Google Unveils New Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet, Nexus Player

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-10-16 Print this article Print

The Nexus Player will allow users to play Android games on an HDTV using a gamepad and then continue to play the same games on their Android phone when they are away from home, according to Google. The Nexus Player will also allow users to broadcast entertainment from a Chromebook or an Android or iOS phone or tablet to an HDTV, just like a Chromecast device, according to Google.

Preorders for Nexus 6 smartphone will be available in late October, with the phone available in stores sometime in November. The Nexus 6 will be available with monthly contracts through carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon. Unlocked versions will be available through Google's Play store.

The Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player will be available for preorder starting Oct. 17, while the Nexus 9 will be in stores starting Nov. 3.

The new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS gives users new capabilities, according to Google, including content that responds to touch and voice more intuitively. Lollipop also gives users more control over their devices by allowing them to adjust their settings so that only certain people and notifications can get through—sort of a call screening system for a smartphone.  In addition, Lollipop has received a consistent design across devices, which Google calls Material Design.

Also included in Lollipop is a new battery-saver feature that extends the battery life of devices by up to 90 minutes, giving you extended power when you need it, according to Google. Multiple user accounts are also now available, as well as guest user modes on devices so that users can keep their personal information and preferences private. Plus, users can now secure their Android devices with PINs, passwords, patterns or even by pairing a phone to a trusted device like a smartwatch or car using Smart Lock.

The arrival of the Nexus 6 smartphone has been the subject of rumors for some time, according to an earlier eWEEK report. When Google introduced the now-graying Nexus 5 last October, the company was calling it the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. It had a 5-inch full-HD display, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiFi connectivity, a camera lens with image-stabilization technology and a new HDR+ mode that takes photos in quick bursts. And it ran on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Unlocked, the phone was priced at $349.

Two big upgrades in the upcoming Nexus 6 compared with its predecessor are the all-new front-facing speakers and its larger 3,220-mAh battery for more talk and standby time.


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