When news broke out that Google was turning to HTC for its its upcoming Pixel smartphones, some may be wondering why the tech giant was not partnering with Huawei. After all, their most recent collaboration, the Nexus 6P, was considered by many industry watchers and consumers alike as an impressive phablet offering.
For some time now, the mobile devices that Google has released under its Nexus branding have always had pretty competitive pricing. Sure, the Nexus 6 (made by Motorola) may come with a price of $649, but if you actually pause and consider the handset’s state of the art display screen, that cost may be justified. For the tech giant’s new Pixel smartphones, however, Android mobile users may have to expect to pay more.
Google has just announced this week that the Wi-Fi Assistant tech being utilized in its Project Fi wireless service is now made available to owners of Nexus devices, no matter what network they are using. Which Nexus devices exactly?
Back in March early this year, Google had rolled out a public beta of Android Nougat, the newest version of its Android mobile operating system. In the past, Google has deployed yearly updates before, but that March announcement was considered early based on previous Android update schedules. Still, it provided Android users with the option of quickly installing the beta version by way of an over the air roll out.
According to an exclusive report published by Android Police, Google could debut some renovations to the home screen of new Nexus devices slated for release within this year. Specifically, the renovations will include redesigns to the home screen as well as enhancements to the mobile app drawer and other key functionalities.
Google has just deployed the fifth and most likely the final developer preview of Android 7.0 Nougat, the most recent version of its Android mobile operating system. According to Google, this newest preview should provide developers near final system updates for all the supported preview handsets. As for the final version of the OS, it is scheduled for wide release later this summer season.
There has been much speculation about HTC manufacturing the next Nexus device or devices for Google, with no definite details regarding the appearance of the handset(s). But a recent leaked image that surfaced online should give Android or HTC fans a glimpse of what is to come. The photo was published just this week by tech blog Android Police.
Google has made it official -- the name of the latest version of its Android mobile operating system is Android Nougat. Now that the tech giant has settled that, the next important question is: which new Nexus device will be the first to be powered by Android Nougat?
As reported by The Telegraph, it is quite possible that Google has plans to release its own smartphone later in 2016, and we are not talking about a Nexus handset. According to the UK based news publishers, the tech giant is reportedly in discussions with various wireless carriers about launching a smartphone branded under the Google name.
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