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Early last month, some Nexus 6P users reported an issue where their devices were shutting down unexpectedly despite showing some percentage of battery left, after updating to Android 7.0 Nougat. It seems like Google has still not fixed the issue as Nexus 6P users are continuing to complain regarding the issue to the search giant through threads and complaint forums.

The issue on Nexus 6P smartphones has already been posted in Google’s Issue Tracker but currently holds a priority of “small” on the website. Some users have reported that their battery died out from battery levels as high as 60 percent, as pointed out in a report by AndroidPolice. Most users have reported their battery dying out between 10 and 60 percent and the issue is more prominent in regions with cold climates as per the report.

One of the biggest problems associated with the Nexus 6P battery failure issue is that several people have ended up in emergency situations where they were not able to contact their family due to the fact that their phone’s battery died unexpectedly. One user complained, “One evening I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours for a multiple vehicle crash. I had over 50 percent battery left and when I tried to call my family and let them know I’m stuck and wasn’t involved in the crash the phone died,” as pointed out by 9to5Google.

Even though some Nexus 6P users tried rolling back to earlier versions of Android, the issue was not solved. However, the battery reportedly started dying at levels lower than that in the case of Android 7.0 Nougat.

As this shutdown issue has already posed a problem for several Nexus 6P users, the search giant needs to roll out an update to fix the issue before it creates more trouble.

 
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Google had started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible Nexus and Pixel devices last week, and it included the company’s monthly security update for December as well. Now, Google has posted a new build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the developer site for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone, aimed primarily at fixing the previously reported connectivity issue on Pixel devices.

Last month, many Pixel phone users were complaining of connectivity issues, particularly on the LTE band 4 frequency. However, many users reported that with the release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which brought “general connectivity improvements”, the issue was fixed. But looks like, it wasn’t fixed for all users, and the new build named NMF26Q release 6 looks to do just that.

Google has not officially announced the new build’s release, nor is there any clarity on when it will arrive to Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL devices via an OTA update. But the tech giant has already published Factory and OTA images on its Android Developers site for those users who want the fix installed immediately. Apart from fixing the LTE connectivity issues, there’s nothing else that this build brings. Therefore, if your Pixel and Pixel XL devices are running smoothly and not facing any connectivity hiccups, we’d recommend you to wait for an OTA update.

Google has also updated its Camera app to bring a revamped UI and a host of camera improvements for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. A toggle switch for grid lines, and a button for photo modes have been added on the top right edge alongside HDR and flash buttons. The update also loads the app faster, and switches between photo and video modes more quickly. Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P users also get a new Auto-HDR+ mode for better quality shots in low-light areas.


After releasing Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview 2 for Nexus and Pixel devices, Google has started rolling out the final Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for compatible devices. The new Android 7.1.1 update also includes the company’s monthly security update for December.

The new Android 7.1.1 is being touted as “an update to Nougat” by Google. This Android 7.1.1 update will be available over the next several weeks to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices. The company says that the Android 7.1.1 update will be rolled out over-the-air (OTA) and the devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.

Google has also released Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA files for compatible devices.
The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update will add new emojis that will reflect gender equality. Notably, Google had previously announced to add a slew of female emoji characters. With the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, Google has added gender counterparts for emoji characters that previously only had male or female representation. Additionally, Google’s new set of emojis that launched with the Pixel phones will now be available to all compatible devices running Android Nougat.

Apart from emojis, Google is also adding support for GIF images directly from keyboard on supported apps. Some of the apps that will support GIF images through Google Allo, Google Messenger, and Hangouts. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brings app shortcuts directly from home screen. Users can launch actions on any apps by simply long pressing the app icon.

“When we launched Android Nougat, we were excited to deliver even more ways to make Android your own. Today we’re rolling out Android 7.1.1, an update to Nougat that showcases more ways to express yourself, along with a handful of other sweet features and improvements to stability and performance. Android 7.1.1 brings many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone,” wrote Agustin Fonts, Product Manager, Android in a blog post.

The company has also bundled its monthly security patch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat – for the month of December – bringing fixes for critical security vulnerabilities in device-specific code that could enable arbitrary code execution within the context of the kernel and can lead to the possibility of a local permanent device compromise.

Google clarifies, “Supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the December 05, 2016 security patch level.”

 
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LG USA is reportedly offering full refunds to users experiencing boot loops on their Nexus 5X smartphones. While normally the process would be to repair, replace, or issue a refurbished unit, the company in this is offering a full refund as it doesn’t have the parts (and presumably new units) to affect a repair. Notably, with the launch of the Pixel smartphones, Google is no longer selling the Nexus 5X.

