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January Android security patch is now available, Nexus factory images posted

Google has so far been making good on its promise to release monthly security patches for the Android mobile operating system, which at the very least is great news for Nexus devices owners. To that end, Google has released factory images with the January Android security patch for the following devices:

Depending on which device you have, your version number will get updated to MMB29P, MMB29O, MMB29S, or MMB29T – naturally, your Android version will remain as 6.0.1. As always with factory images, if you attempt to install one of these you will be wiping your device clean so make sure to backup all your essentials. If wiping everything isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll instead need to wait a few days or weeks for the OTA update to reach you. As for everybody else who has a device made by an OEM, there’s really no telling when you’ll be getting your security patch update, but we’ll keep you posted as we find out.

If you’re looking for the factory image downloads, you’ll need to hit up the images page on the Google Developers website here.

What do you think about the January Android security patch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google Developers via TalkAndroid

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Motorola Phone Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

When it comes to phones, Motorola is no doubt a familiar name to all. It’s the brand behind the iconic Razr phone of the mid 2000’s as well as the Droid line that helped take Android to the stratosphere. It’s also the company with a lot of “firsts” in the mobile space.If you’ve ever looked at the phone market and found yourself confused by the numerous Motorola brands and models, you’d not be alone. Motorola has its fair share of product lines and devices.It may feel challenging to try to make sense of everything, but it’s not quite as bad as it seems. Here, we’ll help you get an understanding as to what Motorola offers consumers in fall of 2020.Moto EFirst introduced back in 2014, this is the durable, low-cost experience geared toward first-time smartphone buyers. Moreover, it’s a great way to buy an affordable unlocked phone that works with a variety of wireless service providers.The Moto E line is often sold through prepaid and MVNO carriers; it’s also popular in emerging markets. It is currently in its seventh generation.Moto GMoving up a notch, the Moto G line is more robust and features hardware that’s mid-range and just short of what might be considered a “flagship” experience.The Moto G family of phones, now in its eighth cycle, is split into slightly different versions, with each catering to a slightly different user type.The Moto G Power, for instance, is big on battery, touting three days of usage per charge. The Moto G Stylus, for its part, comes with a removable stylus for jotting down notes.You’ll find different versions of the Moto G series at a variety of carriers, including post-paid and prepaid.Motorola OneThe Motorola One is where the phone maker starts putting forward some of the more interesting technology and higher-end hardware.Like the Moto G, this line of phones is split into a number of options, each a little different from the next. The materials used in these devices is a bit more premium and the phones are definitely more stylish.It’s not just the physical stuff, either. Motorola has added some AI smarts and custom touches to take advantage of that cool hardware. All the while keeping things user-friendly and a software experience that’s about as clean as it comes.The current Motorola One lineup includes the One Fusion+, One 5G, One Hyper, One Action, and One Zoom. Although they are not widely available with carrier partnerships, they can be easily purchased through Motorola and online retailers.Motorola EdgeThe true flagship in Motorola’s armada, the Motorola Edge and its sibling, the Motorola Edge+ are the brand’s all-around best devices. The latter of which offers up a generally more robust hardware suite.The Motorola Edge models are constructed using an anodized aluminum frame and feature spacious screens with curved edges and hole-punch cutouts for front-facing cameras. Motorola includes some custom software to take advantage of the edges, giving users quick access to notifications, apps, shortcuts, and more.One noteworthy detail as it pertains to the Motorola Edge+ is that it’s only available through Verizon. To that end, it does support the carrier’s Ultra Wideband 5G network.Motorola RazrThe folding phone is back. Indeed, this is a 2020 approach to the clam shell device that was all the rage about 15 years back. The Motorola Razr maintains the look and feel of the classic phone, but this time it’s Android running the show.The exterior has a Quick View display for notifications, at-a-glance GPS turn-by-turn, music control, and more. Opened up, there’s a 6.2-inch display and the same Motorola and Google experience you’ve come to appreciate.In terms of true power, this is more of a mid-range phone so you’re paying for the aesthetics and convenience of its design. The first generation was exclusive to Verizon, but an unlocked 2nd-geneation (2020) version is on the way.Where to BuyAs indicated above, you’ll find various versions of the Motorola portfolio at wireless carriers and retailers. You may find the occasional one-off name or exclusive model, but they’ll still fit with the breakdown we’ve created.Here are a number of places to look for buying Motorola phones.Quick LinksVerizonAT&TT-MobileAmazonBest BuyB&H Photo VideoWalmartTargetMotorola

