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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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Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

It’s no secret that Google is biased about its Pixel phone. After all, it is its first, and so far only, “made by Google” phone. Just look at its exclusives: Google Assistant, unlimited Google Photos storage, and Daydream View compatibility. That last one, however, seems to be changing little by little, thanks to some investigation and hard work by the Android community. With just a somewhat simple workaround, a rooted Nexus 5X, possibly even any rooted Android 7.0 smartphone, has the potential to be compatible with Google’s fashion-conscious virtual reality headset as well.

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How to get Google Pixel fingerprint swipe gestures on Nexus 6P

How to get Google Pixel fingerprint swipe gestures on Nexus 6P

Fingerprint Cards has confirmed that the Nexus 6P and 5X have the same sensor as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. As such, developers hypothesize that the same implementation of code could be possible. A similar set of firmware codes would need to appear on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL for this to happen. For this to happen, Google would need to dedicate time to making it happen.

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Android 7.1 dev preview download released for Nexus 6P, 5X, Pixel C

Android 7.1 dev preview download released for Nexus 6P, 5X, Pixel C

With the Google Pixel out the door, Android 7.1 is, at least officially, already launched. Of course, it might not really count considering there’s only one, technically two, device that supports it. To get the ball rolling for other devices, Google has released the developer preview of Android 7.1 for at least three devices: the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, and the Pixel C tablet. While also a way for the curious to test out the waters, the dev preview is also meant to give developers a head start to test or update their apps to the latest and greatest version.

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Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google Nexus smartphones are still for sale by Google as of the release of this article - or at least they would appear to be, at first. If one searches for Google Nexus devices in Google's own search engine, the page Google dot com slash Nexus still shows Google Nexus smartphones, including both the 5X and the 6P. "BUY NOW" buttons are also still in play, allowing the user to select which color device they'd like, only then to be sent to the Google Store's standard front page, which is currently stocked up full of everything "Made by Google", including Pixel phones but no Nexus.

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