For those hoping or wondering if Google will eventually reschedule their Google Nexus event that was originally planned for today, you can stop wondering. It now appears that Google was going to announce the 5 Nexus devices (16/32GB Nexus 10 tablet, 8/16GB Nexus 4, and the 32GB HSPA+ Nexus 7) that were added to the Play Store today, but they will not be rescheduling the event itself. The only thing left to wonder about now is how they’re going to promote these devices.
It might as well be Christmas morning for the Android lovers of the world. These are very exciting times for sure. Instead of leaks, we are now seeing a bevy of official news and links regarding the devices that we’ve been speculating about for what seems like all year.
Google has announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean, that promises to bring a new camera app, typing improvements, and other upgrades to the Jelly Bean experience. No doubt this was going to be part of Google’s announcement at their event today. While a hurricane may dampen the fun that was planned, it cannot stop the march of Android on to bigger and better things.
We unfortunately don’t have the privilege of seeing the new Nexus devices in person, but that hasn’t stopped Google from announcing its newest additions to the Nexus family. Google went ahead and announced one of the worst kept secrets and announced the 3G HSPA+ Nexus 7 32GB model. The device will come bearing HSPA+ bands, so those of you on AT&T or T-Mobile’s network here in the States or on various GSM networks abroad should be able to fully utilize and enjoy the tablet— albeit on slower data speeds and all. It’s going to be released to the masses on November 13th for a meager $299— so the wait shouldn’t be too bad for those of you who’ve been looking forward to this version of the device.
Earlier LG and Google made the Nexus 4 official and now they made the Nexus 10 official. As expected, it’s made by Samsung and it will feature a 2560 x 1600 display with a whopping 300ppi. It’s the highest resolution tablet on the planet. It will feature a battery that will give you 9 hours of playback time and 500 hours of standby time. It will sport Google’s latest update, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and front-facing speakers just like the Galaxy Note 10.1. It will be the first truly sharable tablet with support for multiple users that you can easily switch from the lockscreen.
The Nexus 10 will be available for $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for 32GB starting on November 13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
- 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display at 300ppi
- 1.7GHz A15 dual-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 5MP rear camera
- 1.9MP front camera
- microUSB and microHDMI
- Dual Side NFC
- 263.8mm x 177.8mm x 8.9mm
- 603 grams
Hit the break for a quick video that features the Nexus 10 as well as the full press release
Since Google cancelled today’s event, we didn’t think we would be reporting anything official on the Nexus 4, but it looks like we are now. LG and Google decided to send out an official presser announcing the said device. The specs are what we expected and are as follows:
- 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
- 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 8GB or 16GB of internal storage
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.3MP front camera
- 133.9 x 68 x 9.1mm
- 139 grams
- 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
- Wireless charging
The next important thing is pricing and availability. It will be sold as unlocked starting November 13 in the Google Play Store, US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia for $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB. T-Mobile will also offer the 16GB version for $199 on contract. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.
This is the first Nexus device made by LG and it’s obviously something they are proud of.
“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Com-munications Company. “Users will be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of form and function with the latest generation of Android.”
“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Ru-bin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood.”
Full press release after the break:
Another day, another leak regarding the LG Nexus? That seems to be the case for the lucky few that were able to view it before the “Google police” swooped in. The leak apparently originated on a Swedish site showing off the LG Nexus 4 in video, walk-through form.
Granted, a video that’s been pulled is not quite newsworthy. However, what may be of interest is the rumored “quick settings” being a feature as mentioned here before regarding Android 4.2. The subjects in the video described a feature as “easily accessible settings.” There’s no mention of the “double pulldown” feature we touched on in that article however. It even looks like they make mention of the feature looking “different than we might expect” possibly alluding to that original sketch. What were they looking at in the video and how exactly did it look? Anyone able to view it before it was taken down? Hopefully we hear from Google soon regarding an official announcement of the announcement.
Update: It appears from the newly acquired shot, pulled from the video, that the quick settings are in fact not part of a double-pulldown menu. Also, thanks to one of our readers (Ronny), he was able to view the video before being pulled and confirmed that the quick settings are accessed via the notification pulldown through a separate icon, not through an additional pulldown. Thanks, Ronny!
source: Android Central
Smaller tablets seem to be all the rage these days. I think, for most part, they hit that form-factor sweet spot spanning price, usability, and functionality. Most smaller tablets lately are coming with beefy processors so it’s not like there’s a drop-off in performance.
Samsung seems to be going that route with their Note 10.1 if this information from DLNA certification services is accurate. Samsung’s smaller Note 10.1, the Samsung GT-N5100, would fit in that 7″-8″ category. It’ll purportedly have an HD display and rock the now-familiar EYNOS 4412 1.6 ghz quad-core. Does the idea of a smaller Note 10.1 excite anyone?
OK OK— I’m sure you all are well-aware that the 32GB Nexus 7 is very much real and on the way, but one retailer isn’t letting the crummy weather stop it from putting up some very important information for interested customers. Walmart has casually listed the 32GB Nexus 7 tablet in stock and is available for an expected price of $249. More eye-popping is the fact Walmart also has the 16GB Nexus 7 officially lowered in price to $199, which lines up with what we’ve seen in recent days. Oh and for those of you that care– there’s no listing of the 3G Nexus 7 just yet, but probably won’t hold our breath until Google decides when it wants to reschedule its Nexus event.
Huawei is determined to gain major influence in the Android world and with that in mind, it has announced the Honor 2 smartphone. The device will come jam-packed with a ton of features including an in-house developed quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM, 8 gigs of onboard storage (sigh) and a superior 4.5-inch 1,280 x 720 display with a snazzy 326 ppi. The device will be available for pre-order in China for 1,888 yuan (around $302 USD)— though there’s no indication of if or when the device will be released elsewhere.
I’m sure many of you are itching for more details, so you’ll find additional details once you hit the source link.