Android 5.0.1 OTA updates for Nexus devices now available to download and manually install [Updated with Nexus 9]

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As reported yesterday, Google has updated the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10 to Android 5.0.1. Factory images were already posted, which you can use to manually update your device, but unless you’re unlocked, the preferred method is updating with the actual over-the-air (OTA) update since you won’t lose your data.

Good news!! The OTA updates are now available to download for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) and the Nexus 10. The Nexus 9 should be available shortly.

We have the download links after the break, and don’t forget to check out our extensive guide on installing the OTA update to your Nexus device. If you prefer to go the factory image route, we have an extensive guide on that one as well.


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nabi Pass, a kid-friendly content subscription service, is now available for Fuhu’s family of nabi tablets

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I have never been a fan of kids tablets, but Fuhu does a fantastic job with the nabi line. Not only are the tablets kid-friendly, but they encourage learning through the Wings Learning App. With that said, it can get quite expensive buying the different modules for Wings, not to mention finding other entertainment content.

To makes things easier, Fuhu just launched nabi Pass, which is a monthly subscription that includes Wings Unlimited, as well as curated music, movies, TV shows, short videos, apps, games, and e-books. These offerings are sure to delight kids ages 3 to 14, and will cost only $4.99 per month.


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Android 5.0.1 fixes a factory reset bug for Nexus devices and a video playback issue on the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi)

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Android 5.0.1 was pushed to AOSP last night with factory images posted for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10. We are sure this update fixes a slew of bugs, but a couple of notable ones include a factory reset bug as well as a video playback issue on the Nexus 7.

The factory reset bug involves the lock screen in that it could automatically trigger a factory reset. As you might know, if you have a security lock screen, you can configure it to wipe the device after a certain amount of failed attempts. The initial Lollipop update had a bug in that just tapping the device was recorded as a failure when utilizing the Pattern unlock method. This is an unlikely situation for most people, but nobody wants to reset their device accidentally.


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Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 get Android 5.0.1 factory images

google_nexus_9_screensIf you own a Nexus tablet, you might want to check out Google’s latest factory image page. The WiFi versions of the 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and brand new Nexus 10 all have official factory images for Android 5.0.1 available to flash. This should be the start of a gradual rollout to all Nexus devices, but the tablets are getting the first crack at the incremental update.

If you need help installing the factory images on your device, you can find our guide here.
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Nexus 9 with LTE could be released on December 4th

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The Nexus 9 with LTE was announced at the same time as the WiFi version, but no release date was given, other than “later this year.” According to Swedish site netonnet.se, they will be getting stock in on December 4 and will start to fulfill pre-orders.

Still no official word from Google, but we have to be pretty close now that product is starting to roll.

source: reddit

Latest Nexus 9 tablets address some HTC quality issues

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In the rush to be an early adopter of the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, some buyers discovered some quality issues with the HTC built tablet. Despite their struggles in the market, HTC generally has been viewed as a manufacturer of quality devices, so the shortcomings were probably unwelcome news for HTC executives. Based on a new post on reddit, it looks like HTC has stepped up to address at least some of the problems for buyers.

One of the issues that was identified was a problem with the volume and power buttons on the edge of the Nexus 9. Some users were reporting the buttons were difficult to press apparently because they were sitting too far in the device relative to the chassis. The reddit user who posted up the image above shows how HTC has made sure the buttons are raised up higher.

Another issue for the same reddit user, along with other early buyers, was excessive light bleed from the display. Reports indicate this was improved, though not eliminated, in the replacement unit provided by HTC.

source: reddit

Nexus 9 available at $50 discount from Amazon

Nexus_9_343434Amazon’s having their Thanksgiving sale scattered through the week, and it’s the Nexus 9′s turn. Amazon is slashing prices of all of the models of the tablets by $50, bringing the price of the 16 GB version to $349.99, and the 32 GB version to $429.99. Both have free shipping with Amazon Prime.

You can check out the deal via the Amazon source link below.

Source: Amazon