Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player.
The Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has released yet, with a 5.9-inch screen making it a larger phablet than either the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3. A 2.7 HZ Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and choose between 32 or 64GB storage make the Nexus 6 a top device for enjoying media and games on the go. Built by Motorola, it looks like a super-sized Moto X (2014) with front-facing speakers and a metal flash ring surrounding the 13-megapixel rear camera and a dimpled Motorola logo on the back.
Amazingly, Google has said the new Turbo Charger for the Nexus 6 will give the phone up to six hours of use from just a 15 minute charge.
Larger than the Nexus 7, smaller than the Nexus 10, the new Nexus 9 tablet looks set to rival the new iPad Air 2, with a similar 8.9-inch display. Powered by a mighty NVIDA Tegra K1 processor, the Nexus 9 will be able to exploit Android Lollipop’s 64-bit architecture support. The tablet also has an IPS LCD display and long-lasting 6,700 mAh battery, a 8MP rear camera, and 1.6MP front-facing camera.
Google’s partnership on the tablet with HTC is reflected in the brushed metal back and the BoomSound speakers. As an interesting addition, you will also buy able to be a separate keyboard for the Nexus 9 that magnetically attaches, Surface-style. Rather disappointingly compared to the Nexus 6’s gigantic storage, the Nexus 9 is limited to the conventional 16 or 32GB memory.
The surprise addition to the Nexus range was the puck-shaped Nexus Player. The first device running the Android TV operating system announced in June, the Nexus Player allows you to enjoy on-demand music, film and TV as well as Android apps and games. The Player comes with a voice-activated remote (similar to the Amazon Fire TV), while a gamepad for playing Android games on your TV is sold separately.
The Nexus Player will also be able to cast content from almost any Chromebook or Android (or even iOS) mobile device to your TV. This could signal the death of the Chromecast, but at $99 the Nexus Player costs three times as much as Google’s budget streaming stick.
Google have said the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for pre-order on October 17 and in stores starting November 3. Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November—with options for an unlocked version though Play store or installment plans through select carriers.