Monday saw the news that Google announced the latest Nexus smartphone and a larger version of the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet and the updated version of the popular mobile software, thus, making best of Google is available in three sizes: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
The highly expected Nexus 4 smartphone, made by LG Electronics, includes a minor update to Android operating system, which now powers more than 500 million devices worldwide. The company promised a more comprehensive upgrade next year.
The handset features a 4.7‚ÄĚ screen and, according to Google, it allows wireless charging. The list of smarthphone‚Äôs features includes an enhanced camera with the help of which immersive panoramas can be made, in the same manner as Google‚Äôs Streetview technology.
The ‚ÄėPhotosphere‚Äô technology is one of the parts of the Android 4.2 upgrade. It will also add updates to Google‚Äôs ‚ÄėNow‚Äô software that aims to provide updates users need before they ask, reports The Telegraph.
‚ÄúIt will now include updates on packages that are being delivered as well as new local photographs, in addition to flight information and currency conversion when users are travelling,‚ÄĚ the publication adds.
A 16-gigabyte model of the just unveiled phone will go on sale for $199 with a two-year contract to buy phone service and Internet access from T-Mobile. A contract-free version sells for $299 with 8 gigabytes of storage and $349 for the 16-gigabyte model.
The searching giant has also announced a remarkable-sounding Nexus 10 tablet that is believed to challenge the iPad on key hardware metrics which include size, weight, and display.
“What we’re seeing is the establishment of the new high end,” said Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch.
The news comes less than a week after the Californian tech company announced its smaller and less expensive iPad which features a 7.9-inch display to compete against the Nexus 7 and Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire. The iPad Mini will be available in stores Friday.
“Apple has always demanded a premium for their products and we’ll see during the holiday season how much [market share] they’re able to hold onto,” said Shim, who correctly anticipated the new tablet, previously claiming that Google would hook up with Samsung on a very-high-resolution 10-inch tablet .
The Nexus 10 boasts Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), a 2560-by-1600 pixel density 10-inch display and a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 processor. It is the first tablet from a top-tier vendor to use ARM’s latest chip technology, CNET writes.
However, the iPad is still ahead on connectivity as Google hasn‚Äôt yet offered a version of the Nexus 10 with 3G or 4G/LTE. And, needless to say, hardware alone does not define a device.
“Having winning hardware specs is important but only one piece of the total tablet experience. Android is narrowing the gap but iOS is still leading on the content and applications race, which is a big component of the end-user’s purchase decision,” said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS-iSuppli.
The 10-inch tablet will be sold at the price tag of ¬£319 for the 16GB version and ¬£389 for the 32GB version. Its predecessor Nexus 7 tablet has also been updated to include 3G connectivity on the 32GB version for ¬£239.
As for the updated software, the new Android version 4.2 includes features believed to make typing easier and aimed to let its users create photographic images with 360-degree panoramic views.
Android 4.2 is also marked by voice technology and an expanded service called Google Now, which offers useful information – such as weather updates, status of airline flights, and traffic reports – to users basing on their previous online activity.