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Google Phones a Brief Background

A Google phone could be referred to as a phone that runs on Android as it OS (operating system). However, the Nexus Brand is currently owned by Google and it is more of a Google phone than any other for several reasons. The Nexus brand has several unique advantages but the major one is the faster updates and zero bloatware. The Nexus phone basically runs on android but it has been manufactured over the years by different companies. Some of these companies include top brands like HTC, Samsung, LG and Motorola.

Current Google phone rumors and updates

Update on Google Phones October 4th

Google has produced its own Android-based phones for years under the “Nexus” brand. But on Tuesday, the company announced it would design its own smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, which borrow their names from Google’s longstanding tablet and laptop products.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first-ever to come with Google Assistant built in, have unlimited cloud storage, and are compatible with the company’s new virtual reality headset, Daydream. Google also claims the camera on its new phones has “the shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever.”

Available for preorder today in black, blue and silver for $649 to start, the Pixel and Pixel XL sport 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively, powered by Snapdragon 821 processors and 4GB of RAM. The Pixel and Pixel XL will be available from Verizon exclusively in the U.S.

Also on-board: 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, a 2770mAh battery for the Pixel and a 3450mAh battery for the Pixel XL with a polished aluminum case paired with a small glass pane on the back. There’s also a subtle wedge from top to bottom where the hand naturally grips it, supposedly to make it easier to hold. A 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with a feature called HDR+, enables the Pixel to capture significantly more light than other cameras, the company claims.

For those wondering, the Pixel and Pixel XL also sport the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack, a longstanding feature on many smartphones that became controversial when Apple decided to omit it with the iPhone 7.

“And there’s no unsightly camera bump,” added Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware, a none-too-subtle dig at Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone line.

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be available in three colors, black, blue and silver
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Google also emphasized the Pixel’s software, which it built (and refined) from the ground up. Indeed, Osterloh highlighted five key points for the Pixel phones:

Google Assistant

When they launch, Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first smartphones to come with Google Assistant built in. When you touch and hold the home button, Google Assistant “jumps into action.” The A.I.-driven feature can bring up specific photos from the past and play whatever music you ask it to play. It even takes restaurant reservations with voice commands.

That camera!

According to Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL rear camera score an 89 in DxOMark — the highest rating ever. Translation: These could very well be the best smartphone cameras on the market today, trumping even the iPhone. There’s also video stabilization on board, however there’s no optical image stabilization for still photos.

Communications

Pixel users will be getting the latest Android updates directly from Google as soon as they become available. This is one of the biggest pain points with Android, and Google is stressing its lead in this category. Google has also built in 24-hour live phone support right into the Pixel’s software, so that a tech support operator can check out what’s on your screen and help you better. The Pixel comes with Google Duo preinstalled, if you’ve been jonesing for the company’s video chat app.

Unlimited cloud storage

Impressively, Google will also allow free unlimited storage for full-resolution images and videos shot with the Pixel. That’s much like the standard Google Photos backup ability, but takes off the size limit, even on 4K video shot with the new phone.

Virtual reality

The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first Daydream-compatible smartphones, which will work with the just-announced Daydream View headset. The Daydream View comes bundled with a tiny motion controller that is so precise you can even draw with it. When you’re done, the controller simply tucks inside the Daydream View itself for safe storage.

Update on Google Phones September 9 st

A strong information source is strongly suggested that Google will be officially announcing the new Pixel branded phones on October 2016.

Update on Google Phones September 1 st

Ok let us start with the background information on the Google phone rumors. This whole Google phone buzz seems to have started recently with some information published on the Telegraph.

Titles like the ones mentioned just below caused this buzz.

“Google to step up Smartphone wars with release of own handset”:

“Google phones to Shake-up of the Smartphone market?”

“Google to tighten its grip on mobile software?”

“Compete directly with the iPhone?”

“Google to compete directly with the iPhone?”

“Google to build its own phone”

So is there any truth to any of this Google branded phones information? Well let me just say some people seem more convinced than others. For example the website androidpolice uses the “we now strongly believe” about the Google phone rumors, while android central uses the phrase “we get rumors about Google”.

Here are some facts to consider on whether Google would be making its own phones

In recent years now, at least once a year we get rumors about Google building its own smartphone. Usually such rumors insist that this new Google phone wouldn’t be called Nexus. Some others say it’s the branding that would change but that the marketing, support and manufacturing aspects would remain the same.

Google already makes its own phones. It’s called Nexus. So what would taking the manufacturer partnership out of the equation actually help?

