Google took the wraps of three new Nexus devices. Those devices include: the Motorola Nexus 6, the HTC Nexus 9 and the Asus Nexus Player.
The Nexus 6 is made by Google and Motorola. The phone has a 6-inch (5.96″ to be exact) Quad HD AMOLED display (with a resolution of 1440×2560 at 493 ppi). It also includes a 13 megapixel camera on the back which has OIS (optical image stabilization) and can record 4K video at 30fps and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The front of the device also features dual front-facing stereo speakers.
It is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (essentially a Quad Core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz) alongside a Adreno 420 GPU. It has a massive 3220 mAh to power it. It has support for wireless charging out of the box. The Nexus 6 comes with a Turbo Charger, which can give you up to 6 hours of use by charging it for 15 minutes. On a full battery charge, the Nexus 6 can give you 24 hours of use. It has Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) WiFi support. It will come in 32GB & 64GB and the colour options are Midnight Blue & Cloud White.
The Motorola Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order later in October and in stores in November. The starting price is $749 in Canada ($649 in the US).
The Nexus 9 is being built in partnership with HTC. It has brushed metal sides and a 8.9-inch QXGA display (with a resolution of 2048×1536 giving it a 4:3 aspect ratio). The Nexus 9 has a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.6 megapixel front camera. The front of the tablet features dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound.
It is being powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 Dual Denver Processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz. This is alongside a 192-core Kepler GPU. It also features a 6700 mAh battery. It has 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), NFC and Bluetooth 4.1 support.
A keyboard case for the Nexus 9 will be sold separately and will cost $129 (at least in the US). No Canadian pricing was announced for the Nexus 9 but it start at $399 in the U.S. and pre-orders start October 17th and be available on Google Play and in-stores on November 3rd. There will be a Wi-Fi version and a Wi-Fi & LTE version (coming in late November). The Nexus 9 will come in Indigo Black, Lunar White and Sand and in 16GB or 32GB.
The Nexus Player will be the first device running Android TV. It is being built in collaboration with Asus. It will have support for Google Cast and you can stream movies, music and videos. It has support to play Android games and you can play them on your HDTV by using the gamepad and then you can keep playing on your phone while on the road. The Nexus Player remote has support for voice controls.
The Nexus Player is being powered by a 1.8 GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom processor. It has 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) Wi-Fi support. It will cost $99 and be available for pre-order on October 17th alongside the Nexus 9 then be released on November 3rd.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google also gave its latest version of Android, 5.0 . It wasn’t Lemon Meringue Pie, Licorice, Lemon Drop, Ladoo, LifeSaver, Lava Cake or even Lady Finger. The official dessert themed name is Lollipop.
Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a slew of new features and an overall new design look, which Google called Material Design. The design of Android hasn’t overhauled this much since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which was back in 2011.
Android 5.0 Lollipop will be shipping with the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player and within the next few weeks it will arrive on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 and Google Play Edition devices.
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