Nexus 6 Is Official, Australian Pre-Orders In November [Updated]

Google's much-rumoured Nexus 6 Android phone is now official. The 5.96-inch phone, produced by Motorola, will be one of the first devices to run Android Lollipop (Android 5.0, previously known as Android L). The big question is: when will Australians see it?

The Nexus 6 US announcement post says that the phone will be available for pre-order in late October, but doesn't specify a date. Google Australia has confirmed to Lifehacker that pre-orders will open up in November, but hasn't provided a price or more specific launch date.

Given that the main Nexus site lists the plan alongside a handful of US carriers, Australia is unlikely to be top priority, though Google has said the device will be available for outright buy via the Google Play store, which is how we'd recommend buying it in any case.

Google has said Lollipop will be available as an update for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 "in the coming weeks", as well as any "Google Play" edition devices. Unfortunately, the latter haven't ever received an official Australian release, but existing Nexus owners will continue to benefit from faster updates on an unencumbered phone.

Google also announced two other devices: the 8.9-inch Nexus 9 tablet, built by HTC, and the Nexus Player, a streaming media player built by Asus. The Nexus 9 will also be available for pre-order in Australia in November, but the Player doesn't have any local launch plans yet. Like the Nexus 6, both will run Lollipop.

Android: Be together. Not the same. [Official Google Blog]


    Google has said Lollipop will be available as an update for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 “in the coming weeks”, as well as any “Google Play” edition devices.

    Is it just the Nexus 7 (2013) that will get the update, or will the original Nexus 7 get it as well?

      The original nexus 7 gets it too:

      2012 model will get it too. So will the Nexus 4.

    What the hell does this article mean??? Australian preorders???, I ordered my nexus 5 direct from the U.S playstore, not the stupid useless Aussie one, where I looked first & as a result the process of ordering was delayed therefore it took three weeks to arrive....
    Or maybe I should shut up & continue letting you misdirect everyone...

      Good luck to you. Many people would prefer an option with no extra postage and faster shipping, an Australian power plug and certification for local standards.

      I prefer not to wait 3 weeks for my product to arrive so I will be ordering mine from the functionally identical Australian store. Aussie power plugs are also useful and I don't have to worry with shipping forwarders etc.

      Ordering from the Australian store made support easier for me. My Nexus 5 developed a major screen fault in January, and I was able to get a replacement shipped out to me at zero cost within 4 days. Not sure I would've had the same outcome ordering from the U.S. store.

        I did the exact same thing a few months ago. My screen did something funky (potentially too much pressure in my pocket while playing with the kids!) and Google sent out a replacement in days.

        Much, much easier!

    That screen size is starting to border on phablet territory... I know others might love the extra screen space, but not me.

      Nah, it IS phablet territory. I think I'd have to hold one to make judgement but it is getting pretty big....

        Well, it's bigger (and wider more importantly) than the iPhone 6 Plus, so that should give you an idea...

          The iPhone 6 Plus is already too big. Also, the announcements on the price are breaking my heart. It's going to cost just as much as most flagship phones...
          Looks like I'm going to be on the hunt for a different phone to replace my Nexus 5 come January.

          The Nexus 6 is only slightly bigger than the iPhone 6+ :

          Unless you have small hands already, I highly doubt you'll notice much (or care, considering the additional screen real estate and PPI).

          Phablet spec and size comparisons here:

    I have a Nexus 5. I'm struggling to justify an upgrade. I have never been happy with the focusing on the Nexus 5 camera. The camera is the only thing that could sway me. Perhaps the software update will fix it anyway.

    What I don't get is why can't they just open the pre-orders already? It's just pre-ordering. Ship em while you can, I.Need.To.Buy.This! And when I do, you better not later make it in black!

    Correction: Nexus 9 can be pre-ordered now.

    It's November 15th, WTF! Why won't they just release it?

    Hey LIFEHACKER !!!! .. do some magic / hack .... whatever ... to get this fucking phone released .... still waiting for the phone ...... Can you guys again re-assure about the release date to be confirmed, even the month of release is enough if its fixed ...

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