February 11

GOOG: 813.67

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In this week’s top stories: Android Wear 2.0 and the new LG Watch Style and Sport, hints a possible Nexus brand replacement, our picks for the best Android phones for February, and much more.

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February 10

GOOG: 813.67

4.11
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First spotted in testing last month, Instant Tethering automatically and seamlessly shares a cellular data connection through Wi-Fi. The feature is now more widely rolling out, but at the moment exclusive to the Pixel line and recent Nexus phones and tablets.

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February 6

GOOG: 801.34

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It wasn’t that long ago that I thought the two smartwatches Google is set to introduce were actually going to be solely Google-branded, just like the Pixel phones. It would make sense with Google’s new hardware division — which is surely but slowly becoming a more serious business — that the Mountain View company would go all-in on smartwatches, offering a top-to-bottom lineup just like Apple.

It very well may have been the plan at one point for these to be “Nexus” watches, but today we learned exactly how they’re not going to be Nexus watches. We already knew that they would be LG-branded, but now we know where the Google comes in: a “Designed with our friends at Google” label. At the very least, this is interesting to consider in the broader realm of Google & OEM partnerships…

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9to5mac 

Overshadowed by the 7.1.2 Developer Preview, the February security patch is beginning to rollout. Still on 7.1.1, there are fixes for 35 vulnerabilities, with factory images and OTAs now available for current Pixel and Nexus devices.

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February 1

GOOG: 795.70

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Announced on Monday, the Android 7.1.2 OTA is now rolling out to the Google Pixel and Nexus 5X. On the latest developer preview, the latter device is receiving a much requested feature: a swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to reveal notifications…

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January 31

GOOG: 796.79

-5.53
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Yesterday’s announcement of Android 7.1.2 revealed a small update, with bigger implications. In Google’s blog post, you may have noticed that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are both not listed, and for good reason ─ Google is no longer pushing system updates to these devices.

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9to5toys 

January 30

GOOG: 802.32

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Google has today announced that, as it has with the past few Android releases, Android 7.1.2 will be rolling out to members of the Android Beta Program starting today…

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January 23

GOOG: 819.31

14.29
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Cyanogen essentially shut down in December, and a blog post from CyanogenMod at the time said that for various reasons (including the “PR stain,” “shared sources,” and more), it would be shutting down as well. Now, CyanogenMod lives on in the form of LineageOS, and builds of the new Android-based operating system are now available for a select few devices.

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January 3

GOOG: 786.14

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Update 1/5: After a last minute bug, Android 7.1.1 is now available for the Nexus 6, with the corresponding factory image and OTA available on the developer site.


With last month’s update coinciding with the release of Android 7.1.1, January’s is a more straightforward security patch. Slightly delayed to account for the first Monday of the month falling on a holiday, there are fixes for 95 vulnerabilities.

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electrek 

December 27, 2016

GOOG: 791.55

1.64
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December 26, 2016

GOOG: 789.91

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Prior to the release of the Google Pixel, one of the best Android smartphones on the market was the premium, powerful, and affordable Nexus 6P. However, the reputation of that device is certainly going downhill with several issues popping up as the phone ages. Now, some Nexus 6P owners are reporting a bootloop issue on their devices.

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December 22, 2016

GOOG: 791.26

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Before Android Wear 2.0 was delayed to early next year, rumors swirled that Google would make its own smartwatch. Now, in an interview with The Verge, the company has confirmed the two upcoming “flagship” devices, but revealed that they will not be solely Google-made hardware…

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9to5mac 

December 20, 2016

GOOG: 796.42

2.22
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We’ve long hailed the Nexus 6P as one of the best Android smartphones on the market and by most measurements, that’s still very true. However, as with any phone, things start to degrade over time. That’s especially true when it comes to the battery, but something especially odd and potentially dangerous has been happening with the Nexus 6P, and Google still hasn’t fixed it.

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December 19, 2016

GOOG: 794.20

3.40
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December 5, 2016

GOOG: 762.52

12.02
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Update 12/27: Following a small update aimed at devices on UK carriers, Verizon has just listed a new build (NMF26U) for the Pixel and Pixel XL. This update is likely minor with release notes only mentioning security patches. Interestingly, the Google Developer site has not been updated with links to the factory image or OTA.


Following a brief developer preview, Android 7.1.1 is now available for Nexus and Pixel devices. The update brings features that have been on the Pixel since October to current Nexus and Android One devices, as well as the Pixel C. Meanwhile, the Pixel and Pixel XL gain some new Moves and other bug fixes.

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9to5toys 

November 25, 2016

GOOG: 761.68

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Update 11/29: As presumed, the Pixel and Pixel XL will also receive Android 7.1.1 this coming Monday. This confirmation comes from Canadian carrier Rogers and is labeled as ‘Bug Fixes & Security Patches.’


According to Vodafone Australia, Android 7.1.1’s consumer release to Nexus devices will coincide with next month’s security patch on December 5th. The OTA comes less than two weeks after the second Android 7.1 Developer Preview and brings Nexus phones and tablets to software parity with the Pixel and Pixel XL.

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November 22, 2016

GOOG: 768.27

-0.93
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A month after the release of the Android 7.1 Developer Preview for the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C, DP2 is now available for the Nexus 9. These near-final system images are intended for testing before next month’s release to AOSP and OEM ecosystem.

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November 21, 2016

GOOG: 769.20

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Huawei is an ambitious company. Over the next two years, the Chinese behemoth plans to overtake Apple to become the second biggest smartphone maker on the planet. It sounds impossible, but considering the company took the number three spot in just four years, I would give them a chance at reaching that goal. Why?

Huawei releases a ton of phones each year and for the most part, they’re all pretty solid. We’ve reviewed several Huawei-made devices over the years including the Nexus 6PHonor 5X, Huawei P9, and most recently, the Honor 8. All four of these devices are fantastic in their own respects, but there’s a common flaw on all of them ─ the software, but we’ll get into that.

Now it’s 2016, Huawei isn’t slowing down in the slightest, and  we’ve got the Huawei Mate 9. Long story short, this phone is great, but let’s take a closer look…

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electrek 

November 17, 2016

GOOG: 771.23

6.75
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November 11, 2016

GOOG: 754.02

-8.54
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Android Nougat brings a lot of new features to the table, but sometimes it’s the little things that really make software great. One of those little things in Nougat was Night Mode. It first popped up in the developer previews and remained hidden just under the surface, but in 7.1, it was blocked completely and left only on Pixel devices.

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