2012年11月5日 星期一

New Nexus Phone and Tablets

Google Translate upgrade offers a smarter dictionary
Google Translate upgrade offers a smarter dictionary. The search giant wants to help you choose the right words with its latest translation service upgrade. Charlie Osborne. by Charlie Osborne. November 2, 2012 5:13 AM PDT. Google logo. Google has ...
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Google Defends Patent Fees in Microsoft, Apple Trials
By Susan Decker - 2012-11-05T05:00:01Z. Google Inc., (GOOG) which spent $12.5 billion to buy handset manufacturer Motorola Mobility and its more than 17,000 patents, now has to defend what critics say is its acquisition's hard-nosed licensing tactics.
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Yes, Apple will approve Google Maps for iOS
"Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are 'not optimistic' that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app," says the story by Michael Grothaus, a former Apple consultant. "Though the app is reportedly in development ...
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A Top Android Executive Admits Google Bought Motorola For The Patents (GOOG)
San Francisco Chronicle
Google just came out with three new devices, the Nexus 4, 7, and 10—a smartphone and two tablets running its Android operating system. None of them were made by Google's smartphone-hardware business unit, Motorola Mobility. They're made by ...
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How Google, Facebook And Other Tech Companies Are Helping You Vote
Huffington Post
The executives who run tech firms may not always agree on which presidential candidate to vote for, but they seem to agree on one thing: You should vote for somebody. With Election Day on Tuesday, tech companies large and small are each playing their ...
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How Google Maps (And Not Apple Maps) Is Helping With Hurricane Sandy ...
Huffington Post
Several days before Sandy made landfall, Google released a "Superstorm Sandy" CrisisMap on Oct. 25, highlighting roadwork advisories, fuel inventory statuses, power outage information and more. The tool was created by Google's Crisis Response team, ...
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IHS: Tablets by Microsoft, Apple have highest profit margins, followed by ...
Washington Post
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft and Apple are garnering the highest profit margins for their tablets, followed by Google and then Amazon, according to research firm IHS. Microsoft Corp.'s first self-made tablet, the Surface, costs about $267 in parts and ...
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Investigating Google Beyond Search — Smartphone Software
New York Times (blog)
Android is Google's gateway technology to a lucrative new arena for search and mobile advertising. The antitrust concern is that Google could use its free Android software as both a sword and shield to protect its dominance in search and grab an unfair ...
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Outreach offers the big pictures
The Australian
AUSTRALIAN non-profit and research organisations will have free access to 40 years of US satellite global imagery in a program launched here last night by Google. Google announced the free local availability of its Earth Outreach program to selected ...
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Android at 5: Thankfully, Google was far too smart to release a 'GPhone' five ...
It's officially been five years since Google (GOOG) disappointed many tech journalists when it failed to release a “GPhone” that would compete head-to-head with Apple's (AAPL) newly-released iPhone. Instead, Google announced a new open-source ...
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Google Explains Why It Doesn't Have As Many Tablet Apps As Apple Does For ...
Business Insider
In a Q&A with Brian Chen of the New York Times, Google's director of business development for Android, John Lagerling, goes into why there still aren't many tablet-sized apps for Android. Here's the key part of his answer: But before, I'll be honest ...
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Google Announces New Nexus Phone and Tablets


