The next Nexus phone will appear this month, produced by LG, CNET reports. This will be the first time Google has teamed up with LG and it should help the latter break into the U.S. market. The phone is expected to be heavily influenced by the LG Optimus G.
Partnering with LG for the Nexus phone is a major change for Google, since previous Nexus phones were made by HTC (Nexus One) and Samsung (Galaxy Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus). Those companies were at the top of the Android phone space at the time of the partnership which is not the case for LG, considered fledging.
Google's Nexus line of phones and tablets is the flagship line for the Android platform. Each Nexus device has debuted with the latest version of the Android OS, without OEM customisations to complicate things. Nexus devices usually offer updates in a timely fashion, which is something rare in the Android space.
Right now there are three Nexus devices powered by Google. The Galaxy Nexus together with Samsung, Nexus 7 tablet, and Nexus Q player.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
It is the latest smartphone co-created by Google and Samsung. It features best Google mobile services and fastest updates directly from Google, and soon with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Its key features are the Multi-task away button dedicated for quick switching for recent apps, latest notifications with rich graphics and controls, rapid-fire typing with dozens of improvements to auto-correction and touch recognition which makes the keyboard feels natural, type together with voice regardless if the user has data or connection or not, zero shutter lag during photo snapping, single-motion panoramic mode, full-featured instant photo editing, live effects during video shoot, face detection, and Android Beam.
Technical specs includes 4.65"HD (1280x720) Super AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP continuous autofocus zero shutter lag camera with LED Flash @ 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front camera, 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GH RAM and 32GB internal storage.
Google Nexus 7
This new tablet from Google that costs $199 features a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in the owner's hand. The Nexus 7 has a 1280x720 high-resolution display protected by scratch resistant Corning Glass. Its battery life reaches up to 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or 300 hours with e-reading. Less time is spent charging this table and more time spent for using it, whether the owner measures battery life in books read, levels completed, movies viewed or minutes of silence.
It was built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor which makes everything faster from pages loading to gameplays down to running multiple apps. Its 12-core GPU delivers rich and immersive graphics while the patented 4-PLUS-1 CPU design provides processing power when needed and battery saving efficiency.
Nexus 7 is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform that provides the gadget with smarter notifications, beautiful widgets and home screen customisation that's as easy as drag and drop. It was made for Google which allows access to over 600,000 apps and games with Google Play.
Google Nexus Q
This new device acts exclusively as a receiver for audio and video content from the Google's online media services, all controlled using an Android tablet or smartphone. The device is a two-pound sphere, split at a 45-degree angle by a ring of 32 LEDs. The entire upper half of the Nexus Q is a free-spinning volume knob, while a pinprick blue LED eyes the user from the front. It has a 1GB of RAM and 16GB flash storage with various ports in the back including Micro HDMI and optical audio outs, an ethernet jack, and a USB port.
The Nexus Q can be controlled by using an external application with allows the owner to change settings, adjust brightness of the LEDs, turn off the various output jacks, or change the visual playback while listening to music. The Nexus Q runs on the Android 4.0.4 OS and has a dual-core A9 processor.
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