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Google Updates Nexus Line Up

Despite the cancellation of Google’s Android event due to hurricane Sandy, Google have announced their new line up of Nexus devices. Earlier in the year, the Nexus 7 by ASUS was announced, today it is joined by a larger, 10 inch tablet produced by Samsung. Tablets aside, a new Nexus mobile phone device was also announced;  the Nexus 4 from LG is a  4.7″ mobile phone. Like all previous Nexus phones and tablets these three devices are loaded with the stock Android software experience, this time with Android 4.2 that offers refinements across the software platform. A quick run down of the releases:

Android 4.2 highlights

  • Google Now enhancements, now with more cards from different sources
  • Gesture typing (Swype like)
  • Wireless TV display with support for Miracast
  • Improved camera app with Photo Sphere panorama photos
  • Lockscreen widget support
  • Gmail enhancements with message zooming
  • Addition to expandable notifications’functionality

Nexus 4 (LG)

  • Starting at $299 (8GB), up to $349 (16GB)
  • Unlocked, and no contract in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Canada via the Google Play Store
  • 4.7” IPS display (1280×768, 320PPI)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (1.5GHz quad core)
  • 8MP/1.3MP cameras (front/back)
  • HSPA+ data speed(no LTE)
  • 2100 mAh battery with wireless charging (10hr talk time)

Nexus 7 (ASUS)

  • Price drop: 16GB now $199, 32GB $249
  • 3G version with HSPA+ connection & 32GB storage, $299

Nexus 10 (Samsung)

  • Staring at $399 (16GB), up to $499(32GB)
  • Super PLS display (2560×1600 pixels, same as new 13″ Macbook)
  • 5MP/1.9MP camera (front/back)
  • Micro HDMI, Micro USB
  • Dual core processor (ARM A15 based) with multi-core GPU (Mali T604)
  • Supports multiple user accounts

Source: Official Android Blog, The Verge

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