With Android 6.0 Marshmallow readying for a roll out to devices across the platform, how is its predecessor Android Lollipop fairing in the overall platform landscape? Well, very good as it turns out, which when discussing means as good as can be expected due to the huge fragmentation on the platform.
Google announced its spiffing new smartphones this week, the flagship Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X; so what does that mean for last year?s Nexus 6? That was of course made by Motorola and it was a full on flagship handset that came with a price tag to match its amazing specs. However, now the Nexus 6 can be picked up brand new for a bargain.
Two years since LG departed the Nexus scene with the Nexus 5, the South Korean company is back in the fold with the Nexus 5X. The handset was launched today by Google today and while it is easy to think of the 5X as a mere updated version of the Nexus 5, it is so much more. It brings a 2013 handset and brings it fully into 2015 and offers a compelling and affordable package along the way.
Google has just announced what is perhaps the best Nexus flagship the company has ever been involved in, the Huawei made Nexus 6P. The device was launched by Google today and alongside the Nexus 5X is the first product to be rocking Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Google is getting ready to launch its new smartphones tomorrow, the Huawei made Nexus 6P and the LG made Nexus 5X, but we already know pretty much all there is to know. For example, the design of both handsets reveals probably the best looking Nexus smartphones so far, and one that are well spec?d for their price points.
We are still at least a month away from the LG made Nexus 5X launching, but we already feel like we know so much about Google's upcoming mid-range handset. Enough renders have leaked to give us a good idea what the handset looks like, while the 5X has passed through several benchmarking software's to reveal its specs. The latest is Geekbench, which reconfirms the hardware that Google and LG are employing for the Nexus 5X.
We get it already, Android has many a security hole and is vulnerable to attacks. Whether you can live with that and appreciate the openness or not depends, and probably dictates whether you use Google's platform or turn to iOS, Windows, or even BlackBerry. Not that we are brushing it under the carpet or anything, security on Android is arguably the platform?s biggest problem moving forward and there are numerous attacks to be worried about.
Google has sent out a small but useful update for its Android Wear platform that is found on myriad smartwatches on the platform. The company says that the update will be rolling out to every Android Wear device in the coming weeks and the meat of the update will be the inclusion of interactive watch faces. This will bring more ways to use the device when it is just in its watch face mode.
Gartner has released its latest market figures that reveal which operating systems are in front in terms of coverage, and the results are hardly surprising. Indeed, the state of the smartphone market remained the same as it has for the last few years, with Android in front, Apple just behind, and Windows Phone way back in third... the rest barely registering.
Google officially announced that Android M, announced by the company earlier in the year, will be called Android Marshmallow when it launches. The company rolled out a statue of the Android robot carrying a large marshmallow to announce the name, while Google also revealed that the next full build will otherwise be known as Android 6.0.