Google expands Nexus family and presents Android Lollipop
Compared to other companies, the Mountain View giant prefer to make their hardware presentations while maintaining a much lower profile. Perhaps the idea is that the devices “make noise” on their own, but the point is that in a single entry from its official blog, Google introduced three products: The phablet Nexus 6 , the tablet Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player for connected to the TV accompanied by Android 5.0 Lollipop formerly known as Android L .
Again, the competition between mobile devices is gaining temperature. We know well the sales achieved by the latest generation iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 should hit stores tomorrow.Still, someone’s missing in this dance and it is Google . We are a few days away that it is one year since the launch of Nexus 5 and in the case of tablets the delay was even longer, because the second generation of the Nexus 7 was released in July last year and apparently there will be no “refresh” of the Nexus 10. Indeed, circulated several months ago that Google was isolated to complete its Nexus initiative to end the adventure with hardware rumors. Thankfully, those rumors proved to be completely false. One fact does not change is that increasing build of Android needs to be accompanied by devices capable of displaying all their virtues. This time, hardware options are threefold.
First on the list is the Nexus 6 . No, I’m afraid that Rutger Hauer was not involved in the presentation(it had been something simply extraordinary), but just as Roy Batty was more intelligent and cunning than their “brothers” replicators, The Google Nexus 6 is different from the rest of the family. Why?Because it is the first product under the Nexus phablet category . Making Nexus 6 was provided by Motorola and shares several elements with the second version of Moto X . It uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.7 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 5.96-inch screen effective (6 inches in the ad ),13 megapixel main camera with optical stabilization, two-megapixel front camera and choice of 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. The Nexus 6 will be available in November and its price without contract is $ 649 (32 GB).
The Nexus 9 also bears some surprises. Again, Google decided to switch to the new tablet manufacturer, partnering with HTC. The screen is 8.9 inches and has 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 8 camera / 1.6 megapixel and surprise: A SoC K1 NVIDIA Tegra dual-core 64-bit 2.3 GHz with a Kepler GPU. The Nexus 9 will be available on November 3 and will be priced from $ 399 in the 16 GB version. The combo ends with the introduction of the Nexus Player. Google has had some hiccups when combine their services with the TV, but much has changed with the launch of Chromecast . The Nexus Player will seek to provide a more complete experience, with 8GB of storage, WiFi ac bracket and an optional gamepad which reminds us a little of Fire TV . The Nexus Player share hits debut with the Nexus 9 but will be available only on Google Play Store for $ 99.
No, I’m not forgetting. As expected, these products share more than the name. The first time we heard about Android L was in June but even back then we knew that this was a codename. Today we discovered that L is actually Android 5.0 Lollipop and will be the operating system of the three new members of the Nexus family. Lollipop marks the official arrival of ART, the implementation of the Volta optimizations to reduce battery consumption and the concept of “Material Design” in appearance. The Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and several units “Google Play Edition” with Lollipop receive updates but will have to wait and see what the manufacturers decide to do with the rest of the teams.