Google Announces A New Smartphone, Tablet, Mobile OS & Media Player

Just yesterday, Google announced a variety of new products including three pieces of hardware and official details about their next installment of their widely popular Android OS.

Lollipop Forest

  • Largest OS release with over 5,000 new APIs for developers
  • Designed with flexibility in mind and support for all devices
  • Works with your other devices running Android to support picking up where you left off from one device to another including photos, web browsing, apps, songs, and Google searches
  • New ‘Material Design‘ feature makes content respond to your touch or voice more fluidly
  • Notification system has gotten an overhaul to allow more customization including the ability to limit notifications by certain apps or contacts in important situations
  • Built-in battery saver feature can extend the life of your device up to 90 additional minutes
  • Supports multiple user accounts and a guest mode should you lend your device to a friend or family member, but don't want them snooping through your phone
  • Devices running 5.0 will be able to be secured via a PIN, password, pattern, or Bluetooth pairing via a trusted device such as a compatible smart watch


  • Design closely resembles that of this year's Moto X
  • Ships running Android 5.0 Lollipop (first device to run the new OS)
  • New 5.96″ Quad HD AMOLED display boasts at 2560×1440 resolution with 493 ppi (upgrade from last year's 5″ 1080P display with a 445 ppi density)
  • Dual front-facing speakers for improved audio performance
  • Powered by a Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz processor with an Adreno 420 GPU
  • 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and a f/2.0 lens
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 3220 mAh battery offers 24 hours of use with a full charge and 6 hours of use after a 15-minute charge
  • 32GB and 64GB integrated storage options
  • Offered in Cloud White and Midnight Blue color schemes
  • Unlike previous Nexus devices, affordability is not a focus meaning a Nexus 6 32GB model without a contract will run you a steep $649 (discounts available with 2-year service contracts)
  • Pre-orders begin on October 29th and retail launch expected for early to mid-November.


  • Produced by HTC and design resembles that of an oversized Nexus 5 (with brushed metal sides)
  • 7.9mm thick and weighs 425g (436 for LTE version)
  • First tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop (will ship with this OS)
  • 8.9″ IPS LCD display harnesses 2048 x 1536 resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 281 ppi
  • Display is protected by means of Corning's Gorilla Glass 3
  • Sports two front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers for improved, distortion-free audio
  • Dual-core 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor running at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM
  • 192-core Kepler GPU for improved visuals and graphical performance
  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus, BSI, and f/2.4 aperture
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, LTE version includes HSPA+, quad-band GSM/EDGE and CDMA
  • Built-in 6700 mAh battery (no support for wireless charging)
  • HTC partnership offers a keyboard folio case which attaches to the Nexus 9 via magnets
  • Pricing starts at $399 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi only model, $479 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and $599 for the 32GB LTE version
  • Preorders begin this Friday (tomorrow, 10/17) and will ship on November 9th


  • Produced by ASUS
  • Is a compact media player designed to handle media streaming, gaming, and Android apps
  • Includes a remote for easy navigation and voice controls as well as an option $39 being offered for gaming
  • Works similarly to a Chromecast with the ability to “cast” things from your mobile devices to the TV as well as being able to run your favorite Apps on Google Play
  • Powered by a 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom processor
  • Features 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) Wi-Fi compatibility and an HDMI out port
  • Gaming boasts 3D graphics, free online multiplayer, and achievements which sync across Android devices
  • Will retail for $99 and pre-orders begin on tomorrow (October 17th) and will be available on November 3rd

Source: Google, Google Blog