Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel C Unveiled, Xperia Z5 Has the Best Camera?? Chainfire’s Leaving SuperSU!

Nexus 5X, 6P and Pixel C Unveiled, Xperia Z5 Has the Best Camera?? Chainfire’s Leaving SuperSU!

It’s Friday, October 2, 2015, and let’s talk about what happened this week over at XDA-developers.com.

The biggest news this week, of course, was Nexus day! Google held a press event, where they unveiled 2 new Nexus phones, the 5X, starting at $379, and the 6P, starting at $499. For more info on all the specs and everything, check out the portal article, but apparently the camera quality in these are going to be pretty amazing, coming in just after the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ in DxOMark’s quality test. There are lots of information in the portal post, and the Nexus team also did an AMA on Reddit, so there’s an article compiling some of the key questions and answers from that as well.

Google also unveiled the Pixel C, a 10.2 inch tablet with an interesting magnetically attached keyboard option. It’s not available quite yet, but I think it’s going to be $499 for the tablet when it releases, and it should have the Nvidia Tegra X1 chip in it, which is awesome. Speaking of which, a new forum for the Pixel C has been added in case you’re curious.

LG made some interesting announcements this week, including a new phone, the V10, which comes with 2 front facing cameras and… 2 displays. You’ve got the main display, then a tiny display above it for quick launching apps, some extra camera controls, and other contextual things, and you can use either one or both of the front facing 5 megapixel cameras to get a wider shot. I saw a video out there about the V10, and it looks like an absolutely amazing device. And, of course, new forums are available for the V10 on XDA. LG also announced an updated LG Watch Urbane, which is the first Android Wear device to come with cellular connectivity.

And actually, going back to the DxOMark thing we were talking about earlier… their whole scale has just been tipped on its side this week. In addition to the Nexus 6P pushing the LG G4 down, the Sony Xperia Z5 was reviewed, and found itself at the top of the list, pushing everything else down. So if you can get your hands on any of the Xperia Z5 devices, since I think they all have the same camera hardware, it might be worth a shot. I’ve never actually gotten hands-on with a Sony device for more than 2-3 minutes at a conference, so I’d love the opportunity to take a look at the Z5 if it’s ever available here in the states.

Blackberry finally came out this week and announced their plans for an Android device, which they’re calling the “Priv”. There’s a video out there somewhere of the Blackberry CEO actually using the device and having a bit of a hard time with it, which you might want to watch if you need a bit of a chuckle. Either way, the Priv looks like an interesting device, and it comes with a slide-out keyboard, and I know a LOT of people have been demanding that for a while now.

Nvidia officially launched their GRID gaming platform this week, which they’re now calling GeForce Now. Not sure I’m a huge fan of the name, but either way it’s going to be $7.99 a month and stream games at up to 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second. There are currently only about 60 games available. 

In the time I spent with it while it was called “GRID”, I was really impressed with how well it worked.

HTC made an announcement over on Twitter this week showing 12 of their devices that will be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including 2, the M8 and M9, that should be receiving it before the end of 2015.

Motorola rolled out the kernel source code for the Moto X Play to their Github, so if you’d like to…. Play around with it, head on over there.

In a bit of a shocking turn of events that, frankly, probably should have been the start of this video, Chainfire announced this week that he’s turning over control of his SuperSU project to a new company, Coding Code Mobile Technology, LLC. He’s going to be sticking around to help out for the next two years, but this will hopefully give Chainfire a bit of a much-needed break, and the opportunity to move on to new and exciting things, so I, for one, wish him the best.

Yet another Stagefright vulnerability has been uncovered by Zimperium, affecting devices running up to Android 5.1.1. This time it has to do with the way Android reads metadata from MP3 and MP4 files, meaning it’s not just an issue through MMS, but potentially through the web browser or any other way you’d put those types of files on your device. Google is supposed to start rolling out patches for this starting on October 5th, so… just be careful.

XDA Member Naphtha put out a guide showing you how to flash Ubuntu Touch onto the Meizu MX4, so if you’re curious, that’s now an option. And XDA Member CN_Victor posted an unofficial build of CM 12.1 for the MX4, if you’re looking for something else to do with it. Be aware that the build originally came from a Chinese forum, not from XDA, so just be cautious.

XDA Forum Moderator Heisenberg put out a guide showing you the steps to unlock, root, and flash the Nexus 6P. Pretty standard fare, but if you’re new to Nexus devices, it’ll definitely be helpful.

XDA Senior Member ajsmsg78 put out a guide showing you how to unlock and root the Huawei Mediapad X2, but keep in mind you’ll have to contact Huawei to get an unlock code first.

Also this week, forums for the HTC Butterfly 3 were created.

And 2 other videos were posted to XDA TV. Rirozizo showed how to enable 1080p 60 frames per second video recording on the LG G4, then the second episode of the XDA / Android Podcast went up.

But you know what? That’s going to be about all from me for today. You can find the links to all the stories I talked about in the video description, as well as the links to my YouTube channels. Make sure to stay tuned for more exciting content coming out soon, give us a “Thumbs up” down below if you liked this video and subscribe to receive our content as soon as it becomes available. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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As the resident token curmudgeon Senior Moderator of the XDA Forums, get off his lawn. Member of XDA since the Windows Mobile days Jimmy McGee heads up the YouTube channel for XDA dubbed XDA TV. Technology Geek by trade and security analyst by training, he has a lot to say about things found on the internet, some of which can be safely ignored.