Google Nexus Event 2015: Recap and Release Date for Nexus Smartphones and Chromecast 2

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It's that time of year again when Google reveals its new products. At its annual Nexus fall keynote, which follows Apple's September gadget event, Google unveiled a souped-up version of its Chromecast media streaming device, two new smartphones and a brand-new operating system, the Verge reports. 

The event kicked off at noon ET in San Francisco and was live streaming via Google's YouTube channel. What's more, the search engine made several of the newly-released products available for pre-order ahead of their October release dates via the company's shopping site.

Chromecast 2 was unveiled during the event, which features quicker wifi and a functionality called "fast play." It's expected to launch in more than 10 countries. Similarly, the search engine released two highly-anticipated Google smartphones during Tuesday's event. 

The phones are named the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Both phones are equipped with Nexus Imprint, Google's version of the iPhone's advanced fingerprint-unlocking system. With Nexus Imprint, the smartphones learn users' fingerprints further with more use. Users can simply provide their fingerprint to pay for purchases with Android Pay. 

Both phones have 5-megapixel front-facing cameras and support 4K video, which is essentially HD recording. However, while the 5X records at 120 frames per second, the 6P boasts 240 frames per second.

The search engine's latest tablet device, called the Pixel C, was also revealed Tuesday. The device, which runs on Android's latest Marshmallow 6.0 software, features a detachable keyboard charger and wireless charging. The tablet doesn't need a kickstand, as its adjustable by up to 135 degrees when magnetically attached to the keyboard. The tablet also boasts a 10.2-inch screen with 2560 x 1800 resolution and 3 gigabytes of RAM.

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