Google has finally announced its upcoming Nexus 6 smartphone and a Nexus 9 tablet, but one new device was a surprise—the Nexus Player, an Android-based streaming media and gaming device that will hook up to an HDTV as a home entertainment platform.
The three devices, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, which has been awaited since the release of its predecessor the Nexus 5 one year ago, were unveiled by Google on Oct. 15 in a post on the Google Official Blog.
Also making news is that all three devices will include Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google's open-source Android operating system, which runs its devices. Lollipop includes more than 5,000 new APIs for developers and will also be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks, according to Google.
The Nexus 6 smartphone was developed with Motorola and includes a contoured aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC CPU, a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and dual LED ring flash, a 2MP front camera, dual front-facing stereo speakers and a Turbo Charger that provides up to 6 hours of use after only 15 minutes of charging. The phone is available in Midnight Blue or Cloud White with 32GB or 64GB of memory and features 3,220-mAh batteries. Pricing will start at $649.
The new Nexus 9 tablet is built in partnership with HTC, according to Google, and includes brushed metal sides and an 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen with Gorilla Glass 3. The Nexus 9 also includes a 64-bit, 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU, 2GB of RAM, front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.6MP front camera and a 6,700-mAh battery. The tablet is available in Indigo Black, Lunar White or Sand. Also available is an optional magnetically attached keyboard and cover that allows users to type at different angles. Pricing for the Nexus 9 will start at $399, while the optional keyboard is priced at $129. An LTE 4G version will also be available.
Most intriguing of all of Google's announcements may be the Nexus Player, which is the company's first Android TV device. Built in collaboration with Asus, the Nexus Player is a streaming media player for movies, music and videos that's also the first Android gaming device from Google.