The Nexus range from Google, first launched five years ago (HTC Nexus One – January 2010), was a game changer in the mobile world. Next week, we expect to see two new Nexus mobiles being launched – the Nexus 5x by LG and the Nexus 6P by Huawei. Both will be launched with the latest version of the Android OS – called Marshmallow – which will be rolled out to older mobiles early next month.
The Nexus 5X is expected to come with a 5.2 inch display, as compared to the 5.96 inch display of the previous Nexus. There have been quite a few leaked images of the mobile – they make a good impression.
The latest ones show a new blue colour option that gives the mobile a soft look for the first time. Here’s a taste from AndroidPit:
The Huawei version is called the Nexus 6P and looks like it will be more mainstream in its features. It is a larger 5.7 inch metal smartphone, with a 13 megapixel camera and comes in four colors: silver, black, white and gold. There is a rumour that may give this mobile an edge up, if true – that it will offer a 128 GB version.
A Look Back At The Nexus 5 and Nexus 6:
The Nexus 5, launched in 2013 by LG, was one of the most popular versions, with a 4.95 inch screen and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor combined with 2GB of RAM. It also introduced new features such as Google Now’s ‘OK Google’ and had a respectable 8 megapixel camera (remember we’re talking about 2013, here, folks! And look how far we’ve come with a 23 megapixel camera phone in 2015!)
For a longer flashback of the Nexus 5, read our post: The Lowdown on the Google Nexus 5.
Motorola’s version of the Nexus launched last year sported a 2.65 GHz processor and a much bigger screen at 5.96 inches but also had a superior battery and a 13 megapixel camera. More here.
Why Do People Love The Nexus?
It’s partly to do with the fact that Google itself has designed and developed it, ensuring that the Android OS is optimised and updated with all of Google’s cloud-based services such as GMAIL/Inbox, Google Drive and your Google Account which means your data (contacts, emails) remains synced with your mobile at all times. It’s also about the vast ecosystem of apps that have been built for the OS, unlike other mobile operating systems. The specs of the Nexus and the price has also been well balanced.
Thought some prefer custom UIs over the Android OS such as Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense, the flexibility offered by the OS make it a favourite amongst developers and those of us who self-identify as ‘geeks’.
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