Google's Pixel and Nexus Phones Catch Security, Dream VR Updates
Google today delivered minor system updates to its Pixel and Nexus devices. The factory images made available from Google for the Pixel and Nexus handsets bring back the "check for update" button within the system settings. More importantly, the system update builds in the November security patch from Google. According to the latest Security Bulletin, the November patch resolves two critical issues and a large number of serious issues that could lead to remote code execution. Knowledgeable Pixel and Nexus owners can install the factory images manually; the over-the-air downloads have yet to appear. Separately, Google pushed the initial build of its Daydream VR services to Pixel and Nexus devices. Daydream VR services works directly with Google's new Daydream View and existing Google Cardboard virtual reality goggles. The updates are free to download.
Google this week released the first public beta of Android O, the next version of its core mobile platform. Android O has a handful of interesting new features, including picture-in-picture, notification dots, autofill for app logins, easy text selection, and much more.
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OtterBox's Commuter case for the Pixel XL is a rugged, rubber-and-plastic shell that provides plenty of protection for your pricey smartphone slab. The Commuter delivers more safeguarding against drops than many other options for the Pixel XL.
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Google today released all the tools developers need to create applications and update apps for Android O. The company made the final Android O APIs available through an updated SDK.
5" display 1080 x 1920 pixels
Snapdragon 821 processor 4 GB RAM
2,770 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), NFC, Fingerprint Reader, VR-ready