Nest launches new $129 Thermostat with simple design

Google’s Nest division on Monday announced its newest product, the Nest Thermostat. Priced just $129.99, it gives consumers a simple, yet smart thermostat — one that learns and offers up suggestions to save energy and money.The Nest Thermostat forgoes the familiar turning dial in favor of a touch sensitive strip on the right side of the panel. Other than that, it resembles other Nest products and looks right at home in any environment. Removing the moving pieces allows for Google and Nest to lower the price of the thermostat.The Nest Thermostat is offered in four colors (Sand, Snow, Charcoal, and Fog) and can be pre-ordered immediately. Shipping is expected within a weeks. An optional color-matched trim kit can be purchased for $14.99 which makes it easy to cover any holes left from the previous thermostat.While Google will continue to offer its Nest Thermostat E, that model will be made available through professional installers.The setup process is much easier for the new Nest Thermostat, walking users through an app that asks for preferred temperature settings and waking and sleep times. While it doesn’t have the full learning experience that comes with its pricier model, the new one will occasionally offer up “Savings Finder” suggestions for saving energy and money.The Nest Thermostat may, for instance, suggestion that you let the temperature drop an extra couple of degrees at bedtime to save money over time.Additionally, the thermostat will monitor things such as air filters and HVAC efficiency. Perhaps you ought to be replacing the air filter earlier than the suggested 90 days; the device will keep track of how much air has been passed through the filter.Another feature, which will come to other Nest thermostats, is monitoring efficiency of your HVAC system. Does it take longer to lower the temperature than it used to? Maybe it’s time for a tune-up. The Nest will make recommendations and even provide certified recommended installers and professionals.Learn more about the Nest Thermostat at Google’s blog, The Keyword. Pre-order yours through the Google Store for $129.99.

GreatCall Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Many US consumers are familiar with the bigger wireless carriers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Far fewer are well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.Let’s take a look at one in particular: GreatCall — an MVNO which caters to the senior citizen demographic.AboutFounded in 2006, this California-based carrier specializes in products and services aimed at older users. Its current portfolio includes a pair of phones and two medical alert devices. You’ve heard of the Jitterbug, right? This is them.GreatCall leverages Verizon’s network for coverage and its plans are no-contract, meaning customers can cancel at anytime.What makes GreatCall different from other carriers?GreatCall offers safety tools that are available for its products, notably 5Star Urgent Response and Urgent Care. The different features are bundled into “Health and Safety” packages which range from $20-$35 per month.READ: How to unlock your Verizon phone5Star Urgent Response provides immediate connection to an emergency call agent who will confirm a user’s location and status. Available 24/7, the agents are trained in CPR and other medical emergency practices. Moreover, 5Star Agents can transfer customers to 911 call on their behalf.Urgent Care offers 24/7 access to live nurses and board-certified doctors, around the clock. Users can even use this feature to get prescriptions for common medications over the phone.What are GreatCall rate plans like?GreatCall customers have a variety of options when it comes to selecting a rate plan. Signing up to one of the aforementioned Health and Safety packages brings the pricing down for talk, text, and data options. It’s not required that subscribers need purchase a monthly package.Not everyone needs unlimited talk, text, or data. To that end, it’s possible to purchase anywhere from 100 minutes on up.What phones does GreatCall offer?In short, not many. Customers can purchase a Lively Flip phone or a Jitterbug Smart2 smartphone with prices at $100 and $150, respectively. The carrier does not provide payment plans for the devices.

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