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4
Aug

TPU case for the LG Nexus 5 2015 shows up in leaked photos




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Last week, we had what was allegedly the case for the LG Nexus 5 2015 leak out, but that only showed us the silhouette of the device. However, thanks to Steve Hemmerstoffer of @onleaks, we’re getting a look at a physical version of the case today, and the two leaks line up extremely well. As in the original leak, today’s images show a case that bears two circular holes and one rectangular hole in the back – there are various theories about what this configuration represents, including a 3D camera with dual camera sensors or perhaps a fingerprint sensor. I personally like the 3D camera idea, simply because the two circular holes appear to be about the same size – of course, the hole could just be used to display the branding of the device a la the Nexus 6.

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case for the LG Nexus 5 2015
case for the LG Nexus 5 2015

What has also been noticed from these leaked images is the general shape of the LG Nexus 5 2015 – from the inside of the TPU case, the Nexus 5 looks like it will be quite rectanglar and quite thick. We’re assuming aesthetics isn’t necessarily the first thing in mind when it comes to designing a Nexus, so hopefully this means more on the inside, perhaps a larger battery. Whatever the case, we probably won’t know anything for sure until Google announces the device in late October/early November.


What do you think about the case for the LG Nexus 5 2015? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via Phandroid

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21
Jul

Having issues connecting to devices via Android Device Manager? You’re not alone


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Android Device Manager can remotely locate, alert, lock or factory reset your smartphone… except when it can’t. Google’s theft protection service should work with no issues, given its delicate nature, but an onslaught of users have been reporting issues with the security system connecting to their devices.

It all started with Sandra Buensalida bringing the issue to light, back in March. We know that’s some time ago, but only lately did the story start picking up traction. Sandra’s Android Device Manager was displaying a “No Active Devices” message when trying to locate her Nexus 5 running Android 5.1. Her smartphone was active on the Google Play Store, Google account settings and everything else seemed to be working well; all with no luck on Android Device Manager.

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The issue was buried in the product forums until Googler Paul came into the picture asking Sandra to perform some more trouble shooting. This is when all the other reports began coming in. While Paul previously believed this was an isolated event, more users started catching Google’s attention and Paul finally announced the Search Giant was working on it.

So far there hasn’t been another update suggesting the issue has been resolved, so all we can do is assume this problem is still active – even though that post was last edited on April 27th. The good news is Paul’s last update does mention a possible workaround.

How to fix this issue

This is not a proven method and even Google’s Paul mentioned it “may make your device show up again in the Android Device Manager”. Regardless, there seems to be at least a temporary fix. Those who have added a guest account to their Android devices should go ahead and remove it. Apparently this has helped some of the Google Product Forums members.

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We still need a fix

This is hardly a solution, though, as you shouldn’t have to give up one feature just to use another. Also, Android Device Manager is part of the kill switch method Google integrated to the Android platform. Essentially, those going through these problems don’t have access to a kill switch, hence they can’t protect their phone or private data. Not good news, especially considering California law requires a working kill switch.

We were wondering how many of you guys were being affected by this. All my devices are showing up without an issue, so I can’t really speak on this myself. How about you?

 

17
Jul

Unknown LG device visits Geekbench with flagship specs


An unknown LG device was spotted running through Geekbench. Dubbed the LGE LG-F600L, Geekbench tells us that it is running a Snapdragon 808 with 4 GB of RAM.

With two flagship devices expected to be released from LG in the coming months, it is uncertain as to what this device could be.

Could it be the revival of the Nexus 5 that is to expected to release along side a Huawei Nexus phablet? Or maybe it is the LG G4 Pro in accordance to LG’s promise of a new flagship in the second half of 2015.

I am leaning more towards the LG G4 Pro as Geekbench also identifies the device as running Android 5.1.1 where we all know that the new Nexus will be launching with Android M.

However, it is not impossible for the new Nexus to be tested using Android 5.1.1, and the LG G4 Pro is expected to come with a Snapdragon 820.

The naming, LG-F600L, also follows in line with the LG G4’s model number (LG-F500L) adding even more uncertainty.

Then again, why would the Nexus phone launch with a Snapdragon 808 while the Nexus phablet launches with a Snapdragon 820?

Which do you think this phone is? The Nexus 5 that everyone is dying to see, or the more powerful G4 Pro?

As always, this is all speculation. Take it with a grain of salt.

