Google has finally revealed the official name for its upcoming Android in conjunction with the solar eclipse in the United States. Almost 4 years ago, Google had partnered with a well-known chocolate brand, KitKat, for Android 4.4. Now they are doing something similar by announcing Oreo as the latest sweet treat for Android 8.0.
With Android Nougat going official very soon, we can expect a new range of Nexus devices to follow as well. Last year we had the larger Nexus 6P by Huawei, while the Nexus 5X is the compact version that’s made by LG.
For 2016, there will be two Nexus devices codenamed Sailfish and Marlin which are said to be produced by HTC. Thanks to @evleaks, we now have more information for one of the models from a build.prop dump. These are often lines of configuration codes that could give us some clues on the hardware.
Rumour has it that Google will be producing their own smartphone and it will supposedly come out sometime this year. This new smartphone won’t be part of the Nexus line but will instead feature Google’s own branding and probably the search engine giant’s own hardware as well.
This is good news for the Android platform because, for the first time, Google will be fully involved in creating a smartphone from scratch that’s designed to fulfil the company’s vision of what an Android smartphone is supposed to be.
In other words, Google is tired of everyone else getting it wrong. But, before you pop the champagne in celebration, here are three things you might want to keep in mind.
At their recent I/O, Google released a “Public Beta” version of Android N that supposedly everyone can use. Why is this such a big deal? Well, traditionally, Beta versions of Android have been rather unstable, with frequent app crashes among other problems.
This time, Google says the Beta version is stable enough that anyone can use it as their main device. Is that really the case though?
Well, I try to find out.
When the Nexus 6P came out, the question on everyone’s lips was: “Is it as good as the other flagships?”. Aptly named the 6P, it seems that 2015 was the year of the six-branded smartphone, as the Nexus 6P, together with the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, carved a “holy-trinity” out of the smartphone crop.
With these three priced at the top of the food chain as no-nonsense, no-compromise, best-phablets-money-can-buy devices, consumers everywhere were torn. The line separating these three devices were so thin that no matter which device you chose, you would end up with a great phablet nonetheless.
But, c’mon, we have to crown a winner. There is only one sport at the top of that podium, and today we fill it.
Bam! Mobile World Congress 2016 passed by like in just a blink of the eye and now we’re suffering from post-congress withdrawals. Not without good reason, by the way. Three (big) smartphone makers released their flagships for this year including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. On a less than positive note, it’s rather sad that we won’t be getting the standard Galaxy S7 in Malaysia.
Although we pretty much knew everything about the two smartphones prior to the South Korean manufacturer taking the MWC floor, we didn’t know how good the camera on the follow-up to the Galaxy S6 flagships would be.
We were eager to find out so we pit the edgy Samsung number against other formidable smartphone cameras.
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AnTuTu, a company responsible for the development of the AnTuTu benchmark app which we (along with many other reviewers) use when reviewing phones, publishes their annual Performance Ranking Report ranking the 10 best smartphones of that particular year.
Before v6.0 of the app, the report only consisted of Android phones. With this new version, though, 2015’s report is the first cross-platform ranking report and my goodness was it an interesting one. While we weren’t that surprised that the iPhone 6s Plus was #1 on their list, we were shocked at how MUCH further it was from the competition. Let me give you a hint: 132k.
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The Nexus 6P is one of the easiest Nexus devices to recommend to someone who has never used one before. It is really the complete package – both in terms of hardware and software. It has a great camera, a fantastic fingerprint scanner and a rather beautiful build.
However, not everyone will know how to use this device to its fullest.