Google Unveils Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Devices
Hurricane Sandy ruined Google's event plans, but it didn't prevent the company from announcing three new Nexus devices, all of which run Android 4.2, a new version of Jelly Bean.
First up is the Nexus 4, a smartphone designed in conjunction with LG. A quad-core processor powers the device, which also comes with a 4.7-inch (320 ppi) screen. In addition, the phone features wireless charging, though you'll need a charging surface to take advantage of this. In addition, Nexus 4 users will be able to create 360-degree images via a program called Photo Sphere, and enjoy Gesture Typing, made possible by Android 4.2.
Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a two-year contract.
From there, we have Nexus 7, clearly designed to compete with Apple's iPad mini. The slim and portable tablet comes with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249). What's more, you can grab a 32GB Nexus 7 with HSPA+ mobile data for $299, with 200 GSM providers worldwide.
Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart.
Finally, Google has the Nexus 10 tablet, created in partnership with Samsung. Called the highest resolution tablet, it possesses a 2560-by-1600 (300ppi) screen with over four million pixels. Its battery allows for nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.
Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
In other news, Google Now received a boost in the form of new cards, such as flight info, restaurant reservations and shipping details, among others. Google also partnered with Warner Music Group to bring more songs to Google Play, then teamed with Time, Inc. to deliver magazines like People, InStyle and TIME.
Finally, Google will bring music from Google Play to Europe (U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), with the option to add up to 20,000 free songs from a person's collection to the cloud, thanks to free matching and free syncing across all owned devices. This debuts November 13, with a U.S. launch soon after.