Nexus 5X

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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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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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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Google Camera NX for Nexus 5X, 6P brings Motion Photos, Face Retouching

Google Camera NX for Nexus 5X, 6P brings Motion Photos, Face Retouching

Having great hardware is one thing, but without software to fully take advantage of it, their greatness is reduced. That is the painful truth that owners of the 2015 Nexus phones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, find themselves in. Despite having capable camera hardware and the processors to drive some features, the stock camera apps don’t do it enough justice. Fortunately, this is Android and one enterprising developer, XDA Senior Member Charles_I, was able to take Google Camera 5.1 app intended for the new Pixel 2 phones and put them in a new Google Camera NX mod that will do wonders for the two last Nexus phones.

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Nexus 5X, 6P will get security updates until November 2018

Nexus 5X, 6P will get security updates until November 2018

The Nexus device line is practically dead. The Pixel is Google's new smartphone flagship and reference device and the Android One program seems to have been revamped to take the Nexus' place. There has been no official confirmation of course, but Google's latest action seems to support that speculation. It has just quietly extended the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P support period by a very short two months ending November next year. This could very well be in order to help owners move over to whatever Pixel or Android One phone will be available by then.

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Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

There might finally be some hope for Nexus owners who have had their Nexus 5X or 6P instantly turn into paperweight through no fault of its own. While Google, LG, and Huawei take their time figuring this out and fighting off class action lawsuits, some more zealous users have taken matters into their own hands to fix their “bootloop of death”, or BLOD, problems. After the Nexus 6P got its fix, it is the Nexus 5X’s turn. Curiously, it uses the exact same fix as the Nexus 6P.

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Nexus 5X successfully upgraded with 4 GB of RAM

Nexus 5X successfully upgraded with 4 GB of RAM

Flagship smartphones seem to be stuck at 4 GB of RAM, save for a few exceptions, but not all smartphones, even Google's once prized Nexus line, can boast of that much. Specifically, the Nexus 5X seemed stuck at a time when nobody needed more than 2 GB of RAM. Apparently, the device's hardware could have actually gone with more, like 2 GB more. And someone actually did, with a little help from a rather helpful Chinese repair shop.

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LG bootloop lawsuit now includes G5, V20, Nexus 5X

LG bootloop lawsuit now includes G5, V20, Nexus 5X

No smartphone is perfect, but some fail so spectacularly that they get not only some media coverage but even a class action lawsuit. And, no, for the first time, we're not talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In the federal district Southern California, LG was slapped with a class action lawsuit by disgruntled owners of LG G4 and LG V10 smartphone who were fed up with the company's shoddy craftsmanship and even shoddier customer support. Now that list of devices has grown to include the Nexus 5X, the LG G5, and the LG V20.

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Android O on Nexus 5X, 6P gets a preliminary root

Android O on Nexus 5X, 6P gets a preliminary root

New Android releases are almost always welcomed by Android users, but power users, especially those who routinely root their devices, have mixed feelings. While it brings new features to play with, a new Android version usually also patches up exploits that are used to gain root access. Defying expectation, however, Chainfire, developer extraordinaire known for his SuperSU utility, has announced a preliminary root for Android O on the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, just days after the first Android O developer preview was announced.

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Nexus 5X gets fingerprint swipe, Nexus 6P might follow

Nexus 5X gets fingerprint swipe, Nexus 6P might follow

The Android platform is already notorious for its fragmentation and Google may have contributed to that even further. When it launched its own Google Pixel, it introduced some features that may never reach its other Nexus devices, even if the hardware were capable of supporting it. Google’s tune has changed a bit after much criticism, at least for one particular feature. Fingerprint swipe down, first seen on the Pixel, are coming and, at least according to some reports, has already landed on some Nexus 5X devices.

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