Last night, Google unveiled the new LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P smartphones at its event in San Francisco. The new smartphones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, and the new OS brings a system that will let users uninstall some pre-loaded Google apps. Also Read - Google may have discontinued security updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6PAlso Read - Android 8.1 Oreo factory images with January security patch available for Google Pixel and Nexus devices
During the event, Android s VP of Engineering talked about this new system on stage. “With the new Nexus devices, we’ve reduced the number of preloaded apps on the phone, to make the out-of-box experience cleaner and simpler. We’ve also developed a new system that moves over a quarter of our apps to a post-setup installation phase, which means they can be uninstalled just like any other apps.” Also Read - Google Pixel 2, Sony Xperia XZ1 to HTC U11+: 10 smartphones running on Android Oreo
Interestingly, while Android Marshmallow will be rolled out to the current Nexus devices next week, this feature is only limited to the new Nexus smartphones. A Google spokesperson has given a list of apps that can be removed to the folks at BetaNews.
These apps include Google Docs, Google Fit, Google+, Keep, News, Play Books, Sheets, Slides, and Weather. Apps like Gmail, Google Play Store, Settings, and Clock though would remain untouchable.
The new Nexus smartphones are set to go on sale in the US, UK, Ireland and Japan sometime next month. While there is no word from Google, LG has revealed that its Nexus smartphone will go on sale in 40 countries in the fourth quarter, starting from October 16. With the Diwali season on the horizon, and the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus set to go on sale around the same, we expect India to be among the first countries where the Nexus 5X will be launched.
Last night, Google listed the new Nexus smartphones on its Play Store, revealing their prices. The Nexus 5X 16GB is priced at Rs 31,900, while the Huawei Nexus 6P 32GB variant is priced at Rs 39,999.