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Google on Monday introduced a new Nexus 4 smartphone to take on Apple's iPhone 5, a 10-inch iPad competitor named the Nexus 10, and launched a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet with cellular data connectivity.

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The trio of new products all run Android 4.2, what the company called a "new flavor" of its mobile operating system code-named Jelly Bean.

The products were initially planned to be unveiled at a media event in New York, but Hurricane Sandy prompted the search company to cancel its media presentation. As such, the new products were simply unveiled via a press release on Monday.

Nexus 4



Co-developed with LG, the Nexus 4 has a quad-core processor and a 4.7-inch display that packs in 320 pixels per inch. The device also allows wireless inductive charging without the need to plug in wires.

With Android 4.2, the Nexus 4 offers Photo Sphere, which allows for photos to be captured in 360 degrees. The new operating system update also has Gesture Typing, allowing users to slide their fingers over the letters they ant to type. Miracast is also a feature that competes with Apple's AirPlay, allowing users to watch movies, YouTube videos and games on an HDTV.

Google Now has also been enhanced to add flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details.

The Nexus 4 is $299 for the 8-gigabyte model, and $349 for the 16-gigabyte variety. It will be available unlocked without a contract on Nov. 13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. A 16-gigabyte version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199 with a two-year service contract.



Nexus 10



With a screen size closer to Apple's full-size 9.7-inch iPad, the Nexus 10 has a screen resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, or 300 pixels per inch. Google partnered with Samsung in the design of its new 10-inch tablet.

Google says the Nexus 10 offers nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. it also has forward-facing stereo speakers, and support for multiple users with Android 4.2, which can be selected from the device's lock screen.

"We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff -- email, apps, bookmarks, and more," the company said. "That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores."

The Nexus 7 will cost $399 for the 16-gigabyte model and $499 for 32 gigabytes. It will be available starting Nov. 13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.

Nexus 7



Google has done away with the entry-level 8-gigabyte Nexus 7, which was previously available for $199. For that price, users now get 16 gigabytes of storage, while a new 32-gigabyte model is also available for $249.

A new high-end Nexus 7 is also available, offering 32 gigabytes of storage and HSPA+ mobile connectivity for $299. The device will operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T in the U.S.



Unlike Apple's iPad and iPad mini, the new Nexus 7 with cellular data connectivity is not compatible with high-speed 4G LTE networks.

The Nexus 7 is now available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan on the Google Play store. It is also available through retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples and Walmart.

The Nexus 7 with mobile data will be available in the Google Play store starting on Nov. 13 in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
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Nice! But holy crap that is expensive. WAIT! WHAT?! IT'S UNLOCKED?! WTF

 

 


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Well at least they aren't trying to claim it is a productivity device.

 

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wow those Google commercials are full of great ideas! they have some very brilliant people working over there. * *sarcasm

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Google's plan is to suck all the hardware profits out of the Android ecosystem and go for maximum volume. And these manufacturers are too stupid to understand that basic goal

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Nice! But holy crap that is expensive. WAIT! WHAT?! IT'S UNLOCKED?! WTF

yeah.. via T-Mobile ONLY.  no surprise, right?

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"The Nexus 7 will cost $399 for the 16-gigabyte model and $499 for 32 gigabytes. It will be available starting Nov. 13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan."

 

Typo: You mean Nexus 10.
 

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Google's plan is to suck all the hardware profits out of the Android ecosystem and go for maximum volume. And these manufacturers are too stupid to understand that basic goal

Wow... you should go fast and tell them.

It is amazing how there are people thinking they know more than big companies.

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Anyone know why the 9.7" model is called a Nexus 10, yet the 4.7" model is called a Nexus 4?  Shouldn't one reason that the 4.7" model be called a Nexus 5 or the 9.7" model be called a Nexus 9?

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yeah.. via T-Mobile ONLY.  no surprise, right?

 

Pretty sure all nexus devices ship unlocked.

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Wow... you should go fast and tell them.

It is amazing how there are people thinking they know more than big companies.

in same cases they do.   Take Nokia switching to Windows instead of Android for example.

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Anyone know why the 9.7" model is called a Nexus 10, yet the 4.7" model is called a Nexus 4?  Shouldn't one reason that the 4.7" model be called a Nexus 5 or the 9.7" model be called a Nexus 9?

