Google’s ‘Playground’ to Host Android 4.2, 10-inch Nexus Tablet, LG Nexus 4
Last week, Google had begun sending out invitations to various news outlets announcing that ‘the playground is open’ for an event scheduled for October 29 in New York. Now, we know that the playground will play host to a number of announcements according to a recent leak, including the launch of the Android 4.2 OS, a 10-inch Nexus tablet, and the much rumored LG Nexus 4 smartphone.
According to The Next Web, Google will also be introducing new hardware into the Nexus 7 lineup by debuting the much leaked 32 GB Nexus 7 tablet and a 3.5G (also referred to as 4G by U.S. carriers AT&T and T-Mobile) HSPA+ version of a 32 GB Nexus 7.
In the tablet space, Google’s been long rumored to be working with partner Samsung to debut a 10-inch Nexus tablet. The device has a codename of ‘Manta’ and the device will be running Android 4.2, which is also referred to as Key Lime Pie. However, it’s unclear if Key Lime Pie will be the final branding for the OS update, or if Google will retain the Jelly Bean moniker of Android 4.1:
Google has also been working with Samsung to launch a 10-inch tablet, confirming leaks which suggested Google had teamed up with the Korean manufacturer for another device. Our source tells us that internally the tablet goes under the name “Codename Manta”, runs Google’s new Android 4.2 operating system (previously referred to as Key Lime Pie, but is set to retain the Jelly Bean branding)
The 10-inch Nexus slate will have a full HD 1080p 2560 X 1600-pixel resolution display and will likely compete against the new Retina iPad. A separate report on BGR says that the 10-inch slate will have a resolution of 2560 X 1920 pixels.
It’s unclear still what Samsung and Google will brand the 10-inch Nexus tablet, though Nexus 10 has been thrown around. In the past, there was a rumor that the 10-inch slate won’t debut until 2013.
In the smartphone space, Google may debut the LG Nexus 4, which will be the first Nexus smartphone to feature a quad-core CPU. When Google launched the Nexus 7 tablet, it debuted with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, but the Nexus 4 will go with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro.
Leaked specs suggest that the device will have a 1280 X 768 display measuring 4.7 inches, a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 8-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, and a rather capacious 2100 mAh battery. The Nexus 4 will also run on Android 4.2.
Android 4.2 appears to be a more minor refresh, though it will introduce one notably big feature: user profiles. This will allow one office or family to share a tablet between many users thanks to user profiles, which is similar to a Windows login when you turn on the system. This would allow different apps, settings, and programs to run and be configured to an individual user on the same tablet.
Another feature would be called Content in the center and will serve to highlight Google’s Play Store. The widget will allow users to access Play Store content on the home screen.
Another feature will go head-to-head with iOS 6 from Apple. Google will update the camera app on Android 4.2 to allow panoramic photos to be captured both horizontally and vertically.
It looks like Google will have lots going on at the October 29th media event, for which Microsoft will be hosting its own party in San Francisco.