One of the more surprising recent Google releases, the Nexus Player set-top box, and perhaps the most predictable in a while, the Nexus 6 phablet, are expected to roll out to end users at around the same time.
But in a bizarre twist, Big G put the Nexus Player up for pre-orders first, then suspended pre-sales, whereas the N6 was kept on stand-by, suggesting its commercial launch could be delayed. Not to worry though, we’ve just found out the Motorola-made jumbo-sized handheld is to go on pre-orders October 29, presumably in preparation for an early November delivery start.
Meanwhile, Nexus Player pre-sales have restarted, after a small hiccup caused by FCC certification pickles. The $100 Android TV-running content streamer is all approved and ready to rumble, albeit shipping dates have slipped to 3-4 weeks from now.
So yeah, around the same time the Nexus 6 is to commercially debut. Don’t forget about the third piece of stock Android-powered hardware El Goog recently unveiled, the HTC-constructed Nexus 9 tablet, [easyazon-link asin=”B00M6UC5B4″ locale=”us”]up for grabs on Amazon[/easyazon-link] and via the Play Store for $399.99 and up, with November 3 slated as a due date.
As far as N6 pricing is concerned, I’m afraid there’s no recent, positive development to report, and so you’re still looking at coughing up $650 for the cheapest no-contract variant. Good thing the carrier support will be more robust than ever, and pledging to a 24-month pact is going to free you of hefty upfront financial obligations. Just keep in mind you’ll be tied to your network of choice for two whole years if you go down this road.