Rumour: Google to launch upgraded Nexus 10 tablet at MWC 2013

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Jan 212013
 

Google Nexus 10You can now add another device to the list of rumoured announcements expected at MWC 2103 next month. According to Bright Side of News, Google will unveil an updated version of the Google Nexus 10 tablet.

With its 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) display, the original Google Nexus 10 has a reputation for pushing its 1.7GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 Samsung Exynos 5250 with Mali-T604 GPU to the limit leading to performance lag. To address this shortcoming, Google and Samsung are reportedly going to bump it up to a multi-core processor paired to a new 8-core Mali-T678 GPU. A prototype seen at CES 2013 allegedly ran significantly faster with the performance difference between the two being described as “night and day.”

Other specifications of the revised tablet are not expected to change. Even the form factor will remain the same despite the fact that both Google and Samsung admit that it lacks some “wow factor.” That will apparently be worked on for the next version.

Despite the rumoured announcement at MWC 2013, the tablet may not be available until the fall for either the same price as the current model or slightly more.

Read more: Bright Side of News

Nov 132012
 

Google Nexus 4Google today began taking orders for the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet along with the 3G 32GB Nexus 7. Devices sold out very quickly across a number of countries where they went on sale. Expected to go on sale at 12:00 ET in Canada and the U.S., Google actually began taking sales about 30 minutes earlier and seemed ill-prepared for the demand by eager customers.

There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries! We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand. You can learn more about Nexus devices and stay updated at play.google.com/nexus.

In Canada, the 16GB Nexus 4 sold out in mere minutes with the 8GB model not far behind. Worse, the Google Play store was unable to deal with the demand. Users reported a host of issues preventing them from placing orders. Items vanished from shopping carts mid-transactions, orders failed to process successfully, and some customers even received order cancellation emails after having successfully placed their orders. All in all, it made for a very poor customer experience and left many fuming.

The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets remain in stock in Canada at the time or writing this post. As for the Nexus 4, customers may now have to wait “weeks” to try ordering again.

Update: Google now lists the Nexus 4 as “sold out” rather than “coming soon”:

Sold out Google Nexus 4

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64GB version of Google Nexus 10 waiting in the wings?

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Oct 312012
 

When Google unveiled its Google Nexus 10 tablet on Monday, it indicated that it would be available in 16GB and 32GB configurations. Developed with Samsung, it features an eye-popping 2560×1600 (299ppi) display as well as a 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and Google Android 4.2. But, as with other Nexus devices, there is no microSD card slot to expand storage beyond what is onboard.

A promotional image posted on Samsung Korea’s SamsungTomorrow website suggests that those looking for more storage may not have to wait too long for an announcement. The image shows a third model, this one with 64GB of onboard storage. The image has now been pulled down but not before we managed to grab a screen capture:

Google Nexus 10 to come in 64GB variant?

The 64GB model is otherwise identical to the other Google Nexus 10 models.

Whether Samsung revealed too much or just made an error remains to be seen…

Thanks, Joe!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow Korea (in Korean) [Google translation]

Google announces Google Nexus 10 tablet with Android 4.2

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Oct 292012
 

Google Nexus 10To go along with its new Nexus 4 smartphone, Google announced the Nexus 10 tablet. Billed as “a premium entertainment device,” it was developed together with Samsung. As expected, it comes with a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) display. With Android 4.2 preloaded, it also introduces support for multiple users with switching on the lockscreen.

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.

Google Nexus 10 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.7GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 Samsung Exynos 5250 with Mali-T604 GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS/Glonass, 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40), Bluetooth 3.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560×1600)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB, micro-HDMI, pogo pin
  • Battery: 9,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9 millimeters / 603 grams

The Google Nexus 10 will go on sale on November 13th in Canada and the U.S. (as well as the U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Japan.). It will sell for CA$409/US$399 for the 16GB model and CA$509/US$499 for the 32GB one.

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Google Nexus 10 caught on (very short) video

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Oct 282012
 

To go along with recently leaked pictures and specifications, there is now a video of the upcoming Google Nexus 10. The video is short, all of 5 seconds, so don’t blink or you’ll miss most of it. It reveals little but gives us another good glimpse at Google’s first 10-inch Nexus tablet.

The Google Nexus 10 is expected to come with a 1.7GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and a 10-inch Super AMOLED WQXGA (2560×1600) display. At the right price, the Apple iPad could have some stiff competition at last.

Google had been expected to unveil the Nexus 10 (built by Samsung) on Monday but it has postponed the event due to Hurricane Sandy.

