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.