Google Pixel launched – Pricing in India and other details

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The first nexus mobile was a developer device. It was a mobile model on which developer test new features of android and develop applications for forth coming android versions. It was a developer centric device until the Nexus S came into picture. Samsung, being the Chengiz Khans or Napoleans of Marketing, they made the nexus name ring a bell in every customer’s mind. Eventually the Nexus 5 became a huge success. But then Google and their partners, took the game on their own hands and ruined the Nexus concept with Nexus 6, 5x and 6P. Eventually the project ran into a dead end and Google had to scrap it. R.I.P. Nexus.

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Google Nexus 6P and 5X available in India

Google has launched the new Nexus Devices in India. The Nexus 6P is manufactured by Huawei and the Nexus 5X comes from LG. Both devices packs high end features. The Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7 inch Quad HD display with Gorilla glass 4 protection. It is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB RAM. The Nexus 5X has a 5.2 inch Full HD display with Gorilla glass 3 protection. It is powered by Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 processor with 2 GB RAM. Both devices packs a 12.3 mp rear camera with LED flash. Both of these smartphones have Fingerprint
sensor and supports 4G connectivity with support for Indian 4G bands. Obviously, both these are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

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LG Nexus 5X Specs

  • Display : 5.2-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor : Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 64-bit processor with Adreno 418 GPU
  • RAM : 2GB
  • Storage : 16GB / 32GB internal memory
  • OS : Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Rear Camera : 12.3MP with dual-tone LED flash
  • Front Camera : 5MP
  • Battery : 2700mAh

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Google Nexus 6P Specs

  • Display : 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Processor : Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor with Adreno 430 GPU
  • RAM : 3GB
  • Storage : 32GB / 64GB internal memory
  • OS : Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Rear Camera : 12.3MP with LED flash and 4K video recording
  • Front Camera : 8MP
  • Battery : 3450mAh

The Google Nexus 6P comes in Aluminium and Graphite colors and is priced at Rs. 39,999 for the 32GB version and Rs. 42,999 for the 64GB version. It will be available for pre-order from Flipkart starting from midnight today and goes on sale through Flipkart. The Google Nexus 5X comes in Carbon Black, Quartz White and Ice Blue colors and is priced at Rs. 31,900 for the 16GB version and Rs. 35,900 for the 32GB variant. It will be available for pre-order from Amazon starting from today at 2PM and goes on sale through Amazon.

Buy Nexus 6P | Nexus 5X

 

Google launches Delhi’s own Public Transport App

Google India has launched Public Transport App for New Delhi in India. An app for Delhi residents which will help them plan their travel better and save their time to reach the destination. According to the latest reports, around 2.6 million people daily travel by Delhi Metro and a big part of population travel through buses. This app provides time-table information for Delhi Metro and buses and help users get information about directions between bus stops and metro routes, without any Internet connection. Users can save their favorite destination for easy access in the future. The app will use the same Transit data for DMRC metro, DTC buses, DIMTS (Orange) buses, and Gurgaon Rapid Metro as that found on Google maps
and available offline for the users.

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Apart from this feature, feedback & suggestions can also be sent to the Google Maps team which will help them improving this app in future. People can share this app with friends on social platforms like whatsapp and can download it directly even without play store account. Google said the new experimental app will be available only for Android  on Google Play Store. The app is as small as 1MB. The app also provides Transport news and delays, though this feature will need an active Internet connection.

Download the experimental app here.

How to: Manually flash Android Marshmallow on Nexus

Google has started rolling the Marshmallow updates to the Nexus devices. If you haven’t got it already, here is how to manually flash it on your Nexus 5. I have done the same on my Nexus 5, but the steps are same for Nexus 6,7, 9 and the Player. There are many ways to flash a ROM. The most popular way is to flash a zip file using a recovery application like the TWRP. The method below does not need a custom recovery image on the mobile. You can use the command prompt on your computer to execute the commands and flash the ROM. It is pretty simple, but not straight forward.

Android Marshmallow

Before you start the process

  1. Charge your mobile to 100%.
  2. Take a complete back up of your data.
  3. Install USB drivers for your Nexus device on the computer.
  4. Enable USB debugging in your mobile. Go to Settings and open Developer Options to enable USB debugging. If you have not enabled USB debugging, enable it by tapping conitnously on the build number under Device information in Settings.

Files to be downloaded

  1. Download the Android Marshmallow factory images files, appropriate to your device
  2. Download the ADB/Fastboot drivers
  3. Download the Fastboot and ADB files and unzip it to a specific folder in your system. Lets name it <NexusMarsh>. I am using Windows for this exercise. So extract only the contents of the Windows subfolder into <NexusMarsh>.

Lets begin

Step 1:

Unzip the Android Marshmallow Factory image file and extract it to the folder <NexusMarsh>. Connect your Mobile to your computer with the USB cable.

Step 2:

Press Shift button and rightclick from the folder <NexusMarsh> and select “Open Command Window here”. This will open the command prompt from this path. Now type: “fastboot devices”. If you see a device with a random code, you are all set. If you dont, you will need to install the USB drivers for your mobile.