Read more: BriefMobile

Upcoming Google Nexus 10 gets benchmarked

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Oct 262012
 

The Google Nexus 10 tablet has surfaced on the GLBenchmark website. Identified as the Google Mantaray, it confirms rumours that the 10-inch tablet will come with Android 4.2 and a display offering a resolution of a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI). There is also a reference to a Mali-T604 GPU, suggesting it will be powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Dual (5250) SoC.

GLBenchmarks for Google Nexus 10

Google is widely expected to announce the Nexus 10 at its October 29th Android event.

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Google Nexus 10 Quick Start Guide leaked online

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Oct 252012
 

The rumour that Google would announce the oft-rumoured Google Nexus 10 tablet at next week’s Android event gained some credibility today. It appears that a few pages of the Quick Start Guide for the tablet has been leaked online courtesy of Korean site Seeko.

Rumoured Google Nexus 10 tablet manual

The pictures reveal only a few details. The Google Nexus 10 will sport both front and back-facing cameras, a micro-HDMI port, a micro-USB port, and an LED notification.

Past rumours have indicated that the tablet, codenamed Manta, will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer a 16:10 display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI).

Read more: Seeko

Rumour: What Google has on tap for October 29th Android event

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Oct 212012
 

Google AndroidWith the promise that “the playground is now open,” Google will host an Android event on October 29th. It is widely expected that Google will use the event to unveil at least one new Nexus device and an updated version of Android. Courtesy of “a source with knowledge of Google’s plans, The Next Web now claims to know exactly what Google has in mind.

On the tablet side, Google will announce two new models for its Nexus 7 lineup. The first will boast 32GB of onboard memory (and sell for CA$269.99?)while the second will match that and add HSPA+ connectivity.

Google also looks set to announce its rumoured 10-inch tablet built by Samsung. Supporting earlier rumours, the report indicates that it will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offer a 16:10 display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI). The tablet is codenamed Manta and looks set to be launched at the Google Nexus 10.

On the smartphone side, Google is set to partner with LG to launch the oft-rumoured LG Nexus 4. Specifications are well-known (1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch display, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage) at this point and it is set to run Android 4.2.

As for Android 4.2 itself, it will retain the Jelly Bean name. It will come with a number of new features. “Content in the center” will allow users to access Play Store content from a widget while “Tablet Sharing” will offer support for multiple users, giving each their own email and apps. The panoramic camera setting will also be enhanced to support both horizontal and vertical movements.

All in all, October 29th promises to be quite exciting for Android fans.

Read more: The Next Web

Google Nexus 10 tablet confirmed by Picasa picture?

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Oct 192012
 

A picture found on Picasa may have confirmed the existence of Google’s rumoured Nexus 10 tablet. The image reveals little but the EXIF data identifies the device as the Google Nexus 10. It is running software version JVP12 and, based on the picture’s dimensions (2560×1920 pixels), sports a 5MP camera.

Picture allegedly taken by Google Nexus 10
Click for a larger version with EXIF details

Past rumours of a Google Nexus 10 tablet suggest that it will be manufactured by Samsung. It looks to sport some impressive specifications including a display with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels (299 PPI) and a dual-core Exynos 5250 dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC. The launch date is expected in the first half of 2013.

With Google making an Android announcement on October 29th, we could learn more about this tablet sooner than later.

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Google working with Samsung on 10-inch Nexus tablet?

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Oct 092012
 

Google AndroidRumours that Google would follow up its Nexus 7 tablet with a 10-inch Nexus model first surfaced in June. Citing NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, CNET reports that Google is moving ahead with this plan. Given its recent tablet partnership with ASUS, it is somewhat surprising that Google is instead partnering with Samsung on this device. At the same time, the two companies have collaborated on two Nexus smartphones already and Samsung has plenty of experience in the tablet space.

Aimed at taking on the iPad, it will be a high-end device. One advantage it will reportedly have over the iPad will be its 2,560 by 1,600 pixel display with a PPI of about 299. This would top Apple’s iPad Retina Display which offers a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels and 264 PPI.

Shim also confirmed that Google is working on a US$99 tablet which should start production in December.

Read more: CNET

Rumour: Google working on Nexus 10 tablet

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Jun 292012
 

Google AndroidGoogle’s first foray into the Android tablet business, the Google Nexus 7, may not be its last one. According to a Digitimes report, the company is already planning to offer a 10-inch Nexus tablet alongside the Nexus 7 it announced this week. No details are given except to indicate that displays would be provided by AU Optronics (AUO) and Wintek.

Wintek provided Google with 500,000 OGS (one glass solution) touch panels for the Google Nexus 7 in June. Shipments could top 1 million by the end of July.

Whether we see a larger 10-inch Google Nexus tablet may well depend on how well the Nexus 7 sells. Google is now taking pre-orders and shipments are expected to start in mid-July.

Read more: Digitimes