Nexus Family Keeps Getting Bigger With The Addition Of Nexus 6, Nexus 9 And An Android TV Player
Months ago, there was news that Google was going to kill Nexus line and re-brand it to Android Silver. But then we started hearing about the next Nexus phone, which was dubbed as “Shamu,” and it was a sign of relief for Nexus lovers. This week Google revealed three new additions to the family which are Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Android TV player.
Let’s start with the Nexus 6. It is made by Motorola, and you have probably heard about the powerful specs and a big, elegant QHD display it offers. The phone is Google’s entry in phablet category, which includes the devices that are hybrid of smartphones and tablets. These are getting popular among consumers especially those in Asian countries, who have begun to consider such devices as a replacement to laptops.
The 32GB version of Nexus 6 will cost $649 unlocked, while the 64GB version will cost $699.It will be available for preorder on October 29 and you can get your hands on this beautiful device in November. It will also be available through carriers like Sprint, US Cellular, AT&T and T-Mobile.
Nexus 9 is a huge tablet, made by Taiwanese hardware maker HTC, with 8.9-inch IPS display. It is powered by 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1, has 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 6700mAh battery. It will be available for preorder on October 17, and come to stores on November 3. The 16GB version of the Nexus 9 will cost $399 while the 32GB version will cost $479. It will also be available with LTE and 32GB of storage and will cost $599.
Google has been directly competing with Apple in tablet category by offering affordable Nexus tablets. For example, $229-Nexus-7 made by Asus offered an affordable alternative to Apple’s $299 iPad Mini. Similarly, the new Nexus 9 will be an affordable yet a powerful alternative to $499 iPad Air. However, it is not cheaper than iPad Mini.
Nexus Player is a “first-of-its-kind” Android gaming and TV-player device, which is made by Asus. Being aware of the fact that most downloaded apps in Android are games, Google looks to provide consumers means for taking mobile gaming experience to a whole new level.
You can start a game on your TV, and pause it, and continue it from your Android phone or tablet. This feature is much like Handoff offered in iOS 8. Nexus Player also supports Google Cast, so you can send entertainment from Chromebook, Android or iOS device to Player.
The Nexus Player will be following the dates as mentioned above for Nexus 9 — preorder from October 17, and in stores on November 3. Nexus Player and remote control will cost $99 with an optional controller for $40.
With these devices and Android Lollipop, Google looks to make its operating system more consistent. For those who don’t know, these devices will run stock Android, continuing the legacy of Nexus devices.
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