Oct 29 AT 1:18 PM Taylor Wimberly 51 Comments

A closer look at Android 4.2, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10

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Google might have cancelled their big press event scheduled for today, but that hasn’t slowed them from announcing new devices and showing off features of Android 4.2. Google’s official product pages are a great place to get started, but Google also granted The Verge with an exclusive, in-depth look at today’s announcements. Check out the videos below to see what Google has to say about the new devices and hit up the source link to read the full article.

Source: The Verge

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  • Nate B.

    Like I expected, it looks a lot better when it’s all polished up. The tablet will be awesome to use when it comes to functionality and pure stock, but it can still use some designer points. I can’t wait until it get’s shown off at the new schedule event. Then my pockets will be ready

  • Nate B.

    Me: Why I am here

    Google: Ha-ha Why are you here?

    Me: To walk out with a Nexus 4

  • redraider133

    Wish the carriers and google could work together so everyone could get the chance to experience the nexus goodness. Oh well there is always next year I guess. Love the look of 4.2 and can’t wait to get it on my nexus 7

    • Dags -

      It sucks that two of the major carriers in the US use proprietary CDMA technology but I don’t blame Google for choosing not to support that. Most of the rest of the world uses GSM and can enjoy all Google devices.

  • Nate B.

    They just took “swype” to another level. I mean they took the time to put in a cool blue glow to the gesture of swyping. It looks like a blue flame.

    The camera has been revamped dramatically. I hope it just take quality pictures this time. It always had cool features.

    Damn I’m excited. Android looks and feels futuristic.

  • Nate B.

    He should’ve said, and nobody has a tablet that functions like a BOSS B****. Ha-ha.

    No, but the only other tablet I would consider for real life laptop needs is the surface, but for play nd even media consumption I would an couldn’t go wrong with a Nexus tablet.

  • kwills88

    The N4 turned out to be a beautiful looking piece of hardware. Only Google can make me excited about a product during a hurricane.

  • Nate B.

    Sorry to keep posting but it has me so excited.

    I think one year they should grab the best individual features from each OEM and combine them that are out that year.

  • Nate B.

    See how Android can do so much in a small update from 4.1 to 4.2 (just like they did from ICS to JB) and Apple does whole numbers and nothing really feels different. Not saying the iPhone is bad but in comparison though there is a dramatic difference. There are so many Android devices, but at the end of the day the Nexus is the most important. It’s the original and gets updated. A couple of other successful skinned ones, but in the long run S3 and One X can fall short in comparison from a pure OS POV. ROMS come in later :-).

    • 325

      Androids small updates are increasing the level of fragmentation. Its embarasssing. How many people have Jelly Bean by now?
      What happened to the customers who were promised to get gingerbread (from froyo) and were left out and betrayed?
      Apple does a lot things wrong, but their update policy is better.

      • iamXiV92a

        Ask your carrier (and the manufacturers that churn out a new phone daily) why you’re not getting Gingerbread. It’s not Google’s fault.

        Heh, there’s fragmentation in iOS as well, they just smooth it over by reducing features available to older devices to flat out NOT updating others. The “Value package” that Samsung and HTC willingly told consumers, is the same thing that Apple does, just without the title. ;-) Every new iOS update makes older Apple devices slower forcing you to upgrade eventually.

      • masterpfa

        Well strictly speaking with Apple comparison you are correct, but if we apply the same analysis to Google (bear with me people).

        Apple updates 1 device the iPhone, and updates usually applied yearly

        Google updates 1 device the Nexus and major updates applied yearly, with incremental updates when necessary.

        I see no fragmentation here, Google updates their phones.

        What we do have however is manufacturers and carriers apply customisation to the Android OS and these are where the delays are. Google provide the source in a timely manner.

      • drcmda

        how many people are silly enough to buy touchwizz and then start crying they get no jellybean? i cant imagine anyone is that dumb, i really cant. touchwizz is not jellybean and never will be, no update will ever change that fact. the whole fragmentation thing is nuts, your apps, most of them at least, will run no matter which os you run – since you do love the wizz so much just be happy about it and enjoy your gloss man, you would not be able to appreciate jellybean anyway.

  • Noven

    Wow, I’m really impressed with what they have done with cards. Package info, flight info, hotel info, who knows what else.

    I’m glad to see Gorilla Glass 2 on both sides. They’ve paid attention to design really well this time. I’m excited about that panorama as well.

    Wireless charing is exciting. I’ve been wanting it on more devices, the device being a Nexus just makes it better.

    Not sure how I feel about the Nexus 10 yet. Might need to do some hands-on before I can give an opinion. Display looks gorgeous though…

  • KP

    Any word on when Galaxy nexus will be updated?

    • Nate B.

      When the Nexus 4 is shipping to consumers hands like always

    • thel0nerang3r

      Depends on which one you have

  • heat361

    I clearly see Google really pushing their limits with these products and they are innovating at an amazing pace just compare android to iOS and you will see that more work was put in to make this a great experience.

