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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 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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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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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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Google reportedly stopping all Nexus 6P RMAs

Google reportedly stopping all Nexus 6P RMAs

If you ask around Android circles, you’ll probably be surprised (or not) to find out that the Nexus 5 is largely regarded as the best, and probably last greatest, Nexus phone. While definitely not perfect, everything that followed were significantly less perfect. And the last Nexus phone made, the Nexus 6P, is to date, an unmitigated disaster. Tired perhaps of the never ending requests to return defective units, Google is now reported to have changed its mind and will no longer replace what is probably the last of the Nexus line.

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Nexus 6P from Google Store, Project Fi being replaced by Pixel XL

Nexus 6P from Google Store, Project Fi being replaced by Pixel XL

What should have been a prime example of Huawei’s capabilities has become an embarrassment and a liability. Though with the relative success of its latest P and Mate phones, Huawei might not be too motivated to address the issues facing owners of its Nexus 6P, much less face class actions related to it. That is probably part of the reason why Google itself has somewhat given up replacing defective Nexus 6P units over and over again and is simply shipping owners with its Pixel XL instead.

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Nexus 6P, Honor 6X, Honor 8 Pro getting Android Oreo soon

Nexus 6P, Honor 6X, Honor 8 Pro getting Android Oreo soon

Gone are the days when Chinese OEMs lived in their own islands, content to leave their users with the Android versions their phones launched with. As their participation in the global market grows, so does the awareness of their duties as good Android citizens. Xiaomi has just announced its first ever “pure Andriod” phone, the Mi A1, and now Huawei and sub-brand Honor are girding up their loins to bring the latest Android 8.0 Oreo to the Honor 6x, the Honor 8 Pro, and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P.

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Nexus 6P bootloop fix is finally here, unofficially

Nexus 6P bootloop fix is finally here, unofficially

The Nexus line of devices were supposed to showcase Google’s vision for the Android smartphone. If that’s the case, then the Nexus 6P and 5X, coincidentally the last Nexus smartphones so far, doesn’t exactly give off a reassuring image of Android. These two devices have been notorious for turning into paperweights because of bootloop bugs. In fact, both are the subject of class action lawsuits against Google, Huawei, and LG. Fortunately for Nexus 6P owners, there is a way out for them, even while Google and Huawei remain mostly silent on the matter. It will make the Nexus 6P run slower, however, which is probably better than not running at all.

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Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

Google Pixel XL 2 gets even bigger (6P size returns!)

The next big Google phone, likely called Google Pixel XL 2, seems to be getting as big as the company's original huge phone: the Nexus 6P. This week speculation came of the cancellation of the mid-sized Pixel 2 thanks to a series of insider tips (linked below). Because Google's been working on three new devices for the next wave, instead of two, the cutting out of the mid-sized device won't have that giant an effect on the everyday average consumer. We'll weep for the lack of a 5.5-inch display, but the device we'll get will probably be better off for it.

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Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

Now the Nexus 6P is being targeted by a boot loop lawsuit

These days, when you buy a premium model smartphone, Android or otherwise, there's an expectation that the device will be supported by its manufacturer for, at a minimum, the next one to two years. Unfortunately for a number of Nexus 6P owners, that is hardly the case. Google and Huawei, the Nexus 6P's manufacturer, are now at the center of a federal class action lawsuit over a "boot loop" problem affecting the smartphone, the issue at the heart of a LG lawsuit reported in March.

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