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These Google Phones and Android Nougat make me doubt my iPhone’s future

These Google Phones and Android Nougat make me doubt my iPhone’s future

Today I'm doubting this iPhone in the face of Google's potential with the next generation of Android Nougat devices. Specifically the HTC-made Nexus phones we're looking at today, leaked and everything. Both of the devices have been leaked, as it were, both with very similar details - both looking like really, really good competitors for the iPhone 7. Especially if we're speaking strictly on specifications' terms, the iPhone 7 will need to up its game significantly just to match what Google has here.

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HTC-made Nexus “Marlin” specs leaked: larger of the same

HTC-made Nexus “Marlin” specs leaked: larger of the same

HTC might really be having its Nexus dream comes true. Twice! If the rumors and leaks are true, the Taiwanese OEM has not one but two Nexus devices coming up. That's two devices made by the same manufacturer launching in the same generation, definitely a first for the Nexus line. But HTC won't really be competing with itself, so to speak. Because despite having two, those, codenamed "Sailfish" and "Marlin", will really be birds of the same feather, differing really only in screen size and resolution. Which could make for a hard choice for consumers.

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Google phone might not be the best move for Android

Google phone might not be the best move for Android

It's like the early 2000s again. With Apple finally launching the first ever iPhone, there is talk about Google doing something similar. Of course, that happened and it didn't, with the Nexus line the closest thing to a "Google phone". Fast-forward nearly a decade, Google is rumored to once again try its hand at actually becoming a smartphone maker too. Like Apple. It doesn't make business sense, of course. But what if it were true? What if Google din put out a "gPhone"? It definitely can, like the Pixel C Android tablet. But if it did, this non-Nexus Google-made Android smartphone would be an atrocity for consumers. Here are the reasons why.

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The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The rumors are ripe - Google is tipped to be designing their own iPhone competitor within the next year. Today we're going to explore how we got to this point and, perhaps more importantly, why Google won't actually release this non-Nexus device. Could it be that the company known for their wildly popular open-source mobile operating system would destroy everything they've worked for just to battle Apple directly? Hypothetically yes. Realistically, no.

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Meet Google Support live support app for Nexus devices tipped

Meet Google Support live support app for Nexus devices tipped

A rumor is floating around that suggest Google is ready to make it easier for buyers of its Nexus devices to get support when it's needed. As it stands now, support involves reading support documents and a live chat session with support. If the rumor is correct, Google is now working on a live support app. That app is tipped to allow the user to share their screen with a support agent.

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Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android users, developers, and OEMs should probably be used by now that new, almost experimental features that Google introduces in "Release A" don't get polished until "Release A+1". That was the case with Doze mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well as the "hidden" split window API in the same release. Now it seems that it will be true as well for the free-form resizable windows of Android N. To be clear, the API will be there for app developers and OEMs to use and implement, but as far as Google's Nexus and Pixel C devices are concerned, it's going to be a no show.

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Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

If you have been wondering why there has been relative silence on the rumor mill about a 2016 Nexus, aside from a HTC leak here and there, this might be the reason why. According to your usual anonymous sources, Google will be launching a new smartphone later this year, but it won't be a Nexus. Or hopefully in addition to a Nexus. It might be a shocking revelation, unless you've heard the rumors before. Google is eyeing directly making its own Android smartphone, not unlike Apple directly making its own iPhones. And this could simply be the first of the "more opinionated" smartphones Google has planned.

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Android HTC Nexus phone detailed in leak

Android HTC Nexus phone detailed in leak

The next Google Nexus smartphone has been leaked, somewhat, in the form of a set of specifications. These specs show an HTC-made device with modest abilities - not what we'd expect from the hero of the collection. This device would more than likely replace the Nexus 5X, the smaller of the two smartphones in Google's stores. It'd be the most basic of the devices you could purchase direct from Google.

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Nexus “expiration dates” now listed by Google

Nexus “expiration dates” now listed by Google

Although Google treats its Nexus devices with very special treatment when it comes to updates, it was never meant to last forever. Although disappointing, it is reasonable that Google impose a cut off in order to best manage its developer resources. Almost like a carrier or OEM, Google promises up to two years of major version updates for its Nexus smartphones and tablets. And just to make sure everyone's on the same page, Google has now put up a table detailing exactly until when a Nexus device will get a new Android version.

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Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

It appears the Nexus Player is dead, but maybe its fate isn't as definite as many thought. Some new documents from ASUS were recently filed with the FCC that show a device featuring the same ID as the past Nexus Player, but with some minor changes -- things like updated circuit system components, a lower gain antenna and other things that presumably need the FCC's approval.

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Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

While it began life much earlier as part of the Google+ social network, it's now been one full year since Google Photos was launched as an individual cloud-based photo storage service. To celebrate, Google has shared some stats on the service to highlight its rapid growth, most notable is a user count of over 200 million, an impressive figure for just 12 months.

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Nexus 5x running Windows 10 mobile

Nexus 5x running Windows 10 mobile

A video has turned up that shows the Nexus 5x smartphone that normally runs Android running the Windows 10 Mobile operating system. All of the text is in what appears to be Chinese writing on the video so most of us can't understand what is being said. We also can't read much in the way of what the icons and settings menus seen.

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