According to recent rumours, we could be looking at a dual launch of the next version of Android operating system, Android M, and a 2015 version of the Nexus 5.
Codenamed the “LG Angler”, the device is expected to be the successor to the widely popular Nexus 5, and more importantly the flagship device for Android M.
The Nexus 5 (2015) is expected to have a 5.2-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 810 processor, the aim of which will be to appeal to those users who thought the Nexus 6 was just too big. It’ll most certainly have the new USB Type-C connector, and come with 32GB or 64GB variants, and potentially even an 128GB model.
A release date pegs the Nexus 5 (2015) towards the end of the year, possibly around October time, with pricing unknown at this point.
Google will use the next device in its Nexus lineup to change its design language for a device – much like Samsung did with their Galaxy S6 – that will see a more premium, durable, build quality.
One thing’s for certain – the tech world want an updated Nexus 5!
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The camera was one of the weak spots for the Nexus 5. The flagship Nexus device manufactured by LG in 2013 had an inconsistent camera that never seemed to deliver quality shots. Now, in 2015, the company allegedly has plans to produce one of two Nexus phones. A media outlet from South Korea claims to have knowledge of LG’s plans for its upcoming Nexus phone’s camera.
The report, published by iNews24, states that the phone may use a 3D camera module. The capabilities of such technology in a Nexus phone are unknown but maybe Google has plans with Photo Sphere integration.
The report also claims that the processor will come from Snapdragon 810 and Google eyes October for a launch alongside Android M.
Yet another vague report from Asia causes plenty of people, myself included, to wonder what Google has coming.
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A Nexus 5, running the Android M developer preview, has been pitted against the same phone running Android 5.1.1 to test standby times. Doze and App Standby–two exciting features coming with Android M–are said to double a device’s standby time, giving you a lot more time before you need to put your device on the wire.
In 8 hours of standby time, the Nexus 5 running Android 5.1.1 used 4% of its battery life, while the Nexus 5 running the Android M developer preview used a mere 1.5%. After a full day, the Lollipop equipped smartphone consumed 12% of its battery life, while the Nexus 5 with Android M used a nobler 4.5%. Here’s where things get impressive–in two days, the Nexus 5 on 5.1.1 used 24% and its Android M competitor used a mere 9%.
Google announced Doze at its I/O 2015 developer conference late last month, which will intelligently power down your smartphone over a long period of time, drastically reducing the amount of battery life your smartphone consumes when not in use.
When your smartphone isn’t being charged, App Standby will restrict apps it deems inactive, prohibiting network access, syncing, and other actions.
Keep in mind that these tests were done on Android M Developer Preview 1. The performance of these tests could potentially improve when we see a global launch, as Google is still actively working on improving this new Android version.
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With Google’s announcement of Android M at Google I/O 2015, we’ve been very interested to know what this means for real-world devices. Luckily, the Developer Preview for Nexus 5, 6 and 9 has been available for some time now, and there are already some very interesting reports coming out. One of the most interesting reports suggests that the standby battery life of Android devices running Android M is going to be significantly increased thanks to the new Doze and App Standby features.
According to this report’s testing, a Nexus 5 running Android M had only consumed 9% of its battery life after 48 hours on standby compared to 24% drained on a Nexus 5 running Android 5.1.1. That’s a pretty substantial gain and if we project what the maximum possible standby time could be, we see that the Nexus 5 running Android M would reach 533 hours compared to 200 hours on the Android 5.1.1 Nexus 5. While that’s just a hypothetical, it does give us lots of hope that all Android M devices will see a substantial boost in battery life.
For those wondering, the Doze feature is designed to activate when your device is idle, improving your standby battery life. App Standby similarly attempts to stop power hungry apps doing too much while your phone is not charging, and hopefully there will be control over exactly which apps are able to do this.