Although Hurricane Sandy wiped out Google’s big New York City press-event plans, the company went ahead and announced its new Nexus phone and tablets anyway.
The lineup includes the Nexus 4 smart phone from LG, the Nexus 10 tablet from Samsung and updated Nexus 7 tablets from Asus with double the storage of the previous version and optional 3G. Google’s also adding new features to its Android operating system and beefing up its music, video and magazine services with more content.
Here are the details on Google’s new hardware and software:
LG’s Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-in., 1,280-by-768-pixel resolution display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor from Qualcomm, 2 gigabytes of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera and either 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage. It also has NFC, a micro USB port and micro HDMI output. For bells and whistles, Google is touting built-in wireless charging (though you’ll need to supply your own compatible charging mat) and a Photo Sphere feature that can shoot 360-degree panorama photos.
In terms of tech specs, the Nexus 4 is close to the high end for today’s smart phones, but it has one major drawback: it doesn’t support 4G LTE, only the slower HSPA+. As the Verge explains, Google wants to sell these phones unlocked and without wireless contracts, which isn’t possible with Verizon or Sprint without their permission. That leaves AT&T, whose LTE frequencies are different than the rest of the world’s. Rather than make a separate, and more expensive, 4G LTE phone for AT&T users, Google went with a single HSPA+ model that works everywhere.
The result is a phone that’s inexpensive considering that it’s not tied to a contract — $299 for the 8-GB version and $349 for the 16-GB version — but whose data speeds are surpassed by the majority of smart phones on the U.S. market. Also, in the U.S., the unlocked version will work only with AT&T or T-Mobile, but the latter carrier will sell a subsidized Nexus 4 for $200 with a two-year contract. The phone launches on Nov. 13.
More Storage for Asus Nexus 7
Nothing major here. Google and Asus simply doubled the storage on the Nexus 7, to 16 GB for the $199 version and 32 GB for the $249 version, and added a 3G option for $299 with 32 GB of storage. (It’ll work with AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.) The much needed storage boost helps bring the Nexus 7 in line with other cheap tablets.
Aside from the storage bump and optional 3G, the new Nexus 7 is the same as the old one, with a 7-in., 1,280-by-800 resolution display, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing webcam and a micro USB port. It weighs 0.7 lb., measures 0.4 in. thick and gets about 9.5 hours of battery life on a charge.
Samsung’s Nexus 10
This is Google’s first Nexus tablet to compete directly with Apple‘s iPad, and it offers a Retina-beating 10.1-in., 2,560-by-1,600 resolution display as its claim to fame. Other specs include a dual-core A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front camera, micro USB, micro HDMI and NFC. The tablet also supports multiple user sign-ins, with separate home screens, apps, e-mail and photos for each. The 16-GB model will sell for $399, while the 32-GB model will cost $499, starting Nov. 13.
Android 4.2
Google calls Android 4.2 a “new flavor” of Jelly Bean — the code name previously reserved for Android 4.1. That’s probably because it’s not a huge update, but it adds a handful of features that should make Google’s operating system more enjoyable. In addition to Photo Sphere and multiple user sign-ins, Android 4.2 includes Swype-like gesture-typing support for Miracast, an AirPlay-esque standard that lets users beam audio and video to televisions. (At the moment, there aren’t many Miracast devices, but the hope is that it’ll eventually be a standard feature in TVs and set-top boxes.)
Google Now, a virtual assistant that tries to automatically provide helpful information, is also getting more features in Android 4.2. For Gmail users, Google Now can gather details on your upcoming flights, hotels, restaurant reservations, events and package shipments and provide reminders as dates approach. It can also let you know of attractions or photo spots nearby.
More Content
Music and movies have been a weak spot for Google, but a few new deals with content creators should help. Last month, 20th Century Fox agreed to provide movies and TV shows to Google Play, and on Monday Google announced a partnership with Warner Music Group, so the underappreciated Google Play Music now has the support of all the major record labels.
Google’s adding a scan-and-match music service as well, so any songs you store online will be matched against the Google Play catalog and made available to stream from anywhere without uploading. Unlike Apple’s similar iTunes Match service, Google’s scan-and-match service will be free. It’s heading to Europe on Nov. 13 and to the U.S. soon after.
For magazines, Google struck a deal with Time Inc. (which obviously owns this blog) so periodicals like TIME and People will be part of Google’s magazine app.
The announcement didn’t have any big surprises that hadn’t been rumored for while, but it’s good to see more Nexus devices from Google. Android is often at its best when it’s not modified into oblivion by phone makers and wireless carriers, so while the new hardware many not set the tech world on fire, it at least provides a few more options for users who want the pure Android experience.