01:16PM EDT - Hands on posts coming soon

01:16PM EDT - And that's the end. Time for hands on

01:15PM EDT - Will be coming in time for the holidays, more info in the coming months

01:15PM EDT - It'll be nice if it has USB alt modes for the Type-C port

01:14PM EDT - Charges with Type-C. Has the double tap to check battery feature from the Pixel laptop.

01:14PM EDT - Tegra X1 SoC, 3GB of RAM. Impressive.

01:13PM EDT - Note, sRGB doesn't really mean anything. The normal Pixel is sRGB without being very accurate

01:13PM EDT - 308ppi, 500 nits, sRGB

01:13PM EDT - Keyboard has a small battery, but you don't charge it because it's charged inductively by the tablet when attached to the back

01:13PM EDT - Keyboard attaches to the back using the magnets

01:12PM EDT - Display can be put at many angles without any kickstand or lock-in mechanism

01:11PM EDT - 10.2" display. 1:sqrt(2) aspect ratio. Very close to paper

01:11PM EDT - Tablet attaches via self aligning magnets, keyboard connects via bluetooth

01:09PM EDT - I think they still need to fix the software situation

01:09PM EDT - Google trying to rethink tablets that can be used for productivity

01:08PM EDT - Both Nexus phones and the new Chromecast have been covered. Pixel C is next

01:07PM EDT - Also $35.

01:07PM EDT - You can also play chromecast songs on several chromecasts connected to different speakers, which could play a song across your whole home

01:07PM EDT - Can mirror any audio on your Android device, and from Chrome tabs on any device

01:06PM EDT - Chromecast audio supports RCA, 3.5mm, and optical

01:05PM EDT - Coming to older generation Chromecast over the next few weeks

01:05PM EDT - Spotify is now supporting Chromecast and Chromecast audio

01:04PM EDT - No complicated pairing for Chromecast Audio. Could this be abused? Hopefully not.

01:02PM EDT - New Chromecast available today for $35

01:01PM EDT - Showing demo of Angry Birds Go. I didn't even know this existed, but now I'm confident that I want Mario Kart for Android and iOS

01:00PM EDT - Games can be rendered on phones and cast to the TV. APIs for this were announced at I/O

12:59PM EDT - Now talking about gaming

12:59PM EDT - Means your House of Cards episodes will be pre-buffered as you're finishing your current one

12:59PM EDT - It can also allow apps to pre-buffer content

12:58PM EDT - New fast play feature allows apps to pre-buffer the casting, which means it will show up and load on the TV much faster

12:56PM EDT - New app also has a devices tab. Makes sense, as now you may have many different Chromecasts and devices controlling them

12:55PM EDT - Big problem with the current Chromecast app model is that you have to check every app to see if it supports Chromecast. New app now shows which apps support it.

12:54PM EDT - New app shows popular content on Youtube, in apps you have on your phone, sports, etc

12:54PM EDT - New Chromecast app for Android and iOS to allow users to discover new content

12:53PM EDT - Now going over software improvements to Chromecast

12:53PM EDT - Essentially the same design as the video Chromecast. Uses a 3.5mm cable though, and needs power obviously

12:52PM EDT - Second new product is Chromecast audio. Connects to existing speakers to allow wireless streaming over WiFi

12:52PM EDT - Google claims superior WiFi performance on the new Chromecast than competing devices

12:51PM EDT - Improved WiFi. Dual band 802.11ac and 5GHz, big improvement over the original

12:50PM EDT - Comes in yellow red and black

12:50PM EDT - Is now a disk with the HDMI port on a small flat cable

12:50PM EDT - New design

12:49PM EDT - Two new Chromcast products today. First is new Chromecast

12:49PM EDT - More than 20 million Chromecast sales globally

12:48PM EDT - Cast support is also coming to sport apps from MLB and NBA

12:47PM EDT - New content partnerships. Sling TV and Showtime are bringing their content to Chromecast.

12:47PM EDT - Discussing how Chromecast has moved beyond TV mirroring to also enable wireless audio

12:46PM EDT - Hopefully a hardware update coming. Chromecast currently doesn't support above 1080p30

12:45PM EDT - Now moving on to Chromecast

12:45PM EDT - Scrolling in Google's Photos app demo is really janky, I wonder if anyone is working on fixing this?

12:45PM EDT - The application intelligently displays on the TV. While you're seeking through the app you don't see that on the TV, which is better than mirroring

12:44PM EDT - Photos app works with Chromecast. Can cast photos to TV

12:44PM EDT - Discussing a better way to share photos than huddling around a tiny 5" rectangle

12:43PM EDT - This feature is coming this week to Photos on Android and iOS

12:43PM EDT - Can give nicknames to people and associate their photo. You can then make searches like "Maggie Hiking" and Photos will show photos that contain that

12:42PM EDT - Discussing new search abilities and how they're enabled.

12:42PM EDT - Also I apologize for the color banding in the images, it's due to the scaling in order to make them small enough to upload.

