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Google India launches Nexus 5X & 6P; Pre-orders start today!

Google India today announced the much awaited launch of its latest range of Nexus phones in partnership with leading smartphone makers LG and Huawei. These two devices were first unveiled at an Event held at SF a couple of weeks ago. Both Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P offer a pure stock experience of Android running Marshmallow 6.0.

Nexus 5X will be priced at Rs 31,900 (for 16GB variant) and Rs 35,900 (32GB), while Nexus 6P will be available at Rs 39,999 (32GB) and Rs 42,999 (64 GB) in India. Available for pre-orders starting today – Product Page on Amazon and Flipkart.

Colour options available: The Nexus 5X will be available in Charcoal Black, Quartz White and Ice Blue colours whereas the Nexus 6P is available only in silver & black colour.

Google has also partnered with E-zone, Croma, Reliance Digital, The Mobile Store, Bajaj Electronics, Vijay Sales, Jumbo and other offline retail chains to sell the new Nexus Devices across India.

Both these devices also offer an enhanced version of “Now on Tap” allowing users to get additional information, take actions or navigate between apps. Essentially “taking Google out of the search box,” users can quickly invoke Google from any screen by a simple tap-and-hold on the home button. Google then provides relevant information and answers based on the context of what you are looking, in the moment.

The Nexus 6P camera is optimized for low-light photography. It has 1.55 micron pixels; the sensors are much larger than the iPhone 6S Plus. The Google test results are pretty impressive. Well, Both these devices shoot 4K videos and also does Slow-Mo videos; The Nexus 5X does it at 120 frames per second. The Nexus 6P can do 240 fps.

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The Nexus cameras also offer Smart Burst Pictures, which takes photos at 30fps to make GIFs with. – Similar to Nokia Live Images and Apple Live Pictures.

The Nexus 5X is manufactured by LG and comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen and 2700 mAh battery. At the back is a 12.3MP camera with laser-assisted autofocus while at the front is a 5MP camera. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with 2GB of RAM.

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The Nexus 6P is manufactured by Huawei and is a first full metal-body phone that comes with a larger 5.7-inch WQHD display and 3450 mAh battery. It is powered by a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC and 3GB of RAM. The 6P also has the same 12.3MP rear camera as the 5X but comes with an 8MP front facing camera with HDR+ shooting mode.

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Welcome Google Nexus 6; Android 5.0 Lollipop – Features

The leaked reports were right. Motorola has developed the Google Nexus 6. This new phone has a contoured aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13 megapixel camera. The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers. The Nexus 6 powers a Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor and the Adreno 420 GPU for a good graphics experience.

The rear camera on the Nexus 6 is going to be a f2.0 lens and 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization capture great photos in daylight and low light.

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Nexus 6 also comes with a Turbo Charger, so you can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.

Lollipop is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player streaming media device. Lollipop brings in some new advancements in User Experience design, Device Sharing Features and Security options.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Features:

To begin with the Device setup can get really simple. Lollipop introduces Tap & go, an instant set up of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC). Also, you can migrate your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices.

The new Android Runtime improves application performance by 4X times, and support for Smoother UI for complex, visually rich applications. Support for 64-bit is gonna mean big; desktop class performance on tablets and support to run 64 bit applications.

lollipopMaterial Design is going to bring in a nice colorful, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows and responsive UI design for intuitive experiences across all devices. Also new vivid colors, emphasis on typography, and edge-to-edge imagery to help to focus your attention.

Photography gets better on Lollipop giving more options to Control capture settings for the sensor, lens, and flash per individual frame, capture full resolution frames around 30 fps and support raw formats like YUV and Bayer RAW.

There is a new layout on Notifications as well. There are some new ways to control when and how you receive messages. You can now view and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Nothing to worry here, you have options to hide sensitive content for these notifications and you also have priority mode to receive notifications only from certain people. You can even schedule your notifications; something similar to Do Not Disturb mode.

Multi-tasking got better. For example, incoming phone calls will not interrupt your video or game. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing. Also apps now appear like cards or papers. You can easily toggle between them.

With Tap & pay, one can easily manage multiple payment apps by quickly switching between them. This could be a combination of NFC and Google Wallet. Not sure if this could get any closer to the Apple Pay which was announced few days ago. However, we will research on this more on how this would work.

The songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.

Lollipop introduces Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car. A neat implementation would mean a lot here. Also, new devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.

Device Sharing has always been in the radar of Android. We have seen some demos on multiple users sharing the phone; but nothing was really concrete. However, Lollipop brings in more options to flexible sharing. Multiple users for phones. If you forget your phone, you still can call any of your friends (or access any of your messages, photos etc.) by simply logging into another Android phone running Lollipop. Also perfect for families who want to share a phone, but not their your critical data. You now have a Guest Mode with which you can showcase your phone with your friends, but still have then away from your personal data. Lollipop also introduces Screen pinning, with which you can pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other things on your phone.

Lollipop also brings in a battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.

Android 5.0 Lollipop will also be available on Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks. No official reports on the dates.

For folks who were voting for Laddoo and other desserts, here is a funny take on how Google did the sweet cast search for L:

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Google Offers Stock Android with Unlocked Galaxy S4

Finally a million prayers are listened. Today at Google I/O, the company has announced one of the most anticipated and requested products: a Samsung Galaxy S4 with the stock version of Google’s Android OS.

The Galaxy S4 has the top-of-the-line hardware of the traditional model, but with a sleek and minimalistic software that echoes the experience of Google’s Nexus 4.

But the device also has some drawbacks. It’s pricey — $649, to be exact — and is only available through the Google Play store.  The device also may buy Google a little time to get the much-rumored and highly anticipated Motorola phone ready.