Google cancelled its Nexus launch event in New York City Monday as Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, but the company went ahead and debuted a new smartphone and tablets that were set to be unveiled at the gathering.
The Android-based devices run on an updated operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and include a new Nexus 10 tablet.
Google partnered with Samsung for the Nexus 10 tablet, which is larger than Nexus 7 and built for watching movies or reading magazines, the company said.
Nexus 10 has a 10.55-inch display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi), or more than 400 million pixels. Its battery can support nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. Nexus 10 also includes stereo speakers.
The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS allows Nexus 10 users to add others and to switch between users from the lockscreen and to share features such as email, apps and bookmarks. "That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores," Google said in a blog post. Nexus 10 with 16GB of storage costs $399, while the version with 32GB of storage costs $499.
Google's updated Nexus 7 tablet offers 16GB of storage at $199, and 32GB of storage for $249. Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage and wireless performance enhancing protocol HSPA+ mobile data costs $299 and can work with more than 200 GSM [Global System For Mobile Communications] providers worldwide, including AT&T in the U.S.
Nexus 7 is now available, with the other versions ready Nov. 13.
The Nexus 4 smartphone, developed LG Electronics, has a quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch (320 ppi) display, and wireless charging. Its PhotoShere camera allows 360-degree display that can be share on Google+. A version with 8GB of storage costs $299 and one with 16GB of storage costs $349. The 16-GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199.
Google has not set a new date for the launch event.
PUBLISHED OCT. 29, 2012