2014, what a great isn’t it? Google finally pulled off the wrap and showed us the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, the brand new Android Lollipop and the first device running Android TV, Nexus Player. With this new lineup, it will make Google stand up even stronger on this internet of things arena. What do you expect and what to expect from this ? Are you ready?
First of all, the long awaited Android L is finally official, sort of. It was introduced months ago as a Developer Preview but little did we know, not so many people know about it. Named as Lollipop, this new android offers you a lot of improvements. Let’s just say, Android : Reboot. With the new Material Design, clean-ish and candy looking, it’s going to make a whole new experience for vanilla android lover out there. Don’t forget, this new Android Lollipop will be running on ART, replacing the old Dalvik runtime. It will boost the performance up to 4 times and snappier than before. You guys can read more about Android Lollipop here.
Hold Your Breath, Nexus 6 : More Space To Explore
The Nexus 6 is made jointly with Motorola and it bears an uncanny resemblance with the Moto X. Google claims that “you can get up to 6 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging. With a large 3220 mAh battery, you get over 24 hours of use from a full charge.” Which means, this device is outfitted with quick charging and Google calls it a “Turbo Charger”. The Nexus 6 will come in two different colours, namely,Midnight Blue, Cloud White.
The Nexus 6 features a multi-user mode, long requested by users and have been on Android tablets for a long time. It has finally arrived on a phone which gives you more control on your device. On the other hand, we might be too early judging this new Nexus 6, but the specs are not bumped up like the previous Nexus 4 to Nexus 5. It’s not too cheesy, thou. You still can enjoy a really good camera ( maybe ) with this new 13MP rear-facing camera with F2.0 aperture !
Here is the rundown of the specs for Nexus 6 :-
OS: Android 5.0(Lollipop) Screen: 5.96” 2560x1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi) 16:9 aspect ratio Gorilla Glass 3
Rear Camera: 13MP with optical image stabilization Dual LED ring flash f/2.0 aperture 4K video capture at 30fps
Front Camera: 2MP HD Video Conferencing
Size: 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
Colour: Midnight Blue, Cloud White
Network:North America: -GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz -CDMA Band Class: 0/1/10 -WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/8 -LTE Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41 -CA DL Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
Rest of World: -GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz -CDMA: not supported -WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19 -LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41 -CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8
Audio Output: Dual front-facing speakers CPU: Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
GPU: Adreno 420
Wireless: 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) Bluetooth 4.1 NFC
Memory: 32GB & 64GB
Ports: Micro USB 2.0 Nano SIM 3.5mm audio
Sensors: GPS Accelerometer Gyroscope Magnetometer Ambient light sensor Barometer
Battery: 3220mAh Standby time (Ambient Display on ) up to 250 hours Standby time (Ambient Display off) up to 330 hours Internet use time (Wi-Fi) up to 9.5 hours Internet use time (LTE) up to 10 hours Talk time up to 24 hours Video playback up to 10 hours
Nexus 6 will be available at Sprint,Best Buy,AT&T,Google Play and T-Mobile. It is strange that Google is now distributing it’s Nexus line with carriers again after the Verizon Galaxy Nexus fiasco. However, it should be duly noted that Verizon is left out in this……Pre-order starts in late October.
Nexus 9 : For Movers And Makers
This is the first time Google made a 9″ tablet, which is a in-between size of Nexus 10 and Nexus 7. For those who think Nexus 10 is too big and Nexus 7 is too small for you, Nexus 9 might be nice for you. There will be a magnetically attached, fully-responsive keyboard that allows you to type at different angles.
Although this is sold separately, it helps you get stuff done at home, at the office, and on the go. Is this one of Google’s attempt to make road warriors switch? Who knows? It should be noted that the Nexus 9 runs a 64bit software as evidenced by it’s 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. There is a double tap to wake on this device. It helps you to wake the device just by tapping on the screen twice. HTC seems to have incorporated their Boom sound speakers into this tablet.
Here is a rundown of the Nexus 9 specs :-
Size: 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm
Weight: 425g (Wi-Fi), 436g (LTE)
Color: Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
Battery & Charging: 6700 mAh Wi-Fi Browsing: Up to 9.5 hours LTE Browsing: Up to 8.5 hours Video Playback: Up to 9.5 hours Wi-Fi Standby: Up to 30 days LTE Standby: Up to 30 days
Display: 8.9" IPS LCD 4:3 aspect ratio QXGA (2048x1536) Gorilla Glass 3 Double tap to wake
CPU: 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
GPU: Kepler GPU
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16GB & 32GB
Telephony: Quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, LTE
Wireless: 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) NFC Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 8MP Rear camera f/2.4 Auto-focus, LED flash 1.6MP Front camera f/2.4
Sensors: GPS Ambient light sensor Gyroscope Accelerometer Magnetometer
Ports & Connections: Micro-USB 2.0 3.5mm audio
Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSoundTM Dual microphones
Software Android 5.0 Lollipop
Google stated that it will be available for pre-order on October 17th.
It’s About Time To Play, Entertainment Tailored For You
Lastly, we have the Nexus player which is made in collaboration with ASUS. The Nexus Player will be the first device running Android TV. This is Google’s third attempt to bring Android at home to your home. The first was the failed Nexus Q, the second was a much more successful Chromecast but now, we have the Nexus Player! This player is designed to fit beautifully alongside your current home entertainment setup.
What surprises me is the voice remote, I have never seen anything like this before. Controlling your TV has always been using a clunky remote control, but now, you could use your voice to switch channels! Google will be selling a gamepad alongside the Nexus player.
Google promises that the Player will be Google Cast ready and it will content syncs across Android devices so you can start a movie on your TV and finish it on your tablet in bed. The Player will come with quite a number of apps for your home entertainment. No pricing is available for all 3 different devices, Google states that the Player will be available for pre-order starting on October 17th.
Below will be the links to the different devices that was released and Google blogpost.
Don’t get too hype up yet, there is something important for Nexus 4 users to note from the Google blog post.
After about an hour later, when I am still typing this post, Google changed it’s statement. Good news for Nexus 4 users, you will still get the official Android L support. We’ll see.
Edit: Matias Duarte, Lead Designer at Android just posted this post regarding their Nexus 4 goof
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