Nexus devices are considered to be Google’s most compelling handsets running in Android OS. Nexus 5 remains a good selection for people on the market even if there are other considerable devices already introduced to people. This can be attributed to the good hardware specifications of the product as well as its optimized OS experience. Presently, it still utilizes a good Android stock build as Google wanted.
Android Silver Project may be projected, but Google is sure that Nexus line will remain on the market. In other words, anyone can expect the upcoming Nexus 6. Android engineering chief Dave Burke of Google claimed that it is a wrong conclusion to make that Nexus is already nearing its end. Burke explained that Google has invested in Nexus and will continue the Nexus flagship. However, as obvious as it seems, people are way too inquisitive on how Google improved the past Nexus 5 with the new Nexus 6.
The Design and Display
The design front of Nexus phones have been significant since then, but still went through visual alterations. The overall shape remains the same yet the last Nexus phones, which are 4 and 5, had their fair shares of LG phone design front along with the shape. However, it is claimed that LG will no longer be introducing Nexus or will be taking part in Nexus 6 manufacturing. This can make people expect different general aesthetics for the new Nexus phone.
Presently, it is discussed that Motorola and HTC are potential OEM candidates for the new Nexus phone. Nonetheless, evidence somehow directs to Motorola as the one liable for building the new Nexus. It was even confirmed that Motorola is assigned by Google to create the handset for Android L, which is another must-have for smartphone users this year.
A Phablet for Everyone
People are contemplating with the fact that Nexus 6 can be a phablet. This is a controversy that stirred the interests of most people. Nexus 6 is projected to have the 5.9 inches display. Talk-abouts also include the QHD display for the smartphone with the high 3GB of RAM. The screen resolution will be a 2K display having 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. This is better than the previous Nexus 5 feature of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels display in 4.95 inches True HD IPS. The pixel strength of Nexus 6 is expected to be a premium 534 ppi of pixel density, which makes it better than the previous 445 ppi in Nexus 5. Until now, despite the phablet expectation, the complete specs and hardware of the forthcoming Nexus are yet to be completely revealed.
The Build Material of New Nexus 6
The soft-plastic finish is what the Nexus 4 featured, which was also utilized in Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. For the tablets, there is just the difference of solid glass piece found at the back panel of the gadgets. Nexus 5 changed this soft-plastic finish style and carried on with soft material that ran around the unibody setup’s chassis. The screen was also surrounded with thin bezel design. According to Google, the change in build material enables them to provide people playful and colorful options of design. Aside from the standard black model, Nexus will now be offered in white and red variants. Consequently, dual speakers found in the smartphone’s lower edge were not just for aesthetics, but for better audio experience, said Google.
Nexus 6 came into the view for a short time, but hearsays claimed that it is more of the same. There is simply an additional feature of thin bezel in its aluminum edges. Though it has an understated build material design, Google can assure that its software and hardware will take over the talking.
The Hardware Power
The slight change from the outside of the new Nexus 6 does not mean that its insides are not exemplary. Many people speculated that Nexus 6 may have its improved battery feature, which is a problem greatly encountered with Nexus 5. Nexus 5 had a very weak battery with its 2,300mAh non-removable cell. Plenty of reports circulated the web due to the poor battery power of Nexus 5, including Richard Goodwin of KYM.
Experts believe that Google can counter the poor battery power of Nexus 5 and advance it in Nexus 6, which pertain to enhancing the auto adjustments and modes for power saving available in smartphone. Relatively, Google is now moving forward to more improved Android OS with the anticipated Android L. The new android OS is expected to have its ART runtime architecture and support from 64-bit processors. This enhancement will be named as “Project Volta”, which has the purpose of optimizing games and applications of mobile phones.
Android L is projected to have its own job scheduler installed in it, which lets developers take control of background functions and jobs in the smartphone through setting conditions. Even if your phone is connected to a charger or idle, the job scheduler will help reduce the impact to battery life.
Despite the given changes, 2,300mAh cell will remain a not so great option for supporting the life of smartphones. Though there is already the released 3,000mAh cell, its implementation is not design-wise as claimed.
Nexus 6 is envisioned to be a phablet, which makes it spacious for battery. In other words, increased battery life may also be expected from the new Nexus. Nonetheless, this is possible only if Google will not perk up the phone’s display technology more than they should.
Processor is another issue being discussed today. Nexus 5 has sported the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quadcore processor using the architecture of Krait 400. Its RAM is 2GB and working at 2.3GHz. The graphics processing unit, on the other hand, is powered by Adreno 320. Since there are possible successors for the processor unit, a lot talked about Nexus 6 having the MT6732 quad-core 1.5GHz, MediaTek 64-bit chips, or the MT6752 octa-core 2GHz.
Other than the speculations stated above, it has been reported that Nexus will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 and clocked at 2.7GHz in Krait 450 processor. Along with this, Nexus 6 can either run in Android 4.5 OS or the new Android L or 5.0. Meanwhile, Nexus 5 still runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, which can still be upgraded to higher versions of the OS.
