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Google started rolling out Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta to all compatible devices just a few days ago. The reportedly brings the fingerprint ‘swipe for notifications’ gesture to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones. This feature was first introduced only in Pixel devices even though all the smartphones contain the same fingerprint sensor hardware required for the feature.

As we mentioned, Google exclusively introduced the ‘swipe for notifications’ gesture in Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. 9to5Mac reports that Nexus 5X users who have the latest beta installed, are being able to use this gesture feature. Nexus 6P users haven’t got the latest beta release yet, but this feature is likely to be introduced for them as well, whenever the release hits, 9to5Mac speculates.
If your Nexus 5X is running on Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta, you can find the feature in the Settings menu under Moves to enable it. The swipe for notifications gesture lets you open the notification panel just by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor at the back.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta version is arriving for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices as of now, while the company has confirmed that an update for Nexus 6P can be expected to be released soon. The Android 7.1.2 public beta images are also available to download for compatible devices. The final release of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat is expected to be made available in a couple of months.
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Google took everyone by surprise on Wednesday when it announced the early release of Android N preview for developers (and enthusiasts). Along with that, the Mountain View-based company also announced Android Beta Program, which aims to help users test the latest version of its mobile operating system, and receive new builds as an over-the-air update.

The Mountain View-based company typically makes available the preview of its upcoming Android version at the developer conference I/O, which usually takes place in May or June – this year, it’s scheduled to commence on May 22, for instance. This is why it came as a surprise on Wednesday when Google announced the release of the preview of the next iteration of its mobile operating system.

Taking a leaf out of Apple and Microsoft’s books, Google also announced the Android Beta Program. With it, the company is allowing any enthusiast with an eligible device to quickly enroll themselves into the program. As part of it, these users will be able to receive the preview of Android N as a system update.

Prior to this, there was no beta program in place from Google. All interested users were supposed to download the image of the preview Android version from Google’s developer website. They were then required to manually flash the image file on their smartphone or tablet. While it wasn’t the toughest thing in the world, it sure created a lot of confusion with regular users and curtailed the reachability.

If you’re interested in giving Android N a swirl on your Nexus smartphone or tablet, you can go to https://www.google.com/android/beta, and click on “Enroll Device” button below the device you want to try it on. Once done, you will receive a notification on your smartphone or tablet about the availability of Android N preview. For now eligible devices are the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and General Mobile 4G Android One smartphone.

“You may remain in the Android Beta Program beyond the N release to preview future Android N maintenance releases (MRs). If you choose to do so, you will automatically get an OTA update to pre-release versions of the MRs as they become available. At the end of the program, you will begin to receive regular public updates,” Google explains.

Google is currently rolling out ‘Preview 1,’ which is the initial release or alpha build of Android N. Preview 2 featuring an incremental update is expected to release in April, followed by another similar preview release in May. In June, Google says it will be releasing final APIs and official SDK of Android N. In July, you can expect “near-final system images for final testing), and in Q3 this year, the final version will rollout.

Google’s Android Beta Program resembles Microsoft’s Windows Insider program closely, wherein interested users are provided with the latest build of Windows 10. These users aren’t required to clean install the new build every time. The program has been evidently very successful, with millions joining it in the first few months of its public availability.

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Android 6.0, the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, is causing some devices to display washed out colours. The issue is affecting the Nexus Player, Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 5X. Google has acknowledged the glitch.

Several users have taken it to Reddit and company’s forum to note that after upgrading to Android Marshmallow, their device has oddly started to show washed-out colours. The issue seems to be happening due to modification in RGB settings of the device from full RGB (whose value resides in the range o to 255) to RGB Limited (16-235). The lower range affects a display’s ability to render black colour. Because of the nature of the display, the issue is more visible on Oled displays.

At least some Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P handsets are also affected by the issue, users note. The said handsets ship with Android 6.0 out-of-the-box. Some Nexus Player devices owners have also reported a similar issue.

A Google employee has acknowledged the issue and noted that the company is working on a fix. “Hey everyone, We understand the severity of this issue. It’s a widespread problem impacting all Nexus Players on 6.0. We’re working as fast as possible to resolve it,” the said employee reported.

“We also noticed similar problems on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, as reported in #14; however, those had a different root-cause. Those have been fixed internally, and will be included in a future MR.” The company has however not shared a time frame as to when we could expect the issue to be resolved.

