Google launches phone and tablet


Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Search engine and technology giant Google has announced a new smartphone and tablet, as well as the company’s first TV streaming device.

Announced via a post on the official Google blog, the Nexus 6 is the company’s new flagship phone, coming with a 5.96-inch screen and 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.

As expected, the device will run the new version of the firm’s mobile operating system – Android 5.0, which has been confirmed to have the name Lollipop. This follows the Google tradition of naming software after sweets or desserts.

As expected, the new Nexus 6 has been manufactured by Motorola.

Google’s senior vice president of Android Sundar Pichai said: “Advances in computing are driven at the intersection of hardware and software. That’s why we’ve always introduced Nexus devices alongside our platform releases.

“Rather than creating software in the abstract, we work with hardware partners to build Nexus devices to help push the boundaries of what’s possible. Nexus devices also serve as a reference for the ecosystem as they develop on our newest release. And for Lollipop, we have a few new Nexus treats to share with you.”

The new Nexus 6 comes with a new feature called Turbo Charger, which can give the phone up to 6 hours of battery life from just a 15 minute charge. The phone will come in two different colours – Midnight Blue and Cloud White.

Also running the new operating system will be the new Nexus 9 tablet, a collaboration with fellow technology giant HTC, which manufactured the device. Google has confirmed that their new tablet will come with an 8.9-inch screen and HTC’s BoomSound front-facing speakers.

There is also an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and, like the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 can be voice activated without opening any apps. Just saying the phrase “Ok, Google” will enable users to give the device commands without using their hands.

The Nexus 9 also has Turbo Charger functionality.

In a less expected move, Google also announced the company’s first full TV streaming device that will run their Android TV software, the Nexus Player.

The new streaming box enables users to watch TV shows as well as stream content from other devices to their TV.

The Nexus Player also comes with a video game controller and can be used to play games from the Google Play Store on TVs. Amazon has recently introduced a similar device, called the Fire TV.

Google confirmed that the Nexus 9 will be available to pre-order in the UK from October 17 and will go on sale on November 3. The Nexus 6 smartphone will also arrive in November, with pre-order beginning on October 29. The Nexus Player will be available to pre-order from October 17. UK prices have not yet been confirmed.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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