As the year comes to an end Google is expected to release the first maintenance update for Android Nougat. Nexus was expected to release phones Marlin and Sailfish later 2016/2017. Those phones were supposed to be manufactured by HTC.

The Google Nexus phones 6P and 5X have already done very well in the markets. The new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X phones can be argued or considered to be as Google branded as a mobile device could ever be already.

If Google actually makes the kind of changes that are being rumored then it maybe biggest change in Google Android phones in the past half-decade. How it plays out could change our perception of Google’s entire hardware strategy.

It is a fact that big companies like Google are always discussing all sorts of new product ideas, usually most these ideas never come to fruition.

Another fact is that If Google or any tech company around plans to “Shake-up of the smartphone market?” or “compete directly with the iPhone?” it wouldn’t be an easy fit. This because of what Apple brought and did with the iPhone was simply revolutionary!

It is also quite difficult to see how creating an unbranded Google phone would tighten Google’s grip on open-sourced software or create better profits for them? If Google really wants to ‘control’ Android, it needs to sell more of its phones and not just give them a different brand.

AC says they understand that this year’s Google phones will feature additional software and a tweaked interface atop “vanilla” Android. If this true then this will notably differentiate the new models in terms of software experience from previous years’ Nexus phones,

As we look back at the progression of Google Nexus phones, we may actually see that the possibility of an exit from the Nexus series is inevitable. This is because it fits with remarks from Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Code Conference back in June, indicating that the company would become “more opinionated about the design of the phones.”

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Google has kept adding closed-source apps, services and features to the Nexus line, moving away from the initial idea of what “Nexus” really meant starting as early as the Nexus S 4G.

These revelations are broadly in line with what’s been shown in recent leaks from Evan Blass and Android Police, which have published images of a new button layout, color scheme and Settings app that are far removed from what we see on Nougat on the Nexus 6P and 5X today.

A recent article on android police by David Ruddock says that from two independent sources that they can confirm that would be new Google phones are coming out with a different name and branding.

They say that “Google’s new phones will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL”. The story is that those former expected Nexus Marlin and Sailfish phones would now be branded as Pixel.

“As to our confidence in this information: given that our two sources are independent, and the fact that one in particular has been exceptionally reliable in the past, we feel comfortable saying you can take this to the bank. Coupled with Android Central’s breaking story on Tuesday that the phones would not be branded as Nexuses – what else could they even be branded as?”

Google phone history

If the Google phone rumors are true, then the move would seem to draw a line under the long-running Nexus series, which began with the HTC-made Nexus One back in December 2009 and continued to the Nexus 6P and 5X in 2015. Throughout the life of the Nexus program, Google has partnered with the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei to sell both phones and tablets showcasing its latest software.

As we gradually begin to expect the end of Nexus I would like to show us the Nexus history. Let’s see how far the Galaxy Nexus has come over the years.

  • Android Dev Phone 1 (HTC Dream), an HTC-manufactured Android developer smartphone, released December 2008
  • Android Dev Phone 2 (Google Ion), an HTC-manufactured Android developer smartphone, released November 2009
  • One of the phones of the Google Nexus family:
  • Nexus One, an HTC-manufactured smartphone, released January 2010 to larger audience
  • Nexus S, Samsung-manufactured successor to the Nexus One, released December 2010
  • Galaxy Nexus, Samsung-manufactured successor to the Nexus S, released November 2011
  • Nexus 4, LG-manufactured successor to the Galaxy Nexus, released November 2012
  • Nexus 5, LG-manufactured successor to the Nexus 4, released November 2013
  • Nexus 6, Motorola-manufactured successor to the Nexus 5, released November 2014
  • Google Talk, a stand-alone instant messaging (texting) client with voice chat capability
  • Google Voice, a computer-based voice and video chat service

 

The best Google phones

There are several good phones that run on Android OS. I will mention some of the top ones here. However before we go into that let us look at some of the reasons that make the Google Nexus Phone tick. Remember as mentioned earlier the latest brands of the Nexus; that is the 6P and 5X have done quite well in the markets.