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You might want to avoid OnePlus’ USB Type-C adapter. Benson Leung, an engineer at Google, says that the OnePlus Type-C adapter is not compliant with standard specifications. The Chinese technology conglomerate has told us that its cable and adapter can safely be used with the OnePlus 2.

“Don’t buy this #USB #TypeC adapter for your Chromebook Pixel or Nexus 6P/5X phone. It uses the wrong identifier resistor,” Leung wrote in a Google+ post. “OnePlus needs to get the message that their accessories are out of spec…”

The USB Type-C 1.1 specification allows for power delivery of up to 3A. Many USB Type-C equipped devices such as the Nexus 5X, and the Nexus 6P are designed to draw that much power. The problem, as Leung has explained in the Google+ thread, is that OnePlus’ Type-C adapter – which is meant to convert Type-A or micro/mini connectors to the new Type-C connector – cannot convert the power to 3A.

Even if the adapter is not able to provide 3A power, the device will attempt to draw 3A current, and this could potentially lead to damage. “Having a weaker than 3A charger is actually a risk factor because the device being charged will always try to charge at 3 and if the older adapter can’t handle 3A, that is when it might be damaged,” he said.

The Nexus 5X, one of the two flagship smartphones Google launched in September, charges with a Type-C cable, but doesn’t ship with one. This would understandably require some users to buy an adapter for their phone. Leung noted in the Google+ post that the USB Type-C cable from OnePlus is “not spec compliant”, and that he would “not recommend anyone with a Nexus use it.”

We reached out to OnePlus over the weekend, and the company told Gadgets 360 that its Type-C cable and adapter are compliant with USB 2.0 and Type-C 1.0 protocols (no word on their compliance with Type-C 1.1). “The OnePlus USB Type-C cable and adapter are compliant with USB 2.0 and Type-C 1.0 protocols. They can safely be used with the OnePlus 2 to transfer data and charge the phone,” said a OnePlus spokesperson.

It seems the issue goes wider than OnePlus’s alleged faulty adapter, according to Leung, “none of the ones presently available are spec compliant, but several vendors have been in touch with me to repair their broken cables and adapters,” Leung wrote in response to a user’s query.

Earlier this month, Leung assessed a number of USB Type-C cables and adapters on Amazon to note that most of them are not up-to-spec and capable of charging his Chromebook Pixel. In a Google+ post, he noted that of the ten USB Type-C products he tested, only three were fully spec-compliant.

“Specifically, these adapters do not charge the Chromebook Pixel 2015 because the adapters leave the C-C lines floating, where the specification requires a Rp pullup to Vbus to identify the cable as a legacy adapter or cable… In other words, since you are creating a USB Type-C plug to a USB 2.0 Micro-B receptacle assembly, you must use a resistor of value 56kΩ as a pullup to Vbus. This cable does not do this,” he wrote when describing an out-of-spec cable.

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The LG-made Nexus 5X, successor to 2013’s sleeper hit the Nexus 5, has gone under the much-anticipated teardown treatment to reveal what’s inside it, and how repairable those things are.

DIY repair site iFixit has cracked open the Nexus 5X, one of the two platform lead devices for Android 6.0 Marshmallow that were unveiled by Google in late September. The teardown, which aims to find out how well-made the devices are from the inside, and how much would it cost you to swap its components, reveals that the backplate of the handset is very easy to remove.

Also, it is not very difficult to dismantle the mid-frame of the handset. iFixit noted that only a handful of screws are needed to be removed, and voila, you have access to the gut of the device.

The team noted that almost all components inside the device can be independently taken out and replaced with their counterpart should a user need to get a component fixed. That’s always a good thing. Even the battery of the handset — which is non-removable – can be accessed and taken out without a lot of effort.

The display and the glass protecting it, however, are fused together. Which means that an issue with either will need both the components to be replaced. It is the only aspect of the handset that irked iFixit.

As for the specifications, the teardown noted that the company is using Sony’s IMX377 sensor for its rear-camera. The RAM has been developed by Samsung, and the internal storage is Toshiba-made. The team, happy with the handset and how it has been put together, gave the Nexus 5X a repairability score of 7 out of 10.

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At a media event on Tuesday, alongside the launch of two new Nexus smartphones – Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P – and Pixel C tablet, Google announced the refresh of its original Chromecast while also introducing Chromecast Audio. Also unveiled was the refreshed Chromecast app, support for Spotify streaming, and Google Photos support.

