Android 6.0 Marshmallow Factory Images Available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6 & More

Oct 05, 2015 - 2:10 PM - by dgstorm

Not that Google officially announced the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, their latest Android version can't be far away for current Nexus owners can it? Of course not! It's available today. The factory images for Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the various Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and more are now online.

You can head over to the source link below and grab these factory image to flash on your device. It looks like it is only available to a select number of Nexus devices right now. Perhaps some of the excluded ones either need more time to bake or are simply too old to be compatible with Google's newest OS.

We aren't sure when the update will start pushing out OTA to the various Nexus devices, but it can't be long now. [Update: it looks like the update is already started rolling out OTA to several Nexus owners.]

Here's that source link: Factory Images for Nexus Devices
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Nearly Complete List of Android Phones Scheduled to Get 6.0/Marshmallow Leaks

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:06 AM - by dgstorm

Here's a handy bit of data for Android users. The included leaked list (shown above) appears to be a complete (or nearly complete) list of all Android devices across multiple brands which are scheduled to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS update. It appears the leak was compiled and leaked somewhere within the Chinese supply chain.

Also, keep in mind that it's possible/likely the list is incomplete or simply early, and we will see even more devices receive the Android 6 upgrade. For example, the Sony Xperia Z5 is not on this list, but Sony already confirmed the device will get the Marshmallow. We will keep an eye out for any further details.

Source: GizmoChina
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Google and Microsoft End Long Patent Feud Over Motorola Mobility

Oct 01, 2015 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like the Patent Wars are finally drawing to a close. Not only are we starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel for the Apple vs. Samsung fight, the other big tech titan battle of the 21st Century has drawn to a close. Google and Microsoft have ended their long-standing patent fight over Motorola Mobility.

To refresh your memory, Microsoft makes billions in profit each year from licensing some of their patents to Android OEMs. Nearly all of the Android manufacturers, like Samsung, LG and HTC all pay Microsoft licensing fees for patents on certain features found in Android which Microsoft owns. Motorola Mobility was one of the only hold-outs that was fighting Microsoft on these patents.

After Google purchased Motorola, that only complicated matters, but basically pitted Google and Microsoft directly against each other. Even when Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, that didn't change things, because Google retained Motorola's patents in that sale. Apparently, Google and Microsoft are tired of the fighting, because they officially announced they reached a settlement and plan to work together on various patent matters. Here's the quote with the official announcement,

“Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues. As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility. Separately, Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers.”
Not only have they basically called a truce, they have basically turned it into an alliance. Microsoft and Google plan to work together with and Netflix in order to develop a “royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads.” The group also plans to lobby for a unified patent system in Europe.

You see... good things can happen when we work together instead of trying to tear each other down...

Source: Microsoft and Google reach sweeping settlement in longstanding patent suits - GeekWire
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Nexus Pre-Event Round-Up; What We Expect to See Tomorrow

Sep 28, 2015 - 2:31 PM - by dgstorm

Tomorrow, September 29th at 11AM CT/ 12PM ET / 9AM PT is Google's big 2015 Android & Nexus announcement. A slew of new products are being announced from across multiple lines, and we are very excited by what Google is bringing to the tablet this year. Here's a breakdown of what we can expect from tomorrow's event.

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow - Of course, Google's next Android OS will take center stage, since it's time for the new thing to come out. For the most part, it seems like Marshmallow is simply a refinement over Lollipop, although that doesn't mean we won't see a slew of new features.

  • Nexus 5X by LG - The next generation Nexus 5 is coming from LG once again, and that's not surprising. They did a phenomenal job with the first Nexus 5. Their new Nexus 5X may not have the most powerful internal hardware available right now, but it is still a flagship worthy product and should be incredibly efficient with battery life and performance. We will just have to get it in our hands to see if it can live up to the reputation of its ancestor the current Nexus 5.

  • Nexus 6P by Huawei - The new Nexus 6 is coming from a different OEM than Motorola this time. Google chose to give Chinese smartphone maker, Huawei a chance this time. The specs on the phone seem solid, including a new USB Type-C connector. We've even heard rumors the phone might have a microSD slot. :eek:

  • New Chromecast - Due to several leaks we know that a new Chromecast is on the horizon for tomorrow's big event. Rumors suggest it will include faster Wi-Fi and a new feature called "Fast Play." We are curious to see what else Google does with the next generation of their amazing little media dongle.

That's the gist of what we know for sure. Will there be any surprises from those crazy Googlers? We are hoping Google will announce that their new Nexus phones have built-in support for Project Fi. What are you hoping to see from the event?
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Android Powered Blackberry Priv (Venice) is Officially Announced

Sep 25, 2015 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm

The rumors have coalesced into fact. The Android-powered Blackberry Venice is a real device and was officially announced today. Its internal codename was "Venice", but its retail name is the Blackberry Priv.

Other than the slide-out QWERTY keyboard and new Android touchscreen, not much was revealed about Blackberry's new entry into the crowded Android field. Here's what BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen had to say about the new Android,

“Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform. The device promises 'best in class security for enterprise customers,' as part of the company’s “heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy.”
So, basically, we have a fairly thin, touch-screen Android device, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Blackberry's famous security and productivity features built-in. Perhaps this new gladiator will cause a ruckus in the Android arena. What do you folks think?

Source: BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results
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Verizon Droid Turbo 2 Tipped to Include Moto Maker and is Coming October

Sep 24, 2015 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm

The above image is the OG Motorola Droid Turbo.

According to new report from our friends over at Phandroid, the new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 will be coming in October. Specifically, the Droid Turbo 2 will be revealed on October 15th and will hit store shelves on October 29th.

There's another interesting add-on to this news. Supposedly, the new Droid Turbo 2 (which will be called the Moto X Force outside of the US) will be available for customization on Moto Maker. Even crazier is that when you purchase the Droid Turbo 2 online through Moto Maker, Motorola will supposedly offer consumers a one-time, free design swap/replacement within 2 years of purchase. Basically, that means that if you hate your device color after having it in hand for a while, Moto will swap out the design for you.

We aren't quite sure what to make of this intel. It seems to go against the grain of the Verizon Droid line to offer customization options, but that's what was reported. It could be an interesting new collaboration between Verizon and Motorola, and we are anxious to see if this proves true.

Finally, on top of these two tidbits of juicy intel, we have another confirmation of specs for the phone, but this time we have another new detail regarding the supposedly "shatterproof" display.
  • 5.43-inch QHD “Shatterproof” display - with reinforced metallic edges surrounding the display
  • Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 processor
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage options
  • 3GB RAM
  • 21MP/5MP cameras
  • 3,760mAh battery

What do you folks think? Do these rumors make you more or less interested in the next generation Droid Turbo?
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