Google was planning to make a big Nexus announcement in New York on Monday the 29th, but called it off when hurricane Sandy decided to target New York. But don’t worry, that didn’t stop them from releasing the details – although, it did cut down on the fan fare and attention that it received. Posting on their blog, Google officially announced 3 new Nexus devices, all of which are powered by the latest version of Android which Google is simply calling “a new flavor of Jelly Bean”, Android 4.2.
The Nexus 4 is the latest smartphone in the Nexus line of devices. In the past Google has had HTC and Samsung as manufacturers, this time it will be built by LG. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, a 4.7 inch at 1280×768 resolution (320 ppi) display, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, weights 139 grams, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 2,100 mAh battery, wireless charging, and a penta-band radio with support for GSM/UMTS/HSPA+. The Nexus 4 is priced at $299 for 8GB and $349 for the 16GB and will be available from the Google Play store starting on November 13th. Full specifications can be found here.
The Nexus 7 is Google’s mid-sized device with a 7 inch screen. Built by Asus, the Nexus 7 is just a minor update from the original 7. Powered by the updated Android 4.2, Google adjusted the storage size by dropping 8GB and adding a 32GB option, and added a HSPA+ option allowing it to work on over 200 GSM providers worldwide. Full specifications can be found here.
The brand new Nexus 10 is manufactured by Samsung and has the “highest resolution on the planet”, the 10.055 inch display is running at 2560 by 1600 resulting in 300ppi for a total of over 4 million pixels, all of which are protected behind Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. The tablet weights in at 603 grams, features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, a dual-core processor, 16 or 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, and a 9,000 mAh battery. The Nexus 10 will be available for purchase from the Google Play store or at more than 2,000 Walmart stores across the US, starting on November 13th for $399 or $499. Full specifications can be found here.
Android 4.2 – The New Jelly Bean
Android 4.2 doesn’t get a new name like previous Android releases, but it does get some interesting new features. Photo Sphere seems to be Google’s answer to Microsoft’s PhotoSynth. It allows you to take a series of pictures and then stiches them all together to form a 360 degree view of your environment. 4.2 also borrows from the incredibly popular Swype keyboard and allows you to use gestures to quickly enter text on the keyboard. Simply slide your finger along the keys and turn direction over the letter you want to select. In the tablet release you will also find the ability to have multiple users on a single device. This allows you to have separate email accounts, bookmarks, home screen, backgrounds, and even apps and games for each user that picks up the device.
The latest offerings from Google nicely rounds out their offerings – small, medium, and large. Something for everyone. The updated Jelly Bean brings some attractive new features. All of this is offered at a reasonable price. The question will be, is it enough to keep people from Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple’s offerings.