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. Read More
As if there was any doubt, both the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P, introduced today at Google's yearly Nexus event, will be compatible with Project Fi. That makes them just the second and third phones (after the Nexus 6 from last year) to be available on Google's combination Wi-Fi/LTE mobile virtual network, which uses both the T-Mobile and Sprint networks as a backbone. Fi switches rapidly between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi (VOIP) for data and calls, and that little extra functionality means that conventional smartphones need not apply. Read More
You've been waiting for months now. Much of that time has been spent debating. Do you go with the Nexus 5X or the larger, more powerful Nexus 6P? Well, hopefully you've made up your mind, because pre-orders have just gone live. Read More
Android Police has successfully blown the doors off of the 2015 Nexus announcements, but now Google has made its flagship phone for this year official. The Nexus 6P is the larger of the two smartphones announced today, and the first Nexus device ever to come from Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The phone will be one of the first devices to launch with Android 6.0 "Marshmallow," as expected for new Nexus hardware. Read More
Today is Nexus day, and there isn't long to go before Google starts providing the details itself. But hey, you're curious. You're tired of waiting. Well, the leaks are still coming. A full Nexus 6P press release has hit the web, and it shows additional pricing information that we haven't yet seen. Read More
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. Read More
Earlier today (well, maybe one or two hours ago today, we're not entirely aware of time anymore), we brought you the sad news that both of Google's new Nexus devices won't have a MicroSD card slot. But don't put away your sad trombone just yet. The sad news stretches a little bit more because we're about to let you in on another difficult decision Google had to make: there's no wireless charging on either of these phones.
So what gives, El Goog? Despite Qualcomm's technology that enables wireless charging on devices with metal cases, we had a hunch the Nexus 6P won't support Qi charging. Read More
Remember the Nexus 6P? Do I even need to ask? Just two days ago, we got a glorious look at almost everything the phone is touting, from the 5.7" WQHD display, the camera, the 3450mAh battery, the dual front-facing speakers, and the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor. Hot? Maybe, a little bit.
What's even getting hotter is its pre-order date. According to our trusted sources, you should expect to give your Franklins to Google starting tomorrow, September 29th, the same day as the phone's announcement. How many Franklins exactly? Five. Well, minus a penny, but who's counting. That's for the 32GB version of the phone, but remember that this particular Nexus will come in 64GB and 128GB options too. Read More
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. Read More
Tomorrow is the big expected Nexus day, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to find out what's going on with this year's devices. Obviously. I mean, what more is there to know about the Nexus 5X and the larger, oddly-shaped Nexus 6P at this point?
Here's something. Through the information we've acquired, we've found that, unlike most previous models, this year's devices won't be available in carrier stores. Read More