Google goes Lollipop with Android 5.0

Google Nexus 6 with Android 5.0 Lollipop was unveiled by the Mountain View Giant on Wednesday. Just like the Nexus 5 last year, Google quietly released the phone without much fanfare, by sharing all Nexus 6-related details via a blog post.

In terms of specifications, the Google Nexus 6, which is being manufactured by Motorola, comes with a 5.96-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display at 493PPI. The smartphone is powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor alongside 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB and 64GB internal storage options. The Google Nexus 6 comes with 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear and front cameras respectively.

The Google Nexus 6 runs the newly announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes with a fresh look thanks to Material Design and a host of new features. The Nexus 6 sports a massive 3220mAh battery, which adds to its bulk, since the smartphone weighs 184 grams and measures 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06mm.

In a departure from tradition, the Google Nexus 6 is not being sold at a discount compared to other flagship smartphones. A factory unlocked Google Nexus 6 with 32GB storage will cost $649 (approximately Rs. 40,000), the same that an iPhone 6 costs in the US. The 64GB Google Nexus 6 has been priced at $699 (approximately Rs. 43,000) without a contract.

Interestingly, not only will the new Nexus 6 will be available from Google and Motorola, but for the first time a Nexus device will also be sold via carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. T-Mobile said it will be offering the Google Nexus 6 at zero down-payment on a two-year contract.

In terms of availability, Google and Motorola said in their statements that the Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store in “late October” and will start shipping in November. T-Mobile was more specific, indicating a November 12 release date, so one can expect availability via Google Play and/ or Motorola to be the same, if not earlier.

There’s no official word yet on when the Google Nexus 6 will come to India, but Motorola said in its statement that the “Nexus 6 will come to 28 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America starting later this year and as we head into Q1.” With India having become a priority market for Motorola, one can certainly expect India to be on that list.

Credit: NDTV Correspondent

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