Google's Nexus family keeps on getting bigger.

The Internet giant on Wednesday introduced the Nexus 9, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display manufactured by Taiwanese hardware maker HTC, the Nexus 6, a smartphone with a 6-inch display made by Motorola Mobility, and the Nexus Player, a streaming media player by Asus and the first device running Android TV. As with past Nexus launches, the devices serve as a showcase for the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, dubbed Lollipop, but previously referred to as "L."

The Nexus 9 and Nexus Player will be available for preorder on October 17, and hit stores on November 3. The Nexus 6 will be available for preorder on October 29 and available in November, sold unlocked or through carriers. Sprint, US Cellular, AT&T and T-Mobile will sell the Nexus 6 in the US. Pricing information on the devices wasn't provided.

The phone marks Google's entrance into the "phablet" market, a large-screened device that serves almost as a hybrid phone and tablet. The Nexus 6 -- which was reportedly code-named "Shamu" after the famous killer whale -- is larger than Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, announced at a splashy press event last month, as well as the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is launching on Friday. A listing for the Nexus 6 made a subtle appearance on AT&T's website Tuesday night, with a $50 on-contract price. AT&T declined to comment on pricing.
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