by Chris Smith, 10 months ago
After we’ve seen the first Google Nexus 7 commercial, and the plethora of unboxing videos that have one thing in common – plenty of issues opening the tablet’s box – we’re now treated with an…
Even though it’s still the weekend in most regions of the world, it doesn’t mean we’re short on Nexus- and Android 4.2-related rumors and reports. Just yesterday we saw potential new Android 4.2 features uncovered and now it’s time to look at some exciting Nexus news.
A person familiar with the matter seems to have spilled all the beans on Google’s agenda for its October 29 event. Apparently Google “has been distributing a video recorded at one of its weekly all-hands “TGIF” meetings on its internal network” to present the new products coming in just over a week: the Samsung Nexus 4, LG Nexus 4, and the new Asus Nexus 7 (32GB Wi-Fi version and 32GB 3G + Wi-Fi model), all running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (that’s right, no Key Lime Pie yet.)
We already know the rumors: Google is building a 10-inch tablet with Samsung that's probably going to be sold as the Nexus 10, although the name has not been confirmed yet. Most interestingly, it looks like the device is going to be unveiled during the media event on October 29.
The Next Web also reveals that the Nexus 10 is indeed the Android 4.2-running Manta product that we’ve seen in Google Analytics data and user agent profiles a few weeks ago, and that the device will feature a 10-inch display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio and 300 pixel per inch (PPI) density. While back when the Manta first popped up in traffic logs we assumed it's going to be a Motorola device, Google made it pretty clear during its recent earnings call that it’ll be a while until such devices will hit stores.
More details about the Nexus 10 aren’t available at this time, and we have no idea what the product will cost or when it will hit stores. Let's just hope that Samsung does a better job when it comes to build quality than it did with its previous flagship tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1.
When it comes to the Nexus 7 though, we have no real news to report. We've seen it all before. The publication says that Google will unveil the 32GB Nexus 7 during the event, and that the tablet will come in two versions, one offering just Wi-Fi connectivity and the other featuring HSPA+ (3G) support. Pricing details for these models have not been mentioned though.
Don’t expect any new information on the LG Nexus 4 because we have apparently covered it all. According to TNW, “earlier leaks have been 100 percent correct,” so there’s nothing new to see there:
This means that Google will launch the LG Nexus 4, featuring a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (and 1.3-megapixel front-facing snapper) and a 2100mAh battery.
The LG Nexus 4 will also be powered by Google’s new Android 4.2 software.
As you can see, these new devices will come with Android 4.2 on board, an Android version that will be still branded as Jelly Bean – probably Google doesn’t want to fuel more criticism regarding Android fragmentation by releasing Key Lime Pie at a time when Jelly Bean updates are hardly available for flagship devices.
That said, Android 4.2 will come with a new focus on content:
Speaking of the OS itself, we have some details on that too. It has been confirmed that as part of Android 4.2, Google will introduce ‘Content in the center,’ which will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget and ‘Tablet Sharing’ which will suit families and enterprise users, providing them with a simple and easy to switch between several users on a tablet, each with their own email and apps.
Think Windows user switching, but now on Android.
Our source says that Android 4.2 will compete with Apple’s iOS 6, in that the panoramic camera settings will be updated to support both horizontal and vertical movement by default.
That last part about multi-user support seems to confirm something we have just covered this weekend.
What’s your take on all of this? Are you planning your next Nexus purchases yet?