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Google unveils 'Lollipop' Android, Nexus 6

October 16, 2014 12:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Signalling the growing importance of the Indian sub-continent for the search giant, Google may unveil its latest devices -- Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 -- here as as early as November along with the US and other developed markets.

Google has announced the new devices a day ahead of rival Apple, which is hosting a conference on October 16. Reports suggest that the Cupertino-based firm could unveil its latest iPad.

The Nexus 6 smartphone has been developed by Motorola and will be available for pre-order in late October and in stores in November.
The tablet -- Nexus 9 -- has been developed by HTC and will be available for pre-order on October 17 and in stores starting November 3.
According to sources, both the devices would be available in India in the month of November itself, in line with the global launch.
Apple, too, has launched its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India within a month of its global launch to cash in on the multi-billion smart devices market here.


The Motorola Nexus 6 has a contoured aluminum frame, a six-inch quad HD display, 13 megapixel camera and 3220 mAh battery. It also comes with a Turbo Charger so that users can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.
"Nexus 6 will come to 28 countries, including India, across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, starting later this year and as we head into Q1," Motorola said in a statement.

The 32GB version of the unlocked Nexus 6 is expected to cost USD 649 (about Rs 40,000), while the 64GB version will cost USD 699 (around Rs 43,000).


Unlike Android phones from various handset makers, Nexus products are often viewed as a "Google" product since the tech firm works closely with a specific handset vendor in designing the product. The previous generation of smartphone, Nexus 5, was manufactured by LG.
Besides, the firm has also launched the new version of its Android operating system Lollipop.

 

Android 5.0 Lollipop will come pre-installed on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 and will also be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

The move will help Google further strengthen its position in the global market, where it already commands a lion's share.
The most widely used operating system globally (for smartphones and tablets), Android has about 80 per cent market share, compared to rival Apple's iOS (which powers iPhones and iPads), which has around 17 per cent of the market.

Google has also released the first device running Android TV - the Nexus Player in collaboration with Asus. A streaming media player for movies, music and videos, the Nexus Player can also be used to play Android games on a HD TV with a gamepad.

 
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