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]