Google recently declared that “the playground is open” and will be announcing some new Android enhancements and products on October 29th. It’s widely assumed that we’ll see a new Nexus device, possibly the LG Nexus 4. However, a new post by The Next Web reportedly gives all the details of what we can expect.
First, let’s talk about tablets. Google will unveil the 32GB version of the Nexus 7 tablet, plus also introduce a 32GB HSPA+ model – this was a one time rumour. No word on pricing for the HSPA+, but we reported earlier this week that the 32GB version will be priced at $269 (CDN) outright. Next is the rumoured 10-inch Nexus tablet that will be produced by Samsung and Google. The report indicated that this is true, currently going by the codename of “Codename Manta,” but might be called the “Nexus 10” when it’s officially launched. Probably the best news is that the Samsung/Google Nexus tablet will come with OS 4.2 “Key Lime Pie” and will have a 10-inch display with a resolution of 2560 × 1600.
Next, the new Nexus smartphone. The leaks have been 100% correct. LG will produce the “Nexus 4” and launch with the following specs: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 768, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (previous reports pointed towards 8GB), 8MP and 1.3MP front-facing, and a 2,100mAh battery, plus will also have Android OS 4.2.
OS 4.2 will reportedly have “Content in the center” that will give you the ability to access the Play Store via a widget. In addition, we’ll see ‘Tablet Sharing’ that will give the option of easily switching between users. In addition, Key Lime Pie will also “compete with Apple’s iOS 6” and support panoramic camera settings in both horizontal and vertical settings by default.
All in all, pretty exciting stuff coming this week. New Nexus 7 tablets, new Nexus smartphones and possibly a new version of the OS (again).