 

Where does it say the Nexus 10 has a 9.7" screen?  Seems like I have read it is 10.1", but could be wrong

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Anyone know why the 9.7" model is called a Nexus 10, yet the 4.7" model is called a Nexus 4?  Shouldn't one reason that the 4.7" model be called a Nexus 5 or the 9.7" model be called a Nexus 9?


Isn't the Nexus 4 the 4th generation...I know it's weird to use the same name twice and numbering different. What happens when the phone is the Nexus 7 too?

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Pretty sure all nexus devices ship unlocked.

it's irrelevant.. android 10" tablets are DOA. windows phone is DOA.

 

it was a great move by Apple.. now one sees android tablets and windows phone as viable alternatives. both ecosystems will suffer.. but not apple (the best ecosystem).

 

apple on it's way to 40% mobile market share..85%mobile profits.. only a few months away.

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Where does it say the Nexus 10 has a 9.7" screen?  Seems like I have read it is 10.1", but could be wrong

sorry.. I read it wrong. Where did you find the info about 10.1"?

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Poor Microsoft.
 

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Where does it say the Nexus 10 has a 9.7" screen?  Seems like I have read it is 10.1", but could be wrong

To be exact... 10.05", that´s the reason is called Nexus 10 and the 7... surprise!!! 7".

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sorry.. I read it wrong. Where did you find the info about 10.1"?

 

No idea where I read it first, but this CNet article seems to confirm: http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/google-nexus-10/4505-3126_7-35513295.html

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Isn't the Nexus 4 the 4th generation...I know it's weird to use the same name twice and numbering different. What happens when the phone is the Nexus 7 too?

I personally think, pure speculation mind you, that they did some internal market analysis and when asked people what they think about carrying around a  5" phone, the feedback was not positive. 

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Keep in mind Nexus devices have never been 'high-end'.  They're always a slightly more standard configuration with respect to CPU, storage, modem, etc..., meant to be the 'standard' Google Android experience.   The 'best' hardware usually comes via HTC and Samsung's flagship (non-Nexus) devices...  

 

The software improvements are neat though.  Spherical panoramas and improvements to voice searching is pretty cool.   And the price is pretty awesome - $349 unlocked for a 'developer' device - nice.  I'd still take the upcoming HTC 1080p device though...

 

Edit - also has worldwide connectivity - GSM, Pentaband, etc...  

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it's irrelevant.. android 10" tablets are DOA. windows phone is DOA.

 

it was a great move by Apple.. now one sees android tablets and windows phone as viable alternatives. both ecosystems will suffer.. but not apple (the best ecosystem).

 

apple on it's way to 40% mobile market share..85%mobile profits.. only a few months away.

 

Good for you on the Apple prop/Android bash.  Accurate information is relevant, your silly rant is not.

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Good for you on the Apple prop/Android bash.  Accurate information is relevant, your silly rant is not.

did it hurt?

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Wow... you should go fast and tell them.

It is amazing how there are people thinking they know more than big companies.

 

Shit rises to the top of many companies. Don't be fooled into thinking all CEO's have vision. Most do not. Most have John Sculley's!

 

Even when they command a large pool of talent.. politics, money, ego's etc all get in the way of making a 'correct' decision.

A lone educated sane mind, free of corporate follies, is very capable of knowing better than the sum of a particular company. 


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Keep in mind Nexus devices have never been 'high-end'.  They're always a slightly more standard configuration with respect to CPU, storage, etc..., meant to be the 'standard' Google Android experience.   The 'best' hardware usually comes via HTC and Samsung's flagship (non-Nexus) devices...  

 

The software improvements are neat though.  Spherical panoramas and improvements to voice searching is pretty cool.   And the price is pretty awesome - $349 unlocked for a 'developer' device - nice.  I'd still take the upcoming HTC 1080p device though...

You're right about that historically, but wrong in this case.  The 10 and the 4 both have class leading specs.  The 10 is the first A15 device that I'm aware of and has the highest resolution on any mobile display.  The 4 doesn't have any next generation technology (except the inductive charging), but there isn't a phone with a more powerful processor.

