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Another Android flagship, the Nexus 6P, hit with class-action lawsuit

By David Kravets

Enlarge / Huawei’s premium phablet, when operational. (credit: Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

Seems like makers of flagship Android devices can’t get it right these days. We recently reported on an ever-expanding class-action lawsuit targeting LG’s flagships: the G4, G5, V10, V20, and Nexus 5X. Those phones, according to the suit and thousands of online complaints by users, have a legendary bootloop issue caused by shoddy construction that bricks the phones or slows them to a crawl.

Now the Nexus 6P phablet, unveiled in September 2015 for pre-order, is also being accused in a class-action lawsuit of having a “Bootloop Defect.”  According to the suit, the Nexus 6P devices “are defective because they are prone to enter an endless bootloop cycle which renders them unresponsive and unusable.” What’s more, the suit also alleges a “Battery Drain Defect,” which has also been the subject of repeated online criticism by unhappy Nexus 6P consumers.

“As the numerous complaints posted on product reviews, blogs and other consumer resources reveal, countless consumers have experienced this Defect,” according to the suit. The lawsuit mocks one of the advertisements about the device that claimed: “Battery life keeps you going all day and into the night.”

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Google plugs severe Android vulnerability that exposed devices to spying

By Tom Mendelsohn

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Google has shut down a “high-severity” exploit in its Nexus 6 and 6P phones which gave attackers with USB access the opportunity to take over the onboard modem during boot-up—allowing them to listen in on phonecalls, or intercept mobile data packets.

The vulnerability was part of a cluster of security holes found by security researchers at IBM’s X-Force all related to a flaw—tagged CVE-2016-8467—in the phones’ bootmode, which uses malware-infected PCs and malicious power chargers to access hidden USB interfaces. Patches were rolled out before the vulnerabilities were made public, in November for the Nexus 6, and January for the 6P.

The waveform from a successfully intercepted phone call.

The waveform from a successfully intercepted phone call. (credit: IBM)

The exploit also allowed access to find the phone’s “exact GPS coordinates with detailed satellite information, place phone calls, steal call information, and access or change nonvolatile items or the EFS partition.”

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Android 7.1 coming to Nexuses in December, will support Nexus 6 and newer

By Andrew Cunningham

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Shortly after announcing the Google Pixel phones and Android 7.1, Google said that Nexus phones wouldn’t get the update until later this year (and that they wouldn’t receive all of the features that the Pixel phones are shipping with). Today, a blog post from Android engineering VP Dave Burke gives a more concrete timeline: the first developer beta for Android 7.1 will hit the Nexus 5X and 6P and the Pixel C “later this month,” and a final release will be available for supported Google devices in December.

Google’s support list says that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are no longer guaranteed version updates after October of 2016, but it looks like they’ll be getting the 7.1 update after all. Later betas and the final release will run on anything that can run Android 7.0, a list that includes the Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, and Player, as well as the Pixel C “and supported Android One devices.”

Android 7.1 on these Nexus devices and the Pixel C will be missing the new Pixel launcher, the Google Assistant, and a handful of other cosmetic and functional changes. But owners of Nexus devices will still get access to a decent list of new features and APIs, including a f.lux-esque Night Light mode, touch and display performance improvements, new storage manager, and more. Stay tuned for a full look at the newest version of Nougat on both Pixel and Nexus devices when the final versions are out.

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