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Android 7.1.2, April 2017 patch rolls out to Nexus, Pixels

Android 7.1.2, April 2017 patch rolls out to Nexus, Pixels

It has been a pretty big news day for Android. In addition to Google's announcement of its new "PAX" cross-licensing accord and the unsurprising victory of Android over Windows on the mobile web, owners of Nexus and Pixel devices are also getting a treat. That's right, Android 7.1.2 is finally rolling out, for real, on Google's device. But, aside from that, Google has also released the Android security bulletin for April 2017.

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Android Instant Tethering goes live for Pixel, Nexus devices

Android Instant Tethering goes live for Pixel, Nexus devices

We live in a very Internet-centric world, but access to the Internet isn't as ubiquitous or as stable as we might like. And that's not even counting the devices that can't connect to the 'net anytime, anywhere, a.k.a. WiFi-only devices. Especially for the latter class of devices, tethering is one of the workarounds to this problem but it's, more often than not, a multi-step process. Not if you're using a Pixel or recent Nexus device, though, with the rollout of Android Nougat's new Instant Tethering feature.

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Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Android users who own recent Pixel or Nexus devices running Android Nougat 7.1.1 may notice a new feature rolling out in the near future, or in some cases, already available. Called Instant Tethering and introduced as part of Google Play Services 10.2, it aims to make connecting to the phone's hotspot an easier, almost automatic process.

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Android One phones could be coming to the US

Android One phones could be coming to the US

Just when you thought Google was done with its different Android brands and settling on a single, premium Pixel, this rumor comes along. According the quintessential people familiar with the matter, the Android maker is actually planning to increase its US smartphone presence from two to three. In addition to the existing but seemingly endangered Nexus and the fledgling Pixel, Google is now said to be planning on bringing its budget class Android One line to the US as well, increasing the likelihood of confusion but also of potential profits.

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Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Next year Google will be releasing two new Android Wear smartwatches in the style of their Nexus smartphone line. There's very little to get in Google's way in the market for these devices as the only massive competition out today is the Apple Watch. According to a recent study, nobody wants a smartwatch at the moment - except some Apple fans, apparently, who all want the Apple Watch. So why would Google want to continue rolling in this market?

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Android 7.1.1 Nougat to hit Nexus devices on December 5

Android 7.1.1 Nougat to hit Nexus devices on December 5

When Google's new Pixel smartphones were launched last month, they were the first Android devices to come running the latest version of the Nougat OS, 7.1. At the time, Google said the software update would be made available for other phones sometime in early December, and now we finally have a concrete date, for Nexus devices at least.

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Android 7.1.1 inbound, last dev preview adds the Nexus 9

Android 7.1.1 inbound, last dev preview adds the Nexus 9

Android 7.0 Nougat is barely on anyone’s devices, and we’re already getting Android 7.1.1, not just 7.1, in just a few weeks! Of course, such is the fast-paced development of Android, though it’s probably not going to matter much to anyone other than those already using a Google Pixel or a still supported Nexus device. Google has just announced the rollout of the second and final developer preview for Android 7.1.1 and, in addition to the already supported devices from the last preview, Google has finally added the Nexus 9 tablet to is supported list.

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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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Google Pixel parody details Nexus 6 still-great 2-year-old abilities

Google Pixel parody details Nexus 6 still-great 2-year-old abilities

Google Pixel's newest video advertisement was the subject of a parody this week. This parody showed features of Google's hero phone of 2014: the Motorola-made Nexus 6. This video used the same music as Google's newest ad spot as it pointed out how this phone has been abandoned. In this spot the Nexus 6 feels both awesome for still being high-end and crappy for having less-than-best specs.

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What if Google is abandoning Android?

What if Google is abandoning Android?

With the release of Google's Pixel Android-based smartphone family the company has opened the door to the real possibility of abandoning all 3rd-party manufacturers. Today we're imagining the potential for devastation that'd be wrought by Google closing off Android from the open source community. Today we're imagining what would happen to manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola (Lenovo), and HTC if Google kept Android to themselves from this day forward.

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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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The Nexus is no more, departs from Google Store

The Nexus is no more, departs from Google Store

The arrival of the Google Pixel marks the first true “Made by Google” (though not literally, of course) smartphone, one that truly aims for the top spot in the smartphone market. It may also mark the end of the Nexus
program as we know it. Although Google hasn’t said so, it has removed all traces of Nexus devices, save for some cases for the Nexus 5X and 6P, from the Google Store. And commenting to The Verge, Google said it has no plans for further Nexus products.

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