Google delays October 29th Android event over Hurricane Sandy

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Oct 272012
 

Google has cancelled its October 29th Android event over concerns about Hurricane Sandy:

We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more.

Stay safe and dry,
The Android Team

Google October 29 Android event cancelled

A number of new Nexus devices, including the LG Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 10 tablet, were expected to be unveiled along with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

This is the second year in a row that Google has had to postpone this event. Last year, it did so as a sign of respect in response to Steve Jobs’ death.

Stay tuned – We’ll let you know what the rescheduled date is as soon as we have it.

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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HTC to launch 5-inch Google Nexus 5 smartphone?

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Sep 242012
 

HTCWith the Galaxy Nexus starting to get long in the tooth (in smartphone terms), anticipation is building for Google’s next Nexus device. Better yet, earlier rumours suggest that it may have more than one device up its sleeve this time around. A new tip received by GSMArena suggests that HTC could be readying such a device and it could be none other than the oft-rumoured HTC 5-inch tablet better known as the DROID Incredible X or One X5. It could be known as the Google Nexus 5.

The report adds that the new Nexus device would run Android 4.1.2. The new version would sport a number of bug fixes, Project Butter improvements, lockscreen improvements and other minor tweaks. On the hardware side, the Google Nexus 5 would be powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and come with a 5-inch 1080p display, LTE connectivity, up to 64GB of onboard memory, a 12MP rear camera and a 2MP front one, and a 2,500mAh battery.

Google’s Nexus upcoming refresh is promising to be quite exciting. Let’s hope that the Google Nexus 5 is joined by devices from LG, Samsung, and Sony who have also all been rumoured to be working on Nexus devices as well.

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More information on upcoming quad-core Tegra 3 Google Nexus tablet

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May 252012
 

Google AndroidOn the heels of yesterday’s rumour that Google’s 7-inch Nexus tablet will begin shipping in June for July availability come new details about the tablet itself. A ” trusted source” has told TechnoBuffalo that Google will indeed announce Asus-built Nexus tablet at its Google I/O event in June. Attendees will also be happy to learn that they can expect to receive one at the event.

The report adds that it expects the tablet to come with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. There are also conflicting reports on whether it will come with Android 4.0 or Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean). It will be interesting to see if Google launches another major version of Android with Android 4.0 adoption currently hovering around the 5% mark.

Best of all, Google and ASUS have apparently managed to get the price down to the US$200 mark without having to use a dual-core processor. This is likely due in part to NVIDIA’s Kai platform strategy which aims to allow manufacturers to produce US$200 quad-core Tegra 3 tablets.

Google I/O could be quite the event with the launch of the Nexus tablet, the possible announcement and launch of Android 5.0, and possible announcements of additional Nexus devices (possibly to launch on November 5th).

Rumour: Google Nexus tablet to launch in July

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May 242012
 

Google AndroidGoogle’s rumoured Nexus tablet is once again the topic of rumours. According to Digitimes, the 7-inch tablet will begin to ship in June with initial volumes set at 600,000 units per month. Citing “sources from the upstream supply chain,” the report adds that the tablet will hit the street in July.

Past rumours indicated that the tablet was co-developed with ASUS. Originally scheduled to launch in May, it was delayed as it did not meet Google’s expectations and was not affordable enough. Apparently based on the ASUS MeMo 370T tablet, it will sport a number of cheaper components (possibly a dual-core processor and less onboard storage) to allow Google to sell it in the US$149 to US$199 range.

The dates proposed in this report align with a potential announcement at Google I/O in June with general availaibility to follow in July (possibly via Google Play)

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HTC and LG looking to build Jelly Bean Nexus device

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Feb 282012
 

Google AndroidWhile manufacturers are just getting started with Android 4.0 device announcements (there have a few this week), at least two of them already have their eye on the next major version of Android and the Nexus device likely to accompany its release.

Two days ago, LG confirmed its interest to CNET:

“We’re having discussions,” Ramchan Woo, head of LG’s smartphone division, told CNET in an interview. “We’re working on it.”

LG will not be alone though. It now appears that HTC, the manufacturer of the very first Nexus device, is also interested in reclaiming the honour. HTC’s global online communications manager, Jeff Gordon, told TechRadar that it is also hoping to be the one chosen:

“Google hasn’t chosen its Nexus partner for (Android) Jellybean as yet. So right now all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers.”

As Gordon points out, I don’t think that LG and HTC are the only ones talking to Google. Being selected to manufacture a Nexus device is not only a bragging right but could also give the company earlier access to Android 5.0 and likely allow it to have other models ready sooner than competitors.

Who would you like to see manufacture the next Nexus smartphone?