12:41PM EDT - Shared albums is coming later this year

12:40PM EDT - This lets everyone else know that someone has viewed the photos

12:40PM EDT - Someone who is sent the album can also "join" it in order to be notified whenever a photo is added

12:39PM EDT - Other users of the album will be notified that someone else added photos. Photos have name attributions to show who took which

12:39PM EDT - Can share albums using a single link, and the receiver can add their own photos as well

12:38PM EDT - Google wanted to make a feature like this which required no setup and worked everywhere

12:37PM EDT - New feature to pool family photos into single albums

12:36PM EDT - I sure wish they would make a real Windows + OS X app instead of a painful web UI though

12:36PM EDT - Google seeing tremendous adoption of Google Photos. I'm definitely in that group.

12:36PM EDT - Now moving on to Google Photos

12:34PM EDT - New Google Play Music family plan.

12:33PM EDT - Discussing improvements to Google Play and family friendly features

12:32PM EDT - Now moving onto the entertainment space

12:32PM EDT - Discussing Android Wear, and how it now works with iOS

12:31PM EDT - Both new devices also work on Google Project Fi

12:31PM EDT - Unsure if there's a payment required to use the damage insurance

 

12:30PM EDT - Can file a claim 24/7. New device

12:30PM EDT - Nexus Protect: new warranty program, similar to Applecare it seems. Extends warranty to 2yrs, provides damage insurance

12:29PM EDT - Also a $50 Google Play credit in the US

12:29PM EDT - All new Nexus devices come with 90 days of Google Play Music

12:28PM EDT - Nexus 5X starts at $379, 6P starts at $499. Higher and lower than I expected respectively

12:28PM EDT - No Canadia ;-;

12:28PM EDT - Starting today the 5X and 6P will be available for pre-order on the Google Store in US, UK, Ireland, Japan

12:27PM EDT - The new Nexus 5X and 6P can be purchased at the Google Store (online store)

12:27PM EDT - The Android Marshmallow OTA will be rolling out to Nexus devices next week

12:26PM EDT - Marshmallow runs 30% longer when screen is off on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

12:26PM EDT - Using motion detection to determine if the device can go into deep sleep or not.

12:26PM EDT - Now going over Android Marshmallow power management improvements

12:25PM EDT - Android Marshmallow also allows you to interact with apps using your voice. This is an important accessibility feature.

12:24PM EDT - Obviously there's are privacy vs convenience to consider, but Google can only do this because of all their info indexing

12:24PM EDT - This is something hard for any other company to do

12:24PM EDT - Doing a demo of using Now on Tap. Example is a message asking to go to a restaurant at a certain time, and Now on Tap gives a button to make a calendar reminder and a yelp preview.

12:23PM EDT - Now discussing Now on Tap. It still isn't in the latest Android developer preview which means there's not much known about how expansive it is.

12:22PM EDT - New Nexus devices come with fewer preloaded apps. More apps can also be uninstalled.

12:22PM EDT - New permission system. This was covered at I/O. Run-time permissions are long overdue but it was definitely a huge effort to overhaul the system.

12:21PM EDT - I wish the animations ran as smoothly on the Nexus 6 as they do in this keynote

12:21PM EDT - Heads up notifications now have a bouncing animation and can be swiped away.

12:20PM EDT - Lock screen now has a way to quickly access voice commands. Lock screen also states when the phones are fast charging.

12:20PM EDT - Going over some of the Android Marshmallow improvements. New announcements on top of those given at I/O

12:19PM EDT - Switching gears to Marshmallow and how it works on the Nexus 5X and 6P

12:18PM EDT - Also learns over time. This is something I've noticed many other Android devices seem to neglect.

12:18PM EDT - Recognizes fingers in under 600ms.

12:18PM EDT - Nexus Imprint uses Android Marshmallow's fingerprint API so developers can use it with apps

12:17PM EDT - Discussing sensor fusion, and offloading sensor processing to a dedicated processor

12:15PM EDT - Both phones also support 4K at "normal rate", assuming 30fps

12:15PM EDT - Slow motion video is now coming. Nexus 5X does 120fps, 6P is 240fps. No resolution mentioned.

12:14PM EDT - Google showing how the Nexus 6P outperforms other devices in low light

12:14PM EDT - Nexus 6P has laser autofocus. HDR+ also improved.

12:14PM EDT - No OIS because the larger pixels mean you don't need as long of an exposure time. Not a fan of that justification

12:13PM EDT - Talking about optimizing the Nexus cameras for lower light photography.

12:12PM EDT - 5X camera also has 1.55 micron pixels. Unknown if it's the same resolution as the 6P

12:12PM EDT - 2700mAh battery. 5.2" display. "64bit processor", S808 most likely

12:11PM EDT - Now moving onto the 5X. Made by LG

12:10PM EDT - The fingerprint sensor is called "Nexus Imprint". On the back of the phone. Touching wakes up the device

12:10PM EDT - 8MP FFC

12:10PM EDT - NExus 6P has a 12.3MP image sensor. 1.55 micron pixels.

