In this week’s top stories: The battery app for Pixel and Nexus phones gets an update, we mark up the best Android smartwatches currently on the market, and the Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” feature can be replicated using Shazam. expand full story
Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!
Google’s entry-level flagship this year doesn’t have the flashy new design of its bigger sibling, which is rightfully giving the company just a bit of bezel shame. In response, Google’s doing a really good job of pretending like the smaller Pixel 2 doesn’t exist. At the company’s event on October 4th, the front of the device was almost nowhere to be seen except in the hands-on area. And in the Google Store’s marketing images, you have to do lots of scrolling before you see an image of the front of the Pixel 2.
It’s obvious that going with a “classic” design (I’ll be generous) for their $649 entry-level offering is something they’re not quite proud of, but I think there’s something else — which you can’t really sense or feel unless you were at the company’s event Wednesday — that Google should be even more ashamed of. In short, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are even more physically different than you think.
Google is extending security updates for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X by two months
Even though both phones have had trouble with age, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been solid devices, and they’re still going to be supported for a couple more months with major software updates. However, both phones are going to be getting security updates for another year, and Google has just randomly extended that…
Until recently, repeatedly tapping — but really violently smashing — the “Check for update” button in Settings would not push OTAs to your device any faster. However, Google has changed its update system so that tapping the button will actually offer the download.
An Android Oreo ROM is now available for the Nexus 4, because why not
One of the best things about Android is how flexible it can be, and that especially applies to the hard work of talented developers bringing newer versions of Android to older devices. Now, someone has made Android Oreo available for the 5-year old Nexus 4.
Last year we reported that Google was planning to launch an Android offshoot internally dubbed Andromeda on a Huawei-made Nexus tablet. The device was indeed prototyped in-house, and we weren’t the only ones to hear about it. At this point, though, we’re told “Andromeda” is shelved, and that the tablet will die without ever being seen by the public.
But we couldn’t help but try to dig up some more details before we close the book entirely on this one…
The September security patch is now available for Pixel and Nexus devices, marking the first — albeit small — update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Other manufacturers began releasing updates last week, while Google was uncharacteristically late this month to post factory and OTA images for their phones and tablets this month.
Some Nexus 6Ps bought from Google Store, Project Fi are being replaced w/ Pixel XLs
In its lifetime, the Nexus 6P has suffered from a spate of issues ranging from bootloops to early battery shutdowns. As such, owners have had to replace their phones, with some having to repeat the process several times. About a week ago, Google appears to have begun shipping Pixel XLs as replacement devices for affected customers.
As with the release of any major operating system upgrade, there are sure to be bugs that pop up from time to time. With Oreo, we’ve already seen an issue that has enabled mobile data use while on Wi-Fi. The latest bug to be reported is one that disables all mobile data usage when a user has reached the end of their data limit, despite some apps’ data being prorated by the carrier…
Google details September security patch, Pixel/Nexus factory images & OTAs not yet available
With Nokia already rolling out the September security patch, Google has posted this month’s security bulletin detailing what bugs have been addressed. However, factory images and OTAs for Pixel and Nexus devices have yet to be released.
After rolling out to Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL devices this morning, Google has posted the OTA download links for Android 8.0. Factory images for Pixel and Nexus devices have also been uploaded to the public site. Last week, only factory images intended for developers were released, while OTAs were limited to phones and tablets in the Android Beta Program.
With the official unveiling of the Android Oreo statue, Google has begun pushing out OTA updates to some of its Pixel and Nexus devices. Initial reports show the updates either failing or taking hours to install, but thankfully Google has released Android 8.0 system images. Here’s how to manually install Android Oreo…
Update: Google claims to have addressed the OTA issue, with Android engineering head Dave Burke noting that a signing issue was at fault. However, some Pixel users still report that the installation is failing even with the new OTA.
After revealing this morning that Android 8.0 is named Oreo, Google has gone ahead and posted the factory images for current Pixel and Nexus devices. Meanwhile, devices upgrading from Developer Preview 4 are facing some issues installing the OTA update.
Following Developer Preview 4 at the end of June, Google is now rolling out the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo. Unlike previous years where the release coincides with an OTA update for recent devices, Google is today only pushing the latest version of Android to AOSP for other manufacturers. However, Google does note that it plans to start rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices soon.
In this week’s top stories: The Essential Phone is now available for purchase, leaked images reveal a new design for Nest, and Android 7.1.1 is finally resuming its rollout to the Nexus 6. expand full story
Android 7.1.1 is finally resuming its rollout to the Nexus 6
Google’s Nexus 6 first started to receive the update to Android 7.1.1 at the beginning of this year, but following numerous complaints of issues that this update caused for the phone, Google quickly pulled it. Thankfully, it looks like 7.1.1 is ready for primetime on old Shamu.