Behind every smartphone there is a story, a team of engineers and designers giving the best of themselves to create a device. Within the Android universe the most iconic is the Nexus of the moment. A phone that also has the challenge of coordinating several teams: the manufacturer and the Google. Rarely we know everything that happens behind but when they decide to talk about let us the most interesting stories.
The team behind the new Nexus (5 X and 6 p) has shared in New York his impressions with some lucky ones who had opportunity to go and see first hand everything you decided to tell. So do not miss anything, we have prepared a compilation with the most interesting thing about the intrastory of these two terminals.
Collaborations between multiple computers and a comprehensive design work
Develop a mobile can take up to a couple of years since the idea arises and takes the execution on the Assembly line. With the new Nexus, the process was much faster: in a period of only seven months the entire process was made. A titanic effort because, as we will see later, these two terminals with a lot of details.
Proof of this is the work that was put into the camera of 5 X. As you know it is slightly. Both LG and Google worked hard so that the curve was a continuous surface and that the end result is a way as natural as possible. Many tests of plastic until you reach one that convinced all engineers.
Contrary to what may seem, there is much experimentation with processes of industrial design of the terminal. Tests of all kinds how to find the best blasting for cutting aluminium and decide on a type of cut with diamond in particular are. Many tests are done with different companies in China to find that best fits what they seek.
To mount a Nexus 6 p, There are 80 different steps from the first that occurs up to the last to deposit it in the box that reach us. As curiosity Google explained that all remaining aluminium is recycled at the request of the company. The relationship between the manufacturer (LG and Huawei) turn in this case Google is very narrow.
Explained the engineers that were in New York, the end result left satisfied all attachments. The work is a combination of different equipment and in every Nexus staff mix is different. There is a homogeneous method for each terminal and always ideas and several proposals are sought for the terminal.
During the talk appeared the Nexus 6 and Google team showed some doubts with the terminal. Motorola made a lot of pressure at the end and dismissed one of the designs of Google to finally give him a closer identity of design of the terminals of the motorcycle family. They still tinged that they learned much from this process.
Google explains some of the controversies with the new Nexus
About the Chamber of the Nexus 6 p explained that its position is conditioned by the distribution the rest of elements intended for wireless connections in the terminal. All them are concentrated there and when they designed the terminal gave account that could not put the camera in the Centre. That is why they decided to take her to one side and make the ring surrounding the sensor outside oval and not a perfect circle.
The Google team also responded to the controversy of the hump of the 6 p and said that Apple is who sets the trend of the thickness and add more width to remove bulk and add, for example, more battery would have been a mistake. The attention accorded to a competitor as direct reference in design and trends.
For the reader’s traces of the two models they experimented with various positions. Liked the team’s engineers how solved it Samsung or Apple but by putting your finger deviating too much weight to that side and it was a little strange. Put it in the latera as the Xperia, they explained, it was a good idea, but limits the size of the sensor. Finally they decided to bet on the back for the following reasons.
The index finger falls naturally in this position and was a button that was going well for lefties as right-handers. It is a scalable design and operate in any mobile regardless of size. In addition, it does not compromise design or other elements in that position often go the CAP directly and there is no electronic elements.
To test the quality of the reader, I think is a robotic hand that was in charge of press with a finger on this component. A high speed camera was responsible for making measurements and see what it took to unlock the device.
Behind the camera, there is a very curious story: Google is stubbornly in using a very specific sensor to the two mobile phones. They wanted that the photographic section finally gave the news and decided to go for Sony with a very clear request. At the beginning not convinced them because the Nexus would historically have been moving with little commercial success. They finally relented and a Sony team began to work with the rest of the Nexus team to control the quality of the component.
For the screen, they decided to put the same panel that Note 5. A Super AMOLED that has generated controversy because the maximum brightness values are lower than the model of Samsung. According to Google, it was decided to recalibrate in a very precise way to make work as best as possible, but it gave no more details in this regard.
On another controversial element also had some words. Snapdragon 810 is a powerful SoC but has many problems with global warming. During the development a team of Qualcomm engineers joined the rest to control temperature problems and not gets more than enough. Google say that they are aware of how the spent this processor.
With the controversy of the Wireless charging, they stated that they were aware of the problem with aluminum. Do not you decide to then put it in the Nexus 5 X? Very simple: maintain parity between the devices and that have the least possible differences in the key components.
Google also dared to speak of the bendgate of the Nexus 6 p: when the first video was engineering team returned to review the evidence from laboratory and discovered that the values of resistance of this mobile are similar to other terminals as the iPhone (about 40 kg approximately). Why there is no slot for microSD cards? There is also a response to it.
Google prefers that we have an internal memory of quality you have to extend the existing with microSD cards that you do not always have sufficient quality that guarantees a good performance. As you can see, they have not had problem in addressing difficult questions and although you can some answers we not convinced at all, thanks to give face by the new Nexus.