LG and Huawei-built Marshmallow devices set to debut this month.
GOOGLE WILL showcase two new Nexus devices at an event on 29 September, according to reports.
CNET has the scoop, and has heard from the usual ‘sources familiar with Google’s plans’ that the firm has scheduled an event to show off the Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphones on 29 September.
Google couldn’t confirm nor deny the report, telling The INQUIRER that it doesn’t comment on rumour or speculation.
While Google is keeping quiet, the online rumour mill has provided us with all we need to know about the next Nexus smartphones, which will reportedly arrive as upgraded versions of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.
LG is said to be building the smaller of the two, while the new Nexus 6 will be built by Huawei, according to rumours. The Marshmallow-powered devices will sport 5.2in and 5.7in displays respectively, and will feature fingerprint scanners on the back similar to that seen on the newly announced Huawei Mate S. Both will offer USB Type-C ports.
The LG-made Nexus 5 (2015) is tipped to feature a Snapdragon 808 processor, which will power a Full HD resolution display. There’s also talk of a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 2,600mAh battery.
The higher-spec Huawei Nexus 6 (2015) will reportedly have a QHD resolution display powered by Qualcomm’s yet to be announced Snapdragon 820 chip. There’s also talk of a 21MP camera sensor, which will be housed in an odd ‘bump’ on the rear of the phone.
Of course, both Nexus devices will come with an unskinned version of Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
The updated software was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, and has a focus on improving the overall quality of the platform. This includes the debut of a revamped apps permission processor, and a battery-saving feature called Doze that Google said “makes Android 6.0 smarter when it comes to power”.
Android 6.0 does bring some new features to the OS, however, including native fingerprint authentication, USB Type-C support, and Google’s new Android Pay mobile wallet platform.