Google Unveils The Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and Android 5.0 Lollipop
Today, Google announced its new Nexus lineup, which includes the all-new Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. The company also released a name for their latest mobile operating system version, called Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Android 5.0 Lollipop was first previewed at Google I/O back in June. Google's latest mobile operating system has a consistent design across all devices, called Material Design. Notifications have also been improved in Lollipop, with specific notification filtering and the ability to view and act upon notifications from the lockscreen.
Lollipop has a new battery saver feature which Google says will extend the battery life of your device by up to 90 minutes. There is also the option to enable multiple users and a guest mode, which allows you to keep your personal information safe.
Android 5.0 Lollipop will roll out to all of Google's new Nexus devices as well as the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10.
The first device announced today by Google is the Nexus 6, which was manufactured by Motorola. The company's new flagship smartphone comes with a 5.96-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 (493ppi), a 13 megapixel camera, dual front-facing speakers, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 quad-core CPU running at 2.7GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, a 3220mAh battery, and your choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage.
The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order starting in late October and will ship sometime in November. The new device will of course be running Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Google has yet to announce an official price, however, The Verge reports that it will cost $649 off-contract which seems strange for a Nexus device.
The second device announced by Google is the HTC-made Nexus 9. The new tablet comes with an 8.9-inch display, a 6700mAh battery, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, NVIDIA's 64-bit Tegra K1 processor running at 2.3GHz, and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage.
The company has also designed a few accessories for the device, including a folio keyboard that magnetically attaches to the tablet and fold into two different angles. Google is claiming that 8.9-inches is the perfect size for a tablet because it is easy enough to hold in one hand but big enough to work on. The new device will also ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order starting on Friday, October 17 and will be in stores starting November 3rd. Google has not yet released an official starting price for the device, however, rumours point to a $399 starting price.
The last device announced by Google is their own Android TV set-top box, called the Nexus Player. The company's first Android TV box was made in collaboration with Asus and allows users to stream movies, music, and play games on their TV.
The Android TV device us Google Cast Ready, which means you can cast your favourite media from your Android or iOS device, Chromebook, or Google Chrome browser on to your TV. The device will ship with the remote (with voice control features), however, the game controller will be extra. The company has not announced the price of the game controller, but it will probably cost around $40-50.
The Nexus Player will be available for pre-order starting on Friday, October 17 and will be available in stores on November 3rd. Although Google has not released any official prices, rumours point to a $99 starting price.