Using a case to protect your phone from unwanted damage is somewhat commonplace, with a variety of styles available for those wishing to look after their mobile device. For many, the typical case is considered to be unsightly. For this, Google has an answer in the form of their newly launched the $35 “Live Case” for their Nexus 5X and 6P handsets.
These Live Cases are fully customizable by the customer, able to include either an image of choice or map location as the decoration for their case and each case comes with a companion wallpaper for the phone, so it’ll fit right in. The cases don’t just look pretty either, with each case including a programmable shortcut button on their body that allows for an app to be launched straight from the case instead of the normal tapping and swiping at the screen.
Each type of case even comes with their own special feature, with the photos version shipping with a customized photo gallery while the maps version help to create a stylized map of a selected location that can be used on both the case and wallpaper for a mirrored back-and-front look. All of the customization is done from a simple web app available on Google’s website and cases come in a choice of matte or glossy finishes.
Already available directly from Google, these cases are sure to appeal to those who are tired of the boring everyday blank or bulky case and for a relatively cheap sum, allow them to show off their artistic streak right on their device.
LG and Google have made a great team in recent years, together developing a number of phones as part of Google’s Nexus range that provided high-quality devices at a budget-friendly price point. If anyone was hoping for another new Nexus phone from LG this year, though, they’ll be sorely disappointed as an LG spokesperson revealed to CNET at Mobile World Congress that they won’t be developing a successor to the Nexus 5X and that “LG needs to focus on its own brand.”
While LG has really put themselves in the smartphone game with the successes of the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X, the move away from Nexus this year makes sense for the company. Their brand-new device, the LG G5 is just on the horizon and set to go head-to-head with the Samsung S7 and other flagship phones due out in 2016. This means that while LG still maintains that they are “totally happy” with their relationship with Google and work on Nexus phones, the resources to fuel both the G5 to its fullest potential and develop a brand new Nexus device simply don’t exist. Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins.
Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins. Hopefully, LG will continue to work on Nexus devices beyond the immediate future, however, as I am sure myself and many others would be saddened to see such solid budget devices from LG disappear.
With Google set to drop their new 2015 Nexus phones in just several hours, we’re getting word now on the expected pricing. According to the latest leaks, Google will be bringing back cheap pricing back to the Nexus lineup. Replacing the Nexus 5, the 5X will come in at $379 while the 6P will succeed the Nexus 6 at $499. Both prices are lower than what the Nexus 6 originally launched for a year ago.
Both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 launched well below the market price for a flagship at the time. The base Nexus 4 sold for $299 while the Nexus 5 only cost $350. Last year, Google ended the trend with the Nexus 6, releasing the phablet at $650. While still cheaper than some other OEM flagships, many Nexus fans were disappointed that they could no longer get what was essentially near flagship hardware running stock Android for cheap.
While specifications for the 6P have been sparse, we already know quite a bit about the 5X. Overall, the 5X will be a minor upgrade over the 5 with slightly improved CPU and GPU thanks to the 64bit Snapdragon 808 Soc and Adreno 418 GPU. Ram however, stays the same at 2GB and capacities are expected to be 16/32GB again, with the microSD slot still missing. The cameras do get a bump to 12.3/5MP, up from 8/1.3 while the battery improves by about 17% to 2700mAh. Given the increased price, we can expect the 6P to offer a spec bump to a Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of ram. Stay tuned for the official launch in just a few hours!
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Amazon India has mistakenly listed the Nexus 5X prior to Google’s official announcement and provides key information about the handset’s technical capabilities. According to the store page, the Nexus 5X features a 5.2-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. Additionally, the device utilizes a Snapdragon 808 processor running at 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The main rear camera is 12.3 megapixels while the front shooter is a respectable 5 megapixel sensor. Apparently, the handset supports LTE connectivity and integrates a 2700 mAh battery.
The product page also includes information about the various colour options. In total, the Nexus 5X comes in Charcoal Black, Quartz White and Ice Blue. Amazon India displayed the weight at 177g and dimensions of 15.4 x 1 x 7.6cm. Unfortunately, the listing has now been removed and it’s unknown if these specifications are genuine. It does seem a little contradictory though as the weight is heavier than much larger 5.5-inch handsets. Although, I think the core specification is about spot-on and I’m interested to see if there’s any expansion slot for additional storage.
Another issue appears to be the rather mediocre battery. If the listing is true, then I highly doubt the handset will offer the kind of battery life people expect from the Nexus product line. However, this could be a more budget-orientated model.