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Leaked poster reveals Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

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Oct 182011
 

Samsung and Google are expected to unveil the next version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the next Nexus device in mere hours now. NTT DoCoMo appears to have the cat out of the bag a bit early with a leaked poster showing the device along with specification details. The image lines up quite well with the profile caught on Samsung’s Unpacked teaser video.

Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Google to unveil Ice Cream Sandwich on October 19th?

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Oct 122011
 

Google AndroidThe Google Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich, the next major version of Android, had been expected at Samsung’s canceled CTIA Unpacked event. A DroidLife.com source now suggests that Google will now make its announcement on October 19th at the AsiaD: All Things Digital event in Hong Kong.

Giving credence to the story is the fact that Google’s Andy Rubin is scheduled to speak at the event. Such an announcement would follow in the footsteps of last year’s Motorola XOOM and Honeycomb unveiling. It also lines up nicely with the expectation that the Google Nexus Prime will be unveiled “very shortly.”

The event appears set to take place at 0900 on the 19th in Hong Kong. In Toronto, the event would then take place at 2100 ET on October 18th. It just so happens that the 18th is also the date that Motorola and Verizon are holding an event of their own.

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Google Nexus Prime unveiling coming “very shortly”

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Oct 112011
 

Google AndroidSamsung and Google were widely expected to unveil both the Google Nexus Prime and the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, today but the event was canceled just days ago. A new date has not been announced but the launch appears to be imminent. In an interview with T3.com, Andrew Glass, Samsung UK’s Sales Director, said, “You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think.”

Glass also appears to have confirmed that the device will be known as the Nexus Prime rather than the Galaxy Nexus as some rumours suggested.

A separate rumour suggests that Verizon could launch the Nexus Prime (as the Verizon DROID RAZR?) as early as November 3rd.

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Samsung and Google delay Unpacked event due to Steve Jobs’s death

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Oct 092011
 

SamsungSamsung announced on Friday that it was postponing its upcoming Unpacked event on October 11th. A short statement was issued but did not provide an explanation for the decision:

“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”

The two companies later provided further details, indicating that they were delaying the event due to the death of Steve Jobs on October 5th:

“We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing.”

Samsung and Google had been widely expected to unveil the next major version of Google Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the next Nexus smartphone, possibly to be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the Google Nexus Prime.

Samsung has yet to announce when the rescheduled event will take place.

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Full Samsung Galaxy Nexus specifications revealed?

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Oct 062011
 

Google Android“A trusted source” has apparently provided BGR.com with the specifications of the upcoming Samsung Nexus Prime smartphone. Codenamed “Nexus Prime” during development, it should be unveiled next week at Samsung’s Unpacked event.

Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Nexus specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Display: 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB internal
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with 1080p video recording
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 1,750mAh
  • Dimensions: 9 millimeters thick

As with other Nexus devices, it will come with a plain Android experience with no-third party interface add-on or modifications. Unlike other devices and assuming BGR‘s source is correct, it could be the first Nexus device to not bear the Google name in its official name.

Supporting earlier rumours, BGR also added that Verizon will have a US exclusive for a period of time on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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Picture confirms Google Nexus Prime 720p HD display?

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Oct 042011
 

A leaked picture of a portion of the upcoming Google Nexus Prime apparently confirms the rumour that the next Google Android flagship device will come with a 720p Super AMOLED HD display. It also supports earlier claims of a 4.6-inch-sized display.

Rumoured Google Nexus Prime display

The picture shows a resolution of 1184 by 720 pixels and a pixel density of 320ppi. The resolution seems odd as a 720p display should come in at 1280 by 720 pixels. This resolution defines the active area and excludes the status bar area at the top and the three button strip at the bottom.

The picture also hints at a curved contour reminiscent of the Nexus S.

Samsung and Google are expected to unveil the Nexus Prime along with Ice Cream Sandwich, the next major version of Android, at next week’s Unpacked event.

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Next Google Nexus device revealed?

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May 282011
 

Google recently confirmed the obvious and indicated that it was planning to release more Nexus devices. Thanks to an image obtained by TechHog.com from a Google employee (apparently part of the Android development team), we may have just caught the first glimpse of the next Google Nexus (the Nexus 3?). The device in question is an early development prototype.

Rumoured Google Nexus device

The image, assuming it is genuine, confirms that Android smartphones using the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich release will not need the traditional Android buttons. Hidden in the thumb’s shadow is a front-facing camera. The source of the image also indicated that “the exterior is most definitely going to change from what they are testing.”

Google is apparently planning both HSPA+ and CDMA versions with the latter to go to Sprint. With Google Voice for Sprint and the Google Wallet pilot program and now this potential Nexus device, it’s clear that Sprint and Google are getting friendlier very quickly.

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