Google’s Pixel smartphones have stolen the spotlight throughout the past couple of weeks or so, but that’s not to say that the company’s previous Nexus smartphones are forgotten, even though the lineup has been discontinued in favor of Google’s new hardware designed in-house. With that in mind, a parody ad has been making the rounds lately, depicting the 2-year old Google Nexus 6 in the same manner as Google has presented its new Pixel smartphones roughly two weeks ago.
The parody ad was uploaded to YouTube by user Superior Sandbox, and as mentioned in the previous paragraph the video is created as a parody of Google’s new ads for the Pixel smartphones. But instead of highlighting the fact that the smartphone is very “new”, the spoof ad reminds viewers that the Nexus 6 is, in fact, 2-years old. How old exactly? Old enough to have been the first smartphone running Android 5 Lollipop with Material Design, and old enough to be equipped with a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack *cough*. However, despite its age, the Nexus 6 is still a great smartphone and the parody ad does mention of a few features that seem to place the device above the new Pixel smartphones, specifically the dual-front-facing speaker setup and the handset’s wireless charging capabilities. Either way, regardless of how the Nexus 6 compares to the Pixel & Pixel XL, the spoof ad’s creator reveals towards the end of the clip that “the sole purpose of this video is to make fun of the fact that the Nexus 6 is not supported by Google as of Oct. 2016”.
The Nexus 6 is indeed no longer supported by Google, meaning that the smartphone is no longer guaranteed to receive fresh software updates going forward. Still, although the handset was released running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, it can now be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. As far as specifications are concerned, the Nexus 6 was built by Motorola and it remains in the history books as Google’s largest smartphone, boasting a 6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of ~493. While the Nexus 6 draws power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 System-on-Chip featuring a quad-core processor based on Krait 450 cores, and despite its 2-year anniversary, the Nexus 6 is still a fairly powerful smartphone sitting comfortably in the higher-end market segment, at least for the time being.