Tech Talk Thursday: S’more to Come Soon: Google’s Nexus Event and the dawn of “Marshmallow”

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Android MarshmallowApple wasn’t the only company holding product events this month. Google had its Nexus event the evening of September 29th and unveiled what’s to come for the next year.

Some of it we already knew about, like the release of the latest Android operating system, Android 6.0 (named  Marshmallow), which will be available next week. However, some of he information unveiled at the event was brand new!

The most anticipated devices were the new Nexus phones. Build up to the event was peppered with anticipatory tweets and hashtags. Google debuted two new Android phones: the Nexus 6P for those of us with a little extra cash handy, and the Nexus 5X. So far, Google’s flagship WiFi project, Project Fi, is only beneficial if you own a Nexus 6. But with the announcement of the new Nexus 5x and 6p came new hope for users to be able to take advantage of the super-saver WiFi network.

Google announced the new Chromecast 2.0 for pretty much the same price but with a whole different look. It features a new built in “Fast Play” software that connects to your TV faster than the original device and pre-loads content, like an episode from that favorite series you like to binge watch. It works by opening the media player’s app, which has also been revamped. Additionally, you can stream Spotify, Showtime’s app, and lots more! There’s also going to be Chromecast Audio. While Chromecast (and 2.0) is for your TV, the Audio is for your sound system. It looks almost identical to the 2.0 but is outfitted with a standard 3.5mm audio port instead of the TVs HDMI component. It has the same price tag that its counterpart boasts.

And while all the canoodling with new devices was going on, Google threw in the Pixel C.  Surprise – a tablet from Google! Google has made a surface tablet, which looks like a Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad 1st Generation had a love child. Tech blogs are boasting that the Microsoft Surface Pro finally has a competitor but the numbers to back it up remain to be seen.

Google has really put in the effort to be a part of your home. While the world has been preoccupied keeping an eye on Apple domination, Google’s been hard at work creating new ways for its technology to challenge the market.



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