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The Nexus line-up has always been criticized for its average camera quality. And again in yesterday’s announcement from Google, no one was expecting something exciting in this front. Furthermore, users started getting worrisome once Google started talking about the lack of OIS (optical image stabilization) in new flagship.

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But Google spent a good deal of time talking about the new camera sensor in the Nexus 6P. Google claims its new phones have such a big camera sensor, that it doesn’t need image stabilization. The large 1.55 (1/2.3”-type sensor) is bigger than the original Nexus 6, and even bigger than the new iPhone 6s Plus, which Apple made a big splash about. Large sensor enables to capture more light even in dark environments, something similar to what we have seen with HTC’s UltraPixel  method and result in an overall excellent image, and top quality video recording.

These reports have now been confirmed by at least one reliable source – camera experts DxOMark. It is a popular website that tests cameras, and breaks everything down into two categories, which are photo and video. Each part of how the camera performs gets a score, and is rounded out for one overall result. You will be surprised to learn that Google’s Nexus 6P scored an 84 on the benchmark, just behind the Galaxy S6, placing it on second position in best camera smartphones ahead of even the iPhone 6 and even the LG G4 and its 16 megapixel camera with OIS.

The all new Nexus 6P is available starting today at the Google Store, starting at $499. Right now Google is accepting pre-orders, and should start shipping before the end of October.

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The complete LG Nexus 5X specs have been leaked out along with feature highlights. Seems like leaked features and specs are intended for use on the 5X’s product page. According to leaked images Nexus 5X will offer a 5.2-inch full HD 1920×1080 display, A 12.3 MP rear camera with dual flash and optical image stabilization, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Seems like fingerprint sensor will become a new norm in future android flagships.

The handset will be powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor. It will support 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM which does seem a bit small for a new phone coming out in late 2015, but as Nexus 5X will be a mid range device, it will not disappoint with the performance in its class. It will support 16 & 32 GB memory options and a USB Type-C connector. The Nexus 5X will support a slim profile with only 7.9 mm thickness. Meanwhile, the lack of wireless charging is puzzling since that feature was in the Nexus 4, 5, and 6.

According to multiple news outlets, the Nexus 5X is also said to be priced starting at $380 for the 16GB model, or $100 more for 32GB.

All will fully be revealed tomorrow at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET.

Update : We have got a hands on video on Nexus 5X Prototype 

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NASA has managed to create a fully functional super cheap tiny satellite made out of off-the-shelf Android hardware. NASA has named it “PhoneSat”. It has managed to dial home from orbit, meaning all systems are working.

IT COST THE SPACE AGENCY JUST $7,500

PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. PhoneSat uses a Nexus S smartphone made by Samsung Electronics running Google’s Android operating system. Using two-way S-band radio, it enables engineers to command it remotely. It’s part of NASA’s effort to explore cheaper satellite technology.

“The smartphone provides many of the functions the satellite needs to operate, such as computation, memory, ready-made interfaces for communications, navigation and power, all assembled in a rugged package before launch,” says NASA.

The tiny satellite PhoneSat 2.4 was launched two weeks ago. It will test a system for changing the satellite’s orientation in space as well as measure how well off-the-shelf components perform over the course of a year.

It is part of NASA’s next Small Spacecraft Technology mission, the Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN). This mission is composed of eight identical PhoneSats that will be deployed during a launch from Kauai, Hawaii in 2014.

“This mission will demonstrate the concept of using many small spacecraft in a coordinated cluster to study the space environment and space-to-space communications techniques. During EDSN, each cubesat will make science measurements and transmit the data to the others while any one of them can then transmit all of the collected data to a ground station. This versatility in command and control could make possible large swarms of satellites to affordably monitor Earth’s climate, space weather and other global-scale phenomena.” – NASA

The first batch of PhoneSats launched in April and the next version is scheduled for February.

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Got a Nexus phone but can’t wait for the over-the-air update process to deliver the latest and greatest operating system to your handset? Simple, clear the service framework data and force the update key. But this is not the right thing to do, Google’s Dan Morrill explains on Reddit

“Doing this changes the primary ID by which Google knows your device. As far as the servers are concerned, the device was basically factory reset. There are many downstream effects of this, but a big one is that this invalidates the tokens used by any app that uses GCM (which is nearly all the Google apps, and a ton of third-party apps.”

This will have adverse effects on different apps. With Play Store you have to log out and log back in, With Gmail usually you won’t get new mail notifications for a while, etc. Some apps you may have to clear data on to recover. All apps will simply stop getting push-messages, until they get a new GCM ID.

It will not brick your device, but it makes a ton of nuisances on the device, including some that can look pretty annoying. So if you are impatient ‘adb sideload’ is a better choice.

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After several restless weeks of waiting, search engine giant Google has reportedly begun rolling out the new Android KitKat update to the 2012 flagship smartphone LG Nexus 4. The new update is reported to include a few additional bugfixes introduced with the original KitKat build.

Being an affiliate of Google, all nexus devices have the privilege of being the first to receive the latest firmware updates among all Android devices. Staying true to that, today 238 MB Android 4.4 KitKat OS has been made available to the LG Nexus 4 via OTA (Over-The-Air). Seems like Google has taken the extra time to eliminate a maximum number of bugs before releasing the latest Android version to their former flagship.

