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News From Google; Google Announces Nexus 4 Smartphone, Nexus 10 Tablet and Android 4.2

Raghu Mohan
30th Oct 2012
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A recent update from the Verge has confirmed the release of the LG Nexus 4, Google's newest smartphone, Samsung Nexus 10, a 10 inch version of its tablet and Android 4.2, the newest version of the operating system. The products will go on sale from 13th in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Spain, and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, and the Middle East will begin at the end of November. This is the 4th generation of Nexus products since the inception in January 2010 when

  1. it first released the Nexus One smartphone. Here are some key features of the newly released products -LG Nexus 4 - Built by LG, the phone features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, up to 16GB of storage and the new and improved Android 4.2. The phone features wireless charging but does not feature 4G LTE connectivity.
  2. Samsung Nexus 10 - Built by Samsung the tablet features a very impressive 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. It will come in 16GB or 32GB variants and will be Wi-Fi only. The processor behind the tablet is a powerful dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Mali T604 GPU inside and Android 4.2.
  3. Android 4.2 - A beefed up version of Android 4.1 with features like Photo Sphere panorama photos, Gesture typing on the keyboard, Miracast support for wireless display sharing and Gmail integration with Google Now.

Here's a Video from The Verge's visit to Google's Mountain View office, where they were given a guided tour cum interview on building the Nexus line of products, Google's future and a hands on demo of two new Google Nexus devices -

What Does this Mean for Developers?

Well firstly, these are two new benchmark products at a really affordable price. A rough translation to Indian Rupees comes up to around Rs.16000 for the 8 GB variant and about Rs.18000 for the 16 GB variant making it the cheapest quad core phone in the Indian market and possibly the best development phone an Android developer can ever lay his or her hands on up to now. If you're well to do developer, you can get your hands on the whole Nexus lineup

for less than 800 dollars (A bit more than one iPhone 5).Innovation

The products are top notch and the new Android OS is already making the right noises. But this release's innovation honors has to be given to the business and product team which has managed to keep the prices of these devices so low. It will be interesting to see if Google is making any money on the sale of the devices itself. Another area of speculation is to see if these devices will be sold in India at all, as the previous Galaxy Nexus wasn't available in India. Things might change with LG being the phone manufacturer and Samsung leading on the tablet front and with a confirmed sale date for Asia also being announced, things are looking optimistic for the Indian gadget lover.

But as with every other Google release, one thing has stayed the same; Google never ceases to amaze!

News Source - The Verge

 

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