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The battle among technology companies continues as Google unveils the new Nexus 9 tablet, Nexus 6 phone, and an android TV player. All of these products will serve as showcase devices for the newest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, fondly Lollipop or Android “L” for short.
The Nexus 9 tablet with a wide 8.9-inch display screen was manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese hardware maker while the Nexus 6 smartphone was produced by Motorola Mobility and boasts a 6-inch display. For the Android player by Asus, this streaming media device is the first to run on Android TV.
Both the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player can be preordered starting October 17 although the products will be available in stores November 3. This player to include remote control will run $99 although an optional controller is available for an additional cost of $40. The Nexus 9 with 16GB will sell for $399, the 32GB version for $479, and the 32GB version with LTE, $599.
As far as the Nexus 6, this can be preordered on October 29 and sometime in November, it will be sold through carriers like US Cellular, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US only. The 32GB version of this device unlocked will run $649 while the 64GB version is only slightly higher at $699.
Included with the Lollipop launch are different user accounts, guest user mode, and the ability to choose between different security measures to include a PIN, pattern, password, and linking to a secure device.
Google is making its way into the phablet market by offering the larger screen phone of the Nexus 9, similar to a hybrid phone and tablet. Reportedly, the Nexus 6 will have the code name “Shamu” and features a larger screen than Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a 5.7-inch screen.
In addition, Google wants to create devices that run on a pure Android experience, meaning that hardware manufacturers like HTC, Motorola, and Asus cannot tweak the user interface thereby changing preloading custom apps or the software. Currently, Nexus products are the closest thing to this, which create a lot of attention among Android fans.
Today’s announcement comes before the scheduled press event for Apple on Thursday. Google is trying to gain more control of Android, which is the most widely used operating system in the entire world specific to smartphones and tablets whereas Apple’s iOS powers iPhones and iPads.
According to Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Ancroid, Chrome, and apps for Google, Lollipop is designed for a world where people are required to interact with different screens throughout the day associated with phones, tablets, and even televisions.