Google Unveils Android 5.0, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

In a low key affair by usual standards, Google unveiled the newest update to Android and two new Nexus devices in a blog post.

The newest version of Android and version 5.0 is named Lollipop. By all means, it’s a major update. As you’d expect there are plenty of new features like guest mode, the option to censor notifications if you are in a meeting and the ability to display notifications directly from the lock screen. This was already possible through apps like Dashclock Extension but it’s nice to see more stuff being directly baked into Android.

Android Lollipop includes a new approach to making everything called Material Design which focuses on a uniform OS experience across all your devices. So no jarring differences in how a tablet version of an app looks compared to the smartphone version, if it’s designed according to the latest guidelines of course. Another welcome addition is a battery saver feature which extends the life of your device by up to 90 minutes. Lastly, developer support has been massively extended with over 5000 new APIs.

Nexus 6

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That’s not the only new news. The Nexus 6 has finally been revealed and it looks pretty darn good. The headliner on the handset manufactured by Motorola is the 6 inch screen with an insane 2560 x 1440 display. It’s powered by a 2.65 GHz quad core processor alongside 3GB of RAM. At the back there is a 13MP camera with dual LED flash.

Other features include dual stereo speakers, a 3220 mAh battery (non user replaceable) and Turbo Charging which will allow you to get six hours of usage with a 15 minute charge.

The phone will run Android Lollipop and will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants. It will start shipping in November with pre-orders going live on 29th October. The pricing hasn’t been made official yet but the 32GB version is expected to cost $649 (more than 65,000 PKR). If you want a cheaper option, the Nexus 5 is still going to be sold and is not being retired.

Here is the complete run down of specs:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • OS: Android 5.0
    • Design:
      • Dimensions: 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm
      • Weight: 184 g (6.49 oz)
    • Display:
      • Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
      • Size: 1440 x 2560 pixels, 5.96 inches (~493 ppi pixel density)
      • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    • Memory:
      • Card slot: No
      • Internal: 32/64 GB,
      • RAM: 3 GB
    • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, USB
    • Camera:
      • Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash
      • Secondary: 2 MP
    • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3220 mAh battery

    Nexus 9

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    There’s a new tablet in town as well. The HTC made Nexus 9 has also been announced. The display is an 8.9 inch IPS LCD panel and will feature a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Inside the tablet, you’ll find a 64 bit Nvidia Tegra TK1 dual core CPU clocking in at 2.6GHz and 2GB of RAM. Two storage variants are available, 16GB and 32GB but there is no expandable memory slot which is a crying shame.

    For your photography needs, there’s an 8MP camera at the back and a 1.6MP camera at the front of the Nexus 9.

    Other features include BoomSurround stereo speakers, a massive 6700 mAh battery and an optional magnetic keyboard that attaches to the back of the device. The Nexus 9 goes up on preorders on 17th October and shipping will start in the first week of November. While there is no official word on pricing, prices are expected to start at the $400 (40,000 PKR) mark.

    • Design:
      • Dimensions: 228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm (8.98 x 6.05 x 0.31 in)
      • Weight: 425 g (Wi-Fi) / 436 g (3G/LTE)
    • DISPLAY:
      • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
      • Size: 1536 x 2048 pixels, 8.9 inches (~281 ppi pixel density)
      • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
    • Memory:
      • Card slot: No
      • Internal: 16/32 GB,
      • RAM: 2 GB
    • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB,
    • Camera:
      • Primary: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
      • Secondary: 1.6 MP
    • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra K1
    • CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Denver
    • GPU: Kepler DX1
    • OS: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)

    Talal is a Director and the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani.


    • Tàhír Mëhmõõd

      Hmm I m not going to get one… :D

    • Haseeb

      The Nexus serious was famous for high specs with low cost whereas Nexus 6 cost as double as previous. End of story…

      • Shahid Saleem

        There is no tablet with same specs as N9 at that price.

        • Taha Najam

          Nokia Lumia 1520 would have to like a word with you.

          • Shahid Saleem

            In what way? Lumia 1520 isn’t a tablet, and doesn’t have a similar display.

    • Ali Khan

      Have nexus 5 and love every minute of it.

