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Google announces 2015 Nexus and Chromecast – mobileFreq
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Do you remember, the 29th night of September?
Google was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the SD cards away…
Our phones were ringing
In the keynote that our souls were digging.
As we blogged in the night,
Remember how the S’mores stole the night away

For any of you that are wondering, that intro was to the tune of “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.  It just seemed right.  You know what else seems right? Brand new devices being announced by Google during their keynote today.

We will start right off with the centerpiece of the show: the Huawei Nexus 6P.

This is Google’s new flagship device and is quite the looker.

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The Huawei Nexus 6P comes in three different colors

It comes with the newest flavor of Android, Marshmallow 6.0, installed and has an 8-core, 64-bit processor that will do everything you need and then some.  That processor along with the new Adreno 430 graphics chip will help the Huawei Nexus 6P power its huge 5.7 inch display that has an incredible 1440p resolution.

Usually devices with such big screens require just as big of a battery.  Well Huawei has got you covered.  They included a 3,450 mAh battery that should definitely get you through the day.  If you need a boost, you can get 7 extra hours of use with a 10 minute quick charge on the Nexus 6P.

The Huawei Nexus 6P is made of solid anodized aluminum and also comes with a fingerprint scanner.  More about the device can and our initial thoughts can be read HERE: Huawei Nexus 6P rapid reaction.


Next up is the little brother:  The LG Nexus 5X.

The Nexus 5X is marketed as the “all-around performer”, but let’s not kid ourselves, it has plenty of horsepower under the hood with a 6-core, 64-bit processor paired with an Adreno 418 graphics chip.  These two chips are more than capable of delivering a smooth experience on the LG Nexus 5X with its 5.2 inch, 1080p display.

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The LG Nexus 5X also comes in three colors

The Nexus 5X also comes with a fingerprint scanner, Android Marshmallow 6.0 installed, and three different colors  to choose from.  However, those colors are a bit different.  You can grab an LG Nexus 5X in carbon, quartz, or ice.

It is also made of a “premium injection molded polycarbonate housing“.  It is a very fancy way of saying plastic.  Now there isn’t anything wrong with plastic.  Samsung has shown that with a high-quality plastic, devices are more than capable of being durable.

LG’s Nexus 5X has a 2,700 mAh battery and can be quick-charged in ten minutes to get you an extra 3.8 hours of battery.

More about the device and our initial thoughts can be read HERE: LG Nexus 5X rapid reaction.


Google also unveiled two all-new Chromecasts.

One Chromecast is an updated version of Google’s previous HDMI device.

The updated Chromecast comes in red, black, or yellow and now sports a flexible HDMI cord.

Other than the physical design, there aren’t any noticeable differences from the older Chromecast.  It has been updated to the latest WiFi standards and apparently is easier to setup on wireless networks when passwords may frequently change.

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The new Google Chromecast with an improved HDMI dongle

The other Chromecast is called Chromecast Audio and as the name implies, it is for all things audio! :D

The Chromecast Audio comes only in black, but does have an included auxiliary cable.  It’s a vibrant yellow too!  It’s cool!  It’s hip!  “How do you do, fellow kids?”

Instead of an HDMI port, the Chromecast Audio has a 3.5mm jack output and an optical digital audio output along with the standard Micro-USB input for power.

The Chromecast Audio also needs to be connected to a WiFi network to use and is compatible with Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 7.0 and higher, Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.7.

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The Google Chromecast Audio


Google also teased the Pixel C.  The Pixel C is the first all-Google built tablet.

It will come with the option of a standard, full-sized keyboard and is made of aluminum.  The tablet and keyboard connect with a magnet so no specialized docks are needed.  The Pixel C also has a new USB-C connector.

With the Pixel name most likely comes and incredible, high-resolution display just like the Chromebook has.

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Google Pixel C will be available soon…soon

According to Google, “The Pixel C takes an entirely new approach to the tablet experience,” and says nothing more about it.  They have a sign up page available in case you are interested in their upcoming tablet.


Finally, Google is adding a new family plan for Google Play Music later this year.

Six users can now share the same plan and music for $15/month.

Source: Official Google Blog

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