Google has listed the exact dates until which it will be providing guaranteed software updates for its Nexus devices. It is already widely known that Google provides its Nexus devices with software updates for at least 2 years from their availability, with security updates being available for 3 years from availability or 18 months after the device is stopped selling on the Google Store, whichever is longer.
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One of the more common rumors through the years is that HTC is making another Nexus. This year the Rumor Mill suggested HTC was making two!
With thousands (literally, if you include storage, finish and market variants) of smartphones running Android right now, picking a top 10 was never going to be easy. But we sorted through and went ahead anyway. By the way, absent from the top 10 are any of the multitude of Chinese designs (including Xiaomi) flooding the East and sub-continent – most simply never appear in Europe and the West in any quantity – and I don’t apologise for only picking smartphones here that I can personally vouch for in one way or another.
Google executives have confirmed to Android Police that the seamless update feature in Android N will not be making its way to current Nexus devices. The feature has been borrowed by Google from Chrome OS and removes the hassle of installing any system updates manually, as the OS itself downloads the update in the background and applies it in the next time the device is restarted or powered on.
Android OEMs really stepped up their game in the camera department last year. We saw Samsung and LG coming out with a terrific 16MP shooter on their flagship handsets, while at the end of the year, Google sprang a surprise with the 12.3MP shooter of the Nexus 6P and its unusually large 1.5u pixels.
The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P already offer terrific value-for-money at their original price, but every once in a while Google and other retailers will further reduce the price of the handset to sweeten the deal further. Today is one such day, with Google temporarily discounting the gold variant of the Nexus 6P and the LG-made Nexus 5X by $50.
Almost all major flagship Android smartphones released last year suffered from poor battery life. This was largely due to the fiery Snapdragon 810 chipset from Qualcomm turning out to be a very inefficient chip. Due to the chip, even the Nexus 6P with its gigantic 3450mAh struggles to last a day for some people
With Android 5.1 Lollipop, Google introduced the Factory Reset Protection feature in Android. The feature makes sure that an Android device after being factory reset will not work until you log in with your Google account with which you had signed in to handset previously.