All devices sold in the United States of America must first pass through the FCC, or Federal Communications Commission, for testing and approval. This approval process assesses the device to ensure that it is suitable for distribution in America and mostly revolves around the radio signals broadcast by the device. There are similar tests involved in order for a device to be sold into other makets around the world. We've now confirmation that the next Nexus smartphone, the Google Nexus 6, has passed through the FCC ready for pre-ordering to start this coming Wednesday.
Google's Nexus 6 is built by Motorola. It's the first smartphone to be released with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed. It's a large device, too, the 6 stands for the size of the screen, which is a shade under 6.0-inch across the diagonal. This is perhaps the only contentious issue with the new Nexus; it's a big, big handset. Under the skin, the Motorola Nexus 6 is one of the most powerful smartphones to be released upon the Android world as it's powered by a 2.7 GHz, quad core, 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, backed up by 3 GB of RAM. The screen is a QHD resolution, which means it's 2,560 by 1,440 pixel resolution, and it also uses AMOLED technology. On the back, the main camera is a 13 MP optically stabilized unit with a dual LED flash. The device is kept powered by a 3,220 mAh battery and has Qi wireless charging to keep it juiced up.
One of the reasons why the AMOLED screen is important is because Android Lollipop features what Google are calling "Ambient Display," which is their take on what Motorola called "Active Notifications" until earlier this year, when it was renamed to "Motorola Display." Ambient Display uses the device sensors to tell when the handset has been picked up or removed from a pocket, and shows notifications on the lock screen. The reason why AMOLED is important to the Nexus 6 is because it only illuminates those pixels being used, which in turn means that the Nexus 6 can efficiently show the user notifications without lighting up the entire screen. Although Google's official specifications show a 80-hour drop in standby with the Nexus 6 using Ambient Display compared when not (250 hours compared with 330 hours), I expect that in day to day use the Nexus 6 will show similar, if not better battery life with Ambient Display active. Okay; we know it's coming soon for pre-order, so who's interested? Yes, it's a big handset, but it's also stuffed full of the latest hardware and one of the most powerful 32-bit smartphone processors. Are you going to be poised on the Google Play Devices Store on Wednesday or instead, are you going to wait it out until you've seen the first few reviews? Is the Nexus 6 too expensive for you? Or do you instead want a smartphone device with a 64-bit processor? Let us know in the comments?