Despite cancelling its event, Google went ahead to launch three new Nexus devices and Android 4.2. The three Nexus devices are the LG Nexus 4, Samsung Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (32GB) in 3G and Wi-Fi models.
LG Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 is a collaboration between Google and LG, which brings together a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ display (1280 x 768 pixels), an 8-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2.
Measuring 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm, the Nexus 4 weighs 139g with a 2,100mAh battery. Following in the footsteps of Nokia, the Nexus 4 also supports wireless charging (use any Qi-compatible charger). It comes in two storage capacities, 8GB and 16GB without support for a memory card slot. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 does not come with 4G LTE capabilities.
The Nexus 4 will be available at US$299 (8GB) and US$349 (16GB) from 13th November on Google Play Store in the U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
Samsung Nexus 10
A bigger sibling of the Nexus 7, Google also introduced the Nexus 10 which is manufactured by Samsung. The main highlight of the Nexus 10 is its 10.1-inch HD PLS display with an ultra high resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. This equates to a higher pixel density (330ppi) compared to the third and fourth-gen iPads (264ppi, 2048 x 1536 pixels).
Running under the hood is Samsung Exynos 5 processor with two Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.7GHz, a Mali T-604 GPU and 2GB RAM. Google claims that the Nexus 10 comes with a powerful battery (9,000mAh) that can provide up to 9 hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. Other specs include:
- 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9mm
- 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording
- 1.9-megapixel front camera with 720p video recording
- 16 or 32GB internal memory
- 3.5mm audio output jack
The Nexus 10 is available at US$399 (16GB) and US$499 (32GB) from 13th November on Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
32GB Nexus 7 (3G and Wi-Fi)
Google dropped the price tag for the 16GB Nexus 7 to US$199 and announced a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7 for US$249. In addition, the 3G (32GB) model will cost US$299 and is compatible with over 200 GSM carriers worldwide.
The 16GB and 32GB Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi) is available from in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
The 32GB Nexus 7 (3G) will be available from 13th November in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Less than six months after Google unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the company took the wraps off “the simplest and smartest version of Android yet”. It has a few nifty tricks up its sleeve such as: –
- Photo Sphere: a panorama-like feature where you can capture images in any direction you want to create a 360-degree immersive experience.
- Gesture Typing: a Swype-like feature that enables you to glide your finger over the keyboard to type messages.
- Wireless display: watch movies, YouTube videos and play games wirelessly from Miracast-compatible HDTVs.
- More cards for Google Now: flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, shipping details, nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movies times at theaters in the vicinity or concerts by your favorite artists
- Multiple user support: ability to add multiple users on a single device and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen.
- DayDream: a screen saver which allows you to make use of the display (when idle or docked) to view photo albums or news.