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The 9 isn't the only new kid on the block
The Nexus 5, Google’s flagship Android device, is coming up on a year old – almost an eternity in the mobile space. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Google is already hard at work figuring out its successor, and today thanks to 9to5Google we got our first real look at both the design and the technical specifications of Google’s upcoming Nexus 6, designed and manufactured by – wait for it – not LG (like the Nexus 5), not Samsung (like the Nexus 10), not even HTC (like the rumored Nexus 9)… but by Motorola.
As you can see in the leaked shots above, the Nexus 6 (which isn’t yet an official name, by the way) bares more than just a passing resemblance to Motorola’s latest lineup of smartphones, the Moto X and Moto G series. In fact, it looks almost exactly like a stretched out second generation Moto X, complete with the top / bottom speaker grille on the front, and the aluminum chassis around the sides.
What has changed, however, is the size – the Nexus 6 is simply massive with its whopping 5.92-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the Nexus 6’s display evens out at a cool 498 PPI, making it higher resolution than Apple’s big screen device, the iPhone 6 Plus (401 PPI) but lower resolution than Samsung’s next generation phablet, the Note 4 (550 DPI).
Driving this big screen is said to be a Snapdragon 805 processor, one of the fastest out there, a huge 3,200 mAh battery, and 3GB of RAM (compared to a measly 1GB on the iPhone 6 series). Though that sounds impressive, all that extra oomph will presumably be needed to power the Nexus 6’s ginormous high resolution display at acceptable levels of performance for this tier of device, meaning you shouldn’t necessarily expect next generation graphics or 48 hour battery life.
No word yet on pricing and availability, though 9to5Mac speculates on a late October launch, but with both the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 “L” seemingly just around the corner, I wouldn’t really be surprised to see this thing hit stores sooner rather than later. And given Motorola’s excellent track record at developing and manufacturing beautiful, high powered devices at an amazingly low cost, it sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait – as long as you think you can stomach that extra huge screen.
But not for the reasons you may think
You’re reading the headline right now and I bet I know what you’re thinking – this guy, he’s an Apple fanboy. He’s gotta be. I’m sitting here writing an article about why my switch to Android didn’t work out, after all. You’re probably betting that I’m sitting here with an iPhone next to me right now – and guess what, you’re absolutely right. But before I even start the meat of this article, I want to clear the air – I’m not back on my iPhone because I dislike Android. I didn’t even particularly dislike the Nexus 5 I was switching to. On the contrary, I quite liked both Android and the Nexus 5. So why am I back on my iPhone?
It turns out, the reason I went back is because at the end of the day – iPhone, Android, whatever – switching to Android just didn’t matter. It made nearly no tangible difference to my daily routines. Sure, there were some minor inconveniences – I missed iMessage terribly, and I couldn’t find an official version of the just fantastic TwoDots game on the Google Play Store. But really, for the most part, I couldn’t find a single tangible difference in the way I used iOS and Android.
Using Android was, to be honest, entirely enjoyable. Android is no longer the poorly designed mess that it was back when I last tried out the platform for real back in the Gingerbread days (over two years ago, for you non-geeky types). There’s an app for just about everything I wanted – Google Chrome is an excellent mobile browser, easily just as good as Safari on iOS 7. The camera on my Nexus 5 was fine – not iPhone 5s good, as I’m accustomed to, but certainly not bad in any sense of the world. Integration with Google Hangouts was beneficial, and I actually really liked the way that Facebook Chat Heads worked on Android – in fact, I wish Apple would let Chat Heads float above running applications and the home screen on iOS as they work on Android. While switching to Android, literally everything was fine or even great.
So why did I switch back to my iPhone? If I found my experience using Android just as good as my iPhone, why switching back? For me, it just turned out to make slightly more sense given my personal situation. The vast majority of my contacts use iPhones, so everyone I’m talking to just about is through iMessage when on my iMessage. Not a huge benefit over SMS in and of itself, but when you factor in the ability to chat with people via Mac and iPad – both of which I have and use regularly – that’s a huge plus on behalf of the iPhone. Then there’s the fact that the iPhone has a slightly better camera, I’ve put a ton of money into purchasing apps on the App Store, most of my music has been bought through iTunes, and even my iCloud calendars.
So that’s why I went back to my iPhone. Not because Android is bad – on the contrary, I enjoyed my time on Android. But just because it didn’t offer me anything significantly good enough to pull me away from my years of iPhone use. Proponents of Android will say that customization and extensibility of Android is a huge plus, but to be honest, I tried a bunch of different keyboards, launchers, etc. etc – and I went back to the stock Android setup every single time.
Oh, but lest I forget – I am super pumped about the thought of a Swype-like keyboard being available on iOS 8.
Just an iPhone guy with a Nexus.
