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Nexus 5X, 6P get their last updates, marks the end of an era

Nexus 5X, 6P get their last updates, marks the end of an era

The November update for Pixel and Nexus devices have just rolled out and the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones have received those as well. While that is normally good news, the update belies some rather sad news. Unless something terribly wrong requires an immediate fix, this is probably the last update the two phones will ever receive officially. And with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P reaching their end of life, so too ends the line of Google’s Nexus devices.

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Android 9 Pie for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X arrives unofficially

Android 9 Pie for Nexus 6, Nexus 5X arrives unofficially

They may not be completely open (they still require some very proprietary blobs) but the best thing about Google’s now-defunct Nexus line was how their lives could be extended almost indefinitely through custom ROMs. That character has once again been put to the test with the latest Android release, version 9 Pie, which is now available on the Motorola-made Nexus 6 and the LG-made Nexus 5X. And, surprisingly, both ports are in almost perfectly working conditions.

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Google should just buy Essential

Google should just buy Essential

I feel like it's inevitable that Google will acquire Essential, and all of its assets. They've got the cash, Essential is in a position where being acquired wouldn't be the end of the world, and they're two companies that'd benefit from one another. Plus, it would seem that Essential is already getting in Google's good graces with early inclusion in the Android P Beta - hitting Build 1 starting today.

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Android P marks the end of Nexus phones, Google tablets

Android P marks the end of Nexus phones, Google tablets

Just days shy of Pi day, Google released the first developer preview for what will most likely be Android 9.0, a.k.a. Android P. But while we scramble to discover the treasures both hidden and laid out for eyes to see, the arrival of the latest version of Android also heralds the end of an era. When the Android 9.0 P, whatever its name may be, launches later this year, it will not be made available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C, which practically puts an end to the Nexus line of phones as well as to Google’s last remaining Android tablet.

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Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Though the Pixel and the Pixel 2 are pretty solid devices in their own right, they replaced a line of much-loved devices from Google and its manufacturing partners. Back before Google decided to get into the hardware game, it relied on those partners to make devices for the Nexus line. That line had quite a few great phones, but unfortunately, it's gone the way of the Dodo as Google tries to grow the Pixel brand.

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LG bootloop lawsuit ends in settlement, rebate offer [UPDATE]

LG bootloop lawsuit ends in settlement, rebate offer [UPDATE]

The booting problem may be going on and on, but the lawsuit around them is definitely over. According to law firm Girard Gibbs, LG has agreed to settle the class action suit it brought before in US courts for the singular problem that plagued its flagship phones in 2015 and 2016. Owners of these models are entitled to claim a $425 cash settlement or a $700 rebate towards a new phone, though the exact details are still shrouded by a non-functioning web page.

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Nexus 5X on Project Fi now being replaced by Moto X4 Android One

Nexus 5X on Project Fi now being replaced by Moto X4 Android One

The Nexus line might be dead but its problems live on. Specifically, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X continue to be plagued by bootloops and consumers rightfully continue asking for replacements. Unfortunately, there is no official fix for this illness, which means that customers keep coming back for a replacement after every few months. Worse, Google is now running out of refurbished units to replace these devices, forcing them to offer users a measly payout or credit. Fortunately, now it seems Google has a solution for Nexus 5X owners, offering to give a Moto X4 Android One edition instead.

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Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

The Google Pixel 2, and the OG Pixel before it, has been hailed as having one of if not the best smartphone cameras in the market. But its real accomplishment is not exactly in the camera hardware but in the software Google has developed to actually make up for the lack in hardware. But because it's mostly software-based, it's also a bit easier to extract that magic and make it available for other compatible smartphones. And thus, Google Camera mod Camera NX was born, which now includes the much sought-after bokeh effect to older Google phones.

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Get AR Stickers on rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5

Get AR Stickers on rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3, Xiaomi Mi 5

Having a bit of Star Wars or Stranger Things envy from those with the Google Pixel phones? Worry not for the Force is strong with the Android community. Especially if, like a true Rebel, you have rooted your phone. If you are one of the Chosen few with a rooted Nexus 6P, OnePlus 3 or 3T, or a Xiaomi Mi 5, you can also join in on the whimsical fun of having Storm Troopers and very imaginative kids invade your world with Google’s latest AR Stickers.

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Android December security bulletin finally has KRACK fix for Pixels

Android December security bulletin finally has KRACK fix for Pixels

Google kicked off the whole monthly security bulletin practice to assure Android users, or at least owners of its Nexus and Pixel devices, that they will get timely and critical security fixes before all hell breaks loose. In a rather odd turn of events, however, Google missed that window when it rolled out the November set of security patches without a fix for the KRACK vulnerability. Fortunately, that whole scare seems to have blown over on its own before Google could finally get the fix out the door today.

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Always On Display on Nexus 6P, Pixel with no root: here’s how

Always On Display on Nexus 6P, Pixel with no root: here’s how

With the proliferation of OLED displays on smartphones, features like Always On Display (AOD) will start to become more common. Sadly, not all smartphones might be able to join the party, even older models that do have the hardware for it. Even sadder is that such is true even for Google's own first gen Pixel phone and Nexus 6P, despite being totally capable of handling the load. The good news is that AOD is also partly a software implementation that can be enabled on such devices, provided you're running Android 8.1.

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Nexus, Pixel phones won’t get their KRACK fix until December

Nexus, Pixel phones won’t get their KRACK fix until December

Google devices, like the Nexus before and now the Pixel phones, have always been prided on getting patches and updates a lot earlier than even the fastest OEMs, of which there are only very few. But in this particular instance, Google will be rolling out one specific fix a lot later than some of those OEMs or even third-party Android ROM makers. Unfortunately, it’s an instance where time might even be more critical, as Nexus and Pixel devices remain vulnerable to the KRACK exploit until Google finally rolls out the fix next month.

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