Google just announced on its blog Nexus 7 updates along with new Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Android 4.2 (a new flavor of Jelly Bean).
First up, Android 4.2 includes the latest version of Google Now, along with new features such as "Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard--it makes typing fast, fun and a whole lot simpler." And, support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on your Miracast-compatible HDTV.
- 4.2 also features multiple user accounts (allowing family members to share the device while maintaining their own unique settings), a revamped camera interface, and quick settings. You can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen.
- Photo Sphere panoramic camera, lets you create 360-degree panoramic photos that are shareable on Google+, Google Maps, etc. (a jab at iOS 6′s Panorama feature).
Using the Photo Sphere, camera mode your images will help make Google Maps more comprehensive, and enable other travelers to get an accurate preview of a location before they arrive.
"Blue circle icons indicate where user-contributed Photo Spheres are available directly on Google Maps for desktop. They're also discoverable on this website, which highlights some of the most incredible imagery from photographers around the world," explains Google."Your geotagged Photo Spheres will be attributed to your Google+ profile name when you choose to share them on Google Maps. Of course, you also have the option of sharing them just with your friends and family through your Google+ circles," Google added.
Whether you want to highlight your favorite places, show off your photography skills, or just help other Google Maps users see and experience a particular location, now sharing your Photo Spheres is just a few taps away on your Android device! Look for the blue circle icon to explore user-contributed panoramas on Google Maps
To learn more about creating Photo Spheres, check out this Help Center article.
- Android 4.2 will also have a "quick settings" section if you click the icon on the top right, allowing you to switch between user accounts, toggle Wifi and Bluetooth, adjust brightness, go into airplane mode, etc.
- The photo gallery app has also been revamped a bit.
Google Now--today gets useful cards that include: Flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, shipping details, nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movies times at nearby theaters or concerts by your favorite artists.
Check out more here.
Nexus 7 update while offering the same specifiaction is now little cheaper -- as the you can now get a 16GB for $199, and 32GB for $249.
Nexus 7 brings you the best of Google-YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps-and all the great content from Google Play in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand.
In addition, Google also debuted a Nexus 7 with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile for $299, which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.
LG's Nexus 4 comes with Google Now, Photo Sphere and runs out-of-the-box Android 4.2.
It is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7-inch 1280×768 display, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, has 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth built in, has an HSPA+ phone.
Nexus 4 8GB is priced at $299, and 16GB $349 - available unlocked and without a contract on November 13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract.
Nexus 10 is a highest resolution tablet with a 10.055-inch display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi), that's over 4 million pixels right in your hands.
It has 5MP front camera, a 1.9MP back camera, 2GB RAM, and is powered by a dual-core A15 eagle processor and runs for up to 500 hours on standby.
Nexus 10 will come in 16GB for $399, while the 32GB Nexus 10 will cost $499, and will be available on November 13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
Google Play today intoduced movie purchasing to Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and Australia.
In addition, Google Play also formed a partnerships with Time, Inc. and Warner Music Group. In addition to already working with all of the major record labels globally, and all the major U.S. magazine publishers, as well as many independent labels, artists and publishers.
Google says, on 11/13 they will introduce music on Google Play to Europe -- that will enable users in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to purchase music from the Google Play store -- and they'll also able to "add up to 20,000 songs--for free--from existing collection to the cloud for streaming to Android devices or web browser."
In addition, Google will also launch new matching feature to streamline the process of uploading personal music to Google Play. "This will all be for free--free storage of your music, free matching, free syncing across your devices and free listening," Google said, adding, "We'll scan your music collection and any song we match against the Google Play catalog will be automatically added to your online library without needing to upload it, saving you time," informs Google.
The "matching" feature will be available in Europe on Nov. 13 and will come to the U.S. soon after.
Here are full specifications of Nexus 10, and Nexus 4:
Screen 10.055-inch 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi)
WQXGA, HD PLS
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
Size W: 10.39 in (263.9 mm)
H: 6.99 in (177.6 mm)
D: 0.35 in (8.9 mm)
Weight 1.33 lbs (603 g)
Cameras 5MP (main), 1080p video
1.9MP (front), 720p video
Memory 16 GB or 32 GB (formatted capacity will be less)
CPU/GPU CPU: Dual-core A15 Eagle
GPU: Mali T604
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Pressure, GPS
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
Dual-side NFC (Android Beam)
Connectivity Micro USB
3.5mm headphone jack
Battery 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer
Standby: up to 500 hours
Music playback: up to 90 hours
Video playback: up to 9 hours
Web browsing: up to 7 hours
OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Screen 4.7-inch 1280×768 (320ppi)
WXGA, HD IPS+
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
Size H: 5.27 in (133.9 mm)
W: 2.7 in (68.7 mm)
D: 0.36 in (9.1 mm)
Weight 0.31 lbs (139 g)
Cameras Main: 8MP BSI sensor, 1080p video
Front: 1.3MP, 720p video
Memory 8GB or 16GB (formatted capacity will be less)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz (Adreno 320 GPU)
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Proximity, Gyroscope, Pressure, GPS
Network Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
HSPA+ 42 Mbps
Wireless Wireless display on a Miracast compatible HD TV
Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
NFC (Android Beam)
Power Wireless charging (use any Qi-compatible charger)
2,100 mAH Li-polymer battery
Standby: up to 250 hours
Talk time: up to 10 hours
Music playback: up to 40 hours
Video playback: up to 8 hours
Web browsing: up to 7 hours
OS Android Jelly Bean (4.2)