It has been reported that Google will release not one, but two Nexus phones this year. Huawei has been confirmed already, and it was previously reported that LG could very well be the other manufacturer.
It was revealed yesterday that the Android 5.0 update on the Sony Xperia Z3 did not introduce the camera features from stock Android. Known as the Camera2 API, these features introduce the likes of RAW image capture and some other crucial features. It has now been revealed that even the Samsung Galaxy S6 , Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC One M9 are missing these Camera2 API features.
Google has posted brand new Android 5.1 factory images for several Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and the slightly older 2012 version of the Nexus 7. If you’re ready to start flashing them on your device, hit the right link below and follow our guide to flashing factory images on your Nexus device.
The Nexus 5 had a really nice run, but it has finally come to an end. The Nexus 5’s popularity among the Android faithful continued into the Nexus 6 generation because not everyone wanted a 6-inch phone. I don’t think any other Nexus phone survived this much beyond one year of availability.
Google has stopped selling the Nexus 5, but I am sure it will live on through eBay, and other sites like it, as a great phone to buy used.
Android 5.1 is now rolling to several Nexus devices and it can take up to a couple of weeks for all devices to receive the update. We know that most of our readers are just too damn impatient to sit and wait that long, so here are the direct links (from Google) for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi.
You can download these Zip files and easily flash them. If you need a refresher or you’re new to it, just hit up our very extensive guide on how to manually flash OTA updates.
Downloads links after the break.
Yesterday it was leaked that the next Nexus phone would be made by a Chinese manufacturer, and today we might know who that is. Not only that, it appears that there might actually be two Nexus phones launched this year.
The same leaker is now saying there will be two Nexus phones, one produced by the said Chinese manufacturer, and the other by LG. This isn’t something that Google has done in the past, but it doesn’t sound so far fetched since we already have both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 available at the same time. If you take into account that Google cannot call the next Nexus phone the Nexus 7 for obvious reasons, it’s likely they will make new versions of both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6. This would keep most customers happy since not everyone wants a 6-inch phone. It would also solve the issue of having just one expensive Nexus phone. The Nexus 5 could be more budget-friendly and the Nexus 6 would be the premium-priced version.
It’s only a few hours ago that a Nexus 5 was spotted running Android 5.1 on GeekBench, which by itself is pretty exciting even though we have scant details about what improvements it brings. But that was a few hours ago. Today, we have another Nexus 5 being put through its paces on GeekBench, and this time it’s running Android 5.2. Allegedly, that is.
Nexus devices are usually the first to receive updates, so their updates tend to serve as a preview for things to come. A Nexus device has done just that for us today by running a Geekbench test while running Lollipop 5.1.
Never got around to purchasing the Nexus 5? Then rush over to Google Play right now because the device is in-stock, albeit in a limited way. Only the black color option in both 16GB and 32GB storage sizes is now available. The 16GB version costs $349 with 32GB adding $50 to that price. Both will leave the warehouse within 1-2 days of ordering.
Source: Google Play