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Why we should use Wikipedia as credible source

by Kok Kee
Why we should use Wikipedia as credible source

In universities, we’ve always been told that academicians will never accept any sort of citations or information quoted from Wikipedia. The main reason – as far as I’ve been told – is because they’re entirely crowdsourced, and not by “experts”. Sure, not everyone is an expert by profession. Consider this though – there are many non-certified people who are better than most of us when it comes to the subject at hand.

6 tips for Huawei Nexus 6P

by Kok Kee 0 Comments
6 tips for Huawei Nexus 6P

Let’s be honest right at the beginning here – the Huawei Nexus 6P is a Nexus device nonetheless, and I love the idea of Nexus devices since its inception, and loved everything about it since Galaxy Nexus, even more so during the Nexus 4. Nexus 6 by Motorola was a letdown – but the Huawei Nexus 6P rocks things up entirely with hidden features everywhere. Here are just 6 out of the entire fleet of hidden features packed in the Huawei Nexus 6P!

For those who is still new to this device and haven’t fully explore this ultimate smartphone, let us share with you some unknown tips and tricks that will make your Nexus 6P an even mightier phone, and a totally customized experience just for you.

1. Unlock System UI Tuner settings

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In the Nexus 6P, you can long-press the Setting buttons on the notification panel and it will unlock the hidden System UI Tuner settings.

From this hidden settings, you can arrange the Quick settings, Status Bar etc.

2. Activate Battery Percentage status

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As we all may know, Nexus 6P does not show the battery percentage status by default. But Nexus 6P allows you to switch it on in the hidden System UI tuner settings.

3. Change screen picture color mode to sRGB

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Inside settings, you can change the screen color mode to sRGB if you don’t prefer the more saturated AMOLED screen. It can be done by enabling the developer options by clicking the Build number in About phone for 7 times. Once the developer options appear, you can go inside and activate the sRGB mode.

4. LED notification light

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Huawei Nexus 6P has a LED notifications light which is not turned on by default. But you can turn it on in the settings at “Settings>Sound & notification>Pulse notification light”.

5. File Manager

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On the application drawer, we can’t find the File Manager at all. But in fact, it is available and hidden inside the settings. It is located at “Settings>Storage & USB>Explore”.

6. Quick launch Camera

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When the screen is off, all you have to do is double tap the power button and you can activate the camera app instantly.

This is just a few tricks that we think is very useful to make the Nexus 6P an even better device. If you have any other tips or tricks that we’ve missed out on this article, do comment below to share with us.

6 reasons why Nexus 6P is the best Nexus

by Kok Kee 0 Comments
6 reasons why Nexus 6P is the best Nexus

Google recently partnered Huawei to release the best Nexus smartphone to date called Huawei Nexus 6P, and it’s the top notch Nexus device that is found in the market today. The letter “P” from the Nexus 6P stands for Premium, and holy OMG did Huawei pack all the best hardware they can find into this device!

2K AMOLED display, Qualcomm flagship Snapdragon 810 chipset, Android’s latest version 6.0 Marshmallow are just a few highlights that can be seen on the Nexus 6P out of the box. With a local retail price of RM2,698, the Nexus 6P does has a lot more to offer besides the top notch specifications provided on board.

Let us share with you SIX REASONS why you should buy the Nexus 6P, also dubbed as “The Best Nexus Smartphone to date”.

1. Gorgeous looking AMOLED screen

The Nexus 6P has an impressive a 5.7 inch 2K resolution with Super AMOLED panel – that means it has an amazing pixel density of 551PPI! The display even has enhanced protection with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which makes it tougher than ever before.

Huawei chose AMOLED screen on the Nexus 6P because it offers great color reproduction and better view under the sun.

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2. Pure Android with Marshmallow OS deliver best Android experience

Let’s get this straight – Android Source Open Project, or AOSP, also known as “vanilla Android”, is the version of Android that is the truest to what Google intended it to be – all short and simple, with no frills at all. That translates into the best performance obtainable from a system, as none of the hardware will need to work on unnecessary apps pre-baked into the phone itself.

That means vanilla Android guarantees no bloatware! Furthermore, being a Nexus series device also means that there’s future proof. Your phone will be one step ahead of others when it comes to software update as Google will definitely prioritize their own Nexus devices in receiving the latest updates right away.

3. Superb Stereo Speakers

We are glad that Google and Huawei understand what major consumers wanted – the best multimedia experience for the user, not those around the user. The inclusion of front-facing speakers that delivers clean, loud and distortion-free sound is pure bliss for those who consume multimedia on their smartphones!

