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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 179: The Nexus Super Show

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's episode, it's the Nexus (and Pixel...

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The Nexus 5X And 6P Have Software-Accelerated Encryption, But The Nexus Team Says It's Better Than Hardware Encryption

The Nexus 6 had a lot of fine qualities, but the sluggish storage performance was a disappointment. This was mostly due to the automatic device encryption, which was managed by software rather than hardware. In today's Reddit AMA, the Nexus team was asked about encryption support in the Nexus 5X and 6P. VP of Engineering Dave Burke responded, saying it's still software-based, but it should be even faster than hardware encryption this time.

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[Update: $79 Deductible] Google Announces 'Nexus Protect' Premium Warranty, $69 For Nexus 5X And $89 For Nexus 6P

We heard hints about something called Nexus Protect before the announcement today, but its exact nature wasn't clear. Now we know. It's an enhanced warranty you can purchase with Nexus devices in the Google Store. It's launching today with the Nexus 5X and 6P.

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[Updated] Nexus 6P Hands-On: A Pretty Compelling $500 Phone If There Ever Was One

The Nexus 6P is a big, good phone with a slightly better than average price. That's what makes it interesting. The display is good. The build quality seems nice. It supposedly has a pretty good camera. It even has true dual front-facing speakers which the Nexus 5X apparently does not. You can choose between 32, 64 and 128GB of internal strorage ($499, $549, and $649, respectively), too, the most available storage ever on a Nexus phone.

It has an aluminum chassis, a 2K super AMOLED screen that looks quite solid, and a Snapdragon 810 chip that appears to fly through most tasks pretty easily.

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The Nexus 6P's Big Black Glass Bar Is A Window For NFC And Various Antennas

There has been much speculation about the Nexus 6P's big black glass bar. What does it do? Why is it so big? Why does it kind of look like a Cylon head? Well, the answer is that, unsurprisingly, it's just form following function. You see, because the 6P is predominantly made of aluminum, which acts as a reflector to various radio and other wireless signals in the device, there needs to be a place for antennas to send out their various signals. You can accomplish this with ceramic or plastic inserts like HTC or Apple, or you can construct portions of the phone from different materials (like glass) to help those precious wireless communiques get out.

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The Nexus 5X is Official—Snapdragon 808, USB Type-C, And Nexus Imprint Fingerprint Sensor

The stalwart Nexus warriors who have been making do with the Nexus 5 for the last two years finally have another option in the same size range. The LG-built Nexus 5X is official, and it's available for pre-order today. It's the Nexus 5 the internet deserves, not the one we need.

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Leaked Document Reveals Full Nexus 5X Specs, Confirms 2GB Of RAM

With less than a day to go before Google announces the new 2015 Nexus phones, a document has leaked with full specs for the Nexus 5X. We already got the details on the 6P from the previous slideshow leak, so now you can see how they stack up. Perhaps the most relevant item confirmed by the leak, there's just 2GB of RAM in the 5X as previously rumored.

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[Sorry Part 3] Both The Nexus 5X And Nexus 6P Cameras Lack Optical Image Stabilization

Not all of the news that Android Police has been able to nail down about Google's upcoming hardware is positive. In addition to a lack of MicroSD card slots (despite some exciting new functionality in Android Marshmallow) and a lack of wireless charging (despite the fact that the last three generations of Nexus phone had it), both LG's Nexus 5X and Huawei's Nexus 6P won't have optical image stabilization built into their rear cameras.

That's definitely a bit of a bummer, especially since the Nexus 5 (2013) and Nexus 6 (2014) both included the premium camera feature. Optical image stabilization adds extra elements to a camera lens or module that can compensate for a small amount of vibration, such as a slight wobble in the hand of the user.

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[Sorry] There Won't Be A MicroSD Card Slot In The Nexus 5X Or 6P

Android 6.0 Marshmallow will have some cool improvements to external storage support. This has led to speculation that Google might be planning to include microSD card slots in the new Nexus phones. Some FCC documents seemed to support that possibility, but we've confirmed with multiple sources that Google won't be offering a microSD card slot. It's still all internal storage in the Nexus phones.

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[Weekend Poll] Nexus 5X Or 6P?

Tuesday, we will finally, officially, get to see Google's new Nexus phones in person. At least, we hope so. If not, we'll still likely learn exactly how much they'll cost and when you'll be able to buy one. As to the specs? Well, they've already been about as leaked as much as is possible at this point. We have a pretty clear idea what these phones look like and what kind of hardware they'll be packing. But, to recap.

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The Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X will have a 5.2" 1080p LCD display, Snapdragon 808 six-core processor, likely 2GB of RAM (we're still not 100% sure on this), 16 or 32GB of storage (most likely - there have been no 64GB rumors), a 2700mAh battery, and will come in three colors.

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