12:10PM EDT - Foward facing stereo speakers

12:10PM EDT - Also has USB type-c. Charges in "About half the time of iPhone 6 Plus"

12:09PM EDT - 2560x1440 display, 5.7"

12:09PM EDT - Available in white, graphite, and aluminum

12:09PM EDT - Nexus 6P made by Huawei, all aluminum. 7.3mm thick

12:08PM EDT - Two new Nexus phones. Nexus 5X and NExus 6P

12:08PM EDT - Now talking about Nexus

12:08PM EDT - Google Play now has over 1 billion 30 day active users. Important metric as it doesn't include devices in China without Play services

12:07PM EDT - Machine learning is also an important area of focus for Google. Powers Google Now, which is expanding with Now on Tap coming in Marshmallow.

12:06PM EDT - Chromecast also has some updates coming later

12:06PM EDT - Sundar mentioned the Pixel C tablet which will be discussed later today

12:05PM EDT - Google wants to push the next generation of computing forward. Google feels they need to build their own hardware for the next generation of their ecosystems.

12:04PM EDT - By the end of this year Google projects there will be more Chromebooks than any other device in US schools. 30,000 new Chromebooks activated each day.

12:03PM EDT - Android userbase has doubled in markets like India, Google wants to bring the next billion people online

12:03PM EDT - Going over Android stats. 1.4 billion active Android devices as of right now, we haven't gotten an update on that stat for a while

12:03PM EDT - The scale of open platforms allows Google to do things in partnership with many companies

12:02PM EDT - Sundar is discussing how Google invests in large open platforms

12:02PM EDT - Sundar Pichai has taken the stage

11:53AM EDT - WiFi quality seems good; not expecting any issues

11:45AM EDT - Brandon here at Google's September event. The event is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PST, and people are still coming in.

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  • tuxRoller - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    All of that is very arguable but this hasn't been a good two years for Android socs.
    I really, really hope Samsung, lg, and Qualcomm come out with great custom arm designs next year.
    Reply
  • name99 - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    You guys all seem utterly oblivious to how these issues tie together.
    You glory in the fact that Android phones are so cheap, and competition so extreme --- then you're surprised that there's no money in the eco-system to pay for serious R&D of any form?

    Those same Apple prices that you consider "robbery" are down-payments for the A10, the iPhone8, the Apple Car. You don't get one without the other...

    It has ALWAYS been the case that serious R&D requires some sort of monopoly, charging monopoly prices. The best you can hope for is to ensure that the monopoly is spending the money well. The great monopolies of the past, the ones that really moved the world forward --- ATT till the 70s, IBM till the 80s, Sun and SGI at their peak --- we still praise with appropriate caveats.

    If you get past blind mindless hatred, Apple is playing some of that role now. The details are different (they're always different), but Apple is the one spending the money today for the ideas that everyone will be using in five or ten years.
    Reply
  • johnthacker - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    There's some to what you say, but Apple spends an extremely small percentage of their revenue compared to the average electronics company today, much less compared to the monopoly like behemoths of the past. (It's an even more extremely unusually low percentage of profit, as their profit margin is quite high now.)

    Some of it is because they borrow ideas, some of it is because they buy it (which qualifies in a sense), but in any case they don't have the R&D labs of the companies you mentioned.
    Reply
  • Wwhat - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - link

    Apple car isn't going to ever happen I think. And apple itself denies it too, but that's not a reliable way to tell though.

    Also, 80% of the world market is android, the chipmakers can develop for all phones, so yes there is plenty of reason to develop for android, and seeing that the damn A10 is based off a standard design it shows.
    And if you think Samsung doesn't do R&D and develops new stuff you must be quite detached from reality, and not a regular visitor to anadtech either.
    Reply
  • mczak - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    Frankly I don't see a phone at all. All I see is a larger and a smaller phablet.
    One of them really should have been a non-phablet...
    Reply
  • Sttm - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    They disabled the chat on the live stream right when they started the game section that was using all iPhones. Hahhahaha. Reply
  • Sttm - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    This event has put this idea in my head that Google is happy to tout the iPhone as the high end phone option, and take the middle and bottom of the smartphone market. While at the same time not providing any of the Google features they gladly give to the iPhone to Windows Phone to not have a competitor for the middle and low end.

    Apple gets the high end, Google takes the rest, duopoly.
    Hope the antitrust people catch on to this.
    Reply
  • osxandwindows - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    google cares about its iOS users. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - link

    Yes, Sttm said that already. It was a complaint that Google cares about iOS users but not Windows Phone users. Reply
  • Harry_Wild - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - link

    That what happen when Microsoft back in 2005 had 45% of the smartphone market with Windows Mobile but never kept improve it and gave up on it for New software - Windows Phone in 2010. Apple just took it over in 2007 and triple the price and the rest is history. Reply

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