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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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Nexus 5X Review

Nexus 5X Review

The 2013 Nexus 5 wasn't the phone you'd expect to build a loyal fanbase. Its plastic construction and unassuming design spoke more of engineering side-project than Google flagship, the epitome of hardware taking a back-seat while the latest version of Android - then 4.4 KitKat - held the spotlight. Now, two years later, Google and LG are giving Nexus 5 fans the Nexus 5X, spiritual successor and showcase for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a budget.

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ASUS shifts to smartphones, might have a new Nexus soon

ASUS shifts to smartphones, might have a new Nexus soon

ASUS is hardly an underdog when it comes to the the tech world. It is considered one of the top 5 PC vendors in the world and its recent success with the ZenFone 2 has proved that it is a force to contend with in mobile as well. Naturally, the company has its eyes set on even higher things. Chairman Jonney Shih already revealed its aspirations at creating something like Microsoft's HoloLens but apparently that's just the tip of the iceberg of ASUS' plans for future domination, plans that include shifting its focus from notebooks to smartphones.

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HTC One A9 Unlocked promises 15-day “Nexus” upgrade cycle

HTC One A9 Unlocked promises 15-day “Nexus” upgrade cycle

Today HTC has promised that their newest device, the HTC One A9, will have updates within 15 days of Google's own Nexus devices. HTC's exact wording - via tweet, was as follows: "The One A9 unlocked edition will provide every software update within 15 days of Google's first push to Nexus." We must hypothesize that this means that HTC has successfully detached their own software from the base build of Android enough that they're able to upgrade the innards without having to mess with their own code abundantly - that's what'd slow them (or any other manufacturer) down otherwise.

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Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

With the Nexus 6P users have access to the slowest slow-motion ever delivered to an Android smartphone. Inside you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with an Adreno 430 GPU, but no mention of a separate processor for the camera. If indeed the entire load is being handled by Qualcomm's SoC, color us impressed. What you're about to see are a couple of brief examples of how this slow motion system works - slick - on the Nexus 6P right out of the box.

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Nexus 6P camera testing: our first real-world results

Nexus 6P camera testing: our first real-world results

This week we're reviewing the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P, starting with its camera - today you're going to see our first results. This part of the test is extremely simple - it's mostly to gauge how well the device can capture everyday objects out in the wild. This presentation comes before our comparisons with other smartphones and before our comparisons with a DSLR camera. This walk takes what might be Google's most powerful smartphone camera on a walk outside and through a set of low-light shots indoors, as well.

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Android Marshmallow update hitting budget phones before yours

Android Marshmallow update hitting budget phones before yours

Several Android One devices receive their update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Nepal. Supposing you have any one of several carrier-infused Android smartphones in your hand right this minute and are waiting for an update to Marshmallow, you may be interested to know that it's not only Nexus devices that'll be getting their software before you. This does not mean Google has betrayed you in any way, shape, or form. It means Google is making good on their promise to bring timely updates to devices - and not just the biggest and the best.

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How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

Starting on the afternoon of Monday, the 5th of October, 2015, Android 6.0 Marshmallow began its OTA rollout. This means that smartphones Google has tapped to attain the update will be receiving notifications that their software is ready, and that they may download and load this software as fast as they do so please. As with all Android operating system updates, this software is coming to Google's own Nexus smartphones first and foremost. This pattern was only broken one time - that we can recall.

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