Written by: James Pearce
Posted on: 15 October 2014. Tags: Asus, Google Nexus, HTC, Mobile News, Motorola, O2
New set top box made by Asus also revealed as Google launch latest version of Android – Lollipop at event
Google has announced three new additions to its Nexus range with the launch of the Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus 9 tablet and a set-top box called Nexus Player, at a launch event on Wednesday.
The phone, which is the follow up to the Google Nexus 5, is made by Motorola and comes with a 5.9 inch screen, a 2.7 Ghz quad core Snapdragon 805 processor, a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 3220 mAh battery. It’s available with 32Gb or 64Gb of internal storage.
It is the first Android Lollipop device, as the software update was also launched today. Lollipop brings a an all new design to Android along with battery saving technology that can extend battery life for up to 90 minutes.
The handset will be available for pre-order on October 29 and will go on sale in November, with the device available in the UK on O2, who have yet to reveal pricing. It is on sale in the US for $649 (£406).
The new Lollipop software will also appear on the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet, which comes with an 8.9 inch screen, 16Gb or 32Gb of storage and a 64-bit processor – the first to appear on a Nexus product.
It has an 8Mp camera and weighs 425g and will also be available on O2. Google has confirmed pre-orders will open from October 17 with the device going on sale on November 3.
Google also launched a new TV offering called the Nexus Player. The Asus-made set-top box links with Google Play to give users access to films, TV shows and games. Google also launched a Nexus Player gaming controller, which is also made by Asus.
Google has not revealed the cost of the new Player but pre-orders open on October 17, with the device going on sale on November 3.