Google answers Nexus questions: meaning of X and P, absence of wireless charging

Yesterday brought us Google’s latest additions to its long-running Nexus family of stock-Android smartphones, with the launch of the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P. While Google spent some time showing off device hardware at the event, and revealed even more details as it published product pages for both models, questions have understandably remained. Today over on Reddit, a number of Google employees who worked on the new Nexus phones have been lining up to answer them, and they’ve already addressed some major issues.

Take, for instance, the absence of support for wireless charging in both handsets: what caused Google to back away from a tech it once seemed so set on promoting for Nexus handsets? Google places the blame a desire to keep device thinness as slim as possible, while also claiming that the benefits of USB type-C help make wired charging a lot less onerous than it may have been in the past. We know – why not both – but apparently the extra thickness would have been a deal-breaker.

Google talks about fingerprint security, highlighting how data is only stored on the phones themselves and never on Google’s cloud, and answers a lot of hardware questions, like choice of OLED panel and flash memory.

What about the name of these phones? They clearly take inspiration from the original Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, but why X and P? Officially, the P in Nexus 6P stands for “premium” (and not “phablet”), while the X in Nexus 5X is a little looser: it’s supposed to represent the “core of the Nexus brand” – though Google does concede that it also just kinda looks cool.

Check out the rest of the Q&A session for even more Nexus phone info.

Source: Reddit

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