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Google Announces Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 Update

Despite Google cancelling their Android event that was supposed to occur in New York City today. The Android Team at Google revealed the latest Nexus devices plus a Android 4.2 update.

Everyone has heard the rumors for a while now of a LG built Nexus phone, now everyone who speculated are at ease. The New Nexus Phone built in partnership with LG, called the Nexus 4, it has a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 and a 8-Megapixel Rear-Facing Camera. The Nexus 4 will also support wireless charging straight out of the box (wireless charger not included). The Nexus 4 runs Android 4.2 (Still called Jelly Bean). The unlocked versions of the Nexus 4 costs $300 for the 8GB version ($309 in Canada) and $350 for the 16GB Version ($359 in Canada). This device will be available to buy unlocked in a number of countries including Canada, U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Spain and Germany on November 13th.

The Next Device that was revealed was the Google Nexus 10. It is rocking a dual-core 1.7 GHz Samsung Exynos processor, the processor includes a quad-core GPU inside to make the tablet fast. It also has 2GB of RAM, a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 display which has more pixels-per-inch that the iPad's Retina display. It has a microUSB and microHDMI port. The tablet also includes a 5 Megapixel Rear-facing Camera and a 1.9 Megapixel Front-facing camera, plus it has two front-facing stereo speakers. Google claims to give users about 9 hours of video playback. A feature that is only of tablets with the Android 4.2 update, is that it allows for multiple users, so then for example it could be shared amond different family members. Each member can set up different user accounts and switch between them on the lockscreen, and each user will have their own home screens and widgets to customize their way. The Nexus 10 costs $400 for the 16GB and $500 for the 32GB model (add $10 to each one for Canadian Price). It will be available in the Google Play store in Canada, U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Japan on November 11th.

Google also announced a version of the Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and Mobile Data (more specifically HSPA+) and it is unlocked. It will cost $300 ($309 in Canada) and will available on the Google Play Store on November 13th in the following countries, Canada, U.S, U.K, Australia, France, Germany and Spain. Google has discontinued the 8GB Nexus 7 and now the 16GB Nexus 7 starts at $200 ($209 in Canada) and 32GB for $250 ($259 in Canada).

Now onto the New features in Android 4.2. The first new feature is Gesture Typing, essentially what it is, a new keyboard feature that will allow users to swipe between keys on the keyboard and it is similair to Swype or SwiftKey. 
Another feature that i mentioned early for Tablet users, is multi-user support, where your tablet will be able to support multiple logins, each user can have their own personal homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. A cool feature of multi-user support on Android 4.2 is that it also separates game-save progress and high scores separate, the update will also use multi-tasking to keep programs running in the background to make swapping users super fast. 

Another feature of the new Android update is Miracast Wireless display support, which means you can stream videos, movies, TV Shows and YouTube videos and anything else from your device to your HDTV if you have a wireless display adapter or the Miracast technology built-in. 

The third new feature is Photo Sphere camera, which basically means you can take spherical photos. The fourth feature is "Daydream", which is a screensaver type of feature that will allow your device to show off useful information when idle or docked. It can show things like photo albums or news from Google Currents and more. Another feature is Actionable Notifications that allow you to access appropriate actions directly from the notifications menu. And lastly in 4.2, are some "Google Now" improvements, where Google Now can get information from Gmail to get ideas for new cards. It can help you track packages, find movie information and it can also help you find great spots for photo-ops which is based on your location.


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