September 30, 2015

Recap of Google’s Nexus Event!

Photo from Google's blog.
By Nick K. 

For the past of couple years, many technology companies have hosted tech conferences to go over their plans for future products. Apple had their conference this past month, and Google I/O happened back in May. Both tech conferences were successful and many avid Apple and Google fans were excited to see how the next year of technological endeavors will advance. Most recently in the tech industry, a huge Android event happened!

For those non-Android users who have not heard about Google’s September Nexus event that was held yesterday, the Tek Team has put together a quick recap on what you might have missed.

Announcement of Google’s New Phones and Tablet

Photo from Google's blog.

Ever since 2013, when Google released their first smartphone called the Nexus 5, users have itched for an updated version of the phone. They wanted a phone that contained the latest smartphone advancements and technology, especially to compete with the always advancing iPhone. Unfortunately, Google’s answer to those yearnings, was the Nexus 6, which was released last year and definitely fell short of what users expected.

Thankfully, Google was set on finding and providing what exactly users wanted in their next smartphone: a high quality phone that is easy to use, at a low asking price.

Upon many months of speculation, rumors, and teaser photos of Google’s next smartphones flooding the Internet, Google has just made the official announcement of not one, but two smartphones, Google Nexus 5X, and Google Nexus 6P. Many Android users were not surprised, but rather excited about the new Nexus devices!  

Later in the Nexus Event, Google announced their release of their newest member of the Pixel family called the Pixel C. Pixel C is Google’s attempt to gain a firm foothold in the tablet market. The Pixel C is Google’s version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and Apple’s iPad Pro. The tablet has the ability to attach a magnetic keyboard and will run Android Marshmallow operating system. To find out more information on specs of the Pixel C, then be sure to check out their announcement of it here.

Photo courtesy of Ars technia.

Android Marshmallow comes Bouncing into the Scene 

Along with the 2 brand new smartphones, Google has also announced Android’s next software update called Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sounds like the sweetness of Android’s previous software called Lollipop has expired rather quickly!

Android Marshmallow offers many great new features for Android devices. Some of these features include limiting the amount of battery usage, adding a new “tap” option when using apps to instantly learn more about a specific topic, finding directions, and much more. This is all made possible with the press of your smartphone home button, when in any app, while on your Android device.

Photo courtesy of Android Geeks.
Android Marshmallow also gives users peace of mind by having apps ask for minimal permission to access user’s info, giving them the option to allow or deny apps access to their information. Google has also joined the fingerprint access train, doing away the constant need for passcodes.  

Android Marshmallow is set to hit Android devices as soon as next week!

A whole new way to watch TV and Stream music with Chromecast 2.0

Last but not least, Google had noted there has been a pretty big spike in streaming television online via Roku, Chromecast, and smart TV’s. Google announced their updated Chromecast USB drive with, Chromecast 2.0. Before, Chromecast functioned as a small USB drive that was inserted into your TV and boom! You had access to online streaming services. For the Nexus event, Google had updated the overall design and feel of the Chromecast. The Chromecast now includes 3 separate antennas to assist with much faster online streaming and more reliable hardware, according to Google’s official blog. The best part about the much needed reworking of the Chromecast is that the price is still $35 and comes in sweet new colors!

Photo courtesy of TechCrunch.

In addition to the Chromecast 2.0 announcement, Google has also created a new device called Chromecast Audio. Chromecast Audio is a small device that, looks very similar to the Chromecast. It gives users the ability to stream their favorite music on all the popular music streaming services. This includes Spotify, Pandora, and Google Play Music, which can all be accessed via mobile devices and desktops. As if that wasn’t enough, the price for Chromecast Audio is also $35! What a steal, considering a set of wireless speakers cost plenty more, as well as Chromecast Audio works for both Android and iOS devices!

Well that is a wrap on the Google Nexus event! There were some other odds and ends discussed at the event that are worth checking out here. The Tek Team hopes you have learned something new and hopefully generated created some interest in Google’s up and coming products, even if you are not an Android fan! It will be exciting to see how these Google products will fair against the competition!

Photo from Google's blog.

Which Google Nexus products are you most excited about? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!  

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