The highly anticipated Google Event has finally taken place and although most of the announcements were spoiled through the leaks that occurred earlier, Google still managed to bring some new stuff to the table. The rumored smartphones were finally unveiled and both of the new iterations look incredible. Hopefully they will function just as nicely. Then Google moved on to reveal the release window for the long-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Furthermore, a new tablet called The Pixel C was unveiled and it has been the talk of the town ever since. Apart from the mentioned announcements, there were other reveals as well, and we are about to go in detail about each of them.
The biggest reveal of the event was of course the Nexus 6P which Google claims is their most premium phone to date. This particular smartphone has been produced by Huawei and it comes with numerous hardware upgrades that set it apart from the previous iteration. The first thing you will notice on this phone is its beautifully crafted 7.3mm thick metal body, giving the phone a unique look. Furthermore, it features USB Type-C port which, according to Google, will allow Nexus 6P to get charged two times faster as compared to iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also a fingerprint sensor called Nexus Imprint that will do exactly what the name says.
It was also announced that 6P will boast 8 megapixel front camera that will cater to the selfie brigade. The rear camera will be of 12.3 megapixels and will be supported by Sony sensor. This sensor will help users make 4K videos and take slow motion shots. Both of these features sounds incredible and will surely attract a lot of consumers. At launch, Nexus 6P will be available in three different designs, including white, aluminum, and graphite. Pre-orders for the smartphone have been started, but as of now, they are restricted to US, Japan, Ireland, and UK. If you don’t live in these countries, there’s no need to worry as Google has assured that it is working with third-party retailers around the world to bring Nexus 6P to as many countries as soon as possible. The phone will ship late October and its pricing will begin at $499.
Nexus 5X was the other smartphone revealed at the event and the purpose of this phone is to cater to a completely different audience. Obviously, not a lot of people can afford a $500 smartphone and therefore for those users, Google has introduced Nexus 5X. It will not come with the same features as 6P, but it won’t be too far behind either. It features a 5.2-inch screen and a better battery. Moreover, the design language in this phone has been updated. 5X also includes Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor. It’s a good way to increase security, which is why it has been implemented in almost all the latest smartphones nowadays.
Another similarity between the new phones is the USB-C connection instead of micro USB. Google claims that this wire will boost the speed of charging so that the device can be ready for use without taking too much time. No specifics have been provided on the camera just yet, but Google has been boasting about 5X’s camera, saying that it will be amazing and will include almost all features that you would expect from a modern day phone. 5X is already available for pre-order in the US, UK, Japan, and Ireland. Starting price of this smartphone would be $379 and it will ship alongside 6P in late October.
Android 6.0 or Marshmallow Release Date
The long wait for Android 6.0 will come to an end this week as Google will finally begin to roll it out for the users worldwide. This new update will bring a ton of changes and new features to the table, including better notifications, enhanced search, more control over privacy, and much more. The most discussed feature coming with the Marshmallow update is “Now on Tap” which integrates all of the Google searches and voice interactions into an individual app. The Android users who use a Nexus smartphone will get their hands on Marshmallow OS right after its launch. However, users on the other platforms will have to wait a bit.
New Options for Project Fi
Google’s Project Fi wireless network that integrates all major cell phone networks and Wi-Fi comes with an incredible offer as it allows its users text and call plans for just $20 a month. Additional $10 were being charged for each GB that was being utilized by the users. The only problem was that this feature was only available for Nexus 6 users. However at the event, it was revealed that both Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will support Project Fi.
Google’s Chromecast has become a big deal and due to this reason, it got a lot of attention at the event. Now that almost all the people have access to the internet, people want to stream content from different locations. Chromecast makes it possible. As good as this service was, there was one major problem of Wi-Fi connectivity, but it looks like that won’t be an issue anymore. Google has revealed Chromecast 2 which supports 5GHz Wi-Fi. Moreover, the app of Chromecast has received a major update that brings in some new features, including Fast Play that will show you the videos in accordance to your search history. Then there’s “What’s On” section that will show the popular content available on the platform. Showtime has also been added to Chromecast, and Google has announced that in the coming days, users will also be able to watch NBA, NHL, and Sling TV. The best part is that there’s no change in pricing as the Chromecast will still cost you $35.
The Pixel C Surface Tablet
Google ended the event with a surprise announcement of the Pixel C Surface Tablet. It is a 10.2 inch tab with a surface like detachable keyboard. It comes equipped with 3GB of RAM that is supported by Nvidia X1 processor. The best part is that you won’t have to put your keyboard on charge every few hours because it gets recharged inductively. You can just slap it on the back of tablet, and it will keep on charging. At launch, the Pixel C Surface tablet will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will be priced at $499. However, if you also want a keyboard, then you will have to pay an additional $149.