Google Nexus Event last night wasn’t much of a surprise, with a lot of information leaking over the past few weeks. Here are some of the biggest updates from the event
1. Nexus 6P
Google finally unveiled its much anticipated Nexus 6P – which the team is calling their “Most premium phone yet”, the device is quite similar to it’s predecessor but is a bit smaller and lighter, and has some hardware upgrades.
The Nexus 6P is an all metal-body 7.3 mm thick device made by Huawei, which runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with a 3GB RAM and comes with memory options of 32, 64 and 128 GB.
It uses a USB Type-C port which Google claims can charge the device twice as quickly as an iPhone 6 Plus, it has dual front facing speakers and a new fingerprint scanner called the Nexus Imprint on the back.
The phone is also equipped with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel camera on the back, which can take 4K video and slow-motion shots. It will be available in White, Silver and Black; and will support Google’s project Fi wireless network
2. Nexus 5X
Nexus 5X is the successor to the 2 year old Nexus 5, it’s slightly larger than the latter with a 5.2” screen, with a slightly bigger battery, just like its companion, the Nexus 6P, the 5X has a fingerprint sensor also on the back of the phone and will also support Google’s project Fi wireless network.
The Nexus 5X will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, with 2 GB RAM and will be available in 2 variants 16GB and 32GB also uses the new USB-C connection instead of the standard Micro USB. and be available in Black, White and Blue.
Google heavily promotes the camera on both devices; Nexus 5X has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel camera on the back and claims it to be the best in its class
3. Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Google announced that the newest version of Android, will be rolled out to users next week. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow was launched earlier this year at Google IO and has features which aim to make notifications more consistent and search functions more predictive, while improving battery life and will now have better privacy controls for apps. One of the most prominent feature will be Now on Tap, which will integrate Google search and voice interaction into individual apps. Google will roll out the Marshmallow updates to Nexus users right away, while other smartphone brands will make their own tweaks and roll it out further down the line.
4. Chromecast 2
Google Chromecast, a device that lets users stream just about anything to a TV, has gotten an update. Google has launched the new Chromecast 2 which will support 5GHz Wi-Fi, making it significantly faster than it’s predecessor and will have three different antennas, as opposed to one in the original Chromecast. Chromecast looks different too it’s now a small disc with a bendable HDMI arm. It comes in three colors: red, yellow, and black.
All this comes with a refreshed Chromecast app which will now have a universal voice search tool, a new “Fast Play” function which will cache videos Google thinks you’ll want to watch, and the “What’s On” section which will display popular content from different platforms like YouTube and Netflix. Some new apps will also join the party, which includes Spotify.
A great addition to this is Google’s family plan, providing access to 6 different people to use a single Google Play music account, also Google Photos will help in sharing albums and photos with family and friends, it will get Chromecast support later this year and users will be able to (privately) label people in their photos using their real names or nicknames and will be available on the web and iOS soon as well.
5. Chromecast Audio
Chromecast Audio, a music focused counterpart to Chromecast has also been announced, instead of connecting to a TV, it plugs into your speakers using a 3.5mm audio port and will connect to user’s Google Play Music, Pandora, and the newly announced Spotify to send music and can be controlled from a phone lock screen and Android smartwatch or it can directly mirror audio from Android or a Chrome tab.
6. The Pixel C
Google also announced a new 10.2-inch tablet called The Pixel C, it’s equipped with an Nvidia X1 processor and 3GB of RAM and has detachable keyboard. The Pixel C, inductively charges the keyboard, which can be slapped onto the back of the tablet when it’s not in use. This tablet will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be considerably cheaper compared to the last Pixel series which was for Chromebook.