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Wired charging = need wire.

 

Wireless charging = need wire (for the charger) AND the charger!

 

Doesn’t do it for me.

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Wired charging = need wire.

 

Wireless charging = need wire (for the charger) AND the charger!

 

Doesn’t do it for me.

exactly.. it's a shame that fandroids buy into this. Real sheep, anyone can fool them... and they are already here, they loose no time.

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Anyone know why the 9.7" model is called a Nexus 10, yet the 4.7" model is called a Nexus 4?  Shouldn't one reason that the 4.7" model be called a Nexus 5 or the 9.7" model be called a Nexus 9?

Does the iPhone 5 have a 5" screen? The Nexus 4 is the fourth generation Nexus phone.
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exactly.. it's a shame that fandroids buy into this. Real sheep, anyone can fool them... and they are already here, they loose no time.

 

You're so right bro, plugging/unplugging a proprietary connector hundreds of times and paying $300 more is where it's at!

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The Nexus10 does have a couple of pluses. Appears to be lighter weight than the iPad and plenty of screen resolution. Battery life looks good on paper...

 

but gosh that looks like a lot of bezel.

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I checked some other forums I am on, and I am surprised there isn't a bigger reaction to the Nexus 10 with it's 2560x1600 OLED screen.

 

This is the biggest/highest resolution OLED in a consumer device yet.

 

Though I bet it is Pentile, which will reduce effective ppi quite a bit.

 

Still I expected a bigger reaction to a 2560x1600 10" OLED.
 

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Does the iPhone 5 have a 5" screen? The Nexus 4 is the fourth generation Nexus phone.

What this have to do with Apple's model naming?  Do they have the screen size embedded in the model name on iPad, iPhone, iPod?

Did I somehow overlook 9 generations of Nexus Tablets?

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Awesome resolution on the Nexus 10, but I sure hope it's not pentile garbage.

 

The Nexus 4....no LTE, no removable battery (Android users care), no SD slot (again, comparing against other androids). but $349 unlocked! that is cheap (maybe in other ways too =P). Samsung and other OEMs must be upset at this pricing, then again all Nexus pricing looks to be screwing over their own partners at the cost of fighting Apple.

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Anyone know why the 9.7" model is called a Nexus 10, yet the 4.7" model is called a Nexus 4?  Shouldn't one reason that the 4.7" model be called a Nexus 5 or the 9.7" model be called a Nexus 9?


Nexus 4 = 4th Nexus phone (just like the iphone 5 is the "5th" iphone)

 

Nexus 10 = ~10 inch nexus tablet just like the Nexus 7 is the 7 inch tablet

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What this have to do with Apple's model naming?  Do they have the screen size embedded in the model name on iPad, iPhone, iPod?
Did I miss 9 generations of Nexus Tablets?

It's not all tied in to screen size.
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You're so right bro, plugging/unplugging a proprietary connector hundreds of times and paying $300 more is where it's at!

the wireless charger is not proprietary? cool!!  what standard does it use and how much would it cost me to replace it?  certainly it will be cheaper than Apple's pricy $19 cable. right?

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Anyone know why the 9.7" model is called a Nexus 10, yet the 4.7" model is called a Nexus 4?  Shouldn't one reason that the 4.7" model be called a Nexus 5 or the 9.7" model be called a Nexus 9?

Yes, consistency would have been better. But of course you can't have several different Nexus 4 smartphones from different manufacturers.

 

Apple's naming convention makes much more sense. Walk into a store and find the iPad and iPad 2 on the shelf and the name alone tells you which is the newer one.  .  .  Hey, wait a minute1wink.gif

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Meh.

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Wired charging = need wire.

 

Wireless charging = need wire (for the charger) AND the charger!

 

Doesn’t do it for me.


So wired chargers need just a wire and not a charger? Huh? Where does the wire plug into?

 

Wireless charging is a bit gimicky, but if the feature doesnt cost any more, it is nice to just plop your phone down on a surface instead of fiddling with wires that will eventually wear out.

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exactly.. it's a shame that fandroids buy into this. Real sheep, anyone can fool them... and they are already here, they loose no time.

Dude its lose not loose.
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Looks like Microsoft and Amazon have competition for second place.

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