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Honor sub-brand announced Android 6.0 OTA coming February 2016

Honor recently announced it will push Marshmallow OS to its devices as soon as February 2016. The news broke out on Twitter, where the Indian division said that the roll out will begin next year.

 

Honor 7 smartphone

 

People who bought an Honor 7 that is not in the beta, you will have to wait for a few more months before being able to enjoy Android 6.0. The initial roll out will get to Honor 7, 4C, 4X, 6 and 6 Plus. There is still a lot of time to wait but, compared to other manufacturers’ deal, it’s good news all around!

 

We do not know what changes the EMUI will go through with the change to Marshmallow though. EMUI is an interpretation of Android with similar to no stock elements. Some like them, and others don’t. Considering that Huawei is a Nexus partner now, we can expect that their interface will look and feel much better now.

 

What is surprising is the fact that current branded Huawei phones were not included in any update to Android 6.0 announcement yet, whereas the Honor sub-brand was much faster in assessing and announcing a change. It is possible that this update will first roll out to Indian markets, but we are not sure of it yet.

 

Source: AndroidCentral

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Android 6.0 factory images for Nexus 6P builds released by Google

Google posted Android 6.0 factory images for its newest Nexus devices, in this instance Nexus 6P. The early buyers are receiving their new Nexus devices as we speak, and Google is ready to release their factory images too. The Nexus 5X builds became available last week, almost immediately after launch, and now the 6P version is also being made available for some builds.

 

Nexus 6P

 

 

Google just listed the builds for MDB08K and MDA89D. Other builds will get their Marshmallow factory images released in due time. It is possible that these devices are Project Fi compatible.

 

Keep in mind that, for the factory images to work, you will need a Nexus 6P with an unlocked bootloader or else you will not be able to flash a factory image. This also means you will erase every piece of data you can find on your device. Keep things in mind before proceeding to modding, tinkering or otherwise messing with your Android device.

 

Source: Nexus 6P factory images

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Nexus 5X and 6P ready for pre-order with gifts in India!

The New Nexus phones are live in India! Some stores in the country will get the devices available soon, but until then, customers can pre-order a Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6P if they wish. They can order one from Amazon India where reports suggest they will also find some interesting gifts, at least from one of the smartphones.

 

Nexus phones 2015

 

The Nexus 5X is available on Amazon India for Rs 31,990 or $490, and you will also be getting Amazon Gift Cards worth as up as Rs 5,000, a free Bluetooth headset, cashback from apps and a free screen replacement if need be.

 

The nexus 6P pre-orders will begin tonight on Flipkart and the device will sell for Rs 39,999 or $615. There is no official news regarding possible gifts with this device.

 

Source: XDA devs

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Why don’t Nexus 5X and 6P have wireless charging? We have the answer!

The new Nexus phones do not have wireless charging but we already knew that. What’s the reason behind this decision though? Hiroshi Lockheimer from Google has the answer in a Reddit AMA but it’s still strange that a Google product from the company that embraced wireless charging in 2012 does not sport this innovative function now.

 

Nexus 2015 devices

 

 

All Nexus phones made starting 2012 have Qi wireless charging but this year we’re taking a break from all that. Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will always need a cable to be charged. MicroUSB cables are not always easy to use and with the introduction of USB Type-C, the problem goes away because you no longer have to check which side of the cable is up when you want to charge your device.

 

The new Nexii have the quick charge feature and an average full charge can take up to 100 minutes. Another reason for the lack of wireless charging options on the new Nexus devices is the fact that it would require space and thus, make a thicker smartphone, and we don’t want a thick smartphone, do we?

The official response:

[box type=”shadow”]HL> Thanks for being a Nexus fan! We added Qi wireless charging starting with N4 because plugging in USB micro B was such a hassle! (Which way is up!?) With this year’s Nexii, we support USB Type-C which has a reversible connector so there’s no more guessing. AND it charges incredibly swiftly: 1% to 100% in 97 mins on the 6P for example (the first ~45 mins of charging is especially fast). Meanwhile, wireless charging adds z (thickness). So, ease of plugging in + fast charging + optimizing for thinness made us double down on Type-C instead of wireless!
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That’s pretty much it. Google didn’t use wireless charging because it would have made this year’s flagships thicker. Tough luck! Hey, we still have quick charge and USB Type-C chargers though!

 

Source: Reddit

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Nexus 6P review – first impressions for Google’s flagship

Nexus 6P was made official today! This year’s Google flagship was officially revealed and you can already pre-order it with the promise that you will receive the device in three to four weeks. 6P is the larger of the two Google smartphones and the first to come out of an association with Chinese manufacturer Huawei. The device will be the first, along with its brother Nexus 5X, to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

 

Nexus 2015 devices

 

Nexus 6P – Google’s flagship for 2015

Huawei Nexus 6P is branded as Google’s most recent flagship and it has the specs to prove it. It looks good, has a fully aluminum case – the first nexus device with such a design – and the back side bump that hosts the camera and flash modules. The design reminds us of high-end Huawei devices with its candy-bar shape and slim figure. It has frontal dual speakers and virtual navigation buttons and its 5.7-inch display is protected with Gorilla Glass 4.

 

Hiawei 6P

 

 

Nexus 6P official spec list:

  • display: 5.7-inch AMOLED screen at 2560×1440 resolution
  • processor: Snapdragon 810 (v. 2.1) processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage
  • 12.3MP sensor for the rear camera with 1.5um pixel (similar to ultrapixel cameras)/without optical image stabilization
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android 6.0
  • USB Type-C port
  • 3450 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge.

 

 

Nexus

 

Nexus 6P has the Quick Charge feature but it does not sport wireless charging, unfortunately. It weights 178 grams and is 7.3mm thick. Official colors include white, black and aluminum. The smartphone si available for pre-order on the Google Store and it can be pre-bought in the US, UK, Japan and Ireland for now.

 

 

 

The standard 32GB model costs $499.99, but there are upgrade versions with 64GB storage selling for $549 and 128GB storage versions selling for $649.

 

The device will not be available for US carriers, but Google may partner with carriers in other countries in the future. When you pre-order a Nexus 6P you also get $50 of credit and 90 days of free access to the Google Play Music premium subscription.

 

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Android Marshmallow 6.0 rollouts starting October 5th – which Nexus devices get it?

Android Marshmallow 6.0 will begin rolling out to Nexus devices starting October 5th, and that is not all, because it will be released on AOSP as well. Google has been testing their newest OS over the summer and some developer previews have been floating around too, but nothing compares to the real deal. The official roll-out is scheduled to start on October 5th and it will probably be slow, as there are many devices out there that will take it.

 

Android Marshmallow 6.0

 

The update ZIPs will save us all though, as they will surely be ready for use in a jiffy. Factory images will also be available just in case you need to flash back to stock Android or if you have a rooted smartphone.

 

October 5th marks the date for the final Marshmallow code to be pushed to AOSP as well.

 

Which devices get Android Marshmallow?

 

The big question arises! Who gets the update first? Well, the Nexus devices, of course! Android 6.0 will roll-out to Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013) and 9 and the Nexus Player will get it too, but Nexus 4, 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 are not getting any marshmallows. These devices are cursed to Lollipop fever forever. Their hardware could sustain an update, but the devs probably don’t want to work on a three-year-old device. Tough luck!