Google's Nexus product line is a proof of concept series of hardware to show off what exactly the company's Android platform can do in its stock form. There have been rumors for some time that Google what broaden its hardware output, and that has come to fruition as the company has formed a new hardware division.
Google sent out a new update for the LG made Nexus 5X that included a monthly security patch and a performance upgrade to make the general running of the handset smoother. Now the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P (the current flagship of Google's hardware range) is getting a similar patch to boost device performance.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is struggling to gain any traction in the market, and after nearly six months available for devices it is on just 2.3% of all devices running the platform. While Android adoption is always more stagnant than on rival platforms iOS and even Windows, this very low number is sure to disappoint Google.
We like the Nexus 5X a lot. The LG made device built on the original Nexus 5 of two years ago, which itself was a stunning handset, and has been a success with consumers.
Google is rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to its Nexus devices (namely the Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9) with the factory image now available for download. So, with the freshest version of Android now rolling out what can we expect from the build?
As with many new smartphones, the Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X arrived with a few teething problems. Namely, the two (otherwise fantastic) handsets have suffered issues with washed out screens, according to some users. Considering that the smartphones are made by two different companies, this problem has been attributed to Google's software.
The Huawei made Nexus 6P is a beast of a smartphone and has been winning rave reviews for its potent performance and of course Google's stock Android Marshmallow software. However, it is not faultless and it seems to have some microphone issues when users are trying to make calls, a problem that has been reported by numerous Nexus 6P users.
YouTube Music launched today for users of Android and iOS, downloadable from those platforms respective app stores. This is the latest music streaming service that will be taking the fight to the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. Google's YouTube Music has a potential ace card in that it also delivers video content, building on the services roots as an online video portal.
While Google Maps has been the go to navigation package for most people over the years, there are rival packages that sport features that Google's offering lacks. For example, Nokia's HERE Maps has been offering offline navigation for a very long time and since its debut on Android last year it has given users on the platform a very potent alternative to Google Maps.
Google has got into a tangle with some of its Nexus customer thanks to a tweet the company sent out last night. The social media excerpt in question saw the company say that Nexus orders are being fulfilled in the order in which they were received. Nothing wrong with that you may think, but many customers took to twitter to say that the statement was simply untrue.