Hands On with Android M

Hands On with Android M

By Rich W Woods Recently, I got my hands on a Nexus 9. I’ve always been a fan of 4:3 aspect ratio tablets. I was very excited to see one with Android, but that’s not the point here. I had to see what Android M was all about. I also installed the Android M developer preview on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, which is AOSP, so you really get to see the difference between stock…

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Android 5.1 Finally Coming to Nexus 9

Android 5.1 Finally Coming to Nexus 9

By Rich W Woods After what seemed to be nothing more than Google trolling their users a few days ago when the update for Android 5.0.2 finally dropped, Nexus 9 users will finally be able to upgrade to Android 5.1. There is still no image listed on the Nexus Factory Images page; however, expect it to come soon. I would also point out that if you do not flash it, it’s going to come in…

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Google Officially Announces their Own Cell Service, Project Fi

Google Officially Announces their Own Cell Service, Project Fi

By Rich W Woods Today, Google announced Project Fi, their own venture into mobile communication services. It will be modeled after the Nexus program, partnering with T-Mobile and Sprint instead of making the network themselves. The way it works is that Project Fi gives the phone to choose between T-Mobile’s LTE network, Sprint’s LTE network, and Wi-Fi for the best available connection. Unfortunately, it only works on the Nexus 6, at least for now. We…

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Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Rolling Out for Nexus Player

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Rolling Out for Nexus Player

By Rich W Woods Isn’t it odd how they choose to roll out these Android updates to Nexus devices? First, we had Android 5.1, which came to the Nexus 5, 6, 2012 Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Weeks later, we finally got Android 5.1 on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 FHD; however, we still haven’t even received Android 5.1 on Nexus 9, even though in the Android SDK Manager, it lists Android 5.1.1 as the…

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Android 5.1 Lollipop Walkthrough on the Nexus 7 FHD

Android 5.1 Lollipop Walkthrough on the Nexus 7 FHD

By Rich W Woods After waiting 100 years for Android 5.1 Lollipop, the images were finally made available for Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 FHD yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to flash it, since I had just formatted my computer and I didn’t want to junk it up with the Android SDK and 15 minutes later decided to flash it and make a walkthrough video. There are lots of new features in…

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Android 5.1 Lollipop Finally Available for Nexus 4, 2013 Nexus 7

Android 5.1 Lollipop Finally Available for Nexus 4, 2013 Nexus 7

By Rich W Woods I’ve been seeing the news floating around for the last few days that the Android 5.1 Lollipop image for the Nexus 4 is now available; however, I would go to check on the Nexus Factory Images page, and sure enough, it wasn’t there. Well, if you’ve been waiting for Android 5.1 on your Nexus 4 or Nexus 7, you’re in luck. You can flash them today or you can rest easy knowing…

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Android 5.1 Now Available for Nexus 5, 7, and 10

Android 5.1 Now Available for Nexus 5, 7, and 10

By Rich W Woods Are you a 2012 Nexus 7 owner who was jealous of all of the 2013 Nexus 7 owners that got the Android L developer preview? Well, guess what. You get Android 5.1 before the 2013 Nexus 7 does. Android 5.1 showed up on the Android Factory Images page today for the Nexus 5, 2012 Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. It will show up as an OTA but in a staged…

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Android 5.0.2 Images for Nexus 7 Cellular Available

Android 5.0.2 Images for Nexus 7 Cellular Available

By Rich W Woods Hey, remember when you bought that Nexus 7 LTE tablet because it meant that you were always going to be the first to get an Android update. Well, they lied to you but worry no more! Android 5.0.2 is finally here for the Nexus 7 3G and the Nexus 7 FHD LTE. In fact, no matter what Android device you’re using as long as it was released within the past two…

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Nexus 6 Review: A Bigass Phone

Nexus 6 Review: A Bigass Phone

By Rich W Woods I have been spending the last few weeks with the Nexus 6. Yes, it is a bigass phone. I decided to put my iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 in a drawer for two weeks in favor of the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. While the Nexus 9 was a huge letdown, the Nexus 6 lived up to its name. The big downside to the Nexus 6 is the price….

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Nexus 9 LTE Review: It Needs Work

Nexus 9 LTE Review: It Needs Work

By Rich W Woods I was super excited to hear about the Nexus 9. I have been waiting for years for an Android tablet that had a 4:3 aspect ratio. I was never able to stray from an iPad (which is 4:3) because of this. For the first time, I had choice. Of course, when the Nexus 9 shipped on November 3, it was only available in Wi-Fi only and I like my tablets like…

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