What do you think about the improved standby battery life on a Nexus 5 running Android M? Are any of you running the Developer Preview experiencing the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Unless you were residing under a rock last week, you are surely now aware of last week’s yearly developer conference, Google I/O. Well, in case you happened to not be available, or need a place to catch up on everything that was announced or talked about, AndroidGuys is here to save the day. From Android M to new Developer Tools and the new Photos service, there was surely a lot that was covered during the Google-fest, known as Google I/O 2015.
While this didn’t come as a surprise to many, Google decided to show off their latest iteration of Android, to the world. Android Lollipop, announced and released last year, obviously brought the Material Design UI design change to the forefront. Android M, because Google did NOT announce the name of the latest version, seems to bring a slew of additional features to the forefront. It may seem like an incremental update at first, but rest assured, there are more than a few changes that can be found with Android M.
The first big change announced was the addition of Granular Permissions with apps across the whole OS. What this means is that you will be able to approve or deny any permissions that a specific app may need to use in order to function correctly, or want the ability to use. Currently, users agree to all the permissions necessary for an app to be installed, upon installation from the Google Play Store. Whoever reads all those, every time you download an app, is a brave soul. I literally equate it to reading the terms and conditions of downloading any type of software update from Apple. TLDR.
Something to note in regards to these permissions changes, is that Google is paving the way for developers to build their apps that still work, even if a user denies any specific permissions request within the app. That’s a nice little touch to ensure that your apps will all still work even if you deny permissions.
Everybody complains about battery life, regardless of what device you are using. iOS or Android. Well with Android M, Google is bringing a new feature known as Doze Mode, which is essentially puts your phone into a deeper sleep mode than what is currently available. No worries, Google still thought about the fact that you are expecting to receive notifications and such throughout the day, so those will still come through as normal. Google is claiming that Doze Mode could increase the battery life of a device, two-fold. Doubled the battery life, without having a bigger battery, is an interesting concept, so it will be interesting to see how it works in RL.
This seems to be the year of USB Type C, with Apple introducing the MacBook, which has only the USB Type C port on it. The latest rendition of the ChromeBook Pixel also has two USB Type C ports on it, so why not introduce this technology on our mobile devices. Well Google did just that today. While they didn’t mention any devices that will include the USB Type C charging port, Google still explained what this will mean when an Android device is released with this new charging port.
Imagine this. You need to charge your phone up, but all you have is your tablet. (Of course this is a hypothetical situation, just stick with me here.) You remember that you got both of these awesome devices from Google and they both have USB Type C. So you plug the USB to USB from your tablet into your phone, and boom. Your phone is now charging. Well that’s what the introduction of USB Type C brings to the table now. On top of the fact that our Android devices will FINALLY have a reversible cable, reducing the frustration in trying to stick it in the right way.
Just about everyone has, or has had Google Wallet. Just about everyone has also heard about how Apple Pay works in unison with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ along with the fingerprint scanner. Well Android M is bringing Android Pay with built-in fingerprint support for those devices that have a fingerprint scanner already, and of course with any new devices.
Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay will be built right in to the OS, so that you can get up and running right away, out of the box. Google was also to gain support from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile to allow Android Pay to be installed, without restrictions, right out of the box.
As for stores that are on board, Google announced that there are over 700,000 retailers that Android Pay will be accepted, across the US. Essentially, Android Pay will be supported wherever you can find an NFC payment station at your retailer of choice.
Google is also building into Android M, the ability to “Buy with Android Pay”, which will allow users to pay just by tapping the icon, and your items will be instantly paid for through the credit/debit card that is attached to your Android Pay account.
App State Backup
Any apps that will be installed on devices running Android M, will automatically back up to Google’s cloud. This was introduced so that you can have your apps backed up and ready to go whenever you switch to a new device, or perform a full-wipe on your device. I can find this extremely useful for us geeks that switch phones like we change socks, but also for those clumsy one’s who need go through phones like diapers.
The Android M Developer Preview was made available a few hours after the keynote had ended. It is compatible with the Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player. We can expect to see Android M fully released in Q3 of this year, while there is a road-map to give users an idea of when to expect the next versions of the Developer Preview.