4. Blazing fast Nexus fingerprint scanner

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Now, I’ve played around with Huawei and Honor’s latest flagship smartphones – the Huawei Mate S and the Honor 7. They both have very similar hardware, and one thing that I’m certain is exactly the same is the fingerprint sensor. They’re the quickest and most sensitive fingerprint sensor I’ve ever tested!

Imagine this – the circle is the fingerprint reader, and I just have to place my finger on it and BAM! the phone unlocked  itself instantly!

5. Best camera performance ever on a Nexus phone

Let’s be honest here – the Nexus 4 and 5 had horrible cameras. No matter how many updates Google pushed, the camera remains to be horrible. Google has finally listened to their customers and improved on the camera department – and it goes to show that Google is making punches to the competition.

The Nexus 6P’s camera performance scored 84 points and ranked on the third spot at DxOMark smartphone camera test ranking just behind Sony Xperia Z5 (87 points) and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (86 points).

Despite lacking out an optical image stabilizer, its 12.3 megapixels with f/2.0 and 1.55 μm pixels sensor does live up to its standard. 4K or slow-motion video recordings works perfect without a hitch!

6. Beast Mode Battery Life with Doze feature

Battery endurance has become an important criteria when we are looking for a new smartphone. Previous generations Nexus smartphones fell short on this field. But the Nexus 6P is here to rewrite the history of weak battery life for Nexus series devices.

Packed with a 3,450 mAh size battery combine with Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s Doze feature, even heavy user like me can use the Nexus 6P for a full day without looking for a charger.

With the USB Type-C charging port that supports fast charging technology on board, it’s less of a hassle for us to plug the charger or power bank to charge up our phone.

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We just name a few main reasons why we liked the Nexus 6P to be our daily driver. There are still dozens of reasons that we have yet to reveal them – there are just way too much!

 

Evolution of Nexus devices

by Kok Kee 0 Comments
Evolution of Nexus devices

I really love Android Open Source Project – or AOSP for short. It’s not really a project, it’s a name given to what is referred to as the pure Android experience. It is rumoured that the any Nexus device will have the least bugs and glitches yet receiving the quickest updates, and I have to say that’s true – and it’s coming from an owner of both the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4.

Google has foresee this 6 years ago, this is the reason why Google created the Nexus series. The Nexus series is a popular range of smartphone among tech enthusiasts and Android fans. Started as a developer smartphone in the early days of Android, the Nexus series has now evolved to consumer-centric smartphones since the introduction of the first Nexus device.

Nexus One – January 2010

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HTC was the first smartphone company that was chosen by Google to made the first Nexus smartphone, which is called Nexus One.

It was launched in 2010, where the device is running Android 2.1 Eclair OS out of the box which is powered by a single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 5 megapixels main camera. It was offered with Google Voice and Google Maps. Its design was very similar to the HTC Desire and was encased in a uni-body enclosure consisting of an aluminum frame and polycarbonate back, it is consider one of the finest smartphone during that era.

I have to say though, the Nexus One was one of the phones that made headlines after headlines during that time. And I love that trackball too. Also has a notification LED underneath it. Neat!

Nexus S – December 2010

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The second generation Nexus smartphone was manufactured under Samsung, also Samsung’s first ever Nexus phone. It was introduced as Nexus S which is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread that time. The Nexus S created history to be the first Android phone to fully support NFC. It featured organic curves and a plastic housing, along with a 4-inch screen, 5 megapixels camera, 512 MB of RAM.

Dang, I really loved the curved display when it came out.

Galaxy Nexus – December 2011

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Google continued its partnership with Samsung and launched their new Galaxy Nexus in 2011. This time, the user interface of the operating system went for a facelift with the introduction of the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which offers a darker theme compared to the previous OS. The Galaxy Nexus’s exterior design is slightly curved and it uses matte polycarbonate housing with a small glimmer to it, the Galaxy Nexus was one of the most eye catching phone with great specifications such as HD Super AMOLED screen, 2GB of RAM, dual core processor etc.

I remember that DiGi actually brought this phone to Malaysia and sold it under one of their special packages. I signed up for it as it was the cheapest high-end smartphone at that time, going for about RM1,800 if I’m not mistaken. This piece of magic right here was one of my favourite phone – especially the back cover material.

Hey – I still keep my Galaxy Nexus with me till today too. And it works fine!

Nexus 4 – November 2012

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2012, Google shifted its partnership to LG. The LG Nexus 4 stunned the mobile world with its classy looking glass back panel. Google has established a very strong connection with LG, their partnership later also seen released Nexus 5 and the latest Nexus 5X this year.

