New nexus device announcements expected
Google have announced the date of their latest Android related press conference, where it's expected that 2 new Nexus devices will be announced, along with a spec bump to their 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet.
The much-rumoured LG Nexus 4 smart phone appears certain to be officially unveiled in New York, at 10am on Monday 29th October [3pm UK time]. The quad core device with a 4.7", 720p screen, and all the usual Android connectivity options (micro USB, NFC, wifi, bluetooth), is likely to follow the Nexus trend of not having a removable storage option, whilst on-board storage is expected to be limited to 16GB.
Along with their latest smart phone offering, Google look odds-on take this opportunity to announce a spec bump to their Nexus branded tablet made by Asus. A new 32GB Nexus 7 is expected to retail at the same £199 price point as the current 16GB version, but will probably lack the £15 Google Play credit that comes with its smaller sibling. As yet, no-one knows what will happen to the price point of the 16GB tablet, or the £159 8GB version that's available in the UK through Google Play. Some lucky customers have already managed to get their hands on a 32GB device from some of the big U.S. superstores, and it's been name-checked in the latest Argos catalogue, so it's not too much of a stretch to imagine they'll have something to say about the new version next week. This minor update would fix one of the primary complaints aimed at their first Nexus tablet - lack of storage space, and should arrive on our shores in plenty of time for Christmas.
Finally, the latest rumour is that Google may announce a new 10" tablet, unsurprisingly being dubbed the 'Nexus 10'. Korean manufacturer Samsung are apparently producing a 2560x1600 16:10 tablet, but other details are thin on the ground. But with 299 pixels per inch - even greater than the latest iPad - the screen alone is certainly something to look forward to.
The two new devices are expected to ship with a minor update to version 4.2 of the Android OS, which will retain the Jellybean name. Google's other Nexus devices only start receiving an update to Android 4.1.2 this month, but another update is expected to bring pinch-to-zoom to the Gmail app, among other small UI improvements.
It looks like there's a lot going on at the Googleplex so we'll have updates next week once the details are in. You can tune in to watch the announcement live on YouTube