Nexus “Marlin” render unsurprisingly looks like an HTC 10

We aren't hearing much about Google's upcoming Nexus smartphone, or smartphones, which isn't that unusual given the flood of information coming in for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7. However, not everyone is a Sammy or Apple fan and some are more interested in the vanilla goodness of a Nexus. For those of you in that crowd, TechDroider is giving you some respite by showing off a render that it made based off all the leaks available so far. In short, this is as close as we'll get until Google officially proves otherwise.

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Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

If you thought web page ads and e-mail spam were the most annoying things in the world, then you probably have been on the receiving end of spam calls. This day and age, it is still common to receive such unwanted attempts on our smartphones. Luckily, technology has made identifying and blocking those numbers a lot easier. Google has finally made use of that technology for its Android phone app, giving users much needed peace of mind. The catch? It's only available for Google's own smartphones.

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