Google releases new Nexus phones, Chromecasts and more

30 Sep 2015

The new Nexus 5X

Google has released a suite of new products, with two Nexus smartphones, a couple of Chromecasts and its first independent tablet.

The latest version of Marshmallow sees the Nexus 6P and 5X add to the company’s smartphone range, with LG involved in the latter.

They each sport 12.3Mp cameras and Type-C ports, with the 6P enjoying a far larger screen (5.7” compared to 5.2”) and both enjoying fingerprint sensors (the latest must-have in smartphone technology, it seems).

Both devices come with a 90-day subscription to Google Play Music, which a colleague in this office raves about, but the price of the 6P, with the minimum 32GB memory, is a hefty €649, rising by €50 for the 64GB and a further €100 for the 128GB version.

Google’s coolest toy, though, could actually be Pixel C, the first Android tablet that the company has built from scratch. It looks quite like the Chromebook Pixel, but a magnet connects it to a keyboard, which seems nice.

Chromecase Audio plugs into your speakers, like a Chromecast does to your TV, so you can stream music. This costs €39 but I can’t quite work out what it was created for.

People seem quite happy with Bluetooth speakers, Google must be hoping to convert people over.

Elsewhere, Google Play Music and Google Photos are getting upgrades, with a ‘family plan’ for the former out later this year.

Google devices Nexus Chromecast

Pixel C, the new Nexus smartphones and Chromecast Audio

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic