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Google announces 3 Android devices, Android 4.2

R. Dinakaran
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Google has announced three new Android devices that run on a new flavour of the Jelly Bean operating system - Nexus 4 mobile, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

In blog post, Andy Rubin, SVP, Mobile and Digital Content, said there would be three new Nexus devices … in small, medium and large. Apart from several new features, they would also have the latest version of Google Now.

Nexus 4

The new phone, Nexus 4, has been developed in partnership with LG. It has a quad-core processor, a 4.7" (320 ppi) display with wireless charging.

Photo Sphere

The phone will sport Photo Sphere, which enables the user to create “360-degree immersive experiences that you can share on Google+ with friends and family—or you can add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see”, Mr Andy Rubin said.

Gesture Typing

Android 4.2 also has Gesture Typing, which is similar to the Swype keypad. Andy Rubin said Android 4.2 also has added support for wireless display “so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on your Miracast-compatible HDTV”.

Google Now

Andy Rubin said Google was adding more cards to Google Now -- flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details. “So next time you book a table for dinner, you’ll get a reminder with all the details without ever having to lift a finger. You’ll also get cards for nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movie times at nearby theatres or concerts by your favourite artists,” Andy Rubin said.

Multiple users

The new Android version allows sharing of users (only for tablets). The Nexus 10 tablet will have this feature. “We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff -- email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores,” Andy Rubin said.

Daydream

Android 4.2 has a feature called ‘Daydream’, a sort of screen saver that lets the device display when idle or docked. It can dislpay photo albums, or get the latest news from Google Currents.

dinakaran.rengachary@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on October 30, 2012)
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