Reports of the refund policy come from Reddit users, and are seen on the dedicated Nexus 5X subreddit. Users that have given their devices to LG for repairs are now receiving an email that informs them a part required to fix the issue is longer available. They are then asked to produce a sales receipt so that the company can determine the exact amount that needs to be refunded.

“We’re sorry to hear that you’ve experienced a problem with your LGH790 and appreciate you giving us the opportunity to provide a warranty repair. We have received your device at our repair facility but currently a part to complete the repair is out of stock and is no longer available. To rectify this issue, we would like to offer you a refund for the full amount of your device. That amount will be determined by your sales receipt. Your refund can take approximately 4 weeks to receive due to the holiday.”

The Nexus 5X boot loop issue was first seen in September when the Android 7.0 Nougat update was released. At that point, Google said a very small number of users were affected by the issue, and that it was a hardware issue, and not related to software. The search giant had also said that users should contact their place of purchase for warranty or repair options. Presumably since then, the company has run out of a required part and thus offering refunds instead.

While the refund option recently began being provided in the US, it’s reasonable to expect the company to offer a similar option to affected Nexus 5X users in other parts of the world. To recall, the LG-made Nexus smartphone was launched back in October last year, and like most phones, has a 1-year manufacturer warranty. If you are experiencing the issue, we suggest you contact LG sooner than later to avoid possible issues with warranty.

 
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Google’s ‘Night Mode’, which works similarly to Apple’s Night Shift, has been a feature that has been awaited impatiently by Nexus users. The search giant removed the feature from the final release of Nougat after giving an early glimpse in a developer preview for Nexus devices as the feature was not completely ready. Now, the ‘Night Mode’ will reportedly be making its way back to Nexus devices in the upcoming Nougat 7.1 update.

After the feature was removed from the final build of Nougat, a thread named “Bring Back Night Mode” was posted on company’s issue tracker. Now, the search giant has changed its status to ‘Future Release’, as pointed out by Phandroid. This indicates that the night mode is likely to come back in a future release, possibly the upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update. Of course users might have to wait for longer if the company decides to push out the feature with a future update.
The ‘Night Mode’ essentially adjusts the screen colour temperature in order to prevent excessive strain on user’s eyes. There have always been apps that can help users adjust the screen colour temperature, such as f.lux, but system-level integration makes this feature extremely useful.

Regarding the removal of night mode features in the Android N, a team of Google Engineers had earlier revealed that both dark theme and screen tinting had to be abandoned for similar reasons. The team claimed that both these were not going to be ready by the time Android N was launched publicly. Further, the team said that it did not want to leave a “half-working” feature in the platform.

The team pointed out that the implementation on an ecosystem-wide scale was difficult, and work on the features was not judged to be a sound allocation of resources.

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Sticking to tradition, Google has begun the rollout of the November Android security update for compatible devices. For the first time, Pixel devices also receive the security patches alongside the Nexus devices. The company has made available factory and OTA images for installation.

Google rolls out security patches first Monday of every month, and November is no different. The patches can be downloaded by Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Verizon Pixel, Verizon Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi only), and Nexus Player users. Factory images can be found here, while OTA images can be found here.
We recommend you to do the easy OTA install, as it doesn’t require you to flash your device and erase all memory. However, it is advised to back up all your data before installing through any method. Also, ensure that you have good Wi-Fi strength and battery life. Needless to say, this security patch can only be downloaded by compatible devices running on Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 7.1 Nougat.

Google has a very scarce changelog for this security patch, but does mention in the bulletin, “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability that could enable remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files.”

Pixel’s exclusive carrier Verizon has, as promised, released the security patch at the same time. It’s worth noting that the build number for Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL is NDE63X. The NDE63U build number is for European devices, and NDE63V is for all other devices. The changelog provided by the carrier states that the patch adds message notifications while connected to vehicle Bluetooth systems, improves Daydream View performance, and adds New Mexico as a state option during Wi-Fi calling setup.

 
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Some Nexus 6P users are reporting what is being termed a battery failure after updating to Android 7.0 Nougat. Neither Google nor Huawei have yet acknowledged the issue, which appears to be software related.

A Reddit thread started by YouTuber TheRedy Tedy demonstrates an issue where the Nexus 6P has 53 percent charge, but after 3 photos are taken from the camera app the phone shuts down. It can only be turned back on by plugging the power cable in, and holding the power key after the battery charging symbol is displayed.

Other users on the Reddit thread also speak about inexplicably fast battery drain, which for some seems to resolve itself for a while after a reboot. While a few Redditors reported battery drain at various percentages of available charge, several others had consistent shutdowns after hitting 25 percent charge.