Source: Geekbench via: Phone Arena

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17
Jul

Unknown LG device visits Geekbench with flagship specs


An unknown LG device was spotted running through Geekbench. Dubbed the LGE LG-F600L, Geekbench tells us that it is running a Snapdragon 808 with 4 GB of RAM.

With two flagship devices expected to be released from LG in the coming months, it is uncertain as to what this device could be.

Could it be the revival of the Nexus 5 that is to expected to release along side a Huawei Nexus phablet? Or maybe it is the LG G4 Pro in accordance to LG’s promise of a new flagship in the second half of 2015.

I am leaning more towards the LG G4 Pro as Geekbench also identifies the device as running Android 5.1.1 where we all know that the new Nexus will be launching with Android M.

However, it is not impossible for the new Nexus to be tested using Android 5.1.1, and the LG G4 Pro is expected to come with a Snapdragon 820.

The naming, LG-F600L, also follows in line with the LG G4’s model number (LG-F500L) adding even more uncertainty.

Then again, why would the Nexus phone launch with a Snapdragon 808 while the Nexus phablet launches with a Snapdragon 820?

Which do you think this phone is? The Nexus 5 that everyone is dying to see, or the more powerful G4 Pro?

As always, this is all speculation. Take it with a grain of salt.

Source: Geekbench via: Phone Arena

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10
Jul

Google teaming up with Huawei for the new Nexus


We’ve heard numerous times before that various manufactures are in on the new Nexus and one of the most likely has been Huawei. This time, a new report has surfaced that once again puts Huawei behind the hardware for the next Nexus smartphone.

This comes courtesy of ‘The Information‘, which has been reliable in the past when it comes to source leaks, who say that Google will be teaming up with Huawei in a partnership that will benefit both companies.

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The next Nexus device is expected to be a 5.7-inch Quad HD device, powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, and could be only one of two Nexus devices that possibly would be offered in different sizes.

The ‘benefit both companies’ piece revolves around bringing the Chinese manufacturer into the US market and this will inturn help Google bring their Google Play Store to China, a place where it hasn’t had much luck.

In addition to the Huawei-made Nexus 5.7-inch device, LG are also reportedly in talks with Google to bring a smaller 5-inch device, similar to the profile of the Nexus 5, both of which will be running Android M and will be launched in parallel of the new operating system.

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29
Jun

The new Nexus 5 (2015) and Android M will debut together, report says


According to recent rumours, we could be looking at a dual launch of the next version of Android operating system, Android M, and a 2015 version of the Nexus 5.

Codenamed the “LG Angler”, the device is expected to be the successor to the widely popular Nexus 5, and more importantly the flagship device for Android M.

The Nexus 5 (2015) is expected to have a 5.2-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 810 processor, the aim of which will be to appeal to those users who thought the Nexus 6 was just too big. It’ll most certainly have the new USB Type-C connector, and come with 32GB or 64GB variants, and potentially even an 128GB model.

A release date pegs the Nexus 5 (2015) towards the end of the year, possibly around October time, with pricing unknown at this point.

Google will use the next device in its Nexus lineup to change its design language for a device – much like Samsung did with their Galaxy S6 – that will see a more premium, durable, build quality.

One thing’s for certain – the tech world want an updated Nexus 5!

VIA

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17
Jun

Details regarding LG’s upcoming Nexus phone’s camera surface


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The camera was one of the weak spots for the Nexus 5. The flagship Nexus device manufactured by LG in 2013 had an inconsistent camera that never seemed to deliver quality shots. Now, in 2015, the company allegedly has plans to produce one of two Nexus phones. A media outlet from South Korea claims to have knowledge of LG’s plans for its upcoming Nexus phone’s camera.

The report, published by iNews24, states that the phone may use a 3D camera module. The capabilities of such technology in a Nexus phone are unknown but maybe Google has plans with Photo Sphere integration.

The report also claims that the processor will come from Snapdragon 810 and Google eyes October for a launch alongside Android M.

Yet another vague report from Asia causes plenty of people, myself included, to wonder what Google has coming.

Source: iNews24
Via: G for Games

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8
Jun

Nexus 5 on Android M Developer Preview sees a radical increase in standby time


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A Nexus 5, running the Android M developer preview, has been pitted against the same phone running Android 5.1.1 to test standby times. Doze and App Standby–two exciting features coming with Android M–are said to double a device’s standby time, giving you a lot more time before you need to put your device on the wire.

