In December, it looked like Google had phased out last year’s Nexus phone in favor of the bigger, newer, and more expensive Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 was then listed as out of stock on Google Play and a Google spokesperson even said that production of the phone had stopped. But on Monday, the Google Play device store started showing 16GB and 32GB black Nexus 5 phones back in stock. The Nexus 5 might no longer be the latest and greatest, but it’s still a great showcase for Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you want one, grab one now — Google’s only promised to sell the $349 device through the first quarter of 2015.
Contrary to popular belief, the Motorola-made Nexus 6 does in fact have a notification light. As spotted on Reddit, it’s right beneath the speaker grill at the top of the headset, and it can turn red, blue, or green.
If you’re lucky enough to have Android 5.0 Lollipop on your phone or tablet, you might be wondering where to find silent mode. It’s still there, but it’s under a different name: Priority Notifications.
According to a tweet sent by the official Android account, Lollipop has started rolling out to “most Nexus devices.”
Stellar news if you own the 2014 version of Motorola’s Moto G, an impressive budget handset that costs $180 unlocked. According to Arstechnica, the Moto G Android Lollipop update is now officially available for some unlocked Moto G handsets. The latest version of Android brings a new look, improved home screen notifications, and a whole lot of new handy features like Screen Pinning.
Android Lollipop, the latest major version of Google’s mobile operating system, isn’t just for new devices like the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Starting today, Google is going to roll out over-the-air updates to certain devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10. Google’s blog post doesn’t provide details on when Google Play Experience phones will get Lollipop, but they should eventually get it as well. To check whether if your device is eligible for an upgrade, go into the “About Phone” menu in the Settings app. You’ll find the option to upgrade to Lollipop under a menu labeled “Software Updates.”
Update 9/12: 9 days later, the official Android account tweeted out that the update is rolling out to Nexus devices. So if you’ve been checking, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Google’s 64-bit developer-oriented Nexus 9 tablet is finally on sale, but is it right for the casual Android user?
Google added the Nexus 9 to the Play Store earlier today. Surprisingly, it also stopped selling the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, which are still available from other retailers.
Google’s unbundling SMS messages from Hangouts, including a new, simpler SMS app on Android Lollipop.