Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X were launched as part of the usual program for the company where it accompanies its latest Android OS with a new smartphone.
This happened in 2015 when the company was still undecided on whether to seriously pursue the hardware industry or stick to what it does in the software world. Back then, the Google Nexus 6P and 5X were devices made by other OEMs and Google came with its stock Android OS. In 2016, things have taken a different turn where Google is making a push into the smartphone market with its own Pixel and Pixel XL phones – phones that are Made by Google.
The company’s push into the hardware industry with its own Google-branded smartphones has seen the Google Pixel and Pixel XL come in with lots of new technology – advancements that have seen the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X look outdated and actually boring to use.
When the Google Pixel phones came to life, they were powered by Android 7.1 Nougat, a newer version of Android 7.0 Nougat that had already begun rolling out to Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X somewhere in late August. Other than the version numbers, the two operating systems happen to come with a bunch of features that are not common throughout. Yes, you guessed right – the newer v7.1 has more advanced features than the entry level 7.0 Nougat.
While those using Android 7.1 Nougat can enjoy features such as the Google Assistant, fingerprint gestures, and Night Mode, those stuck on Android 7.0 Nougat are only dreaming of these features. Of course, some geeky users have already ported these features to their Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X handsets via sophisticated tweaks, but it seems Google wants to make life easier for the less tech-savvy users, especially when it comes to the Night Mode feature.
Google has confirmed that it may bring the Night Mode feature to Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X devices via a future software update. Even though there is no official word on whether or not this feature will come through Android 7.1 Nougat, the fact that this OS is the next version expected to hit the two phones makes it a possibility as far as the Night Mode update is concerned.
There are lots of apps that already provide Nexus 6P and 5X users with the Night Mode functionality, but how about not having to go through the hassles of downloading a third-party app to take care of this feature? With a baked-in Night Mode, Android phones will enjoy the same experience as iPhone users who are already using Night Shift on their phones for the same purpose.