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VIDEOS: Google launches new Nexus phones, showcases Android Wear and Android Auto Featured

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Google has finally decided to go big with its product launches, showcasing its two new flagship Nexus phones, while giving demos of Android Wear and Android Auto - and we have it ALL on video.

Reading reports on what happened today at Google Australia’s launch of the new Nexus 5X and new Nexus 6P is one thing, but iTWire is the only site on the planet that lets you watch exactly what happened at the launch.

We were first given a presentation on both new phones, followed by a more in-depth explanation of some of Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s cool new features - features designed to not only outdo iOS, but Windows Phone - and everything else, too.

Of course, there are always those ever-present privacy worries with Google hoovering up all of our data to deliver the personalised information that Google delivers, but we don’t live in a dystopia yet so there’s still hope that Benjamin Franklin’s warning that to give up a little liberty for a little security means we deserve neither doesn’t yet come to bite us in the backside.

Until then, when you click ‘I agree’, you agree to let Google use your data to deliver some pretty impressive features in Google Now on Tap and elsewhere, as you’ll see demonstrated in the second part of the first video embedded below.

Here’s the video of the Nexus 5X and 6P presentation embedded below, followed by a demonstration of some cool Android 6.0 Marshmallow features - pricing and more videos of the 6P and 5X demos along with Android Wear and Android Auto videos follow, please read on!

Starting today in Australia, you can pre-order the new Nexus phones from the Google Store

The Nexus 5X starts at $659 for the 16GB model and $739 for the 32GB model.

The Nexus 6P starts at $899 for the 32GB model, $999 for the 64GB model and $1099 for the 128GB model, prices which are very competitive up against the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus the 5X and 6P are clearly designed to compete with.

You can also get the Nexus 5X on a plan or outright through Telstra, while the Nexus 6P is available through Optus and Vodafone.

In early November, you can pop into a JB HiFi or Harvey Norman to pick up a new Nexus device.

Google and Huawei proudly boast that ‘the Nexus 6P is the first full metal-body Nexus phone’, with a 5.7-inch screen, aeronautical-grade aluminium, powerful processor, a 12 megapixel camera, fingerprint sensor, a new type of USB port — called USB Type-C — for super fast charging and much more.

Here’s the video of Huawei representatives giving a brief demo of the new Nexus 6P - the article continues below, please read on!

iTWire’s previous article on the 6P has all the details you want to know about it - click here for more

The Nexus 5X from LG is very light, not that the 6P is at all heavy, and has a 5.2-inch screen, fingerprint sensor and much more, too.

Here’s the video of LG representatives giving a brief demo of the new Nexus 5X - the article continues below!

iTWire’s previous article on the 5X has all the details you want to know about it - click here for more

Google also demonstrated its Android Wear smartwatch platform with a rotating selection of cool watches now on offer. The video of that demonstration is embedded below, followed by a live demo of Google’s new Android Auto in the following video.

Curious to see what Google’s Android Auto platform looks like when you’re driving in a car that either has Android Auto built-in, or has been upgraded to be compatible with Android Auto using a Pioneer system?

Check out the video embedded below to see for yourself!


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