Google has officially announced a few of its next generation technologies including the latest version of its Android mobile operating system as well as the next generation of the company’s Nexus line of mobile devices which will feature the new OS.
Android 5.0, codenamed Lollipop, features a whole plethora of improvements and new features including 5,000 new APIs for developers to use for creating better interactivity for users. Google has also made Android 5.0 with multiple devices in mind with its Material Design approach which keeps Lollipop’s and the apps that run under it looking consistent throughout a range of devices from TVs to tablets to smartphones.
Lollipop also brings more personalization, performance, and security to its users with customized notifications, a new battery saver feature, and a new Smart Lock feature which allows users to pair their smartphone with a trusted device like their Android Wear-based smartwatch which will automatically unlock the phone in proximity of the trusted device.
As is Google’s usual standard, the launch of a new version of its operating system means the launch of a new line of the company’s Nexus devices. This time Google has launched the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9
First off, the Nexus 6 smartphone is co-created by Motorola and features a large 5.96-inch screen with a QHD display resolution of 1440×2560 pixels giving it a display resolution of 493ppi. The design of the Nexus 6 is mostly similar to previous Nexus devices albeit the new rear cover and side frame. The rear shows of the phone’s 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS while the front features the 2 megapixel front-facing camera. On the inside, the Nexus 6 features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor clocked at 2.7GHz coupled with an Adreno 420 GPU as well as large 3,220mAh battery.
On the other hand, the Nexus 9 tablet is made with the help of HTC. It features a 8.9-inch IPS LCD screen, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.6 megapixel front camera, a 2.3GHz 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor coupled
with a Kepler DX1 GPU, and a 6,700mAh battery.
Both devices will be available for pre-order later this month and will start shipping in November. The Nexus 6 will be available through the Play store unlocked or through carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon while the Nexus 9 will be available in select stores nationwide.