Oct 15 AT 11:56 AM Nick Gray 27 Comments

Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player unveiled


Android 5.0 is here, along with two new Nexus devices. As many has suspected, Google has christened Android 5.0 as “Lollipop” and claims that it’s the company’s “most ambitious release” yet. The new software packs in over 5,000 new APIs for developers and the new Material Design language that brings consistency to the platform across multiple hardware devices. Some other Android Lollipop highlights include multiple user accounts, content (songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches) syncing across devices, notification customization, a battery saver mode that extends the life if your devices by an additional 90 minutes and the ability to unlock your phone or tablet when paired with a trusted device. 


With the official Android 5.0 announcement out of the way, the next thing on the list is the Nexus 6 by Motorola. The new Nexus smartphone features a 6-inch QHD display (493 ppi), 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor and an Adreno 420 GPU, a 3220mAh battery that promises 24 hours of use on a single charge and the option of 32GB or 64GB of storage.

nexus-9The fabled HTC Nexus 9 was also revealed, sporting an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display, 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, Kepler DX1 GPU, 16GB or 32GB storage options, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.6-megapixel front camera and a massive 6700 mAh battery. HTC’s BoomSound front-facing speakers also make an appearance. The Nexus 9 will be available in black, white and beige with aluminum trim along the edges of its body.

nexus-playerThe one device that didn’t make much of an appearance in the news before today’s announcement is the Nexus Player, running Android TV. The Nexus Player is built by Asus and allows users to stream movies, music and videos to an HDMI connected display or TV. But it also acts as an Android gaming console thanks to its Bluetooth gamepad. Since the Nexus Player runs Android 5.0, Google is hoping game developers will user all the latest API’s available to them so that users can play their games on the Nexus Player while at home and continue enjoying their game where they left off on the tablet or smartphone.

Pre-orders for the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player start on October 17th, but Nexus 6 pre-orders are not expected until October 29th. The Nexus 6 will be priced at $649 without a contract, the base level Nexus 9 will be priced at $399 and the Nexus Player carry a $99 sticker price.

Update: Google has also mentioned that the Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices will be updated to Android 5.0 in the coming weeks.

Source: Google Nexus

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Tallguydale

    Any word on when we will get the delicious lollipop on the Nexus 5?!?

    • Richard Yarrell

      Guess that price will scare away all the year after year fakers that existed here on androidandme.

      All the common Nexus Socialist who need that yearly group discount or price break the basic discount shoppers won’t shell out for this.

      They will make excuses it’s too big it’s too this, it’s too that when the bottom line is that can’t afford it.

      At the end of the day Google gave those group discount price break shoppers a deal on the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus year after year deals.

      Now it’s time for people who are Nexus users to pay the correct price for a handset. Motorola and Google both deserve to make money too.

      Plain and simple NEXUS socialist fanboys are a sad bunch of clowns who are cheap and don’t like spending money.

      My Galaxy Note 4 will be in the house Friday October 17th. I put my money where my mouth is yearly that’s proven.

      • Cap

        There’s only one sad clown here…

        • Richard Yarrell

          The truth hurts NICK GRAY can’t stop me or reality. You just love kissing ass I won’t.

      • mike


        Its not that the nexus 6 looks hidious or because its huge.. If anything they should have had HTC make it and also introduced a mini that would have sold like hotcakes

    • Guest

      Not happy. Phone is way too big for the average user & price is way too high for a Nexus. Will appeal to Android fanatics & people who come to blogs like these but not the average person… Definitely not something to lure people from Apple, which ironically is providing choice in screen size. Nexus 5 was as big as I wanted. May keep it for another year but I assume Nexus is giving up smaller sizes so if not this year, I’ll be switching to iPhone next year.

      • vforvortex

        Why not get a Moto X (2nd gen) then? starts at $500. I tried out the iphone 6 but wasnt sold. the phone needs a case because its too slippery and apples method on how to share does not compare to how google works across apps and lets you choose default apps to run tasks.

  • Matt

    Feeling sad. Would have loved a smaller device.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Too much money I bet.

      • Matt

        Richard if your so rich feel free to buy everyone on here this massive device and why your at it buy me a bag so I can carry it around with me.

        • Richard Yarrell

          I know it’s a very sad day for group discount price break shoppers of the Nexus clan guess they will move over to Moto G, Moto E or One Plus One.

