Google on Wednesday introduced a new lineup of gadgets  showing off a new smartphone, tablet and streaming media player. The ambitious release takes on many of Google's top competitors ahead of the holiday season.

The Nexus 6, made by Motorola, has a 6-inch screen that gives it a bigger profile than the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus that Apple introduced earlier this summer. The phone has a 13-inch megapixel camera and a battery life feature that will keep the phone running for six hours on just 15 minutes of charging time. The phone also has dual front-facing speakers that Google boasts will be good for watching video and playing games -- two of the fastest-growing uses for large-screen smartphones.

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular will carry the phone. It will be available for pre-order on Oct. 17 and hit store shelves on Nov. 3, the company said. The phone will cost $649 for a 32GB version and $699 for a 64 GB version.

In the tablet space, Google also introduced the Nexus 9 by HTC. The tablet, which has an 8.9-inch screen, lands somewhere between the size of a full-sized iPad and an iPad mini. Google is marketing it not only as a recreational device, but also as a stand-in for users's laptops, offering a separate keyboard accessory -- for "real work," the company said in a blog post. That may be appealing to businesses, or just business people, many of whom are looking to tablets as portable work devices. That puts it squarely in the same category as Microsoft's Surface, which is heavily billed as a laptop replacement.

The Nexus tablet will cost $399 for a 16GB version and $479 for a 32 GB version when it comes on on Oct. 29. LTE connectivity ups the price to $599.

Google also introduced the Nexus Player, a streaming media console similar to a Roku or Apple TV. It's the first Google device to use its Android TV platform that the company introduced in June. In addition to carrying streaming video channels such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Google's own YouTube, the player also has a strong focus on games -- an quality also emphasized by Amazon for its Fire TV. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.) The Nexus Player will cost $99 and comes with a voice-activated remote; its optional game controller costs $40.

Finally, Google also took the wraps off the name for its latest operating system, previously only known as "L" --  which it's calling Lollipop. Google always names its operating systems after sweet treats and in alphabetical order. Lollipop, also known as Android 5.0, follows Android KitKat, which was released last year.

The new operating system is designed to work on a number of devices including phones and tablets, as well as next-generation gadgets such as smart TVs and smart cars.