2015 has been a great and exciting year in the world of Android and Google as well, with sexy new handsets, company restructures and the usual grudges with Apple. There have been a few very hot moments, few soaring highs and some epic Android fails this year. There has been introduced many new phones which were indeed too brilliant, a few of them were terrible, and some that were completely unexpected.
Let’s have a brief look at Android, including its remarkable highlights, lowlights and other important news that shaped Android in 2015.
Alphabet causes a massive freak-out
Early in august 2015, extensive panic appeared to grasp each tech website out there. Everywhere there was news about Google changing its name to “Alphabet” and on the whole implodes, that would turn out to be a bad news for the Android users.
After the announcement of Sundar Pichai’s as the CEO of Google, Google announced a reforming of its business as diverse companies under single umbrella corporation. The Alphabet is now serving as an umbrella brand for its ancillaries including GV, Calico, Google, Google X, Google Captial, Google Fiber, and Nest Labs.
Android Marshmallow brought transparency
September 2015 brought something that all Android users used to crave for— transparency!
Unlike Android Lollipop, which was fully focused on providing a new, different visual way of using Android, Marshmallow is actually focused more on offering you some control over the things that’s going on under the hood. The latest software update lets you move around with the permissions for approximately every single application installed.
Undoubtedly the best feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is “Doze mode”. For sure, the new Android version has more user-facing controls, granular app permissions, and Google Now on Tap; however the one feature which is making utterly everybody exciting on Marshmallow is— Doze. Doze mode is an advanced deep-sleep mode saving one’s battery life which is simply unbelievable. The doze is going to help in cutting down the excessive drain as the phone is hibernating though App Standby prevents an app from using the web if it hasn’t been used in the while.
Nexus devices ruling everything
Speaking of Nexus time, 2015 dropped a dived surprise: two great Nexus phones in the same year. 2015 was unquestionably the year of the Nexus device. Google not only announce two brilliant Nexus smartphones in 2015—the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P—but both of them are the near-perfect representation of what a standard Android phone must be.
The modish feature-packed Nexus 6P and the reasonably priced Nexus 5X are a serious perfection over the old Nexus 6 and stand up well aligned with competitor Android phones.
Android Wear comes of age
Earlier we were bounded to an unwieldy, masculine-looking smartwatches designed for bigger wrists, or actually nothing at all. But this year Android Wear gave us the opportunity of choosing from more options.
They have introduced many stylish smartwatches suiting one’s taste from leading manufacturers like Asus, LG, Huawei, and Fossil. Motorola also gives you the flexibility of customizing your second-generation Moto 360 as per your choice, and there’s also a size especially designed for ladies.
So, those were all about a year of Android in 2015, but stay tuned to know what to expect for Android in 2016.