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. Read More
Hiroshi Lockheimer of the Google team that build the Nexus 5X and 6P is currently answering questions in a Reddit AMA, and one that came up concerns those mysterious letters at the end of this year's devices. Rather than releasing the Nexus 5 (2015) and Nexus 6 (2015), Google tacked on the letter X to the former and P to the latter. Read More
Google was one of the first to embrace wireless charging when it was added to the Nexus line back in 2012. All the Nexus phones since have had Qi wireless charging, but not this year. The Nexus 5X and 6P have to be plugged in with a cable, and Google's Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer has explained why in a Reddit AMA. Basically, it's all about the Z (axis). Read More
Money has exchanged hands, and now Jibe Mobile is becoming a part of Google. You've probably never heard of Jibe Mobile. That's okay. Here's what matters. Read More
It's been barely 24 hours since the Nexus 6P was officially unveiled, but already you can order dozens of cases from Amazon for the phone you won't even have for weeks. Case manufacturers have perfected the art of churning out cases for phones based on pre-release leaks. Well, I should say almost perfected. It looks like many of the third-party cases currently listed on Amazon for the Nexus 6P will block the laser autofocus port. Read More
This past spring we heard that an upcoming partnership between Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer would result in a high-end Android Wear smartwatch. At that point, the rumors said it would be shipping in October or November and that it would come with a hefty price tag of $1400. Jean-Claude Biver, the CEO of TAG, told CNBC yesterday that the company would be unveiling its new smartwatch at an event on November 9th in New York.
The price of the Carrera 01 will be $1800, which is a bit above what was previously reported. This is by far the most expensive Wear watch to date, with the closest being the $800 Huawei Watch. Biver says that he believes the Carrera 01 will sell just fine at this price point, considering how well the similarly priced Apple Watches have done over the past few months. Read More
Just, just when I pull the trigger on a Nexus 5X, I see a link to this video taken by the Nexus 6P. And now I'm cold and confused, while still feeling warm and fuzzy inside. The video in question was taken by Eddy Talvala, the camera framework team lead at Google, and shared by Dave Burke on Twitter.
It features a hummingbird, the cutest hummingbird, flying around and beating its wings. Apparently, hummingbirds don't flap their wings, they beat them at a rate of 10-15 per second (pdf), and sometimes faster. With the Nexus 6P's 240fps slow-motion capture, you can clearly see every beat of the bird's wings. Read More
Google Play Newsstand's paid content has been forging its way around the world, trying to catch up with the various Play entities that preceded it. Today marks its arrival in three new countries in East Asia: Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand.
The news was mentioned on Google Play's Twitter stream, and indeed, after checking the country availability support page for Play digital content, we can see that Malaysia and Thailand are both now on the Newsstand list (they weren't there on September 8th) but Japan is still missing. It's either a small error or the service is coming to the country but isn't quite live yet. Read More
Nexus launch day is a cutthroat time when mere moments can make the difference between a speedy shipment and weeks of waiting. While quickly comparing the Nexus 5X and 6P to decide which one to order, many have noticed that the 6P lists an RGB notification LED, but the 5X doesn't. Well, we've confirmed there's an LED on the 5X too. How? We bothered Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke via email. He was kind enough to explain what's going on. Read More
Gold phones are a thing these days, but you won't be able to get Google's latest flagship in gold unless you happen to be in Japan. Odds are that you aren't, so that's a bummer. The gold version of the Nexus 6P is a special edition, and it will only be sold via the Japanese Google Store. Read More