‘s goodies: The 9 biggest reveals from its fall hardware rollout

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 30 Sep 2015

Tablets Chromecasts phones, oh my!
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pulled out all the Android stops on Tuesday, introducing a pile of new hardware to go with its new operating system, Android 6.0, a.k.a. Marshmallow. It even revamped a few apps along the way. Here are the highlights from the big reveal, starting with a new generation of Nexus phones.

Nexus 6
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Nexus 5x
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also officially revealed the -built Nexus 5X. The hset includes a 5.2-inch, 1080p (423ppi) I D display, a 6-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM plus 16GB or 32GB of storage. You’ll also find a 12.3Mrear camera with laser autofocus, a 5Mfront camera, a 2700mAh battery. ke the 6 it runs Marshmallow includes a fingerprint reader on the back of its plastic body. It’s available for pre-order now starting at $379.

xel C
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is jumping into the high-end tablet pool with the xel C. wered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chip ( a dedicated Maxwell G), boasting the same sleek brushed-aluminum case as its Chromebook counterpart, the xel C has a 10.2-inch sRGB touchscreen, with a 308ppi resolution (about 4.6MM pixels) a maximum brightness of 500 nits, a detachable, (almost) full size keyboard. Four built-in microphones let it take full advantage of Android Marshmallow’s new voice controls.

ok for it to hit shelves around the holidays starting at $499 for a 16GB tablet $599 for the 32GB version. The keyboard comes separately for $149.


st when you though Chromecast couldn’t get better, announced some speed–feed improvements . Flaunting a new puck-shaped design, the video streaming device now supports lightning-fast 802.11ac -Fi both 2.4GHz 5GHz -Fi bs, features a new tri-antenna system. Together with algorithms that always ensure you’re using the fastest available b, the new Chromecast promises to maintain much stronger connections. It’s available now in lemonade (yellow) coral (red) for $35.

Chromecast app
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The Chromecast app has also gotten a makeover, now featuring a “at’s On” that highlights current content, a devices tab that gives any device on your home network control of the TV, a new unified search option that finds shows by name indicates which Chromecast-supported apps offer them. A new Fast ay feature promises to put an end to buffering delays by fetching small segments of shows you’re about to watch so they start seamlessly.

Chromecast Audio
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Even more impressive than the new Chromecast is Chromecast Audio, a music-only device that connects to a speaker or home audio system via a 3.5mm audio, RCA, or optical audio cable, allows you to Cast music from streaming music apps to that speaker. Best of all, it has a guest mode for those times you want a friend to Dwithout getting access to your network passwords. said it will also be adding multi-room audio sync later this fall. Chromecast Audio is available now for $35.

ay Music gets family-friendly
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also announced it is finally launching a ay Music family plan. For just $14.99 you can get a subscription to the music service for up to six people, an offer that matches Apple Music beats Spotify’s plans. Family plan subscribers will each receive customized recommendations personalizations, so there’s no danger of family feuds. According to , the plan will be available before the end of the year.

Android Marshmallow
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After much anticipation, announced it will roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 devices next week. Though not as expansive as the Android 5.0 llipop update, it brings some cool features such as a voice actions button on the lock screen that gives you verbal comm of your phone. A Doze feature promises to boost battery life by 30 percent compared to earlier Nexus devices. Marshmallow also can learn your app-usage behavior sort your apps accordingly. Check out our Marshmallow primer for a more detailed feature rundown.

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The Tuesday event was heavy on hardware announcements, but software got its moment in the spotlight, too. The company unveiled several new otos features to make searching sharing images easier. New shared albums let others follow your photo updates or add their own images can be used across Android iOS devices. 

especially liked the new labeling capabilities, which enable you to find photos based on the names of people in the picture other contextual searches. otos will also get Chromecast support, so you can view your pictures on the big screen.