Today, Google held a press event announcing two new device, and new features on Google Music Play, Google Photos, and Chromecast.
The press event began by stresses the need for high quality smartphones accessible for all.
The new product announcements of the press event began with Dave Burke, VP, Engineering, releasing that there are two new Nexus phones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. He began with the Nexus 6P. Burke explained that it is the first ever metal body phone, and is available in three colors. It has best camera on a Nexus phone yet with 12.3 megapixels on the rear facing camera and 8 megapixels on the front camera, which Burke explains that “you can get the world’s best selfies with this phone.” The Nexus 6P is also great for indoor photography. The device runs off the new Android operating system, Marshmellow. The Nexus 5X is an updated version of the Nexus 5, a much-loved collaboration between Google and LG.
A new feature for both phones is slow motion video. Where the user is able to choose a section of a video to slow down. Also, there is a smart burst feature where you hold down the camera button which takes 30 frames per second, allowing you to make gifs.
There are multiple new and improved smart features to the phones: the Android Sensor Hub (detects when the phone is picked up and has a low power mode which shows your homescreen in black in white to display your missed notifications); Nexus imprint (fingerprint recognition that improves the more you use your phone); a Fast Charging Mode; improved Heads-Up Notifications, and a new launcher that learns your app usage routine. There is also a Doze Mode which uts the phone in a deeper sleep state and helps with battery life. Many of these features will begin rolling out next week across different Nexus devices.
The Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P are available for pre-order on the Google Store today and will be sent out in late October. The 5X is starting at $379 US and the 6P starts at $499 US. The phone is unlocked. The phones also come with two year warranty.
Eunice Kim, Product Lead for Google Play for Families announced the Google Play Music Family Plan, available later this year, which will be $14.99 US/per month for 6 family members to listen to on any device.
Anil Sabharwal announced changes for Google Photos. Google has developed their sharing platform that will allow multi-device sharing of photos in a single folder. By sharing this link people will have access to adding their own photos to said folder or subscribing to the folder to receive notifications if any new items have been added. You will also be able to Chromecast your photos onto the big screen, while keeping your devices screen private from what’s being projected onto the TV.
Chromecast is expanding not only on Google Photos, but also for music, and video. Chromecast has been redesigned into a most industrial and smaller looking product available in three colours. Chromecast audio was announced today were you will now be able to plug Chromecast into a set of speakers enabling connection to audio from the Internet. For Chromecast there is also the expansion, Content Discovery, where on What’s On, you will now have “a central home for all your entertainment options” as Rishi Chandra explained. This will show all of your Chromecast enabled apps, and will conduct searches for a show within the options given, allowing you to choose a platform to watch from directly from your device. This feature will be coming out in the next few weeks. The new Chromecast is available on the Google Store for $35.
The last announcement of the day is the Pixel C. A new tablet that is much more user-friendly as a keyboard is attached to the screen magnetically. This will allow for easy keyboard usage on a tablet, no longer forcing you to a laptop for less-tablet friendly activities.
Today’s press event announced a lot of new products created by Google and while some of these products are not available in Canada right away, we’re sure you can’t wait to get you hands on them.