I will just mention a few of them that are really good right now that you can go check out. These are very good android OS phones as at October 2016.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

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5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi

Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor

2/3/4GB of RAM

16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB

16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera

Non-removable 3000mAh battery

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

 

One Plus X

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5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi

2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor

3 GB of RAM

16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB

13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera

Non-removable 2525 mAh battery

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, 138 g

 

 

Honor 5X

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5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi

1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor

2 GB of RAM

16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB

13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera

Non-removable 3000 mAh battery

Android 5.1 Lollipop

151.3 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm, 158 g

 

Nexus 6P

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5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518 ppi

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor

3 GB of RAM

32/64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot

12 MP rear-facing camera, 8 MP front-facing camera

Non-removable 3450 mAh battery

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm, 178 g

 

One Plus 3

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5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi

2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

6GB of RAM

64GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion

16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera

Non-removable 3,000mAh battery

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

 

Samsung Galaxy S7

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5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi

Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

4 GB of RAM

32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB

12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera

Non-removable 3000 mAh battery

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

 

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi

Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

4 GB of RAM

32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB

12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera

Non-removable 3600 mAh battery

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

 

HTC 10

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5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565 ppi

2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

4 GB of RAM

32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB

12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera

Non-removable 3000 mAh battery

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 g

 

LG G5

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5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554 ppi

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

4 GB of RAM

32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB

16 and 8 MP dual rear cameras, 8 MP front camera

Removable 2800 mAh battery

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 159 g

 

Samsung Galaxy 5 note

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5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518 ppi

Samsung Exynos 7420 processor

4 GB of RAM

32/64 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion

16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera

Non-removable 3000 mAh battery

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171 g

 

Features of the Google Nexus phone that made them so special

Nexus 2016 Phone: Android updates

Nexus phones get Android updates first. Period. You get Android updates first, while other, more costly Android phones have to wait months. There is no bloatware inside; just Google apps and the one’s you choose to install. You get immediate access to all the latest security patches and fixes and, generally speaking, everything runs a lot smoother as a result.

I’ve been saying this for years, but it still stands: if you LOVE Android, you use Nexus phones. Why? Simple: Nexus phones run the purest form of Android, with zero bloatware, designed and functioning just as Google intended. If you value things like this, as I do, then there really is no competition in this regard.

 

Nexus 2016 Phone: Specs & Hardware

Nexus phones never used to have bleeding-edge specs. They had just enough to get the job done and ultra low price tags attached to them. This started with the Nexus 4 and ended with the Nexus 5, but a lot of people really liked this era of Nexus phones, as it championed performance and value for money.

The Nexus 6 ended this era in spectacular fashion. Thankfully, though, the Nexus 6P righted all of its wrongs and cemented the Nexus brand as not only one of the best bets for an upgrade, but also one of the best Android phones on the planet in the period after it was released.

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It had a higher price, yes, but it had great specs, design and hardware. And this year’s HTC-built Nexus phone will do the same and if you’ve been paying attention during the past 6 months, things have really shifted gear in the Android space. This year’s phones have been incredibly impressive but I think the HTC made Nexus phone will push the boat even further with vastly improved imaging, a new Qualcomm CPU, masses of RAM and increased battery performance.

Nexus 2016 Phone: Price

Nexus phones are pricier now than they were back in the 2012 era, but they’re still cheaper than similarly specced handsets from Samsung, HTC, Apple and LG.

For this reason, a Nexus phone always offers excellent value for money. Let’s hope Google manages to keep this year’s pricing below the currently market average for flagships which is around £500 in the UK for a 32GB model handset.

 

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Questions and answers on Google phones

 

When exactly are the Pixel Phones coming out?

October 4th, 2016 is the current date for the expected official announcement of the new Google Pixel phones. Recent rumors say it the pixel phones would be available for pre-order on that October 4th.

What are the exact specifications of the Google Pixel Phones

The rumoured specs for the upcoming Pixel XL phone:

5.5in QHD 2560×1440 pixel resolution

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB RAM

32GB of onboard storage.

Camera 13MP primary sensor with an 8MP secondary for selfies on the front

Android 7.0 Nougat

Battery –3,450mAh.

What are the prices of these new Google pixel phones?

The rumored expected prize for the Sailfish (Pixel XL) is expected to be cheaper around $350 for its plastic build. It is expected to be cheaper than the HTC Nexus Marlin’s (Pixel XL) 5.5in.

Is Google trying to compete with the Iphone?

Probably and why not?

But you can bet every last byte that if Google does “build its own phone” instead of building its own phone in partnership with an established manufacturer, it’s going to be far more than tightening the software grip it already enjoys on the Nexus line.

What are Google’s plans beyond smart phones?

As for Google’s plans beyond smart phones, we haven’t heard anything about any Google-branded Android tablet plans, though one source was able to corroborate AP’s report that Google will release two own-branded Android Wear smart watches later this year.

