It’s a little early for Nexus season, but here we have a leak hinting at the next manufacturer to be handed the honour of creating the next Nexus handset. In the recent past, we had the Nexus 4 and 5 being built by LG, with the most recent Nexus 6 coming courtesy of Motorola. But now, according to a post by Darren phone chips on Weibo, the Chinese micro-blogging site, it appears that a Chinese manufacturer might be given the responsibility for the next Nexus handset.
The Google Nexus 6 smartphone has been available for over two months through carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. However, the nation’s largest carrier, Verizon Wireless has been somewhat absent from the action. It seems like that could change over the coming weeks, with the smartphone going up on the carrier’s website with a “coming soon” sign.
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
Google has just posted Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Until now, the only images that were available were for the 2012 Nexus 7. The build number on today’s images is the same as last month’s LRX22G. Google hasn’t posted any change log, but we aren’t expecting big changes in the new firmware.
The images are available on Google’s developer site and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon. If you don’t want to wait, however, you can check out our guide on installing factory images here, and download the image via the source link below.
Source: Google Developers
Lollipop is the latest and greatest version of Android from Google, but like all new software, there are a few bugs. The newest release has already had a few issues (that were promptly fixed) but now it looks like some Nexus devices are being bogged down with a memory leak on Android 5.0.1.
The issue causes the Android system to use up to over 1 GB of RAM instead of the typical 500 MB, so you’ll see tons of apps being force closed and home screen redraws. It’s not a devastating glitch, but it’s enough to be pretty annoying, especially if you like to use tons of apps at once.
Earlier today, T-Mobile started selling the Nexus 9 with LTE. The carrier is charging customers $24.99 per month for two years with the full retail price being $599. Prospective buyers that are not with T-Mobile have another option to purchase the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Directly through Google Play, the Nexus 9 with LTE is available for the same $599 full retail price. Color and storage options are limited to the 32GB model in Indigo Black.
The Google Play listing has the Nexus 9 with LTE leaving the warehouse by December 19.
Another carrier in the United States has the Nexus 6 available to its customers. The latest Nexus phone arrived online today on U.S. Cellular’s website. The regional carrier, sitting at fifth largest in the United States, has each and every color and storage option. With a two-year contract, the base 32GB model is $199. The price for the 64GB, contract included, is $249. The same devices without any contract go for more than $650 and $700, respectively.
Source: U.S. Cellular
Android updates are typically met with an assortment of bugs, and the rollout of 5.0 Lollipop has been no different, if not worse, than previous updates. Over the past month, users across a wide range of Nexus devices, including the built-for-Lollipop Nexus 6 and 9, have reported issues with WiFi, sluggishness, app crashes, and more. If you have Nexus 7, 9, or 10, there’s already a 5.0.1 update waiting for you.
One special aspect of Nexus devices is the super quick updates a Nexus user will get when a new OS is released.
On the fence about purchasing a Nexus Player? Now there is a little incentive that may push you to seal the deal. Customers purchasing a Nexus Player through Google Play will include a $20 credit to the store. An email with the promotional code will be sent as a followup for ordering the Android TV device.
The deal runs through December 31, and the Google Play credit must be redeemed by January 31 of next year.