Although its Android event in New York was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, that didn’t stop Google from revealing three new Nexus devices. Following on the heals of Apple’s iPad mini announcement, the search giant has introduced the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. All run Android 4.2, featuring the latest version of Google Now — a virtual assistant similar to Siri.
Google’s latest smartphone, the Nexus 4, boasts a quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch (320 ppi) display, and wireless charging — just set it down on a charging surface to power up. It also introduces Photo Sphere, which lets you easily capture 360-degree images perfect for sharing experiences with your community on Google+.
Two versions will be available through Google Play: an 8GB and 16GB, and will cost $299 and $349, respectively. The Nexus 4 will be offered unlocked and without contract to customers in the U.S., UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Canada. It’s currently unknown when other countries will follow. The 16GB model will also be available through T-Mobile with a two-year contract.
The Nexus 7 “brings you the best of Google” in a slim, portable package. And similar to the iPad mini, it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The new tablet is available with 16GB ($199), 32GB ($249) or 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299) — well below Apple’s price points. The HSPA+ model can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T. The 16GB and 32GB are available now, with the 32GB and HSPA+ version coming soon.
Additionally, Google teamed up with Samsung to launch the Nexus 10, the “highest resolution tablet on the planet” with a 10.055-inch display at 2560×1600. It also boasts nine hours of battery life (just an hour shy of Apple’s current line of iPads) and 500 hours of standby time. What also sets the Nexus 10 apart from the iPad is its ability to add multiple users and switch between them from the lock screen — especially convenient for teams that might have to share hardware. It will also be available on November 13th in the Google Play Store and will cost $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB.
Finally, Google also made updates to Google Now, which includes more information about flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, and shipping details. If you’re not completely sold on one of Apple’s new iPads, or looking for something a bit more budget-friendly, it’s worth considering one of the new Nexus devices for your business. More information about all three devices can be found on Google Play.
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Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.