Google announces Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet, with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google has announced the new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, as well as its new mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Produced by Motorola and looking a lot like a larger version of the Moto X phone, the Nexus 6 has a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13-megapixel camera; the phone has the same design as the Moto X and even features the companies ‘M’ logo on its rear - unusual for Nexus devices, which usually only carry Google branding.

The Nexus 6 runs the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and will be sold with what Google calls the Turbo Charger, a means of giving the phone six hours’ of life from just 15 minutes of charge time.

Nexus 9 tablet by HTC

Alongside the Nexus 6 is the new Nexus 9 tablet, produced by HTC and featuring an 8.9-inch screen surrounded by a brushed metal chassis. Google will sell the Nexus 9 alongside a keyboard accessory which attaches with magnets and provides a way of perching the Nexus 9 on your laptop - similar to how the Type Cse works with the Microsoft Surface.

Google says how the tablet’s form factor is "small enough to easily carry around in one hand, yet big enough to work on."

Nexus Player

Finally, the third product announced by Google this week is the Nexus Player, a media player produced by Asus and which streams movies, music and videos to your television. The product is also described as “a one-of-a-kind Android gaming device.”

Google adds: “With Nexus Player you can play Android games on your HDTV with a gamepad, then keep playing on your phone while you’re on the road.”

Nexus Player will work with Google Cast so you can stream content from “almost any” Chromebook, Android or iOS phone or tablet to your Nexus Player-connected television.

Both the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player can be pre-order from, 17 October, with deliveries starting on 3 November.

The Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order in late October, and will appear in stores in November Google is yet to announce specific dates for the phone.

Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes on the Nexus 6, 9 and Player, will also be available for the Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices “in the coming weeks.”

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