Nexus 6 Ready to Do Battle With Apple

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For years, everyone in the iOS or Android app development field has operated under one “law” that is taken for granted: Apple aims for the higher-end market and Android produces phones for the middle and lower end. Apple makes equipment with better specs and charges more money for it. Android takes technology to the masses and charges less money for it.

Google is about to change that perception with the new Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is like the new Moto X, but larger. It is large enough to qualify as a “phablet.” It uses Google’s newest Android operating system: Lollipop.

Nexus 6 features a 6-inch (thus the name “Nexus 6”) screen with the Material Design interface and the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It has 3GB of RAM and has a Qi-chargeable, 3220 mAh battery. The new Snapdragon processor allows the Nexus 6 to move between apps seamlessly.

The specs of the Nexus 6 are considered even better than those of the iPhone 6 Plus from Apple. It still has Android’s user-friendly keyboard options and Google Now is still convenient to access with one swipe to the left. The price will be around $700 here in Australia.

The Design

One-handed texters may be disappointed that it will take two hands for most people to operate the Nexus 6. It is built with a subtle curve on the back and a sturdy frame. Because it is sloped slightly, the thickness ranges from a low of 3.8 mm to a high of 10.1 mm. It measures 159.3 mm x 77.8 mm.

It weighs 184 g, which is slightly more than the new iPhone or the Galaxy Note 4 Samsung. That means it will probably fit into most pockets, but the fit will be tight and you may have trouble getting it out.

Features and Benefits


The Nexus 6 features their 15.138 cm AMOLED display. It is the largest Android display available on a smartphone and the quality is stunning. The display has a 1440 x 2560 resolution for a total of close to 3,000 pixels, creating an incredibly bright and clear screen. Videos can be more entertaining to watch on the quad-HD Nexus 6 than the Nexus 9 tablet due to the 16:9 aspect ratio being more video-friendly. Incidentally, the Nexus 6 is the first HD smartphone from Google.


The Nexus 6 is unprecedented, due to its specs rivalling those of any iPhone. This makes the Nexus 6 a worthy and equal competitor to the iPhone. It starts with a quad-core processor: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which contains an Adreno 420 CPU. It has 3GB of RAM and you can choose between a 32GB and a 64GB HD. These specs not only put the Nexus 6 on a par with anything Apple currently offers, but it also allows for the best maximisation of the new Lollipop OS.

Great Camera

The camera is a 13 megapixel camera that is even better than the MotoX camera. It has an IMX214 CMOS sensor from Sony combined with a very wide f/2.0 aperture with a feature called optical image stabilisation. For comparison, the Nexus 5 had an 8 megapixel camera.

What it Means to You

If you are a regular reader of this blog or one of our clients, you probably have a good idea what it means to you: a lot of opportunity. With new technology and new features comes new opportunities to maximise that technology.

For example, you may want to create a social app that integrates photography to take advantage of the new camera and more vivid screen. You may want to develop a game that takes advantage of the better processor and sharper images on the screen.

The possibilities are endless; progress marches on and every step provides you with an opportunity to prosper.

Do you have a great idea for an app or a game? Call Smarter Apps today on 1300 650 253 or use the contact box on the right side of the page.

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