Android Police has released leaked images and animations that show upcoming changes to the home screen of Nexus devices.
Android Police reminds that the leak is not absolutely sure but is at the same time very confident. This is the very first leak so we have no idea how correct it is.
According to the leaks, Google will remove the app drawer icon and replace it with a sliding gesture and a tiny arrow. The search bar would also be replaced by a G button on the top left and a date information widget on the right.
If the leak is correct, the new home screen design would be available for the 2016 Nexus phones first as a Nexus Launcher. There’s no information if it would became available for non-Nexus devices later.
Source and the animation: Android Police
Google has released the first developer preview of the Android N with Android Beta program.
The next version of Android is now available for selected Nexus and Android One devices as a developer preview. It looks like the Nexus 5 will not receive the Android N update as it’s left out of the preview program.
There are two ways to update a Nexus device to the preview version. The image can be downloaded directly from Google and flashed to the phone with Android Studio. The second option is to join the beta program to receive updates over the air. The beta program site is currently down so we are not sure if it’s really an option.
The biggest new feature of the Android N is the multi-window or split-screen multitasking. The feature Samsung has had for ages is finally available in the stock Android. There are also some adjustments on the notifications and the Doze.
I’ll be joining the beta program when possible to be one of the firsts to try out the next Android.
Bendgate is back. This time it’s the Google’s flagship phone that gets destroyed completely.
A YouTuber called JerryRigEverything has released a video that reveals the weak structure of the Google Nexus 6P. The video shows that bending the Huawei built flagship phone doesn’t need too much force.
In the video Jerry points out that the 6P has a free floating aluminium back inside the outer case. They are held together by a plastic piece which is connected to the inner aluminium body with so called dovetail joints.
The other weak part is the positioning of the sleep and wake button. It’s placed perfectly at the place motherboard ends and the battery starts. As the aluminium is at its thinnest at the same point, it’s a natural place for the device to break in half.
The weakness of possibly the best Android phone of the year is alerting. Even though the phone needs to be bend just right to get it broke that spectacularly, smaller damage can be made more easily. Hopefully Google or Huawei steps up and explains the situation. Apple did replace some of the bent iPhone 6 Plus devices last year, will Google and Huawei do the same?
At the Nexus event, Google also unveiled an Android-based tablet called Pixel C. The premium tablet competes with Surface and iPad Pro.
So there’s no Nexus tablet this year. Instead we get the Pixel C, a Google designed and built premium tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a 10.2″ 2560x1800p LCD display, NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a USB Type-C charging port. The industrial design is inspired by previous Pixel products with boxy angles and understated details. The bezels are relatively large and the back has the light bar previously seen in Chromebook Pixel. The bar shows battery charge when double tapped.
The keyboard is a paid accessory but a major selling point. It connects with strong magnets and can be adjusted to an angle between 100° and 130° without a kickstand. The keyboard charges wirelessly when folded against the tablet and doesn’t need to be charged via cable.
The Pixel C starts at $499 and the keyboard costs $149. Both will be available for holidays.
Google has just announced the anticipated Nexus phones, 6P and 5X. Both phones have a great 12MP camera and a fingerprint scanner.
As expected, Google released the new Nexus phones today. The devices share a lot of features but compete in different categories. Both phones have the same rear camera, fingerprint scanner and the USB Type-C charging port. They both also run the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The camera sensor has 12.3 megapixels and 1.55µm pixel size for better low light images.
The Nexus 6P packs a 5.7″ 1440p QHD AMOLED display, metal unibody design, front facing speakers, Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3GB of RAM. The front facing camera has 8 megapixels and the battery capacity is 3450mAh. The phone measures at 159,4 x 77,8 x 7,3mm and 178 grams and will be available in October in four colors, white, aluminium, black and gold. Storage options are 32, 64 and 128GB.
The Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080p LCD display, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage and a Snapdragon 808 SoC. The battery capacity is 2700mAh, front facing camera has 5 megapixels and the single speaker is located on the front. The device measures at 147 x 72,6 x 7,9 and 136 grams. Color options are white, black and “Ice Blue”.
Both devices will ship in October. The 6P starts at $499 for the 32GB model and the 16GB 5X comes at $379. The 6P competes against the very best flagships and the 5X will go against the phones like Moto X Pure Edition or OnePlus 2.
As we are getting closer to the official release, the Nexus 6P has started leaking even more. Now we have a complete slide show presentation about the bigger Nexus.
The full presentation, linked below, reveals almost everything we want to know about the upcoming Nexus 6P. Previously rumored 5.7″ QHD display and a Snapdragon 810 are confirmed and the impressive battery capacity, 3450mAh, is also leaked. USB Type-C and dual front facing speakers are also included as well as the storage and color options. The storage capacity options are 32, 64 and 128GB and the colors are the same that were leaked previously, white, aluminium, gold and black.
We were still missing some features but the rest of the presentation was uploaded to Google Drive. An AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and 12/8MP cameras were leaked. Also the physical size of the device was included in the slides. The 6P measures at 159.4 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, slightly narrower and thinner than the Nexus 6 but the same in height.
All we are now missing is the price. The Nexus 5X will be the more affordable one but Google should have learned from last year, the Nexus 6 was just too expensive for some. The Nexus event is supposed to happen tomorrow and we will keep you posted.
Source: Imgur, Android Police
This year’s Nexus event is getting closer and we are hearing even more rumors and leaks. The latest leak is about the colors of the new Nexus devices.
The Huawei built premium Nexus, the 6P has its metal body available in four colors, aluminium, black, white and gold. The difference between aluminium and white is really minor but most likely the colors will be different in real life. Other rumors still claim 5.7″ QHD display, Snapdragon 810 SoC and a great camera.
The more affordable, LG made Nexus 5X has a more understated plastic design and with it, plastic colors. The usual black and white have an “ice blue” color alongside them. In the rendered image, the color looks more like green but again, it has to be seen in real life.
The Nexus 5X is rumored to feature a 5.2″ Full HD display, 600-series Snapdragon SoC and a very affordable price tag. Google is expected to release the new Nexus phones on 29 September.
Source: Android Police – Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X