Top Highlights From Yesterday’s Google 2015 Nexus Event
Internet giant, Google held its annual press conference in San Francicisco for the announcement of its hardware devices and gadgets. Apart from two new great Nexus smartphones, the company also announced streaming gadgets and a new tablet. Even though some of these devices were already expected, Google did not fail to steal the excitement with its show.
The announcement did not solely cater to hardware aspects, as a new operating system for upcoming smartphones was also showcased. It was the first time that the company had decided to announce its two new flagships in such an event. The event was streamed across the globe, but in case you missed it, here is the list of announcements from Google's press event.
Huawei Nexus 6P
The heir to the Nexus lineup, the Nexus 6P was perhaps the most important announcement from Google. The Nexus 6P is a Huawei made device that replaces the Nexus 6 with a wide variety of new features and updates. Google has bumped up the specs of its flagship to compete against rival flagships like the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. For instance, the megapixel count has been raised to 12.3 which is reportedly made by Sony. Moreover, Google also introduced a new infrared autofocus system that would sharpen the image quality as compared to the Nexus 6P's predecessor.
Furthermore, the Nexus 6P has a solid metal body design with chamfered edges around the corners that gives the device a much more premium look and feel. Google's Nexus 6P has a 5.7 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560x1440, 3GB of RAM and comes in three different storage flavors, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB since it does not support external storage. In the performance department, it boasts a Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor. It will also feature Google's latest OS, Android Marshmallow.
LG Nexus 5X
As we have mentioned earlier that Google unleashed two new smartphones, the other one was manufactured focusing on the needs of an average consumer. LG's Nexus 5X is smaller in size as compared to the Nexus 6P. The Nexus 5X has a smaller form factor, nearing the size of Google's two years old Nexus 5. Just like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X also comes with a USB type-C for faster charging, Android Marshmallow and Google's Imprint fingerprint sensor located at the back of the smartphone. The display size measures about 5.2 inches diagonally with 2GB RAM and a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chip. It has an overall plastic body design that feels good in the hand and not at all slippery.
After being in the rumor mill for quite some time, Google also sheds light on its Android Marshmallow 6.0, giving out some additional details on the launch and more. Nexus users will be getting the Android Marshmallow update starting next week. Some of the devices supported include the Nexus 5, 6, 7, and the Nexus Player. The announcement was not made by Google, but according to other news outlets, the new OS will start rolling out on 5th October. Android users with other devices will have to wait for further announcements regarding the Android marshmallow rollout.
Google Play Music
The Google Play Music plan has been updated to a family subscription plan for $14.99 per month, keeping the individual pricing the same. Even though Google just updated the music streaming service with this feature, it was already available at Apple Music where up to six members in a family could subscribe to the service at a much cheaper rate. Google Play Music family plan also features six members who can stream music whenever they want.
The Chromecast was released two years ago and sold about 20 million units since then. It has been a long time since the original, so the company was indebted to upgrade it. The Chromecast 2 features a new design that comes in three different colors, yellow, black and red. It has the dual capability to connect with both 3.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. This enables the Chromecast to feature faster connectivity and optimum data transfer for seamless streaming. Alongside the Chromecast 2, Google also unveiled a new app and support for SlingTV and ShowTime. The device features the same pricing as that of its predecessor, $35.
Google also took the wraps off the Chromecast subsidiary at the announcement, revealing the Chromecast Audio. Google has unveiled a genius way that turns any hardware audio outlet into wireless speakers. This allows users to stream their music seamlessly on any speakers. It has all the functionality of a Chromecast but only limited to the audio side of media. The Chromecast Audio is also charged at a mere $35.
Google's Pixel C Tablet
The Google's Pixel C tablet looks more like a combination of a standard tablet and the company's Chromebook. It can be attached to a keyboard that connects magnetically, for easier use. The device boasts a screen size of 10.3 inches, a similar USB Type-C port and costs a mere $499 for the base model. Google's Pixel C tablet also runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0. It looks like the device has been designed to take on Microsoft's Surface Pro lineup. The keyboard is sold separately for $149.
Google announced a lot of products in its annual press conference yesterday. Some classify as upgrades while some are absolutely first generation products. Nonetheless, Google did put on an Apple-like show at the event, releasing a boatload of things at the same time. Google has launched numerous gadgets and updates that will help us last another year.
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