      • Taha Najam

        Warranty less?

    • Tabish Siddiqui

      Waiting for lollipop update for Nexus 5

    • Bilal Aahil

      this is probably my 12th or maybe even 14th article on “Nexmas” i have read.. but i want to say.. Android Lollipop is one of the major improvement over older version, Nexus 6 is $300 expensive.. really google? i thought you want to make affordable phones with better performance? what happen to that? but all in all Nexus 9 is what im looking forward to buy. that thing is fantastic.

      • Shahid Saleem

        As for truly affordable phones, there is Android One. Android One phones will get 5.0 and other updates for two years, and have stock Android. Trust me, the “affordable” market is taken care of.

        If you want a higher performance than Android One, the Nexus 5 is still being sold. Think of 6 as a flagship phablet, not “affordable phone”.

        • Bilal Aahil

          I already own a Nexus 5 and yeah Nexus 6 is big brother, on paper its on the bleeding edge of technology today, and with stock Android experience of Android L.. I’m certain Nexus 6 will Rock. Perfect competitor for every other flagship.

      • Guest

        Bilal, compare the prices of Nexus 6 with iPhone 6+ and you will understand which one is affordable; while Nexus also beats iPhone, feature-wise.

        Selling N6 at around $400 might not have made a successful business case.

    • Bilal Aahil

      btw guys, did you forget about Nexus player?

    • Muhammad Qasim Naeem

      Nexus 4?

    • DJ

      nexus 6 look at price and screen Size.. Poor Google

    • Amir

      Optimum 4.7″ and maximum 5.0″ is enough for a phone but mighty 6″? How will it fit in my pocket? and How will I ride a bike with in my pocket? It will probably bend like Apple iPhone.

      • Bilal Iqbal

        First… Get a car for it.lol

        • Amir

          Haha fair enough!

      • Guest

        There was a time when even 4″ was MASSIVE and anything larger was unthinkable. But things change … and we get used to. The mighty 6″ MAY well be the optimum size for tomorrow.

        • Amir

          True say but I think there should be difference between tabs/phabs and phones. A phone should be small in size lightweight. Galaxies are good at keeping the weight low.

      • Shahid Saleem

        The problem is battery. People want more higher capacity battery but don’t want a thicker phone. So what can they do? Increase width and height of battery, which means larger device.

    • The article can be more useful if you add few more words regarding Android 5. ‘ In coming weeks, Google will push updates to older phones Nexus 4 & 5 as well. ‘ Its Official.

    • tjnapster555

      is the processor is 64 bit?

      • Nexus 9’s CPU is 64-bit, while Nexus 6 uses a 32-bit Qualcomm 805 chipset.

    • Eli Ehsan

      Was waiting So impatiently for Nexus 6 to come. seems like it was a futile one. Oh Google! You too Brutus?! :(

      • Guest

        N-5 Rocks

    • Fakhre Alam

      android tablet is a failure, I prefer windows 8.1 tablets. atleast you can run your pc apps on the tablet.

      • Ahmed Habib

        Can you run exes on 8.1? :-/

        • Fakhre Alam

          whats that? :-s

        • Taha Najam

          Yes.

      • Shoaib

        Tablets use is in full swing worldwide.It is expected by end of 2015, tablets sale will be more than PCs/Laptop sale.

        • Fakhre Alam

          am talking about the operating system used in tablets

    • Guy Chauhan

      don’t they have mini version of the original? that’d be really good. a 4.3″ max overall for a mini version would be excellent. personally hate such big slabs.

      • Shahid Saleem

        Shrug. Get N5. Or buy N4 and wait a few weeks and you will get 5.0 on it OTA.

    • Nice

    • Bilal Iqbal

      Wow…..

    • Haseeb

      Android 5.0 Lollipop is just a lollipop, no amazing and breakthrough feature at all.

      • Shahid Saleem

        What feature were you expecting that is breakthrough?

      • nabeel

        I was going to ask the same question which Shahid asked to you !

    • Suleman Hasib

      Hmm nice waiting for update on Note III…!

    • Crescentic Projection

      Why is moto E not available in Pakistan ?

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