Google Unveils LG Nexus 4 Smartphone And Samsung Nexus 10 Tablet, Upgrades Nexus 7
Google has unveiled two new devices to its Nexus line-up. They are the Nexus 4 smartphone in partnership with LG and the Nexus 10 tablet in partnership with Samsung. For LG, it’s the first device in direct partnership with Google and for Samsung, it’s the third device after the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S.
LG Nexus 4
The LG Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch, 320 pixels per-inch, Gorilla Glass-protected display powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
Its rear-facing camera is an 8MP one with a 1.3MP front-facing camera included.
Connectivity options include WiFi, NFC ( via Android Beam), Bluetooth, a micro USB port and a SlimPort HDMI port.
The battery is powered by a 2,100 mAh lithium-ion battery.
The Nexus 4 supports wireless charging and runs on the latest version of Android Jelly Bean- Android 4.2 as well as the newest update to Google Now. If you thought Google Now’s knowledge of your home and work was creepy, it now knows what flights you’ve booked and departure times.
Android 4.2 includes features like gesture typing. All you have to do is slide your fingers over the letters you wish to type. Yes, like Swype. The new iteration of Jelly Bean also includes for wireless display. So you can stream movies and play games wirelessly from your device to Miracast-compatible HDTVs.
Because this is a Google-partnered device, Google has added a new application called “Photo Sphere”. Photo Sphere let’s you take images across a plain or around and turn them into 360 degree images that can be shared to Google+ or Google Maps.
The Nexus 4 costs $299 for 8GB; $399 for 2GB and $199 on a 2-year contract from T-Mobile
Samsung Nexus 10
The Samsung Nexus 10 tablet also runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has a 10.055-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1600. Giving it the highest resolution of any tablet at over 4 million pixels. The screen is protected by Gorilla Grass incase of drops and damage.
The device is powered by a dual-core A15 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It includes a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera with an inbuilt
microphone with noise-cancellation.
The Nexus 10 comes with a special shareable feature. So you can share your device with friends and family. All users have to do is login via your Google account and view your own homescreen, apps, emails and storage. You can even switch users.
Connectivity on the Nexus 10 options include Wi-fi, Bluetooth, NFC, one micro USB port and one micro HDMI port.
The Nexus 10′s 9000 mAh battery can last 9 hours of video playback and 500 hours on standby.
Nexus 7 Upgrade
Google has added an upgrade to the Nexus 7. Specs and design are pretty much the same but you can now get a Nexus 7 with HSPA+ support and 32GB of storage at $299.
As a former Nexus 7 user, I can say that Google and OEMs put a lot of work into the Nexus range. Google however, is hoping it can squeeze money off Google Play purchases with the low prices of the Nexus range.
Here’s a video from Google showing how its products work on Nexus devices.