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New concept renders for Nexus 5 (2015)

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Hey folks, we’ve got a while off until another Nexus phone shows up anywhere, but a lot of talk and predictions are that there will be a refreshed Nexus 5 phone rather than another Nexus 6. This is only talk of course, but for your enjoyment and imagination, we’ve got some fresh concept pictures of what I hope the upcoming Nexus phone will look like.

With aluminum sides, dual front-facing speakers and a clean, minimal front and back, this was designed to have Motorola and HTC qualities combined. The back is meant to look and feel like the plastic on the Nexus 6 back. The IR blaster is what you see on the top, and dual-flash located on both sides of the back camera.


Also, here’s a picture of customizable back covers, “Material Style”



Again, this is just a fan-made concept only to be taken as so.

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Turning my Nexus into a Yahoo phone


The other day, I felt like trying something totally strange and different. As I happily use my Nexus 5 throughout the day, I have gotten to the point where I rely on Google more than I thought I did. After realizing this, it hit me how much my Android phone has really become a “Google phone”.

Many of you are probably thinking, “uh, yeah? That’s what a Nexus phone is” to where I respond, “WHAT IF… this here Google telephone was mutated and transformed into something of the opposite race, a completely different species… a Yahoo Phone.

I never use Yahoo, but I don’t know why. I don’t have a reason not to, other than Google has been good enough and convenient for me. It also works wonders when I’m using Google’s services on the software that they designed. But Yahoo has many apps on the Play Store too, including a homescreen launcher. So with the options there, I gave it try and downloaded EVERYTHING Yahoo. Aviate Launcher, Yahoo Search, Yahoo Mail, Weather, you name it. You never know if you haven’t tried it, right?

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I created a new Yahoo account, setup Yahoo Mail, got my Weather location setup… I was ready.

I’m not here to review these apps or Yahoo in general, but for the most part I was pleased with how Yahoo’s apps operated and worked. I noticed a bit more ads on apps than Google’s services, such as more ads on Yahoo’s news columns, as well as ads top-and-center on Mail. But whatever, Google does it too to an extent.

Yahoo Search has been alright for me, but Google has done a much better job making Google Now a fluid an intuitive experience on an Android phone. Upon installing Yahoo Search, you can even replace Google Now at the bottom of your screen if you swipe up from the home button, even if your phone isn’t rooted (which I did not know). My favorite app of Yahoo is the News Digest app, which I made App of the Day a while back. It represents Yahoo’s best design yet in an app and makes catching up on the news actually kind of fun.

The backbone of my experience immersed in yahoo was Aviate, the home screen behind it all. I tried it out a long time ago when it was in beta and before Yahoo bought it, and many things have improved. I like how the left side of the launcher resembles Google Now and Blinkfeed, but allows you to add your own widgets to it. I like having my favorite apps on the main page. I also like the categories of apps on the right side of the launcher. It’s a fun and productive launcher to use, but ONLY AFTER I installed Android 5.0.1. When I was using it with Android 5.0, the “memory leak” issue was truly killing Aviate, and it frustrated the crap out of me. Just about every time I pressed to go back home, it would take a few seconds to load the launcher, even though it should be running in the background.

Whether the issue was fixed after Yahoo released a Nexus 6 compatibility update, or Google fixed the problem with Adroid 5.0.1, I’m not sure, but it works great now.

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Right now I’ve switched back to my preferred Action Launcher 3, but I enjoyed my time using Yahoo on my phone. Not that the apps and services were bad, it just mainly has to do with Google offering a little bit more. I do encourage you guys to try using something different on your phone that you’ve never used before. Consider it a small New Year’s resolution.×90.html

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Chainfire releases CF-Auto-Roots for all Nexus devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop

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The all-new Android operating system, 5.0 Lollipop, was officially released on November 3rd and it has already been rooted. While rooting has been available for Nexus devices running Lollipop ever since the developer preview, it hasn’t been easy… until now.

XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire, has already updated his famous CF-Auto-Root downloads to include an Android 5.0 root for the entire Nexus line. That means the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus 10 devices running 5.0 can easily be rooted.

For those of you who don’t know what CF-Auto-Root is, it is essentially the go-to method for beginners who are not well-versed in rooting. You can check out the officially CF-Auto-Root page here.

Source: XDA Developers | Via: Talk Android 

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Root Nexus 5 Running Android 5.0 Lollipop With SuperSU

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The Nexus 5 running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software can now be rooted using a SuperSU package, formed from the Android 5.0 SDK with a build number of LPX13D.

This is great news for Nexus 5 owners concerned with keeping their root access when the Android 5.0 Lollipop update lands on their devices from the official OTA in November.

