OmniROM Android 6.0 support for some Nexus devices goes live

If your device is behind with Android updates and you are willing to try some custom ROMs to make things better, you can try omniROM. Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been around since October 2015 but not too many devices have been updated so far, in part because of OEMs and in part because of carrier issues. If you want to try the Marshmallow flavor however, you can try a custom ROM (if you have the capability to do so) different from the popular CyanogenMod.       In case you didn’t know what omniROM is by now, you should keep in mind that it is software similar to the CyanogenMod build. Initial nightly builds of the ROM are destined for Nexus devices like Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, 6, 7, and 10. Future updates will bring Nexus 4, Find 7/a and OnePlus One support, possibly in the next couple of days.   This nightly brings about familiar Omni settings like Status Bar Network Traffic Indicators, Silent Mode, separate lock screen wallpapers and more. Among the new features you will find enhanced Do Not Disturb mode, and weather in the notification bar header.   Since Google has been working on releasing periodic security releases for its most important devices, omniROM is aiming to do the same thing in the future, as soon as AOSP sources are posted.   Source: omniROM  

Nexus 6 pulled off the Google Store – where can you buy it now?

If you have been waiting for the killer deal on a Nexus 6 this holiday season, you should know that that time is not coming as Google has already pulled the plug on the device. You will no longer be able to get the device from Google Store. This does not mean that you will not be able to find it anywhere anymore, but its price may go a bit higher or remain the same for a while considering it will be harder to find. The 6” Shamu will not be sold by Google anymore, but support will not die with this event. We are still talking about a 2014 device here. Android updates should come to the device at least for the next one or two years if the device will follow the Nexus 5 recipe. If you really want a Nexus 6 now, you can appeal to eBay, where you will find all sorts of deals, or you can scour Amazon, where you will find the device selling for $349 at the moment. Source: Google store

Android 6.0.1 factory images for Nexus devices available

This morning, Google officially announced that the Android 6.0.1 update will begin rolling out to Nexus devices. This update is the “emoji” OTA everyone has been waiting for since last week. The announcement itself was accompanied by the release of the factory images for those who are not keen on waiting.   Android 6.0.1 is supported by Nexus devices at the moment, including Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 (2013). The update is arriving under the form of build MMB29K for most devices, with Nexus 6P and Nexus Player getting build MMB29M.   Other builds for older Android OS versions have also been released:   6.0.0(MMB29N) for Nexus 6P 5.1.1(LMY48Z) for Nexus 9 LTE 5.1.1(LMY48Z) for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE 5.1.1(LMY48Z) for Nexus 10.   Source: Google Devs factory images, Google Devs binaries

Android 6.0.1 rolling out to Nexus devices – much needed taco emoji included!

A Google official teased an Android update in a Tweet last week and now it is time for Nexus owners to actually see their new emojis. Android 6.0.1 is codenamed the “emoji update” by everyone because its most important changes are more emojis and some changed and upgraded existing emojis. The rollout is already in motion, but it will take a little bit of time to get to all supported nexus devices. The rest of us will have to wait for a little while longer to get the OTA, but it is coming.       Apart from the updated and increased number of emojis, this update brings a new navigation button placement for tablets with back and home on the left and overview on the right, a new “Until next alarm” option when you activate DND and some security updates.       The most sought after new emojis are the taco, the unicorn, a much improved poo emoji with eyes and less stinkyness and the revamped hands in the air emoji.   Android 6.0.1 is supported by Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus Player. If you have a different mobile device, you will have to wait for a little longer to enjoy the taco emoji!   Source: +Nexus  

Android Marshmallow 6.0 rollouts starting October 5th – which Nexus devices get it?

Android Marshmallow 6.0 will begin rolling out to Nexus devices starting October 5th, and that is not all, because it will be released on AOSP as well. Google has been testing their newest OS over the summer and some developer previews have been floating around too, but nothing compares to the real deal. The official roll-out is scheduled to start on October 5th and it will probably be slow, as there are many devices out there that will take it.     The update ZIPs will save us all though, as they will surely be ready for use in a jiffy. Factory images will also be available just in case you need to flash back to stock Android or if you have a rooted smartphone.   October 5th marks the date for the final Marshmallow code to be pushed to AOSP as well.   Which devices get Android Marshmallow?   The big question arises! Who gets the update first? Well, the Nexus devices, of course! Android 6.0 will roll-out to Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013) and 9 and the Nexus Player will get it too, but Nexus 4, 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 are not getting any marshmallows. These devices are cursed to Lollipop fever forever. Their hardware could sustain an update, but the devs probably don’t want to work on a three-year-old device. Tough luck!

LG launches press invitation to mysterious event

LG just launched an invitation to a mysterious event being held next month in New York. The event will take place on October 1st and it appears that the South-Korean manufacturer really wants you to “save the date”.     Could this be the day we finally meet the new LG Nexus 2015? or is this the moment we meet a new tablet, an Android wear device or the rumored V10? We will have to wait and see. Speculation is running amok right now, especially since more than one device has been spotted in leaks.   One possibility for an official release can be the LG G4 Note, seen getting certification on TENAA recently. A speculated release date for this device was October 10.   Another possibility is the Nexus 5 or Nexus 5X, that was rumored to be available for pre-order sometime mid-October. The device should have a Snapdragon 808 processor plus a 2700 mAh battery.   LG could bring the G Pad II variations to the US or even the metallic G4 variants, but these are not devices worthy of a full event.   We will have to wait for a little while longer before we actually find out what this event is all about. We are sure that new Android devices await and they will only help the platform grow bigger and bigger by the day.   Source: Android Central