When was the first Google phone made?

The first Nexus phone was created and released in December 2009, while the HTC Dream was released in 2008.

Does Google phones actually lead on Software updates?

Yes they do! Google’s own Nexus phones already lead the way on software updates. That’s (sadly) telling when some eight months after both the release of Android 6.x Marshmallow and the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, a mere 10% of all current devices (and that’s including updated devices as well as a handful of older Nexus phones) are on the most recent software. There simply aren’t that many Nexus phones in the world when you take that sort of context into account. Is a rebranding really going to move that needle any more than a Nexus phone already doesn’t move it?

What is the Price of the new Google Android Phones?

We do not have pricing information. At this time, it is unknown to us when Google decided to shift its in-house smartphone brand from Nexus to Pixel or why (though speculation will likely run wild).

What would be the dimensions of the Pixel Phone Brands coming out?

The Pixel will be the 5″ Sailfish device, while Pixel XL will be the 5.5″ Marlin.

Who be marketing or manufacturing the new Google phone brands?

On the subject of information that we deem less than completely reliable, one of our sources claims Google plans to market the Pixel and Pixel XL as the first phones built by Google. This seems a bit disingenuous. We remain completely certain the Pixel and Pixel XL will be built by HTC – they’ll merely lack HTC’s branding. And while Google may be solely responsible for their industrial design, to insinuate that HTC was nothing but a manufacturing partner would probably be fiction. I would not be surprised if that relationship blurs the ODM/OEM lines far more than Google may suggest in its future marketing. But we’ll have to wait and see.

Is Nexus Dead?

So, does this mean Nexus is dead? That we can’t tell you. Given the Nexus Player has no replacement planned, the latest Google Android tablet is branded a Pixel, and Google’s new smart home device Google Home doesn’t bear the Nexus moniker, though, Nexus’s future does seem bleak. But we don’t really know, and it’s possibly Google itself doesn’t, either.

What is the real reason behind the Google switch?

As for the reasoning behind the switch? Given that these new Nexus phones will have the most cohesive and Google-influenced design on smartphones to date, to the extent that the devices will be all but identical in everything but size (plus display resolution and battery capacity), maybe this was the time to make a switch. Or maybe these phones were Nexus devices until former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh stepped in to unify Google’s hardware efforts. Or perhaps this was the grand master plan all along.

What gives with all this “Nexus” launcher business, then? It’s possible Google was just using the Nexus name as a placeholder, or that the change was recent enough that certain project names simply aren’t updated yet. It is rather curious, though.

And no, I don’t know if they’ll have a light bar (but I kind of doubt it, even as cool as it would be).

 

Google phone Apk update and downloads

This is an update for the Phone app for your Android Marshmallow device* to improve your calling experience and gain control over calls with features like caller ID and call blocking.

What’s New on the Google phone update?

From version Google Phone 4.0.129037693:

  • Spam call warnings – avoid answering unwanted calls
  • Block numbers & report spammers – stay safe and help the community

 

CALLER ID

Know who’s calling before you pick up, with business names now visible on the call screen along with their number.

CALL BLOCKING

Get the calls you want, and not the ones you don’t. You can now block numbers to prevent unwanted calls.

VISUAL VOICEMAIL

Check your messages without having to call voicemail – view, playback and delete them right from the Phone app, currently available for Project Fi, T-Mobile USA, and Orange France customers.

NEARBY PLACES

No more switching apps or cumbersome copy and paste. Just find and call places right from the Phone search bar.

*This app update is supported on Nexus, Android One and Google Play Edition devices running Android Marshmallow and above.

All versions

Google Phone 4.0.129037693, File size:11.02 MB Download here

August 2, 2016

Google Phone 4.0.128730808, File size:11.02 MB

July 29, 2016

Google Phone 4.0.128489418, File size:11.02 MB

July 27, 2016

Google Phone 4.0.128380644, File size:11.02 MB

July 26, 2016

Google Phone 4.0.127222140, File size:11.02 MB

July 25, 2016

Google Phone 3.01.15_rc15 (READ NOTES), File size:9.7 MB

June 15, 2016

Google Phone 3.01.08_rc8 (READ NOTES), File size:9.64 MB

May 18, 2016

Google Phone 2.5.12_rc9,  File size:9.69 MB

May 14, 2016

Google Phone 2.5.11_rc8, File size:9.69 MB

May 9, 2016

Google Phone 2.05.07_rc4, File size:9.69 MB

April 20, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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