Before getting into the smaller announcements from yesterday’s event, let’s get into the other big announcement from the Google I/O 2015 keynote. Google Photos. It’s finally here, and you can expect to see a slew of articles claiming that this is the beginning of the end for Google+, but we know differently. Of course, the redesigned Google Photos isn’t anything that we didn’t already know about, but now we can finally play around with the features. The big feature, for me at least, was the cross-syncing between Android, the Web, and iOS.
Bundled with unlimited storage, Google is touting Google Photos as a backup service, more than anything else. However, there is a catch for that. Your photos will have a 16 Megapixel cap, and videos will have to be uploaded at 1080p or lower. There is an option, upon start up, to use your Google Drive storage capacity, which is nice if you have boat loads of extra storage sitting around, but the “unlimited storage” option will be just fine for most.
Depending upon how granular you get with your photo organization, things can be pretty rough sometimes. Google Photos is hoping to help out with some of that, by being able recognize and categorize your photos automatically for you. Photos will be able to identify people, places, landscapes, food, and will categorize those photos for you automatically. While Photos seems to walk the walk, it’s only a matter of time before we know if it can talk the talk.
Users can access their photos across the web, iOS, and Android, so that you have a copy of your favorite pictures, no matter where you’re at. If you want to share one of those photos, you will be able to pull up the sharing menu, and be able to get a link specific to the picture that you are attempting to share.
Another feature announced with Google Photos is your new Assistant. Nope, not a Google Now replacement, or anything like that. Instead, think of it as a modified version of Auto-Awesome for Google+. Your Assistant will help you create albums, custom stories, or movies, and what makes this even better, is that you don’t have to wait for Auto-Awesome to do its thing. You can make these adjustments to your photos, yourself.
Obviously these are just some of the many changes and announcements that Google brought to the Android world at Google I/O 2015. What are some of your favorite announcements? Was it the separation of Google Photos from Google+? Or was it the announcement of Android M and the release of the first batch of Developer Previews? Let us know what you think about everything in the comments below.
Three limited edition cases, all designed by Skrillex, are now available in the Google Store for five handsets.
Owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 can purchase a Skrillex Live Case for $40. The cases have either metallic or matte finishes with special designs on the rear. Pair any one of the cases with the official app and it launches a live wallpaper that provides a 360° experience on the front, back, and sides.
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As Google I/O draws near, just two days away now, the rumor and expectation mills are churning at full force. The latest expectation is that Google will bring two new Nexus phones to market this year, but no new tablet is on the immediate horizon.
These rumors sound fairly plausible, we have already heard that Huawei is building a Nexus phone, a 5.7-inch monster with code name Bullhead. I’ll leave you with the previous coverage for more details, but we expect to see the device later in the fall with the Snapdragon 810 SoC and a nice big 3,500mAh battery.
The new phone rumor is for another LG built Nexus device. Clocking in with a 5.2-inch display, the LG Angler looks like it may be fairly similar to the LG G4 with the Snapdragon 808 SoC. Speculation is early on this one though, specs are bound to change, and many components have not been chosen yet. With the general idea being that this LG phone is the proper successor to the Nexus 5, we do not expect top rung specs, just an overall solid experience.
Finally, do you like your Nexus 7 or Nexus 9? I hope so, since you may be stuck with it for another year before another Nexus tablet is introduced. We can always hope for a surprise, but at this point, there are no Nexus tablets in the rumor mill. Although the Nexus 7 has been removed from the Google Store, the Nexus 9 is still up for sale, offering you a solid Android tablet experience and the latest version of the Android OS (finally.)
I think I’ve mentioned this, these are purely rumor at this stage. We can’t help but send you over to Android Police where this new rumor of an LG Nexus phone comes from.
Stay tuned for more to come, we will be on the ground at Google I/O 2015, May 28-29, that’s Thursday and Friday in San Francisco. We hope you are as excited as we are to see the next chapters in the history of Nexus.
