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  

[Deal alert] Android Central Fa-la-la-liday contest could win you a Nexus device! Find out how below!

The holidays are just around the corners and we all love presents. This is why Android Central made an easy contest where anyone can enter and have a few chances at getting a brand new Nexus 6P or a Nexus 5X. The Fa-la-la-liday contest wants you to follow, visit and interact on the web platform in exchange for getting entry chances. The grand prize for the contest is a Nexus 6P or a Nexus 5X, according to what the winner wants. Other five lucky runners up will get a box full of Android goodies and Android Central promo stuffs just in time for after the holidays. In order to enter the contest you will have to get to the end of the source link provided below and use any or all of the methods you find there. This contest is open until the end of the year, when we will finally know who the lucky guy or gal is. The Fa-la-la-liday contest is open worldwide but if you are not from the US – which is where the prize will be shipped from – you must keep in mind that any additional customs fees and taxes will have to be paid by you. You should also check the phone carrier support availability. Good luck, everyone! Source: AndroidCentral

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  

Black Friday deals by Google Store: get cheaper Nexus devices and more!

Google Store is ready for its own Black Friday deals and if you are a fan of the Nexus products or you just want to try the native Android experience, now is the time to give it a shot with one of their devices. The deals below you will be able to get until Monday, but they last as long as the inventories do, so you have to hurry to get something.       Google managed to do something great and extend returns for purchases made during Black Friday and ranging until December 22nd, and you can now return the device you bought by January 22nd 2016 if you are unhappy with it. Here are the Black Friday deals from Google:     Nexus 9 at $200 off ($199, cheaper than the HTC deal) Nexus 5X is $80 off Huawei Watch $80 off the silver version ($319) and $100 off the black version ($299) Nexus cases 50% off LG G Watch Urbane is $70 cheaper, selling for $279 Chromecast and Chromecast Audio two for $50 and you can match them however you see fit Nest Cam $169, $30 cheaper Nest Thermostat 3rd Gen – $50 Play Store credit with the purchase.   Go ahead and check the stocks, folks! Get them while they’re still hot or you’ll miss them!   Source: Google Store

CyanogenMod 13 nightly support for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

CyanogenMod recently announced support for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and it’s not any kind of support, it’s CyanogenMod 13 or the Marshmallow 6.0 equivalent. The initial list with devices that will get this OS update support is pretty small at the moment, but CyanogenMod promised to work fast in order to bring more devices on the list as soon as possible.       We are talking about nightly builds at the moment, which means they will not be the most stable of the bunch. But they are a step towards the future and more stability. We do not get any guarantee that the update will be stable or that everything will work fine after flashing. Keep in mind that there are times when a new nightly will break some features or functionality of certain features, while in other cases it may lead to freezing or bootlooping after installation.   Regular users are advised NOT to flash nighlty builds unless they are feeling especially lucky or if they just like to spend hours trying to fix their device if something goes wrong.   CyanogenMod 13 includes some support for features like Wi-Fi calling, which is mostly great for T Mobile users. The nightly builds for Nexus 5X is code named “bullhead”, whereas the code name for the CM 13 for Nexus 6P is “angler”. If you want to try out this version of CM, go ahead and click on the source links below.   Source: Nexus 5X CM, Nexus 6P CM