Google unveils three new members of the Nexus family

One day ahead of Apple’s highly-anticipated iPad event that will see the company introduce a range of new products, Google announced its own batch of new products. Both the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet have been expected for some time, but the Nexus Player, Google’s answer to Apple TV, was actually a big surprise.

The Motorola-developed Nexus 6 will be one the biggest phablets on the market at a whopping 5.96-inches, bigger than both Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. The phone comes equipped with a 493 ppi AMOLED Quad HD display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, a Quad-Core 2.7Ghz Snapdragon 805 processor, dual front facing speakers, and a 3220 mAh battery.

The HTC-developed Nexus 9 tablet comes in at 8.9-inches, putting between Apple’s iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini in terms of size. The tablet features a thin bezel, brushed aluminum sides, a nine hour battery life, and like Apple’s iPhones, will come in black, gold, and white. It comes equipped with n 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front facing camera, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 2.3Ghz processor, front-facing HTC speakers, and a 6700 mAh battery.

Both of these devices will ship with the newest version of Android, known as “Lollipop”, which was also announced on Wednesday. Lollipop includes thousands of new APIs and will feature Google’s beautiful “Material Design”. Other new features include a Do-Not-Disturb function, a battery-saving feature, support for multiple user accounts, and much more.

These three announcements were expected. The ASUS-developed Nexus Player, on the other hand, was not. The new set-top box will be the first device to be powered by Android TV and is Google’s answer to the unexpectedly popular Apple TV. Not only will the circular device serve as a streaming media player for movies, music, and videos, it will also serve as a gaming device for users who want to play Android games on their TV with a game controller.

Read more about the story at The Wall Street Journal.

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