October 29, 2012
Google Announces 3 New Nexus Devices Aimed To Defeat Apple
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Google had originally planned to have a huge event today, unveiling their latest wares just in time for the holiday shopping season. Yesterday, Google decided to postpone this event as “Frankenstorm” began to beat on the door of the East Coast.
The California company wasn´t content to let Hurricane Sandy´s trashing the East coast stop them from peeling back the covers on their latest Android devices, however, and moved forward today as they unveiled 3 new products in a simple and boring press statement.
“People increasingly have more than one device, and they switch between them many times a day,” reads the opening line to the Google statement.
“Today, we´re excited to announce three great new Nexus devices “¦ in small, medium and large. And they all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean–which includes the latest version of Google Now and other great new features.”
This “new flavor” of Android brings a few more Apple-targeted features to Google´s mobile OS. For instance, Apple introduced their Panorama feature last month when they unveiled the iPhone 5 in their own somewhat boring event. With Panorama, iPhone users can quickly scan a scene and the phone´s native software stitches together a panoramic shot. Not to be outdone, Android 4.2 now has Photo Sphere, which takes pictures from all directions and stitches them together, as opposed to limiting users to linear photographs.
Android 4.2 also brings an AirPlay-like feature to smartphones and tablets, streaming movies, music and pictures to TVs, although not without the help of a “wireless display adapter.”
Android tablets running 4.2 will also allow multiple users with multiple logins, a feature many have been clamoring for in their iPads.
Speaking of Android tablets, Google announced a brand new Nexus tablet today, and like Amazon before them, they´ve gone larger to take the iPad head on. The Nexus 10 is built by Samsung and features a 10.55-inch display with 2560-by-1600 resolution and 300 ppi. By comparison, Apple´s latest 9.7-inch Retina display has a 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 ppi. Google also claims this new 10-incher gets 9 hours of battery life and 500 hours of standby time. Underneath, the Nexus 10 is running Samsung´s 1.7 GHz Exynos chipset with 2 GB of RAM, NFC and a 5 megapixel camera. The Nexus 10 also directly competes with iPad on price, starting out at $399 for a 16 GB model. Interestingly, Google only offers a 16 and 32 GB model for their new and larger tablet offering while Apple offers a 64 GB model as well.
The Nexus 10 only comes in a Wi-Fi model, with no cellular connectivity, like LTE.
And speaking of no LTE, Google also announced the 4th generation of Nexus smartphones. This time Google gave LG the nod to build their latest flagship device which uses a 4.7-inch display at 320 ppi on top of a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. An 8-megapixel shooter lives amongst the etched-glass back. While Google claims the Nexus 4 has the fastest processor on the market, it maxes out at 16 GB internal storage and does not ship with LTE, a feature many chided Apple for omitting in their 4S. While LTE gets a miss, Google and LG made sure NFC made its way inside. The Nexus 4 starts at $299 with 8 GB of storage or $349 for the maxed out 16 GB. AT&T will sell an unlocked version of the Nexus 4 for $199 on contract.
The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will be available in a few weeks on November 13 in the Google Play store.