    • iamXiV92a

      Watch Apple try to bring wireless charging to their next iPhone and call it “An industry first”. Stupid fruit…

      • Jeremy

        That will be 3 iPhones from now… And iOS fan people will this it’s the greatest thing since the Toilet became commercially available.

  • h0ruza

    Google innovate in a brave and bold way which is why i’m not going anywhere else.

    Nice touches done Brilliantly!

  • Kenna Marcelo

    I want Nexus 10! Why nothing from HTC???

  • Broseph Stalin

    Is there any word on when 4.2 will come to the Galaxy Nexus?

  • ev

    Aarrrgggjhhhhhh!

    This is a update dammit.

    Hey for those of us about to die in this hurricane, can we get our devices like in an hour?

  • Nate B.

    Wow. When you read it on the Verge they mention they will sale a 8gig version & 16gig. I think because of the fast past in tech try had to come with a 8gig version to make it affordable. Interesting.

  • Mix

    I want everything in the video…EVERYTHING!

  • Rick Schwartz

    Who Makes the Best 10” Tablet Now? How the Nexus 10 compares with the six best 10″ tablets on Earth. http://bit.ly/Rs7R4o

  • Vance

    That video got me more excited for the future of Android than any rumor, leak, or announcement has ever. The vision we’ve all had for Android since its infancy is slowly becoming our reality!

  • Matt

    Is the only way to charge the device wireless? If so, will be a pain if you want to use your device when it’s on charge.

    • Vance

      I’m sure not. It still has the microUSB port on bottom..

    • masterpfa

      The phone come packaged with a wall charger. The wireless charger is an optional extra.

  • jearemy

    i swear apple getting there ass kicked i luv it go google

  • Dr.Carpy

    My brothers wedding anniversary is tomorrow. Why am I mentioning this? Because today will be my anniversary, that me and the Nexus 10 got together!

  • Rex

    And yet again Android has the upper bound.

    As they said it’s not just about brushed aluminum any more.

  • RX-78-7

    The N4 and N10 make a nice combo, so glad theres no SAMOLED in there.

  • Jay

    The Nexus 4 is nice but its not a huge upgrade over my Galaxy Nexus, If it had a micro sd card i would be sold…I guess ill wait for the Nexus 5.

    • iamXiV92a

      How is it not a huge upgrade? Google is listening to what everyone complained about when the Galaxy Nexus came out.

      We now have a better camera
      We now have a top of the line processor
      We now have more RAM
      We now have a non-pentile screen
      Wireless charging? Heh, not a necessity, but it’s definitely cool.

      What more are you looking for? We’ll now have one of the fastest phones available.
      Don’t get me wrong, I love my Galaxy Nexus, but this IS a worthy upgrade in my eyes!

      • www.phonewbie.com

        well said.

      • monk

        it’s a better device, but 2gb RAM with only 5.5gb usable storage is not very logical. A 32gb option for $399 is missing.

  • Nathan D.

    I always like these videos, they always give new insights into many things behind the scenes.

  • DrTom

    Everything has been said so I have only one question left: How comes that the guy who designed such elegant OS is wearing such awful shirts every time?

  • Morten

    Been waiting for the Infinity with 3g\LTE for ages now and assuming this is not coming with that either… Though maybe I’ll settle with tethering as this looks amazing.

    Dooont think I like the new menu layout with the home keys in the middle and status icons top right. The 4.0 layout looked much better in my opinion. I’m open to have my mind changed though.

  • birdman

    Wait so is nexus 7 getting 4.2?

    • iamXiV92a

      Yes

  • Drew

    Oh shit. @ 4:16 there’s is the White Nexus 4! I’m getting white!

  • h0ruza

    One last thing Google . Please let the world see what amazing things you do.

    Advertise this line up heavily from now till the next nexus family update.

    Cinema, TV ad’s, page take overs, billboards, highly trained ducks that fly in formation spelling out nexus… Because while you’re not doing that some other company will.

    • masterpfa

      +1
      This is what Google need to do. They started well with the Nexus 7 advert, no come on show of the G+ hangout feature etc..

      Sell yourself, please!

  • Sheila

    When will Android 4.2 come to the Nexus 7?

  • Revalence

    Strangely enough, Android makes Matias Duarte look really attractive. No homo. ;)
    Great job, Google! (…now, where is my money…?)

    • Stella

      Matias’ overall looks have improved since joining Google. It might be the facial hair and different haircut. But his shirt in this video is atrocious. I love the man’s innovative style but his clothing style is meh IMO.

  • Stella

    This video has made me even more excited for all the Nexus products. How is that possible?! My younger brother, his wife and I are upgrading to the Nexus 4 as soon as it’s for sale. My older brother will get the Nexus 7 wifi/hspa+ for his birthday. I’m really considering the Nexus 10 for my end of the year present to myself and his wife wants to upgrade from iPhone 4S to a Nexus device after using a GNex with Jelly Bean.

    Google is slowly but surely converting my entire family. I love it.