Galaxy Nexus gets Android 5.1 via CyanogenMod 12.1 nightly

Galaxy Nexus is as old as time itself in tech years, but that does not mean it is forgotten by everyone. The device will benefit from an update to a slightly older that Marshmallow Android OS version. But hey, anything is good right now, especially for an old device such as this one, right?       The Galaxy Nexus is officially stuck at Android Jelly Bean 4.3. Two years after the device went live there was an official update to KitKat, but the device was deemed unworthy of updating. A great team of CyanogenMod devs thought differently and they finally managed to bring Galaxy Nexus some support. After being trapped on CM11 nightlies and snapshots for over a year, it is time for the device to jump to a CM12.1 nightly. This brings the device to Android 5.1.   Since this is the first nightly, things may not go so well when it comes to daily use, but that does not mean you cannot try some interesting things on the device. The download itself weighs about 248MB. You will also need a Gapps package to make everything google-related work after you install. You can get the CM12.1 download from the source link below.   Source: CyanogenMod  

[Deal alert] Android Pay purchases made with Nexus devices earn you gift cards!

Do you have a Nexus device? Do you use Android Pay? Then you could be eligible for a gift! Google just announced that if you use Android Pay on a Nexus device by December 31st 2015 you will get a $20 Best Buy e-gift card added to your digital card wallet. These gift cards are limited in number, which means that the promotion could end before December 31st if everybody and their friends uses it.       All you need to know is that if you have Android Pay on Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 5X or 6P and you use it, you are eligible for an e-gift card. You get one gift card per account and if you use Android Pay on a non-Nexus device you will not be eligible for this deal. If you hurry and start spending with Android Pay, you may just get a gift yourself!   The gift card will be added to your Android Pay app in a few days after you tap and pay. It does not matter what you buy or where you buy it from as long as Android Pay is supported as payment.   Source: Google  

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  

Chainfire’s systemless root allows automated boot image patching on installation

Chainfire’s systemless root is now allowing automated boot image patching when you install. This basically means that you don’t have to upload specific boot images for smartphones and tablets because the zip installer for SuperSu will install in systemless mode and patch the boot image automatically. This will only work on Android 6.0 and Touchwiz based on Android 5.1 for now. Keep checking the compatibility of the Beta on the forums.       The installation is pretty simple this time around, all you have to do is reflash the stock ROM when you move from normal SuperSu installations in the /system partition. Users with a previous systemless installation will also have to flash the stock kernel before flashing this Beta zip.   Official dev notes on the beta:   “The boot image patcher currently only supports gzip compressed ramdisks and the standard Android boot image format. Some devices do not use the standard format, and many custom kernels use a compression other than gzip. A backup is made (/data/stock_boot_.img.gz) of the original kernel before patching it. … The script inside the ZIP usually contains a lot of specific docs, but for systemless I have not written that part yet. The sukernel tool that does a lot of the patching magic is very chatty, telling you exactly what it does and how. In TWRP you can see it’s output with “adb shell cat /tmp/recovery.log” after installing the ZIP.”   Chainfire assures users that the future updates for systemless root will be much easier to use , so […]

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