Everything You Need To Know About Google's New Phones

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If Apple's iPhone isn't your cup of tea, we've got some good news for you. Google just announced a pair of new Nexus phones that are loaded up with the latest version of Android and a bunch of killer camera updates.

Dubbed the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6P, Google's two new smartphones share a lot of the same features but differ in terms of size, hardware, and price. Here's what you need to know about the latest in Android.

Nexus 6P
Improving on the Nexus 6, the Huawei-built Nexus 6P has a large, 5.7-inch screen surrounded by an aeronautical-grade aluminum chassis — it's Google's first all-aluminum phone. The build quality feels really nice, and diamond-cut edges add a little sheen. On the bottom, it has a USB Type C port for speedy charging. How speedy? It can reportedly fully juice up in about half the time it takes an iPhone 6 Plus.

Click ahead to read more about the 6P and Google's other announcements.
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On the back, the 6P has a 12.3-megapixel camera, and on the front, an 8-megapixel camera — for the "world’s best selfies," according to Google. That rear-facing camera also has an IR-based laser autofocus system and a new Smart Burst feature that shoots 30 frames per second — perfect for grabbing a few shots and turning them into a stop-motion-style GIF. As a shortcut, you can double-tap the power button to switch on the camera instantly.

On the back of the device, there's also a circular fingerprint sensor called Nexus Imprint.

The Nexus 6P comes in three colors: white, aluminum (silver), and black. It goes on presale today from the Google Store, starting at $499 for 32 GB, $549 for 64 GB, and $649 for 128 GB.
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Nexus 5X
And then there's the Nexus 5X, an update to the popular Nexus 5. Made by LG, it has a smaller, 5.2-inch display (it's the iPhone 6 to the Nexus 6P's iPhone 6 Plus). But, like the Nexus 6P (pictured), it's got a 12-megapixel camera on the back and a USB Type C charging port.

Both the 5X and 6P can take 4K video and snap photos with a larger 1.55 micron pixel size — compared to the iPhone's 1.22 micron pixel size. With a larger pixel, Google says its Nexus cameras can capture more light for shorter exposure times and reduced motion blur (easier for those with shaky hands).

Inside, a redesigned "sensor hub" promises to make activity tracking even more simple by recognizing when you start running or biking — even with the screen off, with minimal battery drain.
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The Nexus 5X has a Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor that can initially register your fingerprint in a couple of seconds. After that, it will recognize your fingerprint in about 600 milliseconds. Like the iPhone's Touch ID sensor, this feature is designed to get better over time. To use it, you simply tap the circular sensor on the back of the phone.

The 5X comes in black, white, and ice blue. It costs $379 for the 16 GB version and $429 for a 32 GB version. U.S. pre-orders of the 5X and the 6P come with a 90-day subscription to Google Play music and a $50 Google Play credit. Both devices are also available on Google Fi.
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Android Marshmallow
But, these days, it's the software experience that makes or breaks a smartphone, and Android Marshmallow promises to bring a variety of awesome features to these new Nexus Phones.

Doze mode can give your Nexus an extra 30% of battery life by reducing background activity and going into a sleep state when the screen is off. This is great news for those nights when you forget to plug your phone in to charge.
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On the home screen, these phones have faster scrolling and app search from the launcher at the top of the screen. And, Google's putting in some extra smarts: The phone will learn from your app-launching behavior day-to-day, so it starts listing apps based on when you use them most (and in what order you use them). So if you normally wake up and check the weather, then the news, then your email, these apps would be listed in that order. Google's also reducing the number of apps that come preloaded on its phones, and you can even delete the built-in ones (take note, Apple).

Android Marshmallow features widely incorporated voice actions; you can use just your voice to send a text or set an alarm, and app developers can build conversational voice experiences directly into their own apps.

Marshmallow comes on the new Nexuses and will roll out to other Android devices starting next week.
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