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Nexus 4 expiration delayed with CyanogenMod 14.1 Nougat

Nexus 4 expiration delayed with CyanogenMod 14.1 Nougat

Market analysts would say that the average turnover rate for most smartphones is two years, which is exactly how long most contracts last anyway. That is true even for Google’s Nexus devices. In that sense, the Nexus 4, launched way back in 2012, is way past its due date. But for those still with a perfectly serviceable unit, news of its death has been largely exaggerated. Especially now that there’s a CyanogenMod 14.1 nightly image for it, bringing the nutty goodness of Nougat to the phone.

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Non-Pixel Nexus lose Night Mode, no fingerprint gestures

Non-Pixel Nexus lose Night Mode, no fingerprint gestures

It seems that Google is piling up the features that will make the Pixel smartphones special, further distancing itself from its Nexus predecessors. In some cases, however, the changes might turn out to actually be detrimental to Google’s older, existing devices. In responding to comments on Google+, Googler Ian Lake confirmed that devices other than the Google Pixel won’t be able to support fingerprint sensor gestures or the new Night Light mode. Unfortunately, it seems that Android 7.1 has also removed the previously existing Night Mode for those devices as well.

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Android M details the end of Nexus device support

Android M details the end of Nexus device support

Google's next version of Android is tipped to bring about hard end-dates for updates to Nexus devices. This means the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 7 tablet, and everything in-between - all will have Google setting up hard end-dates for updates. As they always should have done. Remember back when we spoke about how Google should never have promised Android updates? The time has come for harsh realities to be spoken of plainly. This should very well be the end of (official) Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012) Android OS update support, but it may not be the end of security support for the lot.

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Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Nexus 4 Lollipop released: here’s where to get it

Good times are happening over at Google where they've not only gotten Android 5.0 Lollipop working for the LG-made Nexus 4, they've released it to the public. Just as the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were given Lollipop this week, so too will Nexus 4 users be able to load it with ease. And if you're familiar with the Android SDK, you can load it right this minute. All it takes is a USB cord and a couple of quick code entries. If you know what that's all about, of course.

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The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

Nexus owners, get ready for an upgrade. Google has announced that most Nexus devices will soon be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop, and while they didn’t come right out and say which would and wouldn’t get Lollipop officially, we’ve got a good idea. Via the Android Developer’s page from Google, we see the factory image postings for all Nexus devices. The usual suspects you’d expect to get the update are there, but some notable exceptions are raising some eyebrows.

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Nexus 7, 4, 10 may yet get an Android L update

Nexus 7, 4, 10 may yet get an Android L update

This week the folks at Google responsible for sending binaries for Android to Nexus devices have done so for five devices, showing the Android L spread for the near future. When a binary is sent out across a range of devices like is has been today, it means that the same - or a very similar - build will be send to the collection. Android L is out as a Developer Preview for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2013), and this week it’s been confirmed (not released, just confirmed) for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10.

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Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

Yahoo Voice Assistant may join in Siri war – or hoax battle

After acquiring the company known as SkyPhrase earlier this year, it would appear that Yahoo is ready to roll with an early iteration of its own personal assistant app. The presentation you're about to see appeared first on the video hosting website Dailymotion, but was subsequently pulled - now we're seeing it proliferated through other video sites like YouTube. Could this be Yahoo's real Siri/Google Now competitor, or does it smell like a fix-up?

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Nexus flaw sees Android phones crash after SMS overload

Nexus flaw sees Android phones crash after SMS overload

Google's Nexus smartphones are susceptible to a messaging glitch that can force them to reboot or disconnect, security researchers have discovered, with handsets running recent versions of Android falling victim to special SMS messages. When around 30 so-called Flash SMS messages - which are displayed on-screen but not stored - are sent to a Nexus 5, Nexus 4, or Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.x versions, Bogdan Alecu found, the phones can either unexpectedly reboot or drop its data connection.

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Nexus G not going to happen – but not for lack of trying

Nexus G not going to happen – but not for lack of trying

It's become apparent today that the teams working with Google for the last couple of Nexus devices - the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 - may very well have wanted the device(s) to be called something else entirely. While back before the Nexus 4 was revealed - all the way back in 2012 - when we were still calling the upcoming device the Nexus G, we were apparently closer to the mark than history ended up suggesting. While Samsung has been able to key-in on branding both of the Nexus smartphones they've worked on with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, LG has been tipped to have been turned down as such.

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CyanogenMod Installer walkthrough: Nexus to new phone in minutes

CyanogenMod Installer walkthrough: Nexus to new phone in minutes

Today the CyanogenMod software universe expands with the app ecosystem called CyanogenMod Installer. What the team at the alternate-Android software team's intent is with this software is to take the otherwise convoluted process in loading the CyanogenMod software to a smartphone and turn it into an "anyone can do it" experience. In other words - if we have to make a real "how-to" guide, the team at CyanogenMod haven't done their job properly.

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Android KitKat “Magic” and “Give” videos appear

Android KitKat “Magic” and “Give” videos appear

While you'll not be seeing one whole heck of a lot of new details appearing on the operating system known as Android 4.4 KitKat in the following teaser trailer, you will find entertainment in abundance. Google and Nestle appear to be rolling out one - if not a whole series - of video advertisements for the public for their cross-branding effort in Android 4.4 KitKat. This video shows a couple of Androids working some magic with the chocolate candy bar.

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Nexus 4 LTE Bluetooth SIG suggests 5 is near

Nexus 4 LTE Bluetooth SIG suggests 5 is near

The LG-made Nexus 5 is right around the corner - more signs of the release of this device appear every day. Today's clue comes from the Bluetooth regulatory station showing off a Nexus 4 with 4G LTE connectivity - a device that's not existed on the market yet. This release - alongside the fact that the LG Nexus 5 has been teased more than a few times over the past few weeks - suggests a two-tiered smartphone release system for Google Play from here on out.

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