Google unveils new Nexus devices, Android 4.2 OS


By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Google has expanded its Nexus line adding a Nexus 4 smartphone, a revamped version of the Nexus 7 tablet with options for 3G data, and a new 10 inch tablet dubbed the Nexus 10.

Unveiled today via blog post, all three devices run the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.2. The new version of the mobile operating system adds gesture typing controls, improved dictionaries and text-to-speech capabilities, support for multiple user profiles, wireless display sharing with an HDMI wireless display adaptor, expanded, actionable notifications and improvements to Google Now. Google has also introduced something it calls the Photo Sphere camera — its own answer to iOS 6’s panorama mode.

On the tablet side of things, the brand-new Samsung-built Nexus 10 has the highest resolution of any tablet currently available. The device comes witha 300ppi 2560 x 1600 display, larger the iPad’s 2048 x 1536 Retina display.  The Wi-Fi only device comes with front and rear cameras, 2 GB of RAM and a 1.7 GH dual core Exynos processor. The 16 GB model will cost $399 and the 32 GB model will cost $499, making the Nexus 10 a full $100 cheaper than the comparable models of iPad.

While the Nexus 7’s technical specs remain unchanged, Google has introduced new models with higher storage capacity and added the option for 3G data. Google has also lowered the price on the Nexus 7 line to make it even more competitive against Amazon’s and Apple’s offerings. The Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 now costs $199 for a 16 GB device and $249 for a 32 GB device. An HSPA+ 3G enabled device with 32 GB of storage capacity will cost $299. By comparison, the standard 16 GB Wi-Fi only iPad Mini is priced at $329, and a comparable 32 GB LTE iPad Mini will cost $559.

Finally, the new Nexus 4 smartphone comes with a 4.7” screen with 320 PPI display and 1280 x 768 resolution. The device also has a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear-facing camera and is available with either 8 or 16 GB of storage. The phone has both NFC and Bluetooth, but does not support LTE internet. Prices range from $199 for a 16GB device with a two year contract to $349 for a fully unlocked 16 GB device.

The Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet will be available for purchase through the Google Play store on November 13. The new versions of the Nexus 7 tablets are shipping now.