As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6, the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line before it was even a real thing. Now, I’ve had some… Read More
Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google… Read More
Google may be tipping its hand with new Android advertisement spots, which were spotted and posted to YouTube by Droid Life. The ads feature an eclectic assortment of Andy the Android characters, wearing various costumes and rendered in various sizes. The Android mascot’s variety is also the main message Google is trying to promote with these ads, which tout the slogan “Be… Read More
Google has a new Nexus 6 in the works, also potentially dubbed the “Nexus X,” and rumors abound about its potential specs. But 9to5Google has what might be the clearest look yet at this next iteration of Google’s Android reference smartphone, and the good news is that it’s basically a new Moto X. There’s bad news, too, however, depending on your opinion… Read More
Word going around the rumor mill was that Google had suddenly instated a new policy regarding a replacements for Nexus handsets that had been accidentally damaged. The weird part? No one seemed to have confirmation from Google themselves on the m…
Another year and another Nexus device. If one report out of Germany is believed, LG is tasked once again to produce this next-gen Nexus device. If true, this would be the third consecutive Nexus device built by LG after Google used Samsung for the Gala…
In case you feel the white Nexus 5 is too ostentatious and the black Nexus 5 is to monotonous, the Nexus 5 now comes in red. Because red says you’re confident and are not afraid to show it. Pricing is the same: $349 for the 16GB and $399 for the 32GB. It’s currently only available through the Google Play store, but a recent Sprint leak seems to indicate it will hit at least that carrier in the near future. Personally, I’m holding out for the transparent version because it’s what’s inside that counts. Or some malarkey like that.
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