Nexus 6 and 9 announced, Android 5.0 Lollipop in tow


Nexus 6 and 9 announced

The big wait is finally over, Google has quietly announced the Motorola-built Nexus 6 and the HTC Nexus 9 along with the long awaited major Android update dubbed 5.0 Lollipop.

Android 5.0, previously bearing the ‘L’ moniker has finally matured and graduated from its ‘preview’ status and ready to run the show on Google’s latest Android flagship smartphone and tablet. The update will also hit the Nexus 4, 5 and 7 (2013) as well as GPE devices in ‘the coming weeks’. Google has also announced that yet another batch of Android Lollipop preview builds will be released for developers in a couple of days.

The Nexus 6 is a 5.92-inch device with an AMOLED screen topping a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (quad HD), underneath you’ll find the Snapdragon 805 SoC paired with the Adreno 420 GPU along with a healthy 3GB of RAM. There’s also a 4K -capable 13MP back shooter with OIS using a Sony IMX 214 sensor and a 2.1MP selfie cam, all powered with a 3,200mAh unit. The phone supports Qi wireless charging and fast charging via Motorola’s Turbo Charger.  The Nexus 6 will be available off-contract for $650 (32GB) and $649.99 (64GB), Google has interestingly planned two specific variants, one exclusive to the U.S with support for specific LTE and CDMA  bands and an international variant without CDMA.

On the other side of the spectrum we’ve got the Nexus 9 which is built by HTC and powered by Nvidia’s K1 64-bit (ARMv8) SoC, it features brushed aluminium sides and the sports a 8.9-inch IPS display with a resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels. There’s 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB versions costing $399 and $479 respectively. An LTE variant will also be sold for $599. Pre-orders will be available starting from October 17 and retail units will start shipping on November.