What you should expect at Google’s Sept. 29 event

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Gearing up for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X launch tomorrow? Here’s another heads up.

Google is holding a special event on Sept. 29, where it’s expected the company will reveal two new Nexus-branded smartphones, a second-generation Chromecast, and details about its new Android operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. GOOGLE IS JUST ONE DAY AWAY from unveiling its next-generation Android 6.0 smartphones, but a leak has prematurely revealed everything we need to know about the Nexus 6P.Nothing is confirmed yet, but the money is on Google releasing a Nexus 5X device with a 5.2-inch display built by Korean manufacturer LG, and, in what is an historic first, a Nexus 6P with a larger 5.7-inch display built by China manufacturer Huawei.Upstart Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is hoping that Google’s seal of approval will help it gain some traction in the U.S., where it currently doesn’t have much brand awareness or market share.

Slides obtained by Android Police reveal what we can expect from the so-called Nexus 6P, a Huawei-built device that will arrive as the higher-spec sibling to the LG-made Nexus 5X. Given that we’ve already told you what there is to reveal about the upcoming Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X phones, we’re sure you must have made up your mind already. Huawei is expected to get the nod from Google at the latter’s fall 2015 event on Tuesday, when the search giant will reportedly launch the Nexus 6P in collaboration with its Chinese partner.

The new iPhone now has an 12-megapixel iSight camera to the rear, which comes with a host of features, such as Live Photos, True Tone flash, Exposure control and so much more. Backing up previous rumours, the leak reveals that the Google Nexus 6P (below) will feature a 5.7in WQHD AMOLED Gorilla Glass 4 screen, metal unibody design, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and 3GB of RAM.

This will be one of two reference devices for Google’s Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system, which is also set to get a release date on Tuesday. The protruding camera enclosure on the rear will be a concern for some, but again the original also had a protruding camera and this didn’t stop it from being a widely loved smartphone. For example, users will now have the ability to control app permissions on a granular level (e.g., approving access to location data, while declining access to contacts), instead of the all-or-nothing approach earlier Android releases used. Following in the footsteps of the OnePlus 2, it will come with a USB Type-C connection, and will be almost 3mm thinner than its Nexus 6 predecessor at 7.3mm. The other is the Nexus 5X The original Motorola-built Nexus 6, launched last year, was a pretty big device and this year’s Nexus 6P is set to be much the same.

The leaked information details a horde of new features coming to the next-generation Nexus, and substantiates most of the previous leaks about the device. A new feature called Now on Tap, the latest version of Google’s digital assistant, will start providing better context for whatever data appears on a user’s screen.

For instance, when viewing an email containing proposed dinner plans with a friend, a simple tap and hold on the home button will prompt Google Now to display Yelp reviews, a shortcut to OpenTable for reservations, and Google Maps for directions — simply by analyzing what’s currently on your screen and returning results. The new device is said to offer improved performance, and a new “Fast Play” that will allow users to launch content from WiFi-connect devices much faster. First announced at Google I/O earlier this year, Marshmallow focuses on improving the overall quality of the platform, bringing a revamped apps permission processor and an iOS 9-style battery-saving feature called Doze. Marshmallow also provides better native OS support for fingerprint scanning, a user authentication feature pioneered by Apple but made available on Android already through software developed by Android phone manufacturers such as Samsung. The 6P is rumoured to offer more than 500 pixels per inch display resolution, an 8-core Qualcomm processor, a big 13 megapixel back-facing camera, and up to 128 Gigabytes of internal storage.

Screen resolution is one of the few details which the slides don’t confirm, but it is widely expected to retain the 2540 x 1440 pixel resolution of the original. While we came across a leak suggesting that LG’s Nexus 5X will sell for £260 for the 16GB model and £295 for the 32GB model, no such information is available on Huawei’s Nexus 6P yet.

Google unveiled Android M at it’s I/O conference in late May and has since confirmed that the sweet codename for Android 6.0 will indeed be Marshmallow. In August Google released the final Android 6.0 SDK to developers and a third (and final) Marshmallow software preview that can be loaded on Nexus devices. As well as natively supporting fingerprint scanners for better security, Android 6.0 brings a range of additional features including more granular controls over app permissions and support for Android Pay.

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