Google unveils new Nexus phones

Google has announced two new phones in its Nexus line-up, in addition to revisions of its Chromecast media streaming devices.

The announcement of the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P comes less than a week after the most recent model of the iPhone, the 6S, hit stores.

The new phones are competitively priced against Apple’s latest offering. The 5X features a 5.2 inch screen and costs £339 while the 6P contains a 5.7 inch screen and starts at £449.

The release of new Nexus devices has become an annual tradition for Google, which uses them to demonstrate the latest advancements in their Android mobile operating system.

The newest version of Android, dubbed Marshmallow, will be available to existing Nexus customers from next week and will come preloaded on the newly announced phones.

While the 5X is made by South Korea's LG Electronics, a company which Google has used in the past to manufacturer its devices, the 6P is produced by China's Huawei Technologies, a first for Google.

Both phones feature a new fingerprint sensor, Nexus Imprint, which is located on the back and is designed to bring increased security features to the new devices.

In a major differentiation from previous Nexus phones, the new models feature a USB Type-C plug which sports a different design to the commonplace micro-USB port. The new port is reversible, unlike its older sibling, and promises faster charging and data transfer rates.

Google also unveiled a redesigned version of its Chromecast device for streaming Web content to TVs and introduced Chromecast Audio, which plugs into speakers to stream audio over Wi-Fi. Both are priced at £30.

The redesigned devices are circular and eschew the first generation Chromecast’s dongle look that created difficulties when plugging into some TV sets.

Google also introduced a new 10.2-inch tablet called the Pixel C with a full-sized keyboard that is magnetically attached. It comes in two versions, 32GB and 64GB and is powered by an Nvidia X1 quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM. 

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