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October 15, 2014

Google Nexus 6 – Nexus 9 and Android 5 unveiled today

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Google has unveiled a host of new devices all running its new Android 5.0 operating system. Initially teased under the name Android L, the preview version has now matured to become Lollipop, a name only now made public today. Google has teamed up with Motorola and HTC to launch two new devices – the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet respectively. Here’s all the Google news you need to know right now. Starting with the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google puts the importance of Android 5.0 best when it calls the new version its “largest and most ambitious release” yet. Previewed during Google I/O earlier in 2014, we’ve already got a good idea of the main features hidden inside Android 5.0. Expect more control over the way you interact with your phone, from notifications to privacy settings, plus closer integration with other Google products. A battery saver mode is one of the most welcome new features, and much like Samsung and LG’s similar systems, it should give up to 90 minutes.

Google engineering chief, Hiroshi Lockheimer said:

“If you think about it most people only carry one device. The one device that they carry [should] work for various scenarios in their life -obviously for personal use, but also if they want to use it for corporate purposes.
We wanted to make sure that Lollipop is designed in such way that corporations are happy to endorse it. he also added that making encryption of stored data the default setting would increase security.
And a new facility allowing Android to be put in “do not disturb” mode for a pre-determined period of time should minimise the risk of missing important calls or notifications after a meeting was over because the user forgot to switch off the setting.”

While the features have been discussed, it’s the new Material Design visual upgrade we’re most looking forward to seeing. In addition to a cleaner, more minimal look, Material Design is supposed to make your phone, tablet, or any Android device more intuitive and logical to use.

Google said on its web blog that it will introduce Android 5.0 on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but we know that it will  arrive on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 in the near future. Google Play Editions will surely follow, along with most other modern Android devices.

Motorola Nexus 6

Google has worked with Motorola to develop the latest Nexus smartphone. It’s called the Nexus 6, and is based on the recently released, 2014 version of the Moto X. It has the same curvy aluminum chassis and body shell, and even the Motorola logo inside a cute little dimple. The screen measures 5.96-inches, and boasts a massive 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, matching the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. On the rear is a 13-megapixel camera with an unusual ring-shaped, dual LED flash, and a 2.-megapixel camera sits above the screen.

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The Nexus 6 will come in Midnight Blue and Cloud White, will go up as a pre-order on October 29 in the US for $650, in either 32GB or 64GB configurations. It’ll be in stores during November.

No word yet for UK or European release date or prices

OS Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
Screen 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)

16:9 aspect ratio

Gorilla Glass 3

Rear Camera 13 MP with optical image stabilisation

Dual LED ring flash

f/2.0 aperture

4K video capture at 30fps

Front Camera 2 MP

HD Video Conferencing

Size 82.98 mm x 159.26 mm x 10.06 mm
Weight 184 g
Color Midnight Blue, Cloud White
Channels, North America GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

CDMA Band Class: 0/1/10

WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/8

LTE Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41

CA DL Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29

Channels, Rest of World GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

CDMA: not supported

WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19

LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41

CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8

Audio Output Dual front-facing speakers
CPU Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7 GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
GPU Adreno 420
Wireless 802.11ac 2 x 2 (MIMO)

Bluetooth 4.1

NFC

Memory 32 GB & 64 GB
Ports Micro USB 2.0, Nano SIM, 3.5 mm audio
Sensors GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
Battery 3220 mAh

Standby time (Ambient Display on ) up to 250 hours

Standby time (Ambient Display off) up to 330 hours

Internet use time (Wi-Fi) up to 9.5 hours

Internet use time (LTE) up to 10 hours

Talk time up to 24 hours

Video playback up to 10 hours

HTC Nexus 9

The Nexus 9 has been built with HTC, marking the firm’s long-awaited return to the tablet market. it even the HTC logo on the back. Equipped with an 8.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel screen, Google’s going to take on the Surface Pro with a Keyboard Folio accessory, which will use NFC to pair with the tablet to turn it into a mini laptop. There’s even a separate battery inside.

nexus-9-fan-2-970x646-c HTC has used Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor inside the Nexus 9, making it the first 64-bit Nexus product. It’s accompanied by 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.6-megapixel front camera, plus a choice of either 16GB or 32GB internal storage space.

Pre-orders for the Nexus 9 start on October 17, and the release should be on November 3, but the price for the tablet and the keyboard accessory have still to be confirmed.

Nexus 9 Specs

CPU/GPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1
Display HTC display with 4:3″ viewing ratio – large enough to master any task, yet small enough to hold comfortably in one hand. 2K screen (2048×1536) resolution delivering sharp detail and vibrant colors when viewing photos, browsing the web or watching videos
RAM 4GB
Memory 16/32GB storage
Battery non-removable li-po 6700 mAh
Camera Front (1.6MP) and rear (8MP) cameras
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
OS Android 5.0
Dimensions and Weight 226.3 x 151.9 x 7.9 mm, 418 grams

Nexus Player

Google also revealed a set-top box running Android TV called the Nexus Player. We will add details about this device soon.

No word yet for UK or European release date or prices

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini