Hands-on with Google’s new Nexus smartphones, Pixel C tablet

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Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS unveiled: Check out top 10 key features.

Check out Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS key features: Google has launched the Google Nexus 6P priced at Rs 39,999 and Nexus 5X at Rs 31,900 – available in India from mid-Oct and it is loaded with the latest version operating system, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. SAN FRANCISCO — Google is countering the release of Apple’s latest iPhones with two devices running on a new version of Android software designed to steer and document even more of its users’ lives. And while there are few surprises to be found that doesn’t mean these phones are a disappointment, unless you’re planning on buying them from Ireland with massively inflated pricing.

It features changes that will give expanded powers to Android’s personal assistant, Google Now, so it can explore the information that people call up in the mobile applications. Previously, Google Now learned about its users’ interests and daily habits by analysing search requests and scanning information contained in emails. Even though the company unveiled Android 6.0 during I/O in May this year, yesterday’s Nexus event offered some more insights and details on the new operating system. The new Android feature, called “Now on Tap”, will be activated by holding down the device’s home button or speaking, “Okay Google”, into the microphone. For example, if a user says “play some music on TuneIn,” TuneIn will respond by asking “What genre?” * Doze: when your device is at rest, Doze automatically puts it into a sleep state to increase your standby battery life; * App Standby: no more battery drain from seldom used apps; App Standby limits their impact on battery life so your charge lasts longer; * USB Type C support*: Quickly transfer power and data all through the same cable.

Google began taking pre-orders for the Nexus phones in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan yesterday (Sept 29) with prices for the 6P starting at US$499 (S$710) and US$379 for the 5X, with no commitment to a wireless contract required. One will have to press and hold the home button while inside of any app, and Google Now will read the screen, look for anything interesting and then return the information via a popup box on the bottom screen. The 6P also features USB Type-C for charging (though we don’t know if that means fast data as well) and the battery is 3450mAh – which is a very welcome size. Lightning fast charging gives you hours of power in just minutes. * On an Android Marshmallow device, apps designed for Android Marshmallow only ask for permission right when it’s needed.

You can deny any permission and still continue to use the app; * Advanced controls to turn permissions on or off for all your installed apps; * Use fingerprint sensors* to unlock your device, make purchases in Google Play, authenticate transactions in apps, and pay in stores. * Bluetooth™ stylus support*, including pressure sensitivity and modifier keys; * Improved typesetting and text rendering performance; * Text selection actions such as a new Translate option that lets you translate text from one language to another right on the spot. (Note: requires Google Translate app installed); * App links: enables installed apps to automatically handle their web URLs so you can jump right into the app, rather than the mobile web site, as appropriate; * Easily toggle and configure Do Not Disturb from quick settings. (Image: Android Twitter) * More power efficient Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”) scanning for nearby beacons and your accessories; * Hotspot 2.0: Connect to compatible Wi-Fi networks seamlessly and securely. (Image: Nexus Twitter) * Flex Storage: makes using SD cards or external storage devices as encrypted expanded storage for your apps and games on Android Marshmallow a whole lot easier. (Image: Android Twitter) * Easily transfer your accounts, apps and data to a new device; * During setup, you can add an additional personal or corporate email account (e.g., IMAP) * When receiving calls or viewing past messages, you can now see the full work contact details even if you’re not logged into your work profile. (Text: Android.com) The Android mobile platform is a key element in Google’s strategy to maintain revenue from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to apps. The App Permissions got a major overhaul and Google will allow users to decide which permissions they want to allow or revoke, based on when those particular functions are used.

Unlike the current implementation, Android Marshmallow users will get notifications asking for permissions only when they are using a particular function in an app. The fingerprint sensors will help quickly authorise purchases made through Android Pay, the one-touch payment app on Android devices that competes with Apple Pay. The debut of the latest Nexus phones underscores the steadily intensifying rivalry between Google and Apple as they duel for consumers’ loyalty in the increasingly important mobile device market. Chrome Custom tabs, a new feature, that will let you include web-views within a particular app, without the need to switch to the Chrome browser on your phone.

The battle also encompasses tablets and is starting to spill over into the living room as both companies introduce devices that help people watch Internet video on their TVs and listen to online music through their speakers. Besides its Nexus phones, Google also began selling upgrades to its Chromecast video-streaming device and a new Chromecast model that can be plugged into speakers to play music from a phone or an Internet service. Google also provided a peek at a tablet called the Pixel C that is aimed at consumers and workers who want a device that can accommodate a lot of typing. Despite being a smaller device than the existing Nexus, the newer Nexus 6P by Huawei stands out with a metal body compared to a hard matte plastic build in the Motorola Nexus 6. Tags: Android, Android update, Google, Google 6.0, Google 6.0 download, Google 6.0 features, Google 6.0 Marshmallow, Google 6.0 update, Google Marshmallow

In addition, the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P offers HSPA, LTE, dual band, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA as well as hotspots as means to connect your device to a network. According to Google, Project Fi is a program to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and users to give you fast speeds, more coverage, and better connections to Wi-Fi. In return, Google offers: Although this is a US-centric announcement, we expect similar plans to be rolled out in India through LG and Huawei considering that there are competing OEMs vying for market share in a competitive market. In addition, from initial feedback, mobile camera review website DXOMark has rated the camera on the Nexus 6P very highly, especially in low light conditions.

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