From Chromecast to Nexus 5X, Google unveiled a wave of new product announcements at its Nexus event on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Among the biggest, the unveiling of two brand new Chromecast devices.
With Chromecast, you can stream media to your speakers or television by way of your tablet, phone or even laptop. With a new design it’s easier then ever to plug into televisions with crowded ports. In addition, Chromecast now is more adaptable to changes in Wi-Fi and it supports the latest in Wi-Fi standards. Together, this translates to better video quality with less buffering.
As for the announcement regarding Chromecast Audio, this tiny device plugs right into the speakers you already have. This allows you to stream podcasts, radio and music over Wi-Fi, much like Chromecast. In addition, it works with a number of apps including Google Play Music, Pandora and Spotify. Like Chromecast, Chromecast Audio will work anywhere inside your home with devices like laptops, iOS and Android. You can get it either on the Google Store or through another online retailer for $35, making it much more affordable than other Wi-Fi speakers on the market.
Also on Tuesday, Google announced an update to the Chromecast app. The changes make it easier to browse through thousands of apps, as well as easier if you’re searching for a particular movie or TV show. Sometime over the next few weeks you should see the Chromecast app roll out on iOS and Android.
Other product announcements from Google included the Nexus 6P. This all-metal Nexus phone is part of a joint effort between Google and Huawei. Made of aeronautical-grade aluminum, along with a 64-bit processor and 12.3 MP camera sensor, the phone delivers great photographs. The Nexus 6P is priced starting at $499.
Google also unveiled the new Nexus 5X. Google and LG have joined together to bring outstanding performance within a light and compact package. With a 5.2” screen and the same Type-C port and 12.3MP camera as the Nexus 6P, the new Nexus 5X is priced beginning at $379.
As for an Android tablet built solely by Google, the company released information on that too. The Pixel C is portable like a tablet but includes a full-sized keyboard. You can easily attach the two with a magnet. The Pixel C has the same aluminum design as the Chromebook Pixel, along with a USB Type-C port and an impressive display. You should find the Pixel C for sale on the Google Store sometime before the holidays.
Finally, Google announced updates to Google Photos and Google Play Music. Google Photos will include Chromecast support. For those in the US, you’re now able to add private labels to your photographs to make it easier to search for specific people, places or things. As for Google Play Music, a new family plan is coming out later in 2015. For a shared $14.99 per month, up to six people will soon be able to be on the same, shared account.