Google Announces New Hardware, Android 6.0 M Shipping Next Week
Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 29 September 2015 at 01:19 PM EDT. 17 Comments
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Google announced a number of new devices today plus improvements to their services like Google Photos along with confirming Android 6.0 Marshmallow is coming next week.

Here's the highlights of today's Google event:

- Android 6.0 M is set to ship for Nexus devices on 5 October. The Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Player along with their new smartphones are among the first devices getting the Android Marshmallow update.

- The Nexus 6P is Google's new flagship device. The 6P is built by Huawei and has a 5.7-inch 1440p display, is made of aeronautical-grade aluminum, is powered by the Snapdragon 810 v2.1, boasts 3GB of RAM, and comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB configurations. This device also has the Android Sensor Hub, as a new low-power, secondary processor for handling activity recognition, gesture recognition, and other sensor-related matters.

- The Nexus 5X is made by LG and is a 5.2-inch smartphone. The 5X has a Snapdragon 808, 2GB of RAM, a 12.3MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K, and also has Google's new Sensor Hub chip.

- The Chromecast 2.0 was also announced and is a new design, is faster than the earlier Chromecast, allows streaming higher-resolution videos faster, has a new Fast Player feature, and will sell for just $35 USD.

- Chromecast Audio is a new device for casting audio to home speaker systems and will work with any Chromecast apps along with mirroring audio from most Android devices.

- The Pixel C tablet is Android's alternative to the Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad Pro. The Pixel C tablet is a 10.2-inch Android 6.0 tablet powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 SoC. The Pixel C tablet will begin shipping later this year. I'm super excited for this Android tablet with the beautiful and mighty powerful Tegra X1 SoC!
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