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Google sees longer partnership with LG in Nexus smartphones


Google, creator of the world’s most-used mobile operating system Android, expressed confidence in its long-term partnership with LG Electronics in Nexus smartphones, Wednesday.
This hinted that the two companies, which have already collaborated twice before for the Nexus 4 and 5, can work together again for the Google reference smartphones.

“We really like working with the LG team,” Google’s Android Engineering Vice President Dave Burke said in a video press conference at the company’s office in Seoul, Wednesday. “I think LG and Google look at the market the same way, so we are very good partners.”

Praising the advanced technology of LG Electronics, the Google executive said engineers of the two companies have built good chemistry during the three joint projects they have worked on so far.

“Our engineers are almost fans of LG engineers, so it is a very good team dynamics,” he said.

On Sept. 29, Google unveiled its new reference smartphones Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Besides LG Electronics, the U.S. technology giant has worked with Huawei to manufacture the 6P, which has higher hardware specification, as well as a higher price, than the 5X.

Burke stressed improved camera capability is one of the biggest features of the new Nexus handsets.

Both the 5X and the 6P have a 12.3-megapixel, F/2.0 aperture rear camera module produced by LG Innotek, an affiliate of LG Electronics. It works with a 1.55-micrometer-pixel imaging sensor made by Sony. This sensor has been developed and used for video recorders before and has been adopted for a smartphone for the first time in the 5X and 6P.

“LG Innotek has tapped into its leading smaratphone camera manufacturing capability to build the new module that is compatible with the larger imaging sensor,” LG Electronics Nexus 5X Task Force Vice President Yeo In-kwan said. “Thanks to the improved camera, users can take brighter and clearer pictures even in low light such as indoors or at nighttime.”

Google also adopted fingerprint recognition sensors for the new handsets for the first time in the series.

“The improved sensor recognizes the user’s fingerprint within 600 milliseconds. This is faster than those used by Samsung Electronics and Apple,” Huawei Korea Device Group Director Kim Hyun-ki said. “We have engineered the sensor to have a dramatically lower false recognition rate and optimize the usability through an open application program interface.”

Google said the new handsets have what it calls the “Android Sensor Hub” that enables various sensors in the smartphones to work with minimum energy consumption. They are also the first Android smartphones to have Google’s latest Marshmallow operating system, the company said.



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