In 8 hours of standby time, the Nexus 5 running Android 5.1.1 used 4% of its battery life, while the Nexus 5 running the Android M developer preview used a mere 1.5%. After a full day, the Lollipop equipped smartphone consumed 12% of its battery life, while the Nexus 5 with Android M used a nobler 4.5%. Here’s where things get impressive–in two days, the Nexus 5 on 5.1.1 used 24% and its Android M competitor used a mere 9%.

Google announced Doze at its I/O 2015 developer conference late last month, which will intelligently power down your smartphone over a long period of time, drastically reducing the amount of battery life your smartphone consumes when not in use.

When your smartphone isn’t being charged, App Standby will restrict apps it deems inactive, prohibiting network access, syncing, and other actions.

Keep in mind that these tests were done on Android M Developer Preview 1. The performance of these tests could potentially improve when we see a global launch, as Google is still actively working on improving this new Android version.

source: ComputerBase
via: PhoneArena

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8
Jun

Nexus 5 running Android M experiences significantly improved standby battery life






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With Google’s announcement of Android M at Google I/O 2015, we’ve been very interested to know what this means for real-world devices. Luckily, the Developer Preview for Nexus 5, 6 and 9 has been available for some time now, and there are already some very interesting reports coming out. One of the most interesting reports suggests that the standby battery life of Android devices running Android M is going to be significantly increased thanks to the new Doze and App Standby features.

Nexus 5 running Android MAccording to this report’s testing, a Nexus 5 running Android M had only consumed 9% of its battery life after 48 hours on standby compared to 24% drained on a Nexus 5 running Android 5.1.1. That’s a pretty substantial gain and if we project what the maximum possible standby time could be, we see that the Nexus 5 running Android M would reach 533 hours compared to 200 hours on the Android 5.1.1 Nexus 5. While that’s just a hypothetical, it does give us lots of hope that all Android M devices will see a substantial boost in battery life.


For those wondering, the Doze feature is designed to activate when your device is idle, improving your standby battery life. App Standby similarly attempts to stop power hungry apps doing too much while your phone is not charging, and hopefully there will be control over exactly which apps are able to do this.

What do you think about the improved standby battery life on a Nexus 5 running Android M? Are any of you running the Developer Preview experiencing the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: computerbase.de via Phone Arena

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1
Jun

Google I/O 2015: What you may have missed


Unless you were residing under a rock last week, you are surely now aware of last week’s yearly developer conference, Google I/O. Well, in case you happened to not be available, or need a place to catch up on everything that was announced or talked about, AndroidGuys is here to save the day. From Android M to new Developer Tools and the new Photos service, there was surely a lot that was covered during the Google-fest, known as Google I/O 2015.

Android M


 

While this didn’t come as a surprise to many, Google decided to show off their latest iteration of Android, to the world. Android Lollipop, announced and released last year, obviously brought the Material Design UI design change to the forefront. Android M, because Google did NOT announce the name of the latest version, seems to bring a slew of additional features to the forefront. It may seem like an incremental update at first, but rest assured, there are more than a few changes that can be found with Android M.

Granular Permissions


 

The first big change announced was the addition of Granular Permissions with apps across the whole OS. What this means is that you will be able to approve or deny any permissions that a specific app may need to use in order to function correctly, or want the ability to use. Currently, users agree to all the permissions necessary for an app to be installed, upon installation from the Google Play Store. Whoever reads all those, every time you download an app, is a brave soul. I literally equate it to reading the terms and conditions of downloading any type of software update from Apple. TLDR.

Something to note in regards to these permissions changes, is that Google is paving the way for developers to build their apps that still work, even if a user denies any specific permissions request within the app. That’s a nice little touch to ensure that your apps will all still work even if you deny permissions.

Doze Mode


 

Everybody complains about battery life, regardless of what device you are using. iOS or Android. Well with Android M, Google is bringing a new feature known as Doze Mode, which is essentially puts your phone into a deeper sleep mode than what is currently available. No worries, Google still thought about the fact that you are expecting to receive notifications and such throughout the day, so those will still come through as normal. Google is claiming that Doze Mode could increase the battery life of a device, two-fold. Doubled the battery life, without having a bigger battery, is an interesting concept, so it will be interesting to see how it works in RL.

