Google The playground is open

Google to Debut Android 4.2, Nexus 4 Phone, Nexus 10 Tablet in Oct. 29 Event

Google The playground is open

Google sets out to steal the thunder from Microsoft and Apple on October 29 launch of Android and Nexus devices.

Not to be outdone in the seemingly endless battle of the tech giants, Google is all set to unleash the most awaited Nexus devices and an Android update on an October 29 event in New York.   This is going to be one busy end of October with Apple’s just-concluded iPad Mini launch and Microsoft’s press event for Windows 8 also set on October 29. The Google RSVP teases invitees with a “The playground is open” tagline, fanning rumors that multiple log-ins will be enabled with the next Android update.

Given the pace by which updates have been rolling out to Android mobiles, it seems that Android users would have to wait awhile before they get a taste of Jelly Bean. In fact, some would suggest going for a Nexus device if you want faster updates. Just this year, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was introduced at Google I/O and is rolling out at a snail’s pace to Android devices.  In fact, UK carrier Vodafone only just announced that Jelly Bean is now available for Samsung Galaxy SIII users.

In the US though, Samsung owners are still awaiting the upgrade.  The next Android update, which sources say will be called Jelly Bean 4.2 (contrary to rumors of an entirely new version with a Kandy Cane or Key Lime Pie moniker), will now reportedly be available for Google’s Nexus 10 tablet and the Nexus 4 Phone. There have been rumors of which Google devices will take center stage on October 29, but reports say that at least both Nexus devices will be present.

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean+. Image credit: Techradar UK
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean+ ? Image credit: Techradar UK

According to sources, Android 4.2 will have features like “Content in the Center,” which allows you to access Google Play through a widget. There’s also talk of a double notifications bar, which allows you to quickly turn frequently-used features on and off. More interestingly is the first-of-its kind “Tablet Sharing” feature, which lets you create multiple accounts on one device. Competitors like Apple have not made this last feature available for its users yet, so this will definitely be something new that users should look forward to.

Alongside the low-end Nexus 7, Google will now offer a high-end 10-inch Nexus 10 tablet built by Samsung. Initially reported by CNET, the Nexus 10 is said to trump the third-generation iPad when it comes to display quality, boasting of a 2,560×1,600 display with a pixel density of about 300 PPI. Pricing for the tablet will be comparable to the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. The upgraded Nexus 7 will also have a 32GB 3G version.

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Meanwhile, LG is also going to have a shot at the spotlight, sharing co-branding rights with Google on the Nexus 4, said to be inspired by the LG Optimus G.  LG’s latest smartphone will feature a quad-core SnapDragon processor from Qualcomm, 2 GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 1,280×768 display, an 8MP front camera, a 1.3MP back camera, and a 2100mAh battery.

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Will Google succeed in stealing the thunder from both Microsoft and Apple? Let’s find out on October 29.

 

Author: Monique Jones is an Engineer who deals with telephone systems. Monique graduated as a Cum Laude with a Degree in Civil and Communications Engineering. Besides being an Engineer, she also works as a part time Writer. She helps her colleagues and other people about their communication issues, giving effective solutions to address their needs. On her free time, she works on her fashion business, read books, and chat with friends. She also loves traveling and photography.

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