Google is posting app reviews from low earth orbit on a “Nexus 16”

by: Kris CarlonMarch 23, 2016


App Reviews from Outer Space

Google is posting app reviews from low earth orbit on a Nexus 16 – just in time for April Fools’ Day 30 years from now. The mysterious reviews from astronaut Alex Scott have been showing up in the Android Developer Console, assigning a “5 rocket” rating to a bunch of apps and mischievously calling them all the “Best app in space!” The funniest part of the whole thing is the device Scott is posting from: a Nexus 16 (also known as the Nexus Space), which packs an impressive 131 GB of RAM and features a 7.2-inch screen with 500 dpi.

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Apparently Android updates don’t make it out annually after Marshmallow, with the Nexus Space – in 2029 no less – still rocking Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Perhaps it just takes a little while longer to reach 400 kms above sea level. Or perhaps our astronaut pal Alex is the kind of outer space time traveller that likes to flash firmware from the period he’s traveling to? Either way, this is all a bit of good fun, just a few days early for April Fools’ Day (which is also the date of the interstellar app review).


So what else can our time traveling astronaut buddy tell us about the future? Well, apparently the Nexus line is still going strong, the Android Authority app is still your source for all things Android and we’ve stepped up to 128-bit architecture. If you click the Learn More link at the top of “Review from Space” you’ll be taken to a Google search for April Fools’ Day, so you had better start to prepare yourselves for all manner of lies in just over a week.

What is your favorite April Fools’ Day joke? Any memorable ones from the tech world that caught you out?

  • Me

    That is 128 GB of RAM. 131072 / 1024 = 128

    • ckb

      Math Genius!

    • sri charan

      Is your username a Doctor Who reference…..

  • C Lo

    Android 6.0. Yea that sounds about right when the majority of users will be on it. Love Android and all, but many users are left out in the cold with respect to OS and security updates.

    • Jonathan Yeboah

      The manufacturers have too much control in that aspect, in my opinion

      • C Lo

        That is true, but it looks bad on Google since it’s THEIR OS. They can do whatever they want with it, including requiring manufacturers to update their devices. It’s just a shame I’m left with 1 or 2 choices for phones if I am to expect timely updates.

        • eddnav

          Yeah because buying a new iPhone every year is better. At least we have the choice of manufacturers.