The issue certainly appears to be related to the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Nexus 6P, and TheRedy Tedy’s phone was running the October Android Security Patch with build NBD90X. One of the main selling points of Nexus devices is the ‘immediate’ availability of Android updates, however, things don’t always go as planned.

The Android 7.0 Nougat update has not been immune to a few bugs and issues, with Nexus 5X users reporting random reboots in September, while Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE users had to wait a few months before they got their update to Nougat.

With such issues occurring for what are Google-supported handsets, it will be interesting to see what the search giant will manage with its Pixel series of smartphones – the first smartphones to be ‘Made by Google’.

 
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Google announced earlier this month that the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will be released for select devices by the end of this month. The search giant has now delivered on its promise and made the developer preview available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C.

In order to get the developer preview, you can sign up for the company’s Android Beta Program, which was announced earlier this year, and receive the update over-the-air. You can also choose to download the factory image for the preview from the Android website and flash it to your compatible device.

Google confirmed earlier that other devices will also get the preview by the end of developer preview cycle, but there’s no word on the timeline yet. The company also confirmed that the final build of Android 7.1 Nougat will be coming to all Google devices that support Android 7.0 Nougat by early December.

The Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview brings some notable improvements like support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. Other changes include features such as night-light, circular app icons, app shortcuts, and a manual storage manager.

The timing of the developer preview’s release can be considered perfect given that the company’s Pixel smartphones running Android 7.1 will be made available for sale in the US from Thursday.

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Google has announced the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview will be released for select compatible devices by the end of this month. After unveiling the new Android version for its Pixel smartphones at the Made by Google Event, the tech giant has now confirmed the preview will arrive for select Nexus devices before the end of October.

The Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview is initially coming only for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C devices. Google does confirm that other devices will get to use the preview by the end of developer preview cycle, but did not provide any release timeline for them. Furthermore, it even confirmed that the Android 7.1 Nougat final build will hit all Google-supported Android 7.0 devices in early December. This means Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and supported Android One devices will get the final Android 7.1 Nougat update.

Google did promise an Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview for compatible devices before the end of 2016, and this announcement falls in line with that assurance. The Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview should bring some significant improvements, the most notable ones being introduction of support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. The latter means that Android users will now be able to freely send gifs through the keyboard, rather than copy pasting links or other roundabout methods.

This first maintenance update comes just two months after the first Android 7.0 Nougat commercial release. Other changes it brings include A/B system updates, night-light, circular app icons, a manual storage manager, and app shortcuts, apart from exclusive features for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Google is expected to release such maintenance updates quarterly moving forward. Google even confirmed the death of Nexus series recently, and is no longer going to produce any Nexus devices in the future. But it did assure continued software support to existing devices. The Android 7.0 Nougat update was also released to all Nexus devices except Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE users, who received the update weeks later.

It’s worth noting that only the developer preview is expected to release this month, and only devices registered on the Android Beta Program will get the update. If you wish to receive beta updates from the Android team, register your supported device here.

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When Google decided to roll out the Android 7.0 Nougat update in August, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE were left out of the mix. A month later, Google apologised for the delay in rolling out the update for the two Nexus devices. Earlier this week, Nexus 6 users started receiving the update along with the October Android security patch. Now, Nexus 9 LTE users have also started to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, however this time, only the September Android security patch is bundled with it.

Once the rollout process is complete, it would mean all eligible Nexus devices have now officially received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Notably, at the Made by Google event earlier this week, Android 7.1 Nougat was unveiled alongside the two Pixel smartphones, and Google claims that Nexus and Pixel C tablet will receive the developer preview before the end of the year. Just which Nexus devices will receive the update however has not been clarified. Google confirmed that even though the Nexus series is dead with the launch of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones, it will continue to support Nexus devices.

The update is rolling out over-the-air, but if you can’t wait Google has also uploaded factory and OTA images. As mentioned, the Nexus 6 update earlier came with the October Android security patch, but the Nexus 9 LTE update bundles the old September patch.

Google, at its Made By Google event, killed old practices of launching Nexus devices by partnering with OEMs. Instead, Google now has a new hardware team lead by Rick Osterloh, which will now take care of Google-branded products – though HTC is responsible for “assembling” the current crop of Pixel phones. At the event, Google also launched the new Chromecast Ultra, Google Home speaker, Google Wi-Fi router, and the new Daydream View.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are coming to India this month, and the pre-sale will start on October 13. The smartphones will be made available in 32GB and 128GB variants, and are priced at starting Rs. 57,000.

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