USB Type-C


 

This seems to be the year of USB Type C, with Apple introducing the MacBook, which has only the USB Type C port on it. The latest rendition of the ChromeBook Pixel also has two USB Type C ports on it, so why not introduce this technology on our mobile devices. Well Google did just that today. While they didn’t mention any devices that will include the USB Type C charging port, Google still explained what this will mean when an Android device is released with this new charging port.

Imagine this. You need to charge your phone up, but all you have is your tablet. (Of course this is a hypothetical situation, just stick with me here.) You remember that you got both of these awesome devices from Google and they both have USB Type C. So you plug the USB to USB from your tablet into your phone, and boom. Your phone is now charging. Well that’s what the introduction of USB Type C brings to the table now. On top of the fact that our Android devices will FINALLY have a reversible cable, reducing the frustration in trying to stick it in the right way.

Android Pay


 

Just about everyone has, or has had Google Wallet. Just about everyone has also heard about how Apple Pay works in unison with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ along with the fingerprint scanner. Well Android M is bringing Android Pay with built-in fingerprint support for those devices that have a fingerprint scanner already, and of course with any new devices.

Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay will be built right in to the OS, so that you can get up and running right away, out of the box. Google was also to gain support from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile to allow Android Pay to be installed, without restrictions, right out of the box.

As for stores that are on board, Google announced that there are over 700,000 retailers that Android Pay will be accepted, across the US. Essentially, Android Pay will be supported wherever you can find an NFC payment station at your retailer of choice.

Google is also building into Android M, the ability to “Buy with Android Pay”, which will allow users to pay just by tapping the icon, and your items will be instantly paid for through the credit/debit card that is attached to your Android Pay account.

App State Backup


 

Any apps that will be installed on devices running Android M, will automatically back up to Google’s cloud. This was introduced so that you can have your apps backed up and ready to go whenever you switch to a new device, or perform a full-wipe on your device. I can find this extremely useful for us geeks that switch phones like we change socks, but also for those clumsy one’s who need go through phones like diapers.

The Android M Developer Preview was made available a few hours after the keynote had ended. It is compatible with the Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player. We can expect to see Android M fully released in Q3 of this year, while there is a road-map to give users an idea of when to expect the next versions of the Developer Preview.

Android M Developer Preview Downloads

Google Photos


 

Before getting into the smaller announcements from yesterday’s event, let’s get into the other big announcement from the Google I/O 2015 keynote. Google Photos. It’s finally here, and you can expect to see a slew of articles claiming that this is the beginning of the end for Google+, but we know differently. Of course, the redesigned Google Photos isn’t anything that we didn’t already know about, but now we can finally play around with the features. The big feature, for me at least, was the cross-syncing between Android, the Web, and iOS.

Bundled with unlimited storage, Google is touting Google Photos as a backup service, more than anything else. However, there is a catch for that. Your photos will have a 16 Megapixel cap, and videos will have to be uploaded at 1080p or lower. There is an option, upon start up, to use your Google Drive storage capacity, which is nice if you have boat loads of extra storage sitting around, but the “unlimited storage” option will be just fine for most.

Depending upon how granular you get with your photo organization, things can be pretty rough sometimes. Google Photos is hoping to help out with some of that, by being able recognize and categorize your photos automatically for you. Photos will be able to identify people, places, landscapes, food, and will categorize those photos for you automatically. While Photos seems to walk the walk, it’s only a matter of time before we know if it can talk the talk.

Users can access their photos across the web, iOS, and Android, so that you have a copy of your favorite pictures, no matter where you’re at. If you want to share one of those photos, you will be able to pull up the sharing menu, and be able to get a link specific to the picture that you are attempting to share.

Another feature announced with Google Photos is your new Assistant. Nope, not a Google Now replacement, or anything like that. Instead, think of it as a modified version of Auto-Awesome for Google+. Your Assistant will help you create albums, custom stories, or movies, and what makes this even better, is that you don’t have to wait for Auto-Awesome to do its thing. You can make these adjustments to your photos, yourself.

Obviously these are just some of the many changes and announcements that Google brought to the Android world at Google I/O 2015. What are some of your favorite announcements? Was it the separation of Google Photos from Google+? Or was it the announcement of Android M and the release of the first batch of Developer Previews? Let us know what you think about everything in the comments below.

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