          Send me you’re email I always have plenty of cash laying around. I plan on buying the Note Edge November 21st or 28th when it launches for Tmobile.

          I might buy this silly stock and phablet too and turn around and sell it. First up Galaxy Note 4 October 17th 10am sharp.

  • tmoore4075

    Any news on the type of sim card? Can’t find it anywhere.

    • tmoore4075

      Nevermind, found it.

  • AvatarZ

    Bad size – worse price. I hope that they continue to offer the Nexus 5/7 and eventually refresh them – they are much better fits for my needs (and my wallet)

    • tmoore4075

      Yeah the price is ouch. They are trying to get the Nexus experiences to the masses I guess and need to challenge the GS5 and so on.

      • Guest

        Getting it to the masses by increasing price? Google has never advertised Nexus to the masses. With more people going contract free and giving up subsidies, phone pricing is more important than ever

        • tmoore4075

          According to the site all 4 major carriers will be selling it in stores…so yes. The people going into the cell carrier stores, aren’t going to say “hey what’s the unlocked price?” they’ll be looking at what the subsidized price is or the per month price, depending on carrier and plan.

  • Latchmor

    Xperia Z3 Compact it is then. I’ve used Nexus devices since N1 but I don’t want a 6″ phone in my pocket. :-(

  • Mix

    At $649 for the Nexus 6 I can safely say that my Nexus 5 is not going anywhere anytime soon.

    I can’t believe the jump in price for this phone. I Bought Nexus 4 day 1, bought Nexus 5 day 1 as the $350 was great price point.

    Maybe $450 would have been decent for the Nexus 6 but $650?

    Fuck that noise.

    • vforvortex

      I agree. although i really love the design of this phone and was hoping to get the best of google and moto features. I guess we can wait and see if it gets a price cut similar to how the 1st gen Moto X dropped. I think i will be satisfied once i get Android 5.0 on my Nexus 5.

  • Guest

    Not happy. Phone is way too big for the average user & price is way too high for a Nexus. Will appeal to Android fanatics & people who come to blogs like these but not the average person… Definitely not something to lure people from Apple, which ironically is providing choice in screen size. Nexus 5 was as big as I wanted. May keep it for another year but I assume Nexus is giving up smaller sizes so if not this year, I’ll be switching to iPhone next year.

  • Nate B.

    It is pricey, but I think people need to realize that each Nexus device went up in price. Hardware and software improved every time. You can’t have a successor and keep putting it out at the same price. How will you make money? Plus the Nexus devices used to cut corners. That was a big reason why it was sold for a much lower price. They didn’t cut any corners this time around. We still don’t know the quality of that camera, but still. It has the specs of any other flagship phone. So how much did you expect this to cost unlocked? Previous Nexus phones had and still have nice specs for what it is, but they were not on par with other flagship phones. Nexus devices had an overall package that made it feel “premium” when really it wasn’t top of the line. We’ve been spoiled. There is really nothing to complain about besides the screen size for most. Even then, some people probably would still buy it if the price was lower and the screen size was still 5.9′ and then say they got used to it. If you already use a Note or 5.5′ screen, then .4 and .2′ plus even smaller bezels won’t even be a bother.

    • Nate B.

      The price was just gonna keep creeping up as it always did, but this time they just jumped right up to it instead of surely but slowly.

    • vforvortex

      Size i could over look for the benefits that come with it. Price does give you a shock at first, but once you think about it makes sense. The Moto X (2nd gen) starts at $500. So the Moto Nexus (Moto S? )had to be priced higher at $650 being a 6inch screen and also motorola wouldnt want to be canabalizing their own Moto X 2nd gen line if the nexus was priced equal or lower to that. So its not hard to believe, but a bit heartbreaking at the same time.

  • IxL

    $650. COME ON. Damn it.

  • Ardrid

    It’s a shame but it looks like I’m passing on the Nexus 6. The screen size was something I might have been able to overlook but I can’t swallow the price. Goes against everything the Nexus line stands for. Looks like I’ll be looking elsewhere for a new phone.

  • Phil

    Lol, it looks like they have mixed up the pricing, I’d understand $649 for N9 and $399 for N6, but the other way round!?! Come on! They must be rolling on the floor reading all these comments and disappointment ;-) including mine!