Android L Gets Official Title With New Nexus Devices

10/15/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


After months of speculation, Google has officially unveiled its new Nexus lineup and given a proper dessert name to Android 5.0—Lollipop.  Shocker.

Unlike Apple's super long, super hyped, iPhone launch event, Google didn't seem to think it needed to say anything else about its new operating system update, or its new hardware, because no words were spoken, or press releases released, when Google dropped Android Lollipop, the Motorola Nexus 6, and the HTC Nexus 9, other than a simple blog post by Sundar Pichai.

Android L has been official for months, so the only new thing we really learned today is the "Lollipop" moniker.  Android L brings all sorts off goodies to Android, such as an all new, flat, Material Design, improved battery efficiency, 64-bit support, trusted device, Android For Work, and several other improvements.

The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will all launch with Android L, while the Nexus 7, 10, 5, 4, and other Google Play Edition devices in the Google Play Store will get the update shortly.  HTC has committed to updating its devices, such as the HTC One M8 within 90 days, and Motorola will likely update the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E within a few weeks, if its track record is to be kept.  Samsung, LG, and Sony have very little consistency on updates, so it'll just be wait and see with them.


The Nexus 6 (for anyone that hasn't seen the numerous leaks the past few weeks) is proportionally one of the most powerful Nexus phones to be launched.  The Nexus line typically targets a mid to high end market, but with very competitive pricing, but the Nexus 6 breaks that mold.

The phone has a 5.96" OLED Quad HD screen (that's 2560 x 1440!), a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 2.7 Ghz quad core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, dual front facing speakers, and a monstrous 3,220 mAh battery, which will last more than 24 hours, but also use Motorola's turbo charge feature, meaning it will absorb 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes on a charger.

The phone is truly a hero device, but it comes with a larger than normal price tag.  $650 for a 32GB model, and $700 for a 64GB model.  It will support AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular in the US, and likely most other carrier's internationally.


The Nexus 9 marks HTCs return to the Nexus line, after being the first manufacturer to create a Nexus phone, with the mystical Nexus One.  This device is interesting, though, because it is only HTCs second tablet after the HTC Flyer (or EVO View, if you were on Sprint).

The HTC Nexus tablet has an 8.9" 2048 x 1536 LCD display, a 64-bit 2.3 Ghz dual core NVIDIA Tegra K1processor, 2GB of RAM, a front and rear facing camera of which the quality doesn't matter, because you're not allowed to take photos with a tablet, and a 6700 mAh battery.  Oh, it also has a nifty keyboard attachment.

The price will run at about $400 for a 16GB WiFi model, $480 for a 32GB WiFi model, and $600 for a 32GB LTE model.  The tablet is definitely less of a powerhouse and a lower price point than the Nexus 6, but it's still one of the most competitively priced pieces of hardware we've seen in a while.

The real surprise (or maybe just the less leaked announcement) is the Nexus Player, which is Google's newest attempt at Android TV.  This is basically a step up from a Chromecast, going head to head with Apple TV and Fire TV.  There's an optional gaming controller, so it will definitely bring Android games to your TV, but other than this fancy video, details are pretty thin.


It looks like Google will keep the Nexus 5 around as a mid range (budget friendly) device, but everything else will be available for pre-order on October 17th.

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