Google just announced the latest Android version 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 phone, and the Nexus Player. You can read all about the new devices at the links provided in Google’s blog post, but the following are the basics for each device, including pricing and expected availability.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
There has been a developer preview out for some time now, so there is not a lot of news regarding this release other than the fact that we now know the name, previously just called “L” is version 5.0 Lollipop and that it will start rolling out to current Nexus 5, 7, 10, and Google Play Edition devices “in the coming weeks.”
The Nexus 9
It appears that the Nexus 9 will be a premium tablet, with high-end specs like a 64bit Tegra K1 processor and 2GB of RAM. Unfortunately, device storage will be limited to only 16GB and 32GB with prices coming in at $399 and $479 respectively. Preorders start October 17, but exact shipping dates are unknown. There will also be a LTE-equipped 32GB model for $599, but it will not be available until later this year.
The tablet is made by HTC and has a metal frame, and more premium-feel to the design compared to previous Nexus tablets. Google will also be selling a keyboard accessory that is designed to be used with the Nexus 9.
The Nexus 6
The Nexus 6 is essentially a very large Moto X with a screen size just under 6″, putting in the “phablet” category of devices. Like the Nexus 9, it appears that Google is upgrading to more premium devices for its Nexus line compared to the more budget friendly options of the past. The top of the line specs include a Snapdragon 805 processor, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and large 3220 mAh battery. There are also two front facing speakers. Fortunately, Google has decided to get rid of the 16GB versions for the Nexus 6 and will offer 32GB and 64GB starting at $650. The Nexus 5 started at $350 so this is a massive increase in the price of the device. Preorders for the device will begin near the end of October.
The Nexus Player
The Nexus Player is a TV streaming media box and casual gaming device. It will be running the new Android TV. It will be a WiFi-only device that will have Netflix, Hulu, and these streaming channels at launch:
Google is also selling a gaming controller with it to play Android games. I expect this to be very similar to Amazon’s TV/Android gaming set-top box. It will be available for $99, but availability has not yet been announced.