Step 3: Can be skipped if you have already unlocked your bootloader.

Unlocking the bootloader will erase all data. So make sure you have a backup of your data before proceeding. Type in the following commands

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot oem unlock

It will take some time. But the bootloader is now unlocked and you can flash any ROM.

Step 4:

Let now flash the Marshmallow on the device. The factory image file you have extracted will have a file called flash-all.bat. This file is a batch file which has all the required commands to flash the image on the device. So type it on the same command window

Run flash-all.bat

Step 5: Optional

You can choose to lock your bootloader by typing the following commands.

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot oem lock

I keep playing with my mobile and loading new ROMs now and then, so I choose to keep the bootloader unlocked.

After Step 4, your device will reboot and you will see the Marshmallow bootup animation. For the first time, the boot animation may run for long. It ran for 15 min for me. Nothing to panic as it is perfectly normal. Once it is booted up, you have the new version of Android on your mobile. Let me know if you face any challenges.

 

Which one would I choose? the Nexus 5X or the 6P

Putting an end to the rumor mills, Google finally unveiled the new Nexus devices for 2016: The LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P. Both the devices would run on the latest and greatest version of the Android, the Android Marshmallow 6.0. They also support TDD and FDD 4G LTE in India. Almost every single details about the devices were leaked already and last night’s event was just the confirmation of those leaks. I own and love the Nexus 5 but the Nexus 6 was a huge disappointment for me. But this time around there are two choices and lets see which one would make a better companion.

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The Nexus 6P comes from Huawei and its metal unibody design looks premium. The 6P has a 5.7 inch QHD display. It is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor as the OnePlus 2. It has 3 GB of RAM and comes in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage variants. It has a massive 3450 mAh battery which supports rapid charging. It has the USB-C type port for charging and data transfer. At the back the 6P has a 12 MP camera with dual LED flash and laser auto focus. Google mentioned that the sensor has a pixel size of 1.55 micro meter, which means that it can perform well under low light conditions. Also the new fingerprint sensor at the back can unlock the mobile with a rapid response time of less that 3000 milli seconds. The rear camera  is mounted on a slight hump at the back. But otherwise the design is slick and premium. It would be available in three colors: aluminium, graphite and frost. Reports of limited edition Gold color Nexus 6P in Japan has also come to the light. Though the 6P appears to be a successor for the Nexus 6, it is priced lesser than the 6 and looks much more premium.

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The Nexus 5X would be the thirds Nexus device made by LG. It is almost the size of the Nexus 5 but has a slightly kiddish design with rounded edges and plastic body. The 5.2 inch display supports Full HD resolution. The processor in it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, but the RAM is just 2GB. The 5X lacks expandable storage and comes in 16 GB and 32 GB variants. It is powered by 2700 mAh battery. Like the Nexus 6P it has USB C port and a fingerprint scanner. The rear camera specifications is also identical, but the front camera is a 5 MP camera. Both the devices are single SIM devices and support Nano SIM card. Neither of the mobiles have wireless charging or optical image stabilization. In the box, both the mobiles comes with USB Type-C to USB Standard-A plug cable adapter, incase you don’t have a USB C cable in hand.

 

The Nexus 6P would start at a price of Rs 40000 and the Nexus 5X would start at Rs 31900. While the 5X is slighly expensive compared to the 5 at launch, the 6P is cheaper than the 6 at launch.

Huawei Nexus 6P LG Nexus 5X
Dimensions 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight 178 g 136 g
SIM Single Nano-SIM Single Nano-SIM
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen
Display Size 5.7 inches 5.2 inches
Display Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~518 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes Yes
OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
Graphics Processor Adreno 430 Adreno 418
Memory Expansion No No
Internal Memory 32/64/128 GB 16/32 GB
RAM 3 GB LPDDR4 2 GB LPDDR3
Primary Camera 12.3 MP, 1.55µm pixel size, laser autofocus, dual-tone 12.3 MP, 1.55µm pixel size, laser autofocus, dual-tone
Secondary Camera 8 MP 5 MP
NFC Yes Yes
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery
Colors Aluminium, Graphite, Frost Carbon, Quartz, Ice
Price
  • 32GB: Rs 39,999
  • 64GB: Rs 42,999
  • 128GB: Rs 47,999
  • 16GB: Rs 31,900
  • 32GB: Rs 35,900

The Nexus 6P packs in a lot of punch compared to the 5X. The 2 GB RAM in the 5X is a disappointment. The 6P has a bigger and brighter display and overall it looks much more premium. It could easily be called the most stylish Nexus device so far. I am not sure if the camera performance differ, but the large pixel size is definitely a promising feature. The 6P has the infamous 810 processor which is known for its heating issues. But if I were to choose between these two devices, I would pick the Nexus 6P for its display, dual front facing speakers, camera, battery, specs and pricing. Also the 64 GB would be a good choice.

 

 

Price source: TechPP