Using ChainFire’s SuperSU with the CF-Root tool gives you root access on the Nexus 5, and to do so yourself follow the steps below.

Root the Nexus 5 On Android 5.0 Lollipop

  1. Download the SuperSU root file here.
  2. Download the adapted hammerhead boot image here.
    – extract the contents.
  3. Note: You must have Android SDK already pre-installed before starting.
  4. Use the extracted file from the boot image folder and copy it over to the same folder that the SDK is sitting.
  5. Connect the nexus 5 to the computer with the USB wire.
  6. Have the SDK folder open and right click the mouse and hold the ‘Shift” key on the keyboard.
    – now you have the command line open and ready for us to type some commands.
  7. Type the first command: “adb reboot bootloader”.
    – you are running in bootloader mode.
  8. Type the second command: “fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
  9. This command takes some time as it is flashing the file. Do not touch any keys until it finishes.
  10. Select the recovery option from bootloader mode.
  11. Choose the “install” option from the main menu.
  12. Locate the root file from earlier and upload the file to the Nexus.
    – confirm the process and do not touch any keys until it finishes flashing once more.
  13. Go back to the main screen of recovery and select “reboot System Now”.
  14. The initial boot process can take minutes longer for the first time.

Enjoy your rooted Nexus 5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop.



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Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: A civil war within Google

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Ever since the announcement of the Nexus 6, we’ve been dying to know how it will stack up against other devices. While we won’t know for sure until we have our hands on one, we can at least look at the various specs. Lets take a look at the Nexus 6 vs the Nexus 5!

Motorola Nexus 6 vs LG Nexus 5


Let’s start with the Display. The Nexus 6 has a gorgeous display with a pixel density of 493 ppi, while the Nexus 5 isn’t bad either with a 445 ppi. However, considering the Nexus 6 is a full inch bigger than the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a clear winner in the display quality. Motorola’s device has an AMOLED screen while LG’s offering has an IPS screen, so that’s a matter of preference. Is also worth noting that the Nexus 5 is still a regular phone with its size, whereas the Nexus 6 places itself well into the “phablet” category.


With the battery, the Nexus 6 has another clear advantage with a 3,220 mAh battery, while the Nexus 5 has a 2,300 mAh battery. While the Nexus 6 has much more pixels to push, the Nexus 6 site still claims you can get 24 hours of talk time, with the Nexus 5 getting 17.


When it comes to the processors, they come pretty close. The Nexus 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.26 GHz, while Motorola’s offering has a Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz. While the Nexus 5 technically has a year old processor, it is no slouch. Technically, the Nexus 6 wins, but when it comes down to it they are pretty close. However, the Nexus 6 has 3 GB of RAM while the Nexus 5 has 2 GB. This should give the Nexus 6 more multi-tasking power.


The Nexus 6 has a better camera, with a 13 MP rear shooter and a 2 MP front shooter, while the Nexus 5 has a 8MP and 1.3 MP. The Nexus 6 also has the ability to shoot video in 4K, while the Nexus 5 is behind at 1080p.


The Nexus 5 starts at 16 GB of memory, while the Nexus 6 starts at 32 GB. Neither have expandable memory.

All in all, both devices have great specs. Google truly has done well in designing both of these  Even the Nexus 5 which came out last year holds its ground well, but the Nexus 6 has been updated immensely, so in terms of specs the Nexus 6 is the clear winner.

However there are two things to consider: the Nexus 6 is quite large with its 5.96″ screen. One will have to get used to the size of the Nexus 6. Otherwise, some people are simply not going to want a phone that large and will want to get the Nexus 5. The other thing to consider is the price. What makes the Nexus 5 so great is all the great specs you get for the price: $349 off contract. The Nexus 6, however, will be $649 off contract. While the Nexus 6 will be available through carriers for cheaper, you’ll likely need to lock into a 2-year contract to get that price, which to many is not preferable.

So, when it comes to specs, the Nexus 6 is a winner. When it comes to size preference and price, the Nexus 5 is the winner. Which do you think is the better device? If you’re planning on getting a Nexus this year, which will you get?


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Just how big is the Nexus 6?