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What do you think about a new smaller form factor Nexus phone? Is a 5.2-inch display the right size for you?
Limited-edition Skrillex Live Case series launched by Google, brings more than protection and art to your device
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Google is always doing something crazy. Often times the things they are working on are hidden in the depth of the Googleplex only to be unveiled when they are good and ready to show it off. A recent collaboration that Google has been involved in has just been announced and boy is it an interesting one. The search giant has partnered up with electronic music sensation Skrillex to bring a series of limited edition cases for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The Skrillex Live Case is much more than an artistic shell that depicts the Grammy-winning producers life long fascination with space though. With Google’s help, the Skrillex Live Case brings something pretty outstanding to your device, a button that gives you VIP access to Skrillex content and an a companion live wallpaper. Again, not just your average live wallpaper that shows some crazy colors or light flows. No, the live wallpaper will update over the course of your day depicting stunning images of Earth from the stratosphere. Where it gets a little bit cooler is that the images are being shot with a special designed satellite balloon that Google and Skrillex designed, names after his dog Nanou, and sent up not to long ago.
Another killer bonus to the project is that once the satellite balloon has completed its mission, a lucky fan will be able to actually win the darn thing and it is signed by Skrillex. As for the VIP access to Skrillex content, the buyers of the Skrillex Live Case will be given access to a free OWSLA album from the Play Store. You will also get updates about Skrillex sent directly to your phone. The button that is built into the case launches Skrillex’s music feed on YouTube. The button is customizable too. Meaning you can set it to open your camera, other apps or web links.
The Skrillex Live Case limited edition cases are all individually numbered and are available on the Google Play Store starting today through the end of June for $40. If Skrillex isn’t your style, don’t get all down in the dumps as Google states there are other collaborations already in the works that they can’t wait to tell us about.
Hit the Google Store to check out the cases and an order placed. I am thinking the Lil Planet one would look killer on my Note 4.
Editions is a new series from Google in which “creative collaborations” are contracted to design limited-edition cases.
The first creative collaborator is Skrillex. Skrillex has produced three designs based on out of this world motivations.
With the Live Cases, you get a bit more than a strangely designed case.
First, you get a live wallpaper from Skrillex’s satellite that he named “Nanou” after his dog. During the day, Nanou sends your phone photographs of Earth from the stratosphere. At night, the wallpaper will send images of constellations that are visible from your current location.
On top of that, you will get “VIP access to Skrillex content”. From the official Android blog:
“Fans who get the Live Case will get early access to a free OWSLA album from Google Play and Skrillex updates sent directly to their phones. A shortcut button built-in on the Live Case gives you one-touch access to Skrillex’s music feed on YouTube. The button can also be customized to open your favorite apps, launch your phone camera or go to Skrillex’s website.“
The Live Case also has a nifty little button on the back of the case that allows for quick access to your favorite app or Skrillex’s website, Google feels the need to point out that the last one requires internet connection.
This cases are also individually numbered like any other limited-edition run of anything. Once again, there are three different designs to pick from and each will run you $40. The Live Case is available for the following phones:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 5
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S5
- Galaxy Note 4
Live Cases are available through the Play Store
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The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have been two of the most popular Nexus devices to date, and many would like to think that manufacturer LG had a lot to do with their popularity. One thing’s for sure: the latest Nexus 6 made by Motorola hasn’t quite reached the same commercial success that its predecessors did and a large part of that was down to pricing, something the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 definitely didn’t have issues with. So when the news dropped today that another LG Nexus smartphone was possible, we had to take a closer look.
Today’s rumour allegedly comes from sources within LG who say that the Korean manufacturer is considering making the 2015 Nexus smartphone. This is decidedly interesting as quite a few rumours about a Nexus smartphone so far have named Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, as the front runner. Whether this is true or not, we’ll never really know until Google drops the bombshell presumably later this year as they have done the last few years. A LG Nexus based on the LG G4 anyone? Here’s to hoping.
What do you think about a possible LG Nexus smartphone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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