How to get Pixel 2's portrait mode on the original Pixel, the Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 5X

Camera NX is a Google Camera mod that has previously brought neat Pixel 2 features, including HDR+ and zero shutter lag, to older Pixel and Nexus devices, and even some non-Google phones. However, one of the best new camera features of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL—or at least on of the trendiest—has yet to make its way to other phones, by official means anyway. Yes, we’re talking about portrait mode, and we’re happy to report that this changes with the latest version of Camera NX!
Camera NX V7.3, released a couple of days ago, brings Portrait mode to the original …


Google adds two extra months of security updates for Nexus 6P and 5X

For whatever reason, Google has decided to offer Nexus 6P and 5X and additional two months of security patches. The information has been quietly shared with consumers on Google’s support page, so it’s as official as it could possibly be.

Both Nexus 5X and 6P have been previously confirmed to receive security updates until September 2018, but Google changed the end date earlier today. It appears the consumers who own the smartphones will continue to receive security patches until November 2018.

Unfortunately, nothing has changed in regards to the major Android …

Xiaomi Mi 5X global launch set for September 5

Xiaomi’s dual-camera flagship, the Mi 5X, was introduced in China about one month ago, but the smartphone is not available in other countries. Although Xiaomi sells many of its smartphones in India and other Asian countries, some remain China-exclusive.

But the Xiaomi Mi 5X will not remain China-exclusive for too long since the handset vendor announced it will expand its availability globally starting September 5. Xiaomi recently teased a special event for that date, where it says a “flagship dual camera” device will be launched globally.

Although the …

Xiaomi Mi 5X

The upper mid-range Mi 5X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and a 5.5-inch Full HD display. Android 7.1 Nougat is onboard and a 3,000 mAh battery keeps the lights on. There are two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, as well as a 5-megapixel selfie shooter at front.

First Xiaomi Mi 5X video teaser released ahead of July 26 official reveal

Xiaomi’s next Android smartphone is not going to be a flagship, as the Chinese company readies a mid-range product that will be announced on July 26. More importantly, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X will probably be among the cheapest smartphones to feature a dual-camera setup.

With less than 48 hours until the official reveal of the Mi 5X, Xiaomi published the first video that highlights some of the most important features of the mid-range smartphone. The 15-second video offers a glimpse at the phone’s dual-camera and overall design.

Aside from the fact that …

Dual-camera Xiaomi Mi 5X leaks out in press renders a week prior to its debut

Yesterday, we passed on the news that Xiaomi is holding a double product launch, so to speak, on this July 26. Aside from announcing the 9th iteration of the in-house MIUI interface, China’s Xiaomi is also pegged to show the upper mid-range Mi 5X handset, which will likely feature some 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display up front, and most importantly, an efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset.
Just a week prior to the announcement of the device, a bunch of press renders has leaked out straight from an official Xiaomi website, giving us a sneak peek at the …

This guy got his Nexus 5X upgraded to 4GB RAM like it was nothing

Here’s a wild story from the bowels of the XDA Board, where humble everyday men turn to kernel-swapping, CPU overclocking, ROM flashing maniacs at night. User Cathair2096 allegedly bought a Nexus 5X in Hong Kong, and like many disgruntled owners, he caught the dreaded bootloop bug just as his warranty expired.

Instead of getting a cheap Chinese flagship, he sent that Nexus to a repairman for reanimation. Said repairman straight up offered to stick an additional 2GB of RAM as he worked on replacing the system chip, and the rest is history.

The screenshots …

Deal: Unlocked Honor 5X goes on sale at Amazon for $170, U.S. warranty included

The two year old Honor 5X is on sale once again at Amazon, so if you haven’t yet taken advantage of any of the previous deals, this might suit your needs. Before going into details it’s worth noting that this isn’t really the best price to get the Honor 5X, but it does have one advantage over other promo offers: it comes with U.S. warranty.

Honor 5X is now available for purchase at Amazon for only $170, which is about 15% off the list price. If saving $30 when buying the Honor 5X is not enough for you, then you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll also get a warranty from Huawei USA.

Keep …

Android 7.1.2 brings fingerprint gestures over to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P likely to follow

Two days ago, Google announced that a new maintenance update for Android Nougat is rolling out to Pixel and Nexus 5X owners participating in the Android Beta program. The developer preview is currently available only to owners of the aforementioned devices, although a version for the Nexus 6P is expected to follow soon.

According to Google, Android 7.1.2 is an “incremental maintenance update focused on polishing and refinements,” but Nexus 5X owners who have installed it on their phones are now reporting that a cool new feature has popped up in Settings …

On Android 7.1.1, the Nexus 6P and 5X have an in-car Bluetooth issue unresolved since October

A large number of Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners are reporting that, after updating their phones to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, they’ve stumbled upon an issue affecting in-car Bluetooth functionality.

For most users, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X either won’t connect to in-car Bluetooth systems, or they connect, but phone calls can not be made via the car’s audio system. This seems to happen with most car models, regardless of maker.

As mentioned in the lengthy discussions found at the Google Product Forums and the Android Issue Tracker website (see the source …