Google updates entire Nexus family to compete with Microsoft Surface

After the motion generated by the two new iPad and the arrival of the Surface tablet, it’s time for Google to adjust some nuts Nexus product line. All indicators Nexus tablet 7 have been positive since its launch, but there were a couple of aspects to improve, starting with the ability based on the cheaper model. However, the Mountain View giant goes further: First, we have the Nexus 7 available in 32 GB. Then we found the new smartphone Nexus 4, designed with the help of LG. Then follows the Nexus tablet 10, edition of ten inches from the Nexus 7 which took several months of rumors in the broth, and finally a new update for Android Jelly Bean, rising to version 4.2.

Nexus family to compete with Microsoft Surface

It was supposed to develop an event dedicated to the city of New York, similar to that have conducted other companies in recent days, but someone by the name of Sandy came and caused it to cancel all plans, not just Google, but the city in general. It is certainly unfortunate, but most important is that people are in a safe place, regardless of whether the hurricane became a super-storm with a bit more character than usual. Even President Obama canceled his campaign temporarily to monitor the situation of Sandy, and ask citizens to continue to literally evacuation procedures. Despite these precautions, the hurricane could do nothing against the demand for information, and details on new releases Mountain View giant made their way through the Web without any problems. Indeed, the wave of innovation from Google was inevitable. Both Apple and Microsoft have been busy showing off their new toys, so Google could not afford to lose traction.


This is a complete update on the Nexus family of devices. Although Google products have been named Nexus in the past, the example that is more fresh in the minds of users is the Nexus 7 tablet, which surprised all and sundry with a very aggressive pricing scheme. Who wanted a tablet accessible and powerful in performance should invest only $ 199 (199 euros in Europe) to access the 8 GB version. However, demand for the 16GB model ($ 249) was much higher than expected (Google had to suspend for a time the receipt of orders), which sent a clear message Mountain View: Users want more space in the tablet, especially the absence of a slot for external memory cards. Consequently, the Nexus 7 now has a 32GB model for $ 249, adopting the previous price of 16 GB model, which now replaces the 8 GB version, and absorbs its price of $ 199. There is also a variant with mobile connectivity support HSPA +, although the price will be $ 299 with 32 GB capacity.

Following the introduction of the 32GB model (a much more reasonable for a tablet today if we see the demands that have some applications), Google does much of filing the rough edges of your device, making it even more attractive in an extremely complex market. However, the news does not end there. Shortly after the release of the Nexus 7 tablet, rumors began to emerge in relation to a model with ten inch screen. Many details circulated on the Web, but rumors became reality through the new Nexus 10, with a display of 10.055 inches (yes, Google said the thousandth) and a whopping 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, making the Android tablet highest resolution. The Nexus 10 uses a SoC Exynos 5 Dual (after all, Samsung took part in the design) based on the ARM Cortex-A15 (same SoC that uses the new Chromebook). The Nexus 10 is priced at $ 399 in its 16GB version, and $ 499 in its 32GB version, in the price range that has the iPad. If Google manages to slightly modify the price of the Nexus 10 16GB, probably put too much pressure on the iPad Mini.

The Nexus 10 confirms Google’s commitment to the tablet format

So far, the news focus on tablets, but what about smartphones? If you do a bit of memory, Google has launched three models of phones within the family Nexus: The Nexus One in January 2010 (along with HTC), the Nexus S in December of that year (this time with Samsung) and the Galaxy Nexus, available since November last year (also Samsung). The Galaxy Nexus was the first to officially incorporate the 4.x series of Android (the Nexus S can receive it via updates, while only left with the option of an alternative firmware for the Nexus One), but now, in addition to the list the Google Nexus 4. This time, Google has partnered with people from LG to design the smartphone, and as a result we have a device that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC Pro quad-core, with a frequency of 1.5 GHz, and video Adreno 320. The total amount of RAM to 2 GB, two cameras (8MP rear, 1.3MP in the front) and the screen size is 4.7 inches (about the same size as the screen has the Galaxy SIII) with a resolution of 1,280 by 768 pixels.

Its specifications are very similar to the Optimus G

The Nexus 4 will feature versions of 8 and 16 GB. It certainly does not seem much room for the demands of a current smartphone, but you must not forget the importance of Google Play in these new devices. Mountain View is betting that both users and their Nexus 4 tablets get content through Google Play, making it reasonable (to some extent) that have less local storage capacity. Another thing to consider is that the Nexus 4 has no support LTE, but HSPA + comes up. Perhaps Google plans to launch an LTE-compatible version, but has not revealed anything about it. The price of the Nexus 4 is $ 299 for 8GB version, while the 32GB version jumps to $ 349, always talking about free devices and no contract. The only option under two-year contract that has been mentioned so far comes from the hand of T-Mobile, with the release of 16 GB to $ 199.

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