Alternatively again, if Nexus will not hold the provided possible processing units, it may have Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra K1. Tegra K1 is supposed to be the processor for Nexus 8. Android L has the 64-bit architecture core, which makes it possible for Google to put Nexus working with a 64-bit chip. Qualcomm may be dominating the smartphone market today, but Nexus series may overlook its power for now.
Due to the 64-bit architecture, people still have vague idea of the real capacity of Nexus 6’s RAM. Changes can happen without being expected, such as what occurred with iPhone 5s of Apple. It was speculated to run using 64-bit A7 chipset yet it turned out to be using 1GB of RAM. Many focused on the fact that 64-bit will only run in at least 4GB of RAM, but Apple proved them wrong. This is the reason why argument still holds to how much RAM Nexus 6 will hold. The only estimation reviewers have is at least 3GB or more.
Fingerprint scanner is another rumor about the forthcoming Nexus 6. Various smartphones have already gone through this conjecture. Nonetheless, it is clear that Google is emphasizing its Google Wallet for now.
The Cameraphone Experience
Nexus 5 has a considerable cameraphone experience to offer its users. It has the 8MP back-illuminated sensor (BSI) WITH 1080P video feature, LED flash, 1/3.2”sensor size, and an f/2.4 aperture. It turns out that Nexus 5 has a not so impressive camera feature, which caused Google to have a failure in releasing a more competent cameraphone kit. Nothing has been disclosed regarding the camera experience you can have with Nexus 6, but people expect that it will still be modest and average to keep the price range of the gadget.
The Multimedia Feature
Nothing much will change from the multimedia feature of Nexus 5 to Nexus 6’s. Filtering of music will still be by album, playlists, and artist. Additional music player features are still background playback and album art cover. YouTube player is still accessible and speakers are still handy via loudspeaker or headset mode.
The Android L Difference
It is expected for Nexus 6 to run on Android 5.0 or L, which is an upgrade from Nexus 5’s Android 4.4 KitKat. With the built-in features of Android L, there is much to be anticipated from the phone. Here are things you can look forward to Android L:
- Design. The design of Android L is an anticipated product of flexibility, branded with responsive UI patterns, bold colors, and elements you can alter by themes.
- Notifications. There will be enhanced notifications. Expect the introduction of Heads up Notifications and Visibility Controls with the new Android OS. You may now use a small floating window to display actions and contents. Managing the information you will see when your phone is locked is also possible.
- Battery. Project Volta, as stated above, will be pursued by Google. Longer-lasting battery is what the company wants to infuse in its new Nexus phone. Battery Historian will be your new friend in checking out how your apps use your battery and give you comprehensible visuals of how your mobile power is used with respect to time.
- Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Mode. If you want to broadcast your presence to other devices and transmit data, Nexus 6 will let you do so. It allows users build an app that can act as healthy monitor and pedometer at the same time.
- Camera. Enhancements in camera features can also be experienced with Android L. The most interesting improvement from Android L’s cameraphone is the means of controlling parameters (frame duration, exposure time, and ISO sensitivity) per-frame basis and capturing raw sensor data with ease.
- Console-grade gaming. Your gaming experience with Nexus 6 can be expected better since support from OpenGL ES 3.1 is already available with the new Nexus. Enhancements in stencil textures, shaders, and texture gather are already open with the new Android OS. Nexus 6 will help you mimic PC and console gaming.
- Performance. General improved performance of the device is created by the developers for Android L. L has its Android Runtime for system default, which features enhanced debugging, garbage collection, and development.
- Expanded support. Since Nexus 6 will run in 64-bit chip, there will be additional computer workload spaces. Apps developed out of Java language will no longer be exceptions in Nexus 6.
The Nexus 5 Launch
Nexus 5 has been running for long now and according to reports, it outperformed LG’s G3. The question is when its successor will be released. The records showed that Nexus series have all been released during the fourth quarter. Big firms have been following the mode of releasing a smartphone each year, which makes Nexus 6 be possibly introduced this 2014.
Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president of Google, claimed that it will not introduce Nexus 6 on the second quarter of 2014. This only implies that Q4 launch can be anticipated. The confusions are still present even if the senior vice president had his say. There are reports stating that there is no Nexus 6 and Android Silver may be released next year, but not in Nexus form.
In contrary to the perplexity, claims from a source within the Google development area revealed that Nexus 6 will indeed be launching this year. Hints even included that Nexus 6 may not be Nexus 6 at all, but Nexus 5 2014. November is the target month for the Motorala-developed Nexus 6 phone release.
The Expected Price of Nexus 6
Nexus 5 is priced at AU$489.95. Fairly, Nexus 6 can be retailed at Rs.40000 or US$655, said 91Mobiles, an Indian mobile retailer. This pricing estimate is not approved or confirmed until now.
What do you think of Nexus 6? Do you agree that Google made plausible improvements over Nexus 5?