MaruOS 0.3 released (Android 6.0 smartphone ROM which also includes Debian Linux desktop OS)

Maru OS is an operating system that lets you run Android software on your phone… and connect the same phone to an external display to run desktop Linux software. An early build was unveiled in February. This summer the developer open sourced the project. And now there’s an updated version that makes the move from […]

Unofficial Android 7.0 port for the Google Nexus 5

Google may not be releasing Android 7.0 for older Nexus phones and tablets, but that hasn’t stopped independent developers from doing it. Xda-developers forum member Santhosh M has released an early build of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Google Nexus 5, one of the phones Google is leaving behind. I suspect this is just the […]

Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7 won’t get Android 7.0 (at least not officially)

Google has taken the beta label off Android 7.0 Nougat, and the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system should begin rolling out to a number of devices soon. But Google is dropping support for two popular, but aging devices. The company has no plans to offer Android 7.0 for the Nexus 5 smartphone […]

HTC may be building a 5 inch Nexus phone for Google

Rumor has it that Google will released at least two new Nexus phones again this year… and that HTC may be building two of them. Now some of the details are starting to emerge… and it looks like one phone will have a 5 inch display, 4GB of RAM, and a 2770 mAh battery, among other […]

Deals of the Day (5-05-2016)

The Google Nexus 5 may have launched nearly three years ago, but it’s still a pretty good Android smartphone thanks to a compact size, a reasonably fast processor, a full HD display, and support for stock Android software (if that’s your thing). While Google doesn’t seem to plan on releasing Android N for this aging […]

Nexus 5 hack gives the 2013 phone 64GB of speedy storage

The Google Nexus 5 was released in 2013 and shipped with 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage. But one Ukranian Nexus 5 owner decided to upgrade his aging phone. So he bought a 64GB eMMC 5.0 module for about $30 and replaced the storage on his phone. The end result is a Nexus 5 with […]

MaruOS claims to turn your Android phone into a Linux desktop

Odds are that the smartphone in your pocket is powerful enough to run some desktop apps like office suites, web browsers, and other productivity tools. But the software on most phones is designed for mobile devices, not desktop screens. Microsoft is starting to change that with Continuum for phone, and Canonical’s Ubuntu “convergence” software could one […]

Give a Nexus 5 a microSD card slot (at your own risk) with this dirty hack

The last Google Nexus smartphone to feature a microSD card slot was the first Nexus phone. After launching the Google Nexus One in 2010, Google never again included support for a removable storage card in a Nexus phone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add one yourself… if you’re willing to take apart and risk damaging it or removing […]

You can charge a Nexus 5X from a Nexus 6P (or vice versa)

Google’s latest Nexus phones have different screen sizes, display resolutions, processors, and starting prices. But they also have a lot of things in common: they both run Android 6.0 Lollipop, they both have the same 12.3MP rear cameras and Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensors. And they both have USB Type-C ports. While those ports only support […]