From your watch to your phone to your TV – Google wants you stay connected, entertained and informed across all your screens.
To this end, Google introduced two Nexus phones, a tablet for work and play, updates to Chromecast and features for some favorite apps.
Google said in a press release a week ago that the new Nexus phones were made Android to be an open platform that anyone can build on. Currently there are 4,000+ Android devices in all shapes and sizes.
“Android’s diversity is why it’s become the most popular mobile platform in the world, and the latest version, Marshmallow, takes Android to a new level of performance. While we love all the Android devices out there, every year we build Nexus devices to show off the latest and greatest, directly from the people who built Android. Today we’re introducing the latest Nexus treats, both running Marshmallow, sweetened by amazing apps and sandwiched by some cutting-edge hardware.”
Nexus 6P is the first all-metal-body Nexus phone. Built in collaboration with Huawei, this 5.7” phone is crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum, with a USB Type-C port for fast charging, a powerful 64-bit processor, and a 12.3 MP camera sensor with massive 1.55µm pixels (hello, better photos!). The Nexus 6P starts at $499.
Google also joined forces with LG to bring back the Nexus 5 in the shape of the new Nexus 5X, with the same 12.3 MP camera and Type-C port as the Nexus 6P.
Both phones include a new fingerprint sensor, Nexus Imprint, for quick and secure access to your phone. They are available for pre-order on the Google Store from a number of countries.
Google is also expanding the Pixel family by introducing the first Android tablet built end-to-end by Google. The Pixel C brings together the benefits of a full-size keyboard with the portability of a tablet. The tablet and keyboard attach magnetically (no docking mechanism FTW), so it’s easy to switch between typing and using the touch screen. The Pixel C has the same aluminum design, display and USB Type-C port as the Chromebook Pixel.
Two new Chromecast devices have also been introduced. Google says the new Chromecast has a fresh design, and is easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports. It supports the latest Wi-Fi standards and adapts more easily to changing Wi-Fi conditions in your home, so you get higher quality video with less buffering.
Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your existing speakers, so you can stream your favorite music, radio and podcasts over Wi-Fi, similar to Chromecast. It is promised to work with tons of apps, including Spotify, Pandora and Google Play Music. Just like Chromecast, it works from anywhere in your home with your favorite devices, including Android, iOS, and laptops, and is available on the Google Store.
Google also updated the Chromecast app to make it easier to find things to watch or to play, across the thousands of apps that work with Chromecast—whether you feel like browsing or want to search for a specific TV show or movie.
The updated Chromecast app is rolling out on Android and iOS over the next few weeks.
To make these new devices even more attractive to prospective users, Google is making a few updates to Google Play Music and Google Photos.
Google Play Music will offer a new family plan later this year where up to six people will be able to use one account for a shared fee of $14.99 a month (instead of $9.99 per person).
Soon you will also be able you to pool all your photos and videos in one place, and get updates as soon as new photos are added, without any setup required and any device can be used.
“From Nexus to Chromecast to Pixel C to Photos, these updates unite apps with devices that are designed to support them. They’re built to work together, so they do—seamlessly, across all your screens,” says Google.