Years ago, I would have scoffed at the thought that I would ever switch to an Android device. I’m an iPhone guy, and I’ve always been an iPhone guy – I bought the original iPhone on the first weekend it came out all the way back in June of 2007, and I’ve been with iOS (then called iPhone OS) ever since. Sure, I’ve had a love affair or two with some competing platforms – I owned and used a Palm Pre 2 as my primary smartphone for a couple of months back in the day, and a couple of years ago I used a Nokia Lumia 800 to get a feel of Windows Phone 7 when it was still fairly new on the block – but I’ve always found my way back to Apple’s platform. It’s felt like home.
Well, a couple of weeks ago I had a realization – not only am I not an Android user, but as Android has continued to evolve and I’ve continued to ignore it, I’ve fallen considerably out of touch with Android, which is now the biggest mobile phone operating system in the world. Around my neck of the woods, I’m known as “the” tech guy, and in recent years I’ve been getting questions about how to do this or how to do that on Android phones. Sometimes I’m able to guess, but most of the time, my answer is simply “I don’t know, try Googling it.”
As a technology writer and fanatic, I consider it my job to know the answer to these questions. To really know what I’m talking about, to have an informed opinion, to be able to help as many people as possible whether that be in my writing or in person, I have to be familiar with what people are using – or else my word means little to nothing.
So today, I put down my iPhone 5s and activated a Nexus 5, effectively switching to Android full time for the first time ever. My Nexus 5 is a Google Play edition running Android 4.4.2 on the Sprint network, with all software updated to their newest versions. I’ve only been using the Nexus 5 for a couple of hours now, so I don’t have too much to say about it just yet, but I do have some early, early impressions. Read on after the break to hear what I think.
A couple of days ago we showed you shots of what we called a “sassy” red colored Nexus 5, and today we’re getting confirmation that such a mystical creature exists in the best way possible – Google has just put the new color up for sale on Google Play store. That’s right, starting today, you can head on over to Google Play and buy your own red Nexus 5.
Pricing remains the same $329 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB, so you won’t have to pay more to get your sass on. Sprint is rumored to be carrying the device shortly with a usual subsidy for signing up for a 2-year contract, so if you’re not interested in buying the unlocked model at full price you might have that to look forward to.
Sound good? Head on over to Google and click the “Buy” button. I mean look at it. You know you want to.
Source: Google Play
Nexus 5, we hardly knew thee
While Google’s Nexus program has never been an outstanding sales hit, it has provided both some pretty impressive sales numbers along with sometimes hugely impressive devices. That’s why it’s such a surprise to hear the big rumor today that Google has reportedly decided to discontinue the Nexus device program entirely this year, instead choosing to focus more on the recently launched lineup of “Google Play Edition” devices.
While the Nexus lineup has always represented a sort of “reference” device for stock Android configurations, Google may see more success in simply offering the best of what their partners have to offer – such as the already insanely popular Samsung Galaxy S4 and the insanely affordable but powerful Moto G – and packaging those with stock Android. This way, consumers and Google both get the best of both worlds – we get the devices we already want, and Google won’t have to go through the hassle of launching and promoting its own unique lineup of devices.
That said, there would be some pity to seeing the Nexus lineup go. The Nexus 7 was arguably the first good Android tablet, and though Google has largely ignored the Nexus 10 in recent years it did push OEMs to bring high resolution and DPI displays to Android tablets, similar to the then-new iPad 3. Without Google to push the OEMs, the real question is – can Android continue to move forward without Google’s own guidance? And can Google risk an Android ecosystem even more controlled by the likes of Samsung? All of this is just rumor for now, and we’ll keep you updated on the latest.
Source: Eldar Murtazin (via Twitter)
Just look at that
While the Nexus 5 comes in only white and black colors like most smartphones (iPhone 5c and the Lumia lineup excluded, of course), Google may be looking to spice things up just a tad. If Twitter user @artyomstar is to believed – and we don’t see why he wouldn’t be – the company is getting ready to launch a special version of the Nexus 5 that comes in a super sassy lipstick red type color.
I personally can’t imagine grabbing one of these for myself – there’s just something a little too extreme about this particular shade of red – but if you’re okay with buying a smartphone that’s as loud and proud as you may be, Google could soon have the phone for you.
Google, get on this
If you’ve got either a Nexus 4 or a new Nexus 5 running either Android 4.0 to Android 4.4, you best be weary of any odd SMS messages for a time. According to PC World, a glitch exists in the two latest versions of Android that allows attackers to rapid send 30 “flash” messages to Nexus devices, which causes a system crash that forces a hard reboot.
The issue stems from the fact that Android doesn’t notify users with an audio tone when being sent a flash SMS message, which allows these messages to build up leading to an overflow of sorts, and therefore a crash. Google is said to be aware of the device and has been working n a fix for some time now, however PC Magazine has only just reported the issue.
