Every year, Google will work with a variety of smartphone and tablet manufacturers to bring users a Nexus device, a prototype/proof of concept device of sorts that shows off Google’s latest development in the software and hardware space for Android. This year, the Mountain View company has collaborated with not one, but two device manufacturers to bring users the Google Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 5X is a collaboration between Google and Korean tech giants LG, featuring a modest 5.2 inch 1080p display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, with 2GBs of RAM and 32GBs of storage. It also has a 12.3MP camera at the back, and a 2,700mAh battery that lasts quite a while.
The Nexus 6P meanwhile was made with the help of Chinese network and telecommunications experts Huawei. Sporting a bigger 5.7 inch qHD screen, the 6P is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, with 3GBs of RAM and comes in choices of 32, 64 and 128GBs of storage space. It has the same 12.3MP camera as the Nexus 5X, although it packs a bigger 3,450mAh battery.
Both the Nexus 5X and 6P also feature a fingerprint scanner, which according to Google is capable of reading a fingerprint under 600ms and has a lower error rate. Not only that, both the phones will also come out of the box running the brand new Android 6.0 operating system, codenamed Marshmallow.
Marshmallow comes with quite a number of brand new software features, namely an updated Now on Tap, which anticipates what you need in the moment. With a simple tap, you can get cards with useful information and apps that feed your need to know.
Battery life has been a constant bane on many Android phones, and with Marshmallow, Google has also introduced Doze mode and App Standby. With Doze, the phone will detect if your phone is in a rest mode, and puts it into a sleep state that pulls and sends no data, improving device longevity. Don’t worry about your alarms not going off, as the software is intelligent enough to ensure that your alarm wakes you up in the morning like it’s supposed to.
App Standby meanwhile limits the power draw from less used apps, so that background processes no longer affect your device’s battery life in a bad way. App permissions have also been improved, as Marshmallow allows you to define what you want to share and when you want to share it. No more all-in-one permissions, and you can even turn them off whenever you want to.