One of the most surprising things about the new Nexus smartphones was the fact that Google decided to add seemingly random letters to the end of their new device’s names, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. However, in a Reddit AMA today with Android lead Hiroshi Lockheimer, it was revealed that the “X” in the Nexus 5X comes from the “X” in “NeXus”, whereas the “P” in Nexus 6P means “premium”. This all makes a lot of sense given what the devices are like, but they’re still kind of random and there’s not really a clear direction for them to go in next year.
HL> X for the core of the Nexus brand (plus it sounds cool!), P for premium.
It smacks vaguely of Apple adding “S” (or “C”) to the end of iPhone for relatively arbitrary reasons, but Google probably have their own grand plan. All I’m hoping is that next year Google announces a new Nexus 7 called the “Nexus 7S”, which should tick off Apple pretty badly – it doesn’t even matter what the “S” stands for.
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