Google wants to make your living room devices smarter

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Android 6.0 Marshmallow to roll out from 5 October on some devices.

At the forefront of Google’s big reveal next week are two new smartphones in the company’s flagship Nexus line as well as the commercial release of the next version of Android: Android 6.0, or Marshmallow.As the air turns crisp and iPhone lines wrap around Apple Stores, it’s time for another annual fall tradition: Google’s official unveiling of its newest flagship Android phone, the Nexus. Google sent out invitations to an event in San Francisco on September 29, adding, “Join us for some tasty new treats and much s’more.” That makes sense considering its new build is called Android Marshmallow.

Canadian mobile provider Telus had initially listed the release of Android M for Google’s Nexus devices on October 5 but was shortly taken down thereafter. Motorola made the previous generation Nexus 6, a $650 phablet that left large swaths of people who wanted to hold their phone with just one hand out of luck. Marshmallow was one of the highly speculated name that fits Google’s nomenclature of sweet treats like �–Cup Cake, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.

With so much now uncovered about the new phones, what’s lurking behind the smoky strip remains an unknown that has some Android watchers scratching their heads. Chinese company Huawei, the first Chinese company to ever work with Google on the Nexus program, will be making the slightly large 6P, as this photo confirms by Google+ user Tiessen Fu.

The company revealed the name on its developers blog and alongside also revealed the final Android 6.0 SDK that will be available for download via the SDK Manager in Android Studio. The Nexus 5X has a fairly straightforward, sleek design in the front: a 5.2-inch display with two long rectangular speakers on the top and bottom and front-facing cam.

Tags: Android, Android 6.0, Android 6.0 launch, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android Marshmallow, Android Marshmallow features, Android Marshmallow specs, Google, Google Nexus, Nexus smartphones The larger 6P, with its 5.7-inch display, two front-facing speakers and camera looks, like the 5X in everything but size on the front, but the back is marked with a camera fitted inside a raised black bar that spans the entire top of the phone. A fingerprint sensor: Google is building support for fingerprint scanners into the new version of Android, so you’d better bet that the new Nexus phones will have them.

It reportedly has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 5.2-inch, full HD (1080p) display, rear fingerprint reader, 13MP camera and the new USB Type C connector. The new connector will make charging and data sharing much simpler because you can turn the cable upside down – and even use the other end – and it will still plug in and work. There’s a discrepancy regarding the RAM, however, with some sources – including the Amazon listing – saying it’s packing 2 GB, but other sources saying it’s got 3 GB. According to Google, thousands of developers are using an Android development kit called Project Tango to develop apps that give smartphones and tablets the ability to understand your environment, like where the walls, objects and people are.

At Google’s developer conference in May, the search giant and Qualcomm unveiled the second-generation Project Tango development platform, which is a smartphone built around the Snapdragon 810, the same processor inside the Nexus 6P. Mike Feibus is principal analyst at TechKnowledge Strategies, a Scottsdale, Ariz., market strategy and analysis firm focusing on mobile ecosystems and client technologies. No one really knows what the 6P’s price will be, but a document from Indian exporting and importing group obtained by AndroidPIT said that may at 43,316 Rupees, or just under $649, like the Nexus 6. Android Police says that we should “expect a $50-100 price premium at each increased storage level.” TalkAndroid reports that the phones will be ready for pre-order on October 13.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that inexpensive-but-powerful Android phones are now much easier to come by, so Google may not have the incentive to make this phone super cheap. Marshmallow was announced back in May, but it should finally be out next week, if not very shortly thereafter — Google will tell us the date during the event. It’s still a weird little dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and can be used to stream music, videos, or entire Chrome tabs over to its screen. Something to look at: Rather than endlessly cycling through (some admittedly gorgeous) photos, the new Chromecast may be able to pull up new things for you to watch, read, or look at.

Right now the app doesn’t do anything aside from helping you set up the device, but an update is supposed to let it look through the apps you have installed to help you find things to watch that can be streamed over Chromecast. The device should look pretty similar to the other new Chromecast, except rather than plugging into your TV over HDMI, it’ll plug into a speaker through a headphone cable.

Chromecast is currently supported by many of the big music streaming services, including Pandora, Rdio, and Deezer, but Spotify has been a glaring absence.

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