Google Officially Introduces the Nexus 4, New Nexus 7 Variants and Nexus 10. Android 4.2 Also Stars the Show
Due to the rapid approach of Hurricane Sandy, Google was forced to cancel their event in New York for introducing their new Nexus family of devices and Android 4.2. Still, they didn’t want to keep us waiting, so they relied on Blogs to transmit the info about the announcements they should have made and introduced the new Nexus lineup along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The all rumored Nexus 4 has finally been officially introduced. It features an all-glass casing with a 4.7-inch HD display (320 ppi) on the front and features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2. The device is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and is made by LG. It has an 8 MP camera on the back, 2 GB of RAM and comes in 8 GB and 16 GB internal storage options. The price is $299 for the 8 GB version and $349 for the 16 GB. It will be available starting November 13th.
The Nexus 7 has been revamped to include a 32 GB version with 3G HSPA+ and a Wi-Fi only 32 GB variant. The pricing for the 16 GB has went down at $200 while the Wi-Fi 32 GB took it’s place at $249. The 32 GB HSPA+ version is now priced at $ 299.
Then there is the Nexus 10 made by Samsung, with a 10-inch PLS display that offers the highest resolution on the market – at 2560 x 1600 pixels. The tablet features an all-plastic rounded shape design and is powered by the Exynos 5250 chipset in quad-core configuration with the Mali T604 GPU. It also features NFC, 2 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 5 megapixel camera at the back, plus micro HDMI and micro USB. The Nexus 10 will be available starting November 13th priced $399 for the 16 GB unit and $499 for the 32 GB unit. It offers up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.
Android 4.2 is still named Jelly Bean but with many new features worth noting. Tablet users now have the rumored multiple user support, all with their separate homescreens, widgets and apps. The feature also lets you switch users with ease. The new camera Photo Sphere feature lets you snap pictures in every direction that come together into very high resolution images that you can pan around (Video above). The keyboard has been updated with Gesture Typing that will let you introduce words using the powerful predictions of the standard keyboard and swiping gestures. Android 4.2 also lets you share movies, YouTube videos, and anything that’s on your screen on an HDTV just by connecting a wireless display adapter to any HDMI-enabled TV to mirror what’s on your screen. Google Now has also been updated with new features.
The new Android version will be available on the new devices and we expect an update in November for the older smartphones and the Nexus 7.