The LG Nexus 4 uses the LG Optimus G’s design language with soft-touch rubberized edge and a glass back that had a glitter effect to make it look extremely classy. Running on the Snapdragon S4 Pro together with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with attractive retail price makes it one of the most sought after Google Nexus phone of all time!

With that said – although the price is really low, it was never officially available in Malaysia. However, I remembered the time where my uncle bought this phone but he doesn’t wanna use it, and sold it to me for a really cheap price. I love this phone to bits, and I still do. The first ever quad-core powered Nexus device – and it’s still sitting on my desk right now.

Nexus 5 – October 2013

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The LG’s second Nexus smartphone, Nexus 5 was announced in late 2013 and featured a more simplified look which resulted in a device that was both simple and pragmatically elegant.

The Nexus 5 is largely known to be offering a high end specs smartphone for a knocked down price. Its 4.95-inch Full HD display and 2.26GHz quad-core processor are just a few highlights on it.

Nexus 5 is also the pioneer in using the transparent navigation and notification bar that is now standard in the latest versions of Android.

Also, I played with a Nexus 5 for an extended amount of time. I really love this phone a lot. The problem with the Nexus 5 is that I didn’t buy it, thinking that the Nexus 6 would be even better for the same price point. I really regret not buying the Nexus 5.

Nexus 6 – November 2014

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Motorola’s Nexus 6 is the first in the Nexus line to offer a big 6” Quad HD AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 805 and a 13MP OIS camera. The Nexus 6 also features water-resistant and pre-installed with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

The only controversy that sparked out on the Nexus 6 was obviously its size. 6-inch phones are a little over the top, but magically, Google and Motorola managed to pull this off and sold quite a number of Nexus 6 in the market.

Nexus 5X – September 2015

The Nexus 5X, again from LG was announced on September this year. This time, LG added a fingerprint sensor on the back and it offers an all-round camera in a Nexus device.

Preloaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Doze feature will be a life saver for heavy users.

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What I really hope – LG, please bring the Nexus 5X in the market with a price point at about RM1,100. I’ll throw my money at you. Please just make it happen!

Nexus 6P – September 2015

We have counted down to the final Nexus smartphone that was released alongside LG Nexus 5X, and this unit called Nexus 6P was made by China’s tech giant-Huawei which marks Google’s first partnership with Huawei in Nexus manufacturing.

The reason behind Google choosing Huawei as their latest partner is due to the Huawei’s recent sales success and good reception to the Honor 7 and Huawei Mate S.

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Being the flagship Nexus smartphone of this year, the Huawei Nexus 6P’s specifications are top notch in every aspect.

Starting from the display, the Nexus 6P features a 5.7 inch WQHD AMOLED screen that comes with Corning Gorllia Glass 4 protection. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 chipset with an octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 3,450 mAh size battery.

Its rear camera is a 12.3 megapixels unit with an F-stop rating of 2.0 and 1.55 μM pixels sensor which is designed to capture more light than a conventional sensor. The front shooter is a 8 megapixel 1.4 μM pixels sensor unit.

It also features dual front-ported speakers and USB Type-C port with Quick Charge technology support.

A fingerprint reader is implemented in the device which Google named it as Nexus imprint which is believed to be the fastest in the market today.

The Nexus 6P also runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system on top which is also seen on the LG Nexus 5X.

Undoubtedly the Nexus 6P is the best Google has to offer for its Nexus lineup this year. With Google on the driving seat, they can assure that the Nexus 6P to receive the fastest and most stable Operating System with the least modification of its Android OS.

The partnership between Google and Huawei bring along a halo effect that boosts the prominence of the brands that build them, in a growing smart phone and Android market across the world.

Huawei’s world-renowned hardware expertise in the mobile device market to create a product that perfectly meets the needs and desires of today’s loyal Nexus users.

By looking at Huawei’s performance in the last few years which saw a steady growth in the market. Available in over 170 countries globally, Huawei is already known to be the best Chinese smartphone company in China and the third largest smartphone manufacturer worldwide.

The Huawei brand is well received among smartphone users, the flagship Huawei Mate 7 was sold over 7 million units, has proven the expertise and innovation DNA of the company.

Tapping into Huawei’s expertise allows Google to produce an ideal software-hardware integration. Huawei’s knowledge of design and technical prowess also comes to Google’s advantage.

We firmly believed that Google will carry forward this partnership with Huawei to release more Nexus smartphones and tablets in the future.