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Appeared on: Monday, October 29, 2012
Google Introduces The Nexus 10 Tablet, Nexus 4 Smartphone

Google today officially announced the Nexus 10, a powerful tablet that marries Samsung's hardware and the latest version of Android - 4.2 Jelly Bean. The company also updated the Nexus 7 and announced the Nexus 4 smartphone.

All the new devices run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean, which includes the latest version of Google Now and other new features like Gesture Typing, which lets users glide their fingers over the letters they want to type on the keyboard. Android 4.2 also adds support for wireless display so users can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on their Miracast-compatible HDTV.

Nexus 10 is an entertainment device designed for watching movies or reading magazines. It packs its components inside a soft-to-the-touch frame – measuring a thin 8.9 mm and weighing 603grams. It comes with a dual-core A15 processor and MIMO WiFi,promising to give web browsing speeds up to 4x faster than normal WiFi. It comes with a battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.

The tablet also comes with a 1.9MP front-facing camera, which allows users to video chat with up to nine friends at once with Google Hangouts.

Running on Android 4.2, it allows users to tap their photo to sign in to their own home screen, apps, email, photos and storage. All new multi-user support lets each user have their own separate space, and save their own individual high scores on games, all on the same tablet. With the new Daydream mode on Nexus 10 users can display information on their tablet when it's charging. Users can choose to show off their photo albums, get the latest news from Google Currents, and more.

The Nexus 10 will be available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. The 16GB version will retail for $399 and the 32GB for $499.

Nexus 7 brings you the best of Google–YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps–and all the content from Google Play in a portable package that fits in your hand. It is available with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage. Google also added HSPA+ mobile data. Nexus 7 is now also available with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299), which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T in the US.

Nexus 4 Key specifications
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
  • Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • Memory: 8GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front
  • Standby: 390 hours
  • Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 139g
  • Other: Wireless charging, NFC

Nexus 4 is Google's latest smartphone, developed together with LG. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, a 1280-by-768 4.7" (320 ppi) display, protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and supports wireless charging.

Nexus 4 also features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2. Starting with the 8MP camera, Photo Sphere lets users capture images that are literally larger than life. Users can snap shots up, down and in every direction to create 360-degree panorama shots that can be shared on Google+ or added to Google Maps for the world to see.

Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide. It will be available to purchase in both an 8GB version ($299)and a 16GB version ($349) on Google Play starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany,France, Spain and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract.

Google Play: More entertainment, more countries

Google recently added a new entertainment to Google Play, such as movies and TV shows from Twentieth Century Fox. Earlier this year the company expanded its service beyond movie rentals and now users can purchase movies and build a library of their favorites in Google Play. Today Google is bringing movie purchasing to more countries - Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and Australia.

Google is also working with Time, Inc. to bring even more magazines like InStyle, PEOPLE, TIME and others. The company has also partnered with Warner Music Group who will be adding their full music catalog with new songs coming each day.

On November 13, Google is bringing music on Google Play to Europe. Users in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to purchase music from the Google Play store and add up to 20,000 songs from their existing collection to the cloud for streaming to their Android devices or web browser. Google is also launching a new matching feature to streamline the process of uploading personal music to Google Play. Google will scan users' music collections and any song it matches against the Google Play catalog will be automatically added to each user's online library without needing to upload it. This will be available in Europe at launch on November 13 and is coming to the U.S. soon after.

Google Now updated

Google is also today adding more cards to Google Now: flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details. The company will also offer cards for nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movies times at nearby theaters or concertss.

Google Nexus 10 specifications

Network  WiFi only
Processor  1.7 GHz A15 dual-core processor
Display 10” WQXGA (2560x1600, 300 ppi) display
OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel Camera
Video Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX VP8, 
Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording @30 fps,
Audio Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac 
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo speaker
Mobile Services
Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps for Android, Google Search, Voice Search, Google Now Google+, Gmail, YouTube, Google Currents, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Play Magazines
Connectivity Bluetooth v 3.0
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
Pogo pin
Dual Side NFC
Sensor Barometer. Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass, Light, Opening sensor
Memory 16/32GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
Dimension 263.8 x 177.8 x 8.9 mm, 603g
Battery Standard battery, Li-ion 9,000mAh

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