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.
Troubleshooting an Android phone can now be as easy as installing an app from Google, if you’ve got the right kind of device, thanks to a new Google app called Device Assist.
According to a tweet sent by the official Android account, Lollipop has started rolling out to “most Nexus devices.”
Google announced the start of its Android 5.0 rollout to Nexus devices on Monday but it hasn’t happened yet. A Wi-Fi bug on the Nexus 5 may be the culprit. Now that it’s fixed, the software could start flowing.
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.
A newly discovered flaw in ARM’s TrustZone could lead to unlocked bootloaders for more Android phones, but it’s also a worrying exploit.
Android 4.4.3, the upcoming bug fix release for Android, had a changelog pushed on Friday that names two new Nexus devices, Flounder and Molly. Molly appears to be a set-top box.
A Sprint support page suggests a new version of Android is on the way. Don’t get too excited though: This is likely a minor maintenance release to address some lingering issues with KitKat.
Motorola leaving the protective wings of Google was a bombshell this week. What does it mean for Moto phones of the future? And might Lenovo now get a chance to be a Nexus phone maker? Perhaps; for now, a red Nexus 5 seems certain.
Google makes a ton of money with ads — but apps, media and even hardware products like the Nexus 5 and Chromecast are starting to have a growing impact on revenue.