Source: PC Magazine
Because it hasn't leaked enough already
Google has taken the wraps off the oft rumored Nexus 5 at long last. It seems like it’s been so long since we started covering the leaks of this thing that it’s felt like this day would never come, but now that it has I can say I’m excited. The Nexus 5 is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 4 as the crown jewel in the Nexus throne, featuring that flagship Android experience the Nexus lineup is known for, but this time it comes in “KitKat” flavor.
That’s right, the Nexus 5 comes preloaded with Android 4.4 “KitKat”, Google’s next iterative version of their popular mobile operating system. Like the new name would suggest, Android 4.4 is a much larger update than the previous two updates, both of which carried the same “Jelly Bean” name as Android 4.1. But if you’re looking for revolution and not evolution, you might be disappointed – while Android 4.4 manages to look and feel fresh, it does so without that big “wow” change that many in the Android camp had been expecting after so many years with the Android 4.x line.
Besides Android 4.4, the Nexus 5 starts at $349 and includes 16GB of internal storage, and supports Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile absolutely out of the box; sorry, Verizon fans. It’s got a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor, a strong 5″ 1080p display, and an 8MP back shooter (camera) equipped with image stabilization. And let’s not forget that all of this is running Android 4.4 totally stock, as pure and clean as Google intended it to be used. A refreshing feeling for sure.
We’ll be continuing our Nexus 5 coverage in the days ahead, so keep an eye out for more. Until than, you can hop on the bandwagon and order yourself a Nexus 5 right from Google Play – if you’re so inclined.
The time has (almost) come
The months of waiting. The lead in. The aging Nexus 4. The teasing – oh, the teasing. And we can’t forget the Nestle branded Android operating system that is Android 4.4 “KitKat.” After all this time, it appears that our wait is finally over – if a little slip up over at the house of Google is any indication, Google’s next flagship Android device, the LG built Nexus 5, will be making an official appearance any day now.
The slip up in question? For the briefest of moments – just a couple of seconds – customers could actually head over to the Google Play store last night and be treated to a product page for the as of yet unannounced Nexus 5, complete with a description, press shots, and – at long last – confirmation of that much speculated name.
Google’s tagline for the Nexus 5 is “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways.” It’ll run you $349 for a 16GB version when it does finally launch. This also serves as virtual confirmation that the Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4 “KitKat” as the press shot reveals a much flatter, cleaner, and frankly more beautiful Android UI than any that’s come before it.
We’ll keep you in the know on the latest regarding the Nexus 5, because trust me – we’re just as excited as you are.
Not a bad looking phone
Psst – in case you weren’t aware, Google’s getting ready to launch a new smartphone. And that’s not all, they’ll be replacing one of their most popular smartphones to date – the Nexus 4. No small feat, to be sure, but it looks like Google and new partner LG are up for the challenge, as today’s leaked press images of the Nexus 5 show.
All in all, there’s nothing too outrageous to be seen here. We’ve got ourselves a black slab with a large display and a front facing camera – the description of pretty much every smartphone since, oh, I don’t know, the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007 (sans the front facing camera back then.) No word yet on when we’ll be able to get our hands on one, however one previous rumor that indicated Google was preparing for a launch on the 15th turned out to be, sadly, incorrect.
Source: Mobile Syrup
We may soon know more
If you’re one who believes the fine folks at cnet, you may soon be looking forward to meeting Google’s new latest and greatest flagship Android smartphone and operating system as soon as October 15th. The news reportedly comes from attendants of Google’s recent Google Launchpad event, which took place this week, where developers were reportedly served some tasty desserts in the form of Key Lime Pie (the former codename for Android 4.4) and KitKat bars.
The Nexus 5 is the rumored name for Google’s newest flagship smartphone, produced by LG, and is said to be a “Google-ized” version of LG’s new LG G2 flagship smartphone. The Nexus 5 is rumored to launch alongside Android 4.4, which should also arrive on most of Google’s other recent Nexus devices, such as the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4.
The long awaited successor to the Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is probably Google’s most popular “Nexus” phone in history, but that isn’t going to stop them from replacing it – a new leak originating from none other than the United States Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) has given us our first real look at the long awaited successor to the Nexus 4, which we’re lovingly dubbing the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 will be built by LG, the same folks who built the Nexus 4, and doesn’t appear to be too radical of a change based on everything we’re seeing from it now. The general shape of the phone has remained largely the same, though with a slightly “blockier” build with less rounded corners. The screen size is also expected to be upgraded to a 5-inch-or-so display, and the phone is expected to pack in the latest internals to best compete against the likes of the iPhone 5S, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC One.
We also think it’s reasonable to expect that the Nexus 5 will be the flagship phone for Android 4.4 “KitKat”, the next generation Android operating system. We’ve got no real firm information, dates, or pricing on the upcoming Nexus 4 just yet, but we’ll give you the latest as it comes in. Stay tuned!