One of the hottest new phones of the year is undoubtedly the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6. Its high-end specs and Android 5.0 preinstalled appeal to a great many folks, and we are thrilled to see our Nexus 6 section in the forums taking off so fast.
We plan to get a Nexus 6 in the office for a full hands-on preview and Q&A session on the new super-phablet. We want to find out what you folks would like to know the most regarding the next Nexus. We thought it would be cool and useful to get some direct feedback from you. That way, once we work up a full breakdown of the device, you can get a feel for it before you shell out your hard earned dollars, just in case you have a backup device in mind.
To that end, please post any and all questions you have about the Nexus 6 in this thread. Once we get our hands on one, we will fill out the Nexus 6 Q&A thread with all of the answers we can come up with. Your questions could be about anything: the general feel of the phone, any technical glitches, performance, battery life, or anything you can come up with.
We want to fill our hands-on Nexus 6 content with the highest volume of useful info for our members!
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As has been reported last week the Nexus 6 comes stock with Encryption enabled. Many have reported some minor lag issues which seem to be tied to this feature. There is actually a way to disable the Forced Encryption. This does require a bit of adb knowledge. You will also need to be bootloader unlocked for this to work. Once bootloader is unlocked simply download the "Noforceencryption boot.img", flash it in bootloader mode (use fastboot flash boot command), then you will need to factory reset your device (use format userdata command, or you can factory reset in recovery), if for some reason this does not work you can flash the stock image in the bootloader mode. Run Cf-auto-root for root if desired. Head to the link below for the full guide. This should rid your device of all lag.
CF-Root by Chainfire has been released for the Nexus Player. The Nexus Player is the new $99 media box from Google. This device is made to bring apps, media, and gaming from the Android platform to your big screen. With root you should be able to modify your device and have even more access for more media. You will be able to install alternative launchers and this should pave the way to really open up your device. Head to the link below for the download.
The "OK Google" feature of Google Now is a great and easy way to get answers from the web, launch apps, get directions, and much more on your Android device. By default you can only use this feature from within the Google Now screen or from the home screen. You can't enable it with the screen off or from within other apps by default, but there is a way to make the "Ok Google" recognition work from any screen.
To Enable "Ok Google" recognition from any screen.
1. Open Google Now Launcher
2. Slide out the menu from the left edge of your screen
3. Tap on Settings, Voice, "Ok Google Detection"
4. Check the "From Any Screen Option"
5. It will ask you to setup recognition by repeating "Ok Google" many times
6. Check the "When Locked" enable recognition even when the screen is off or device is locked
Chainfire has been steadily working on SuperSU for Lollipop for the past few weeks. He has made tons of progress but it is still not perfect. In his latest release 2.27 he has removed the need for patching the kernel to get SuperSU working which is a major step at getting this stable. While things are heading in the right direction it should be noted that this version uses a more invasive method which means there is a higher chance of bootloops. I have tried many of the newer releases and have already experienced bootloops. Chainfire says you are most likely to experience bootloops in this version. You install this through recovery. You will want to have stock images handy for restoring your device in case you do experience issues. Then again you may just want to wait this build out and wait for a more stable update. CF-Auto-Root has worked fine for me on both the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 so I would stick with that method for now.
Here we go. Bump recovery has paved the way for roms and mods on both the AT&T and Verizon LG G3. So far the Verizon variant has already received a few roms including an unofficial build of Cyanogen Mod 12. This is an unofficial BETA build. There are plenty of bugs here including GPS navigation does not update correctly in Maps but does work, mobile data is flaky and may actually require a reboot to restore it at times, mms is not working, facebook causes soft reboots, BT phone does not work, root not working. Other than that everything else seems to be working. This rom is not ready for daily driver use.
It should be noted that you must already have the bump recovery installed. This Rom has been bumped by "kelmelzer" the developer of the rom. You need to install both the Rom and Gapps. Head to the link below to download the necessary files.
In case you decided to take this week off from the android world the Nexus 6 dominated the news this week. We will be discussing the nexus 6 in a moment but first we would like to introduce the community to something new to Droidforums.net and that is The Week in Review. If you need to get caught up with the top stories in the android world and may not have time to watch a 45 minute hangout definitely check out the Week in Review. Our news team gets you in, out, and on with life while getting the community involved.
Now on to the Nexus 6 and we have been through delays, Google and Motorola being out of stock, and just missing At&t sending phones back, because of loading up phones with the wrong software, but here we are with a device in hand so we can talk about it with you.
The Nexus 6 is a large device and if you have not owned a phablet before and/or hate large devices then you may want to pass on this device. For those who like phablets this is the first that I have held that really felt like it was designed to last. Don't get me wrong you may want to protect it with insurance and/or a case as there have already been a couple of drops, one resulting in a damaged screen. But if you were one who loved the feel of the (og) Motorola Droid and the Droid X then you will love this phone as it brings back memories to what a solid motorola device...
Yet another way to get a taste of Lollipop on your device emerges thanks to an update to the Nova Launcher. The material design has to be one of the largest overall changes to Android in 5.0 Lollipop, and one thing that makes the material design standout is the abundance of animations built into the UI. One of the most instnatly noticeable animations in LP is the app drawer animation. You can now have this animation on any device running any version of android. The new update to Nova launcher also brings a tweak to the old circle animation now called circle wipe, added lollipop circle animation, and plenty of bug fixes and optimizations. Head to the link below to grab the Nova Beta launcher if you haven't already.
Well what do you know! The Nexus 6 does actually have an RGB LED notification light. It is placed inside of the top speaker grill. RGB means that the light can actually display an array of colors. It would seem that the notification light has been disabled in favor of the ambient display which causes your screen to briefly turn on any time your phone receives a notification. If you wanted to use the LED light instead of the ambient display you can actually enable it thanks to some handy work by the creators of the lightflow app. Your Nexus 6 will need to be rooted. It looks like the Lightflow app does not support the LED light yet, but the lightflow creators have posted the instructions to get the feature working until they build support into their app. Head to the link below for more info.