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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Google Schedules Nexus Event For Sept 29; Two New Smartphones Expected

After Apple, it's Google's turn to announce new smartphones. The tech giant has set September 29 as the date it will take the stage in San Francisco where they are expected to announce two new phones: Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Here's a roundup of current rumors surrounding the event.

Google's Nexus phones are some of the most popular Android phones out there. The devices held the advantage over other Android phones in that they are usually the first ones to receive OS updates. And secondly, they are seldom loaded with bloatware from device manufacturers.

The current Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 both run the latest Android Lollipop version on most carriers. And we all know, through Lollipop comes Android Auto which allows you to run smartphone apps in your car's dashboard.

So what should we expect on September 29 from Google?

1. Google Nexus 5X: Google's 5-inch device will feature a larger 5.2-inch Full HD screen and will be made by LG. It is reportedly powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor and will feature front-facing stereo speakers, 3GB RAM and a 12.3 megapixel rear camera.

2. Google Nexus 6P: The larger of the two Nexus devices will feature a 5.7-inch Quad HD screen. The processor inside the Nexus 6P will be a Snapdragon 810. This device will also have front-facing stereo speakers, 3GB RAM and the same 12.3 megapixel camera as the Nexus 5X. The device will be manufactured by Huawei.

3. Android 6.0 Marshmallow: The final release of Google's Android operating system for mobile will most probably be unveiled at the event. It will be called 'Marshmallow' in keeping with Google's alphabetical sequencing.

4. Second Generation Chromecast: In response to the new Apple TV, Google will announce an update to Chromecast, its own version of TV connectivity. (Also Read: Wirelessly Mirror Your Android Phone To An AppRadio With Touch Controls Using Chromecast)

If you look at the rumored specs of the Nexus phones, the 3GB RAM is more than the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (2GB RAM). How the devices compare to each other on benchmark tests will be known in the coming few days.

I am hoping for announcements on possible new features in Android Auto included in Marshmallow. Hopefully we will get some answers to that. Stay tuned for all the latest scoop.

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