Google may have had to cancel its planned Android event in New York City Monday due to the hurricane (if you’ve been watching the news at all, I think we can all agree that was a good idea. Look out for those falling cranes!). That did not stop the company from unveiling its new products to the world though, even if it did have to do it on its blog.
Google announced three new Nexus products, plus an updated version of Jelly Bean, called Android 4.2.
Let’s go through each one separately.
The latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, comes with a slew of new and updated features. Each of the new devices runs on the new platform.
Google Now: new cards, including flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details. There are also now cards for nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movie times at nearby theaters or concerts by your favorite artists.
Photo Sphere: allows users to take 360-degree photographs
Gesture Typing: users can type by gliding their finger over the letters, only lifting after each word. Spaces are added automatically and the keyboard can even predict the next word with suggestions.
Android's dictionaries now have improved text-to-speech capabilities, so voice typing on Android is even better.
Multiple users on one tablet: each tablet users can now have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. Switching between users will not require logging in and out.
Wireless display: users can share movies, YouTube videos, and anything that’s on their screen on an HDTV. Just connect a wireless display adapter to any HDMI-enabled TV to mirror what’s on your screen quickly and easily.
Daydream: Android devices can display information when they are idle or docked, including photo albums and news from Google currents.
Notifications: users can see all of their notifications by swiping down from the top of the screen.
Google Search: Android now allows users to search the web through voice.
The Nexus 4 smartphone, with its 4.7” inch display, was developed along with LG.
it comes in 8GB and16GB versions. The 8GB Nexus 4 will sells for $299, while the 16GB will go for $349. They will be available unlocked and without a contract in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada on November 13.
The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a two year contract.
The Nexus 7 tablet is a seven inch tablet, along the lines of Amazon's Kindle Fire and the new iPad Mini.
"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," Andy Rubin, SVP, Mobile and Digital Content, wrote on the Google blog
It comes in 16GB and32GB versions. The 16GB will sells for $199, while the 16GB will be on sale for $249. It will be available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through Google's retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
There will also be a version of the Nexus 7 with HSPA+ mobile data because "we also wanted to make this highly portable tablet even more mobile," Google said. This version of the device is available only with 32GB. It will be sold at $299 unlocked, on will go on sale on November 13 in the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
The Nexus 10 is a "premium entertainment device," made for watching movies or reading magazine, so Google gave it a 10.055" display at 2560-by-1600, over 4 million pixels.
It also has an extended battery, that will allow for up to nine hours of video playback, and over 500 hours on standby. It also comes with a set of front-facing stereo speakers.
The 16GB version of the Nexus 10 sells for $399, while the 32GB version will be priced at $499. Like the other devices, it will go on sale on November 13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
In addition to its new devices and platform, Google also announced changes to Google Play.
Google Play has added new entertainment, including movies and shows from Twentieth Century Fox.
"Earlier this year we expanded our service beyond movie rentals and now you can purchase movies and build a library of your favorites in Google Play," Rubin wrote. "Today we’re bringing movie purchasing to more countries - Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and Australia."
Google also announced that it's now working with Time to bring new magazines to Google Play, including InStyle, People and Time. Google has also partnered with Warner Music Group to bring their entire music catalog to Google Play.
"We’re now 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," Rubin wrote.
In addition, on November 13, music from Google Play will be coming to the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
A new matching feature will be available in those countries, and will then come to the U.S. soon after.
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