Google is looking to create a distinctive portfolio for its Nexus family it recently launched two new devices; expanding the Nexus family. The two devices are officially named as Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. The Nexus 4 is a Smartphone build by LG electronics Inc and Nexus 10 is a tablet build by Samsung Electronics. It also updated its smaller, Nexus 7 tablet released earlier this year. They all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean.
Android 4.2 which includes the latest version of Google Now and other new features such as new panorama mode called Photosphere which is like Google Street View you can literally capture a full area and rotate the picture to get a street view. Another new feature called Gesture Typing, which tries to anticipate what words a user wants to enter as they are entering text. The guesses are based on an analysis of typical sentence structures and users’ past entries and other thousands of calculations ongoing behind the screen.
Let’s take a closer look at the devices starting with Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 Smartphone is being made by LG Electronics Inc. and features a minor update to Google’s Android operating system, which now powers more than 500 million devices worldwide. A more comprehensive makeover, known as Key Lime Pie, is expected next year.
The Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with a resolution of 1280-by-768 pixels, supported by Zerogap Touch technology. The screen is scratch resistant, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The phone sports an 8 megapixel camera.
The Nexus 4 is armed with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs, and 2GB of RAM. Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps. The latest version of Google Now is built-in.
Another new feature called Photo Sphere stitches together 360-degree pictures of rooms and landscapes. The high-resolution photos created with this tool are similar to the shots shown in Google’s Street View feature in its online maps.
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
- Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours
- Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
- Weight: 139g
- Other: Wireless charging, NFC
Nexus 4: Price and availability
A 16-gigabyte model of the Nexus 4 will sell for $199 with a two-year contract to buy phone service and Internet access from T-Mobile. A contract-free version is available for $299 with 8 gigabytes of storage and $349 for the 16-gigabyte model. Google is touting the Nexus 4’s wireless charging capability as a major selling point.
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 and a 16GB version 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 larger Nexus tablet is being made by Samsung Electronics Co. and features a display screen that measures about 10 inches diagonally, about the same size as Apple Inc.’s top-selling iPad.
The tablet has a 10.055-inch display at 2560×1600 pixels (300ppi). The tablet is claimed to have a battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.
The Nexus 10 has a set of front-facing stereo speakers, According to Google, what makes Nexus 10 unique is that it’s the first truly shareable tablet. With Android 4.2, users can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen.
The tablet runs Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean, which includes the latest version of Google Now and other new features.
Nexus 10: Price and availability
The Nexus 10 tablet with 16 gigabytes of storage will sell for $399 and 32GB for 32GB for $499. That’s $100 less than the comparable version of the latest iPad. The Nexus tablet will go on sale in the Google Play Store starting November 13 in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
Google’s introduction of a larger tablet comes less than a week after Apple announced it’s making a smaller, less expensive iPad with a 7.9-inch display to compete against the Nexus 7 and Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire.
Google is innovative as always ! So are you buying a Nexus ?