The process is executed in phases, hence Nexus 4 as well as Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models) and Nexus 10 tablet owners in some regions may receive the update in coming days. Surprisingly Android 4.4 KitKat OS has also been pushed out to Google owned Motorola phone Moto X in US.

So did you get the notification? If not don’t be sad update is on the way.

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There have been previous leaks about Google’s second-generation Nexus 10, but new reports are now suggesting that the 10-inch tablet could go on sale as early as next week.

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According to reports the tablet is expected to roll out on the 21st of November. The launch has been delayed actually because of the Play Store. Google wants to optimize the Play Store to make all the tablet-optimized apps easier to browse before launching the Nexus 10 2.

The developers are already been notified to segregate their apps between tablets and smartphones. Finally Google is paying attention to lack of tablet optimized apps for Android by motivating developers.

The 10 inch tabled will boast an eye popping  Gorilla Glass 3 display with 2560x1600p resolution. The device will also run on a quad core Snapdragon 800 chip processor with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU which sees it as a powerful device. The Nexus 10 2 will have an internal memory of 32GB and of course, the new Android 4.4 operating system. This device is also expected to have an 8 MP Primary Camera with 2.1 MP Front Facing Camera.

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At present, Nexus 4 may not have all the gimmicks other flagship phones have – 1080p screen, High resolution camera, smart pen etc, but one thing it is best at is Android Jelly Bean experience. I have been using Nexus 4 since April. It was not launched in India back in November 2012, so I had to import it through a friend from Canada.  In past I have used Xperias, Galaxys and even iPhone. I have never been an iPhone fan and not even now as it will not provide me the extended functionality I always wanted from a phone. I like its simplicity but I think its overpriced. But one thing its good at is the buttery smooth experience.

Before Nexus 4, I had used several Android phones with amazing functionality but it was not the smoothest experience for me. One thing I have found is when you have around 100 apps installed on your phone it starts showing lag. The experience was close to iPhone but somewhat lacking in terms of User experience.

Then comes the Nexus 4. Believe me, it completely changed my mind. I was like “Is it running Android?”. Its the smoothest android experience ever. The hardware and software feels like they are made for each other. Screen is good and same is the camera. And at $349 it was the best deal. Now I have over 90 apps installed on my phone but there are no performance issues. I agree that its hardware feels bit dated as compared to flagships from other companies. But still no other phone is able to provide me the experience I am having with Nexus 4.

And now it is rumored that with Android 4.4 KitKat Google is going to take project butter at new level. Android 4.4 is rumored to support better multiprocessing and will be less resource hungry. So I expect the User experience will only get better with this KitKat treat.

I’m not trying to convince anyone here. I’m just writing down a few thoughts and sharing them with you. You might feel differently, and likely will tell me as much in the comments. That’s OK. You make your choice, and you should be happy with it because that is all that matters. That’s what I’m going to do as well. By the way I am still going for Nexus 5 because

Once a Nexus fan, Always a Nexus fan

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Nexus Smartwatch concept

According to recent rumors, Google is going to enter the Smartwatch market that has exploded quickly but still have much more to offer.

Basically what exactly is a Smartwatch? Its basically a computerized watch with enhanced functionality beyond just timekeeping to be your personal assistance device. Smartwatch could be to the watch what the smartphone is to the phone, but to make this happen it should be able to do what your smartphones and computers can’t. And what’s that? Adding simplicity to your life. Current crop of Smartwatches includes devices that can connect to your smartphone to show you incoming calls, twitter feeds and can run apps. But they are still not able to generate too much of interest. Reason? They don’t have the single killing feature that can set them apart from smartphones. They are more of a companion devices. “Just mirroring your smartphone’s screen isn’t enough. A Smartwatch needs to add more value, providing the wearer the right information, but also delving into the health and well being potential of a sensor-packed device on your wrist,” said Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight.

So how Google can change that?

If rumors of Google entering Smartwatch arena are true then  no company is better positioned to deliver the first ‘true’ Smartwatch that would blow the competition away. Here’s why:

Google is not just a software company anymore

With the acquisition  of Motorola back  in 2011 Google has plenty of  expertise with the smartwatch. Motorola’s first smartwatch MotoACTV acts as a  MP3 player and a fitness-tracker – a hardware trend that will probably end up in basically the same place as smartwatches.

In August this year it was also revealed that Google had bought WIMM labs back in 2012 – a firm that was focused on building just one product : An Android Smartwatch with standalone apps and its own marketplace.

Search has been redefined with Google Now

Google Now is the one killer feature that can set the Google Smartwatch apart. Google Now could be the making of an Android smartwatch, with access to a wealth of the user’s data, with user’s permission, to make it intelligent enough to learn what’s required and when.

Google isn’t the only company in a position to create this kind of experience, of course. Apple’s Siri digital personal assistant works in much the same way, but it waits to be asked. With Google Now you can see helpful cards with information you need throughout your day, before you even ask including what you need to do, where you need to go, how to get around,.get the inside track on transit, currency, places of interest, and what’s happening. A smartwatch that can learn from its wearer’s routines, only popping a notification when necessary would truly be worthy of the “smart” moniker.

Having that kind of information on your wrist makes a lot of sense, as long as the hardware is capable enough and inexpensive at the same time. We’ll see what happens.

 

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At present, Nexus 4 may not have all the gimmicks other flagship phones have - 1080p screen, High resolution camera, smart pen etc, but...