Leak indicates that Google's 2016 Nexus phones will come with a bunch of exclusive software features

Leak indicates that Google's 2016 Nexus phones will come with a bunch of exclusive software features
According to a new report from Android Police, Google’s 2016 Nexus smartphones will integrate a number of exclusive software features. Allegedly, this includes a display mode that filters blue light, a new dual tab layout for the settings menu, as well as the ability to activate the ambient display feature by double-tapping the handset’s display.

Before getting to the details, we'd like to point out that this is all unconfirmed, unofficial information. As such, make sure to digest it with a healthy dose of salt.

Night Light, a blue light filter


Starting off with the Night Light feature, the information that we have on this alleged upcoming blue light filter is a bit contradictory. Initially, the first Android N developer preview came with a blue light filter feature called the Night Mode. However, the feature was soon removed from subsequent Android N Preview versions due to performance issues.

As per the new leak, the Google’s 2016 Nexus phones will bring back the feature as the 'Night Light' mode. The alleged leak shows that users will be able to customize the blue light filter to kick in during predefined hours. At this point, it’s unclear if Night Light will be limited to the upcoming Nexus phones, but we’re certainly hoping for it to be baked right in Android 7.0 Nougat. Check out the allegedly leaked screenshots below:


Double-tap to activate the ambient display


Moving on, the 2016 Nexus phones will allegedly allow users to activate the ambient display feature double-tapping the screen. This feature would let users glance at the notifications without waking up the device. Below, an alleged leaked animation from the 2016 Google Nexus handsets indicates that the same functionality can be achieved by picking the phone up, a feature that’s coming to all Android 7.0 Nougat devices.


Dual-tab settings app layout


Previous rumors have suggested that Google’s upcoming Nexus devices will come with a live support feature. Allegedly, the Google Support app will enable live screen sharing with the Android maker’s support representatives. This new leak claims to reveal the new dual-tab layout of the settings app: one tab will display the usual setting options, while the second tab will probably be a quick way to get in touch with Google’s support team. 

Speaking with Recode a few months back, Google SEO Sundar Pichai said that upcoming Google Nexus devices will integrate software features that are not available in stock Android. All previous Google Nexus devices come with a rather run-of-the-mill Android implementation, but it looks like Google is about to break this pattern later in the year in an attempt to differentiate its Nexus phones from the competition.

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28 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Hopefully not a downgraded 5.5" screen. They'd be crazy. If no one's crying about Samsung's 5.7" screen then they shouldn't do the same for the nexus screen either

4. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

What are you talking about a downgraded 5.5" display?

7. NoAllegiance unregistered

He means making the phablet smaller, Nexus 6 was 6", then 6P came along with a 5.7",now the Marlin is 5.5".

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

5.7" is the perfect sized screen for most people I don't see why they had to shrink it down further. Good thing I wasn't considering buying a new phone this year

13. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"5.7" is the perfect sized screen for most people" I assume you have stats to corroborate that statement, because I have yet to see anyone state that as fact before.

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'm talking about large smartphones. Can't find stats that separate 5.5" to 5.7" choices, but obviously if the Samsung continues making 5.7" devices then there should be no problem with 5.7" nexus devices..unless it has anything to do with bezels -'which aren't that big on the 6p

26. fyah_king unregistered

Well, the Note 7 is actually 5.66in.:)

24. Nopers unregistered

Because the 6P had huge bezels.

22. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I am already pre ordered for a Note 7 because of an alledge 5.5" Nexus phone that's considered a down grade to me as well. If they come strong I get that too, but if not I stay Note 7 all the way. I prefer a phone the size of my Nexus 6 O.G..

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Please come to the 2015 Nexuses, please, please, please

3. Kumar123 unregistered

This phone will be android phone of the year.

5. Takeharu

Posts: 288; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I might sell my HTC 10 for this year's Nexus!

14. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Why sell htc to buy htc ?

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Because the 10 is purely HTC but the Nexus phones will be Google in partnership with HTC, that's a huge difference because Google is responsible for almost everything, design, development, marketing and obviously software. HTC is just the manufacture and may have some input in development. You never wondered why the Nexus phones are called Google Nexus by whatever OEM is manufacturing it that year, Google Nexus 5X by LG for example.

20. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I agree with design, dev, software (part of design and dev) but I don't think Google marketing (or any specific company's marketing) is a reason to buy a phone.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nether do I lol, I was just listing the things that Google is in charge of when it comes to the Nexus brand.

6. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Double tapping > waving? I'm not sure.

8. lmao2016

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

5.1-5.2 premium please I love my s7 but I'm missing the Nexus life

12. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Except for screen resolution the two Nexuses should be the same. That's what Android Police is reporting.

19. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

And the battery. Sailfish is rumored to have a 2770mAh battery (boooo!) with Marlin sporting a 3450mAh battery.

10. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

"Exclusive features", right... Just like how other Android OEM already have those exclusive features.. M

11. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Why Nexus phone doesn't have FM radio

16. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Great so now Google is adding to the Fragmentation? Why are they doing it, just add those features to stock Android, you bloody make the the OS!! Who Cares if it doesn't scale or work with other Oems, we all know like 90 percent of Android Oem phones don't get the newest Android.

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1844; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Looking forward to it...I'll wait to pass judgement after it's released...

23. chenski

Posts: 779; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

But all this will come to other nexi as well via nougat

25. peacetoallfellas

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

just launch this masterpiece already my wallet is ready

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