Google reveals the Nexus 6, pre-orders begin on October 29th!

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Forget the pomp and circumstance that comes with a formal launch event — Google just outed the new Nexus 6 on its official Android blog, and it’s just about everything the rumor mill said the Motorola-made device would be. The Nexus 6 might look like a super-sized version of this year’s Moto X — down to the speaker grilles and the lock button/volume rocker placement along the phone’s right edge — but it packs plenty of notable improvements over its smaller, non-Nexus cousin. 5.9-inch Quad HD screen? Check? The more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, clocked at 2.7GHz? You betcha. Hefty 3,220 mAh battery? Of course. It’s as if Motorola addressed nearly every issue we had with the Moto X, and capped things off with a big ol’ Nexus logo on the back. In fact, the only component that doesn’t seem to have been upgraded is the 13-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash layout on the Nexus 6’s back (and that’s sort of a shame). Naturally, It’s also the first phone to run Android 5.0 Lollipop (which Google waseager to tease the other day).

Despite the torrent of leaks we’ve seen recently, Google still isn’t ready to spill most of the juicy details. The Verge reports that pre-orders for the Nexus 6 will kick off on October 29 with a full retail launch to follow some time in November, but expect to shell out a few pretty pennies for it. You’ll be able to nab your own Nexus 6 for a whopping $649, making it the most expensive Nexus phone to date (though the decidedly non-Nexus Sony Z Ultra came in at the same price).Itching to pick it up with a little carrier discount? Not to worry: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless will all be getting the Nexus at some point, and if a recent slip-up is any indication, it could be damn cheap. An error on AT&T’s site suggested that the 6 could go for as little as $49.99 with a two year contract — if true, that’d make the Nexus half the price of the Moto X.

Google’s Android 5.0 is called Lollipop!

Google has just announced that the next major version of Android, 5.0, will be known as Lollipop. After months of teasing the OS, the search giant is finally taking what was previously known as Android “L” into the mainstream, with the first set of the devices set to be arriving soon. Speaking of which, Android Lollipop will make its debut on the new Nexus 9, a big-screen smartphone from Motorola; and the Nexus 9, a tablet made by HTC; and the Nexus Player, a media-streaming box with Android TV, the first one with Google’s new set-top platform.

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