The Eight Biggest Announcements from Google’s September 2015 Event

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Jigar Panchal

Now it’s Google’s turn, after having a giant Apple event in the same month. The Google event didn’t give any surprising news, most of the news is as same as spread by the rumours. But still, Google has announced a number of interesting news regarding the devices.

Here is the brief summary of Google’s September 2015 event:

The NEXUS 6P

The Nexus 6P, made by Huawei, has several hardware upgrades as compared to its sibling – Nexus-6. This phone has a metal body with 7.3mm thickness, new fingerprint sensor known as a ‘Nexus Imprint’ and USB Type-C port for quick charging.

Moreover, the 6P is equipped with,

  • 5.7 inch screen, Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor, 2.0 GHz octa-core 64-bit, 178 g, aluminum backing
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 12.3-megapixel rear camera on the back to shoot 4K video and slow-motion video
  • It’s available in three different colors: Aluminium, white and graphite
  • It starts at $499 and available for pre-order at the Google Store only

The NEXUS 5X:

Now the Nexus 5 users will get it back with its improved version Nexus 5X. It’s built in collaboration with LG. It has….

  • 5.2-inch screen, 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit, Snapdragon 808, 136 g in weight
  • Rear camera: new 12.3 MP sensor that excels in low-light – f/2.0 aperture – 4K video capture at 30 fps
  • 5 MP – Front camera
  • Fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port for quick charging
  • Available in Black, white and ice-blue colors
  • Price and Availability: Starting at $379 (16GB) available for pre-order at the Google Store only

Android Marshmallow:

The Android Marshmallow previews have been out for a few months, and Google is now ready to start pushing Android Marshmallow to the masses next week. Both new devices Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will be coming with this new OS. Google has announced a few improvements in Marshmallow such as ‘Now on Tap’ that integrates Google searches and voice integration into individual apps.

Project Fi for Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X

Project Fi has now started to support both new devices Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, before that, it worked only with Nexus 6. It works by combining Wi-Fi calls with a cellular network connection. For $20 per month, customers can get Wi-Fi tethering, international coverage, talk, text and with an extra $10 for each GB of data per month.

Two new Chromecast Devices

The Chromecast – a second-generation stick for streaming video, and a Chromecast Audio dongle are two new devices introduced by Google

  • The new Chromecast has latest design that makes it easier to plug into TVs via an HDMI port and supports the latest Wi-Fi standards too. It is a round disk plastic device that available in three different colors red, yellow and black. This device is available in 17 countries with the cost $35.
  • Google’s second Chromecast device – The Chromecast audio is a small device that plugs into the existing speakers and allows user to listen favorite music, radio and podcasts over Wi-Fi. It works with tons of apps, including Google Play Music, Spotify and Pandora. Moreover, the devices, including Android, iOS and Laptops are easily compatible with Chromecast audio. This device is available in 17 countries with the $35 apiece.

New Chromecast Apps

To find great things to watch or to play, Google updated the Chromecast app too. The new ‘What’s On’ section which allows to browse content offered through various Chromecast-supported apps like YouTube and Netflix. Additionally, the new ‘Fast Play’ feature allows apps to pre-buffer the casting and content. There are also some new apps. Chromecast is added Showtime beginning, and it’ll support Sling TV, NBA, and NHL in the next few weeks. Spotify, a long-obvious choice for streaming, is also supporting Chromecast.

Family Music and Family Photos

Later this year, Google Play Music will be available with a new family plan. Up to six people can access a single account for a shared fee of $ 14.99 a month. Moreover, with the Google Photos, it will be more convenient to share albums with friends and family, and the person who shared the album will be able to add their own photos to it. Furthermore, users will be able to label people in their photos using their real names or nicknames. This Google Photo will also get Chromecast support and it will be rolling out to the web and iOS soon as well.

THE PIXEL C

Now Google is expanding the Pixel family by introducing the first Android tablet. The Pixel C has a beautiful aluminum design, great display, USB Type-C port and full-size keyboard. This full-size keyboard is attached magnetically to the tablet. This new Pixel C is like a family member of the Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel C will be available on Google Store at the time of the holidays.

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