Continuing from all the announcements from last week from Apple and Microsoft, Google had a press event scheduled for today, which was unfortunately cancelled due to hurricane Sandy. That didn’t stop them from releasing their announcements though. This morning, we heard about the new version of Android, 4.2 (still considered Jelly Bean), the new LG Nexus 4 phone, and the new tablet, Nexus 10, along with a 32GB Nexus 7.
The new Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will come shipped with Android 4.2, and updates will become available shortly after. The new features include:
•Photo Sphere panorama photos
•Gesture typing on the keyboard
•Lockscreen improvements, including widget support and the ability to swipe directly to camera
•Expandable notifications with that let you take actions directly
•Message zooming in Gmail with the ability to reflow text automatically
•Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users.
•Miracast support for wireless display sharing
•Google Now can use Gmail as a data source for new cards, including improved flight tracker, hotel and restaurant reservations, movie and music recommendations. Photo Spot card recommends interesting places to take photos based on your location.
Google Play Expansions
Google Play is the Android market for apps, music, movies, etc. Today, Google announced that Google Play Movies will expand to 5 more countries: Canada, UK, France, Spain and Australia. Google Play Music will be expanding to Europe on November 13th and will have an exclusive feature called Music Matching, which will let Google will scan your music collection and any song matched against the Google Play catalog will be automatically added to your online library without needing to upload it, saving you time.
New Nexus Devices
First is the Nexus 4, which is made by LG. It will feature a 4.7″ 1280×768 IPS display, 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, an 8 Megapixel camera / 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and either 8GB or 16GB of storage. No microSD expansion, which seems to be the new norm. It will also have wireless charging for its 2100mah battery. Connectivity comes via Pentaband HSPA – no LTE here. The device will ship with Android 4.2. The Nexus 4 will be priced at $299 / $349 for 8GB / 16GB versions respectively, in the US.
For the Nexus 7, they’ve done away with the low end 8GB version and have released a 32GB version. The 16GB model will now be $199, while the 32GB one is $249. They’re also releasing a 3G 32GB version with pentaband HSPA+, which will be $299.
Finally, the Nexus 10, which will be manufacturered by Samsung and will feature a 2560×1600 display, ARM Cortex-A15 based Exynos CPU and quad-core Mali T604 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. It will be $399 for a 16GB model and $499 for a 32GB model.