Google Nexus event brings us new smartphones, tablets, TV hardware and software upgrades, all in time for the holidays.
Not to be outdone by Apple, Google strategically squeezes in a big announcement of new hardware and software in September. Although there were few major surprises for tech followers, new consumer products and what appears to be a significant Android update (6.0 Marshmallow available to current users next week) will keep Google in the pre-holiday shopping trends rhetoric for current cell phone deals. The event included details on these products:
- Google Nexus 6P premium smartphone
- Google Nexus 5X budget-friendly smartphone
- Google Pixel C high-end tablet
- Google Chromecast 2
- Chromecast Apps
Break Out the Marshmallow(s)
The new flagship Google Nexus 6P ($499 starting price) sports a 5.7-inch display with a metal body and new Nexus Imprint (finger print sensor), a USB C port and 12 megapixel Sony camera featuring 4k video with a slow-mo option. The 6P is built for quality and performance, helping it compete with the new iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S6 series smartphones. The more budget-friendly Nexus 5X ($397 starting price) sports a 5.2-inch display but is a slight downgrade in the performance and features of the 6P. However, it is an upgrade from the previous LG Nexus 5 models. Both run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. (Pre-0rders available now in the US for both phones.)
The new Pixel C tablet sports a 10.2-inch display with a Nvidia Tegra X1 processor and 3GB of RAM running the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s designed to compete with the Surface Pro 3 and new iPad Pro and should be available for the holidays ($499 starting price, with optional “bluetooth” keyboard at $149).
Chromecast 2 gets a pretty big makeover with a new design in three colors (starting at $35 and available now). It supports 5GHz Wi-Fi for more optimized/faster steaming (does not support 4k). And the Chromecast app gets an upgrade as well, with a universal voice search tool, a “What’s On” feature and “Fast Play,” which caches videos based on your experience. Plus, you’ll now have access to Showtime, Spotify, NBA, NHL and Sling TV support.
For fans of Google products, it’s a big win and upgrade that was needed to keep up with the rest of the heap. Hopefully we’ll see some nice price-drops come Black Friday (follow our series 2015 Black Friday Predictions).