Google releases two new Nexus tablets, one smartphone, despite Frankenstorm

October 29, 2012

The release still happened, but Google had to settle for a blog post, having been forced to cancel a media event due to heavy storms in New York where it was set to be held.

Today the search giant announced three new Nexus devices running Android 4.2, a new release of the so-called Jelly Bean version of Android.

On the tablet side, Google has released a new Nexus 7, 7-inch tablet and also its first 10-inch model.

โ€จGoogle partnered with Apple rival Samsung on the Nexus 10, its first direct competitor to the iPad as far as a full screen-sized model (the iPad sports a 9.7-inch display). Available starting November 13 in the Google Play store, Nexus 10 pricing starts at $399 for a 16GB model ($100 less than the iPad) and $499 for the 32GB model. 

But unlike the iPad, there doesn’t seem to be much of an expectation this bigger tablet will be used by business; Google calls Nexus 10 a “premium entertainment device.”

Upping the iPad’s vaunted Retina display, the Nexus 10 is “the  highest resolution tablet on the planet” with a 10.055" display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi)," said Andy Rubin, Google's SVP for Mobile and Digital Content, in the blog. “That’s over 4 million pixels right in your hands."

Some early reports indicate the Nexus 10 display appears to be comparable to the newest iPad with Retina display, not noticeably better. 

Battery life offers up to nine hours of video playback and up to 500 hours of standby time.

iPad users can’t share, Nexus 10 can

Google is also touting the Nexus 10 as “the first truly shareable tablet,” letting you add multiple users and switch between them instantly with the lockscreen. So unlike the iPad, a family or even a small business or department, could have multiple accounts on the Nexus 10.

“We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff — email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores,” said the blog post.

As for Google's 7-inch Nexus 7, In addition to increasing the storage to 16GB for the same $199 price (or $249 for model with 32GB), Google has added HSPA+ mobile data ($299), which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T in the US. 

On the smartphone side, Google released the Nexus 4 a 4.7-inch display device developed with LG. Powered by a quad-core processor, Google claim’s the “superfast” device is perfect for looking at photos and watching YouTube (oh yeah, it makes phone calls too).

With the included Photo Sphere app you can take pictures from any direction for what Rubin calls "an immersive experience" that you can share on Google+ or add to Google Maps for others to see.


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