Google unveils new Nexus phones, Chromecasts and a tablet2015-09-30 07:07 by Daniela
Tags: Chromecast, Nexus
At a special event in San Francisco Google has announced a variety of devices, among which two Nexus phones, two new streaming devices and a tablet.
The next generation smartphones - the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X - are the first smartphones that feature Android's "Marshmallow" OS. Both of the devices come with new fingerprint sensor, located on the back side of the phone underneath the camera. They also feature the new Nexus camera and Android's improved personal assistant, Google Now. The handsets can also access Google's Project Fi.
The Huawei-made Nexus 6P, has a metal case and a 5.7-inch display, making it slightly bigger than the rival iPhone 6 Plus. The Nexus 5X is the successor to the Nexus 5 and is manufactured by LG. It has a 5.2-inch display and weighs 136 grams.Starting Tuesday, the phones can be ordered. The prices are as follows: Nexus 5X - $379, Nexus 6P - $499. The devices come unlocked with no contract and work on major networks around the world.
The tablet that Google has showed off at the event is called Pixel C (from 'convertible'). It is an Android-powered tablet hybrid that consists of a tablet with a 10.2-inch display and an optional keyboard accessory. However, the keyboard isn't required. The two pieces are held together by magnets. Pricing starts at $499 with an additional $149 for the keyboard.
Along with the new phones and tablet, Google also revealed two new Chromecast streaming devices — one for televisions, another for speakers. Compared with its predecestor, the new Chromecast device doesn't use the dongle-style appearence any more. It is a small disk with an integrated HDMI cable and better Wi-Fi capabilities. The Chromecast Audio device looks similar and provides a plug-in that can turn a user's existing speaker into a conduit for music streaming. Both of the devices are available starting Tuesday for $35.
Google's Chromecast already supports Netflix, Google Play Movies, HBO Now, Hulu, Pandora and other streaming services. Sling TV and Spotify support are expected to be available within a few weeks.
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