Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 & Nexus 9 Announced

Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 15 October 2014 at 12:22 PM EDT. 42 Comments
Google has out a slew of announcements today concerning Android and its Nexus product line.

First up, Google has confirmed what we've known as "Android L" to be Android 5.0/Lollipop. Android Lollipop is the biggest Android UI redesign inyears and pursues a "material design" approach. Android Lollipop also uses the new ART run-time to replace Dalvik, a new battery management system, thousands of new APIs, and a new notification system, among other benefits. Android Lollipop powers the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices while it will begin rolling out to existing Android devices over the weeks ahead.

The Nexus 9 that was finally announced today is an HTC-manufactured device and meets the other speculations set by earlier rumors. The Nexus 9 has a 2048 x 1440 8.9-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage options, and perhaps most exciting for us is that it features NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC. The Tegra K1 SoC is my most favorite ARM System-on-a-Chip at the moment with offering stellar CPU performance and excellent graphics via its Kepler derived GPU core. The Nexus 9 will be available via retail channels in early November.

The Nexus 6 smart-phone is made by Motorola and has a 5.9-inch 2560x1440 display and looks like a larger version of the Moto X. This new high-end Nexus smart-phone uses a 64-bit Snapdragon 805 processor by Qualcomm. The Nexus 6 should also be available in November while pre-orders on these new devices will start later this month.

Lastly, Google also announced the Nexus Player as a set-top streaming box running Android TV. The Google Nexus Player is made by ASUS.

Over at the Google blog is information on all of Google's Android announcements for the day.
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