To the average person, Google’s event on Tuesday may have appeared low key and casual. But in the few hours the company had our attention, a lot was announced. We didn’t just get two new Nexus phones and a release date for Android 6.0. Google also teased the Pixel C, and two brand new Chromecast devices. Oh, and family plans are coming to Google Play Music, too.
We already got our hands on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, and we’ve also detailed some of the biggest features of Google’s new phones (new cameras, USB-C, fingerprint sensors, and more!). But in case you missed this week’s festivities, we have a nice refresher to get you caught up. Don’t worry, I was a Cliff’s Notes guy in high school, too. (Don’t tell Mrs. Hernandez.)
The spiritual successor to 2013’s Nexus 5, the new Nexus 5X sports an updated design, improved specs, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Google has already said the Nexus 5X isn’t meant to be the most powerful phone in the world, but more of fan service to those who fell in love with the Nexus 5. At $379, there’s no better way to get acquainted with Google’s new Android 6.0 update.
Google’s new powerhouse. In partnership with Huawei, Google has created an aluminum beauty with some of the market’s latest specs, including a Snapdragon 810 (v2.1) processor, 3GB of RAM, 12.3-megapixel camera and up to 128GB of internal storage. You also get a fingerprint sensor, 5.7-inch Quad HD display and a 3450mAh battery, which should go well with Android’s new Doze feature.
Photos is already one of the best services for backing up your photos, and it’s getting even better with features like album sharing, name labels and Chromecast support. Many of these features aren’t arriving until later this year, but we’re very much looking forward to trying them out.
The same Chromecast experience people fell in love with, but better. Alongside a great new update to Google’s Chromecast app, the new Chromecast is notable because it supports 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, which should ensure for the smoothest streaming experience possible (outside of an ethernet connection. It also got a slick redesign, too, though we’re a little concerned about how it’ll just dangle from your TV’s HDMI port.
Have a pair of old speakers lying around the house? Instead of upgrading your system, just buy a Chromecast Audio and bring them into the modern world. Just plug Chromecast Audio into the back of your speaker, connect it to W-Fi, and you’re good to go. You’ll be able to hook multiple units up, too, which means all of the rooms in your home can simultaneously play that sweet new Kurt Vile album.
It’s no secret Google likes to experiment and find ways to try something new. The Chromebook Pixel was the first touchscreen Chromebook that was powerful enough to rival top-of-the-line laptops. That’s essentially the same idea with the Pixel C. Equipped with some insane specs, like NVIDIA X1 processor, the Pixel C will show OEMs how an Android tablet should be done. And there’s an optional keyboard, too, which should be great for productivity.