As anticipated, Google announced a new line of Nexus devices – the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player – as well as unveiled the official name of Android 5.0 today. The Android L Developer Preview is officially called Lollipop, in keeping with Google’s convention of naming their Android OS updates after sweets.
The Nexus 6, from Motorola, sports a larger 5.96-inch Quad HD screen, 13 megapixel camera, and a contoured aluminum frame. The phone also features dual front-facing speakers and a Turbo Charger which Google claims will allow users to get 6 hours of use out of the device with only 15 minutes of charge time on the 3220 mAh battery. Under the hood, the Nexus 6 is powered by the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 805 – Quad Core 2.7 GHz CPU, Adreno 420 GPU, and comes with either 32GB or 64GB of memory. The phone will be available for pre-order starting from $649 in late October and is expected in stores in November.
Next up is the HTC Nexus 9, an 8.9″ tablet with brushed metal sides. The larger tablet features a 6700 mAh battery, 8MP rear and 1.6MP front cameras, and will have a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor running at 2.3 GHz as well as HTC BoomSound™ speakers. The Nexus 9 will be available in 32 or 64GB configurations and comes in black, white, or tan. Unlike previous Nexus tablet offerings, a magnetic keyboard folio will be available for the Nexus 9 which should enhance workplace allure for the device. The tablet will be available for pre-order starting October 17th and is expected in stores on November 3rd.
Perhaps a bit of a surprise is the announcement of the Nexus Player – a disc like device that runs Android TV for streaming movies, music, and other videos that was built in collaboration with Asus. Android games will also be playable on your HDTV with the optional Gamepad (sold separately). The Nexus Player is also “Google Cast Ready” which means you will be able to cast to your TV through the player from a variety of sources including Chromebooks, Android devices, and iOS devices. As with the Nexus 9, the Nexus Player will be available for pre-order starting October 17th and in stores starting November 3rd.
It also looks like the Nexus 5 might be around to stay as it has it’s own page on the redesigned Nexus website and will be updated to Android 5.0.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
All the new devices will come running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices will be receiving the updated operating system in the coming weeks. Lollipop is a big update for Android and has many new features. Not only will Android 5.0 feature a design overhaul with what Google is calling Material Design, but it will work better across all your devices from tablets to phones and smartwatches. A new battery saver mode, more ways to secure your device including the ability to create a guest account or utilize Android Smart Lock, automatic device encryption, and more are just a few of these features to help you work smarter, play longer, and have more secure data. Look for a future post on TECHAERIS discussing the new features of Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.
While you’re waiting (im)patiently to place your pre-orders, why not check out the latest videos for the new Nexus line from Google.
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