Google announces Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet, Android 4.2

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in iPhone edited January 2014
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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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 206


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

  • Reply 2 of 206
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member


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


     


    "The playground is open"

  • Reply 3 of 206
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member


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

  • Reply 4 of 206
    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
  • Reply 5 of 206
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by logandigges View Post


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



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

  • Reply 6 of 206


    "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.

     

  • Reply 7 of 206

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    Originally Posted by Red Oak View Post



    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.

  • Reply 8 of 206
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member


    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?

  • Reply 9 of 206
    neo42neo42 Posts: 287member

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    Originally Posted by snova View Post


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



     


    Pretty sure all nexus devices ship unlocked.

  • Reply 10 of 206
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SuperTomcat View Post


    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.

  • Reply 11 of 206
    neo42neo42 Posts: 287member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by snova View Post


    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

  • Reply 12 of 206

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    Originally Posted by snova View Post


    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?

  • Reply 13 of 206

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    Originally Posted by Neo42 View Post


     


    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.

  • Reply 14 of 206
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

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    Originally Posted by Neo42 View Post


     


    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"?

  • Reply 15 of 206


    Poor Microsoft.

     

  • Reply 16 of 206

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    Originally Posted by Neo42 View Post


     


    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".

  • Reply 17 of 206
    neo42neo42 Posts: 287member

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    Originally Posted by snova View Post


    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

  • Reply 18 of 206
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by odditie View Post




    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. 

  • Reply 19 of 206


    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...  

  • Reply 20 of 206
    neo42neo42 Posts: 287member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post


    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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