The Nexus 6 isn’t for everyone because of it’s enormous 6-inch (5.96) display, but how does it stack up against its predecessors? Thanks to Phone Arena, we have images of the Nexus 6 next to each Nexus phone ever released.  Some of these images my scare you, but what was a large phone in 2010 is not a large phone today. Hit the break for all the images and let us know what you think of the Nexus 6. Too big? Just right? Or dare I say, too small?


source: Phone Arena

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A Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparison shows us exactly how far the Nexus line has come

Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparisonI think it would be a pretty fair statement to say that the new Nexus 6 polarizes the Android community. Some love it for the performance beast it is, while others find it hard to overlook the gigantic 5.96-inch display. One thing is certain, however, and that is the Nexus 6 is a spectacular culmination of the Nexus devices that came before it, some of which it physically dwarfs. To picture by how much the Nexus 6 dwarfs its predecessors, Phone Arena has constructed some mockups, of which the Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparison is the most pronounced. The front surface of the Nexus 6 appears to almost equally about double of the Nexus One’s front face, remarkable to think that 3.7-inches might have been enough for us at some point.

Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparisonA more traditional size comparison of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 is perhaps less spectacular, but no less distinct – even the Nexus 5 looks tiny compared to its new big brother. I very much doubt that nigh on 5 years ago we would have imagined that the phones that we would eventually own could eventually measure 6-inches, but then again it’s hard to fathom just how far hardware and software developments have come in that identical period. Some days, you just have to love technology.

What to you think about how far the Nexus line of devices has come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Phone Arena

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Android Lollipop Nexus 5 Goodness and Material Designed Wallpapers! – ManDroid Daily


The ManDroid Daily is here, and so is that Android Lollipop. The new developer preview hit the Nexus 5, and I hope you guys are running it. I just flashed it on my N5 yesterday, and expect a video soon. The great thing about these new builds is the fact that developers out there strip it and pull all the goodies out of it. The crowd pleaser is always the wallpapers, and you can get all those wallpapers by hitting the link below. Enjoy them and enjoy the Daily.

Android News
Get Android Lollipop on your Nexus 5 without a computer
Gmail 5.0 brings multiple email accounts
Android Wear update for the Moto 360
Android Lollipop wallpapers

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Install Android 5.0 Dev Preview Without A Computer On Nexus 5


Are you in envy of others that are running the latest Android 5.0 (Lollipop)? Do you want to get it on your Nexus 5, but you don’t have a computer? Well I got some good news for you, you can get it. It’s fast and easy. Here’s how: You will want to make sure you have unknown sources checked in the settings.

First, You’ll need to get Root Access. The easiest way to do that is to download Towelroot. Install > open > hit “make it ra1n”. Once it does its thing you will want to download SuperSU from the Play Store.

Second, You’ll need to install a custom recovery. TWRP is my preferred choice. Head on over to the Play Store and download Flashify. Open > Recovery Image > Download TWRP > Choose the lastest version (Currently > Yup!



Step 3: Dowload the N5 TWRP Backup LPX13D > Unzip to the root of sdcard (or somewhere you can find it easy)

Step 4: Reboot into TWRP recovery. Turn off phone > Hold Vol Down + Power (You’ll be taken to bootloader) > Tap Vol Up or Down twice (either way works) until you get the option Recovery Mode then press the Power Button.

Step 5: Create a backup. To do this select Backup > Mark System + Data + Boot.

Step 6: Move the backup of the LPX13D Preview into the backup folder in TWRP that you just made. Advanced > File Manager > sdcard > Find your N5 TWRP Backup LPX13D file > Click on it > Click Select on the bottom right > Move > sdcard > TWRP > BACKUP > click on the folder in there which should be a bunch of numbers and letters > Click Select again.

Step 7: Restore the LPX13D backup (Warning: This will reset your phone). Restore > Select the LPX13D backup > Swipe to Restore.

Step 8: Reboot and Enjoy!

I spent hours of failed attempts to get mine to work correctly. This is the end result. Hope you guys enjoy the Android 5.0 Dev Preview. I know I am. Just be sure to be patient during the process and do this at your own risk. I do not take responsibility if you mess something up.

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Respite is in sight: Nexus 5 camera bug will likely be eliminated for good in Android L

Nexus 5 camera bugThe Nexus 5 camera bug is one of the best documented issues on Android KitKat and despite several fixes that have alleviated a lot of the outcry when the bug was first found, there are still people suffering from the debilitating issue, battery draining and all. Well, it seems there is good news for those of you still suffering as the specific issue that relates to the Nexus 5 camera bug has been marked as “Fixed” in the Google Issue Tracker and has been earmarked to be included in a future release, which we’re assuming is Android L.

While the camera part of the issue was resolved for many people in Android 4.4.3, the battery draining due to 100% CPU loads often remained, though it appears Google has now found a fix. Interestingly, this issue has only ever affected the Nexus 5, so only it will receive the fix, but for those who have been struggling with the bug, you’ll be glad to know that salvation is only a few weeks away – or at least, that’s what the rumours tell us.

Are you still living with the Nexus 5 camera bug? Let us know your thoughts on the release of a fix.

Source: Google Issue Tracker via Phandroid


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