Two years after Google launched the Chromecast, a flash drive-shaped device that allows users to beam media content and on-screen activities from smartphones, computers, and tablets to TV and other big screens, the company believes it’s time it further expanded in your living room. Enter Chromecast Audio, a device that turns any speaker with an auxiliary input into an Internet-capable device.

Priced at $35 (roughly Rs. 2,300), the Chromecast Audio allows one to stream music to their regular speakers directly from a smartphone or laptop. It is similar to the Motorola Moto Stream portable wireless adapter. It supports high-quality audio, 2 watt RMS and an optional optical digital out that sits in the hybrid port. The company said that the Chromecast Audio doesn’t compress audio, assuring the audiophile inside you that the device wouldn’t compromise on audio quality. It works with Android and iOS devices, apart from PCs.

The Chromecast Audio also comes with a feature called guest access, allowing your friends to stream even if they are not connected to your Wi-Fi network. The company also announced that it has partnered with Spotify to support streaming on its new device, as well as the both the old and new Chromecast dongles. Spotify will support multiple users at once, allowing one to skip a song if they don’t like it. This feature, however, won’t be live until later this year.

The original Chromecast is getting a refresh too. The company has launched the second-generation Chromecast that sees a complete departure from the original’s construction. The all new design sees an HDMI cable looped inside a circular Chromecast logo-shaped unit.

The company says that it has upgraded the internal components to make the new Chromecast more capable. There are now three antennas inside the device, and the device supports 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi for stutter-free high quality streaming.

It comes with a new feature called “Fast Play,” allowing the Chromecast to start a video or audio streaming much quicker to start, once users press the Cast button. The company also announced that developers will now be able to render a game on both your smartphone’s screen and the large screen (TV). Also new if the Feeds feature, which can be controlled via the new Chromecast app, letting users choose what content the Chromecast will display on screen when on standby. This ranges from social media feeds, to image feeds.

Google announced that more content is on its way to the Chromecast. Sling TV, and Showtime are now available for Chromecast while MLB, CBS Sports and other services coming later. For pictures, you will be able to check out Getty Images, Flickr, Facebook, and 500px. Google Photos support was also announced, with the upgraded photo library app.

Unlike the first generation Chromecast dongle, the new media streaming device will be available in three colours – Black, Red, and Yellow. It is launching in 17 countries on Tuesday, and maintains the same $35 price point as the original. Which leaves us to the new Chromecast app, which much like the device itself, is getting a redesign, focused on content discovery. A new section called “What’s On” pulls data from YouTube, Netflix and other streaming services to help you keep a tab on what’s being aired on TV.

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The much-rumoured LG-made Nexus smartphone (reportedly called the Nexus 5X) has surfaced again in a new leaked image showing the handset in a White colour variant.

The new image comes from AndroidPIT, which claims to have received it from trusted sources, is in line with previous leaked Nexus 5 (2015) aka Nexus 5X images. The website however asserts that the image shows the new LG-made Nexus in its “final form.”

In line with earlier leaks, the image shows the fingerprint scanner on the back panel of the LG-made Nexus, sporting a circular design. Unlike some previous leaks, the new leaked image shows the rear camera protruding slightly, and not placed on a raised bar. The primary camera is accompanied by dual-LED flash. The new image again shows the Nexus branding on the rear panel of the handset.

A recent report suggested that Google would launch the next Nexus smartphones – manufactured by Huawei and LG – on September 29 running the release build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Last week, a report even claimed the new Nexus smartphones will go on sale starting September 29 and will be available via the Google Store.

The new Nexus 5 (2015) aka Nexus 5X is said to be priced at $399 (approximately Rs. 26,500) for the 16GB model, while the 32GB will cost $449 (approximately Rs. 32,999).

Based on preliminary leaks, the LG Nexus 5 (2015) is said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor; 3GB of RAM; Adreno 418 GPU, and a 5-megapixel front camera. A USB Type-C port, 2700mAh battery, 12.3-megapixel rear camera are being also tipped for the device.

As for the Huawei-made Nexus smartphone, it is tipped to sport 64GB of inbuilt storage and the MSM8994 SoC aka the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. It may also feature a USB Type-C port. A 5.7-inch display, front-facing speakers and a fingerprint scanner are also tipped.

We will have to wait till September 29 to see whether Google unravels the new Nexus devices.

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