Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is stuffing a few more gadgets to an already crowded holiday shopping list.
The devices that were unveiled on Monday include the most recent in Google’s Nexus smartphone lineup and also a larger version of 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, which the company started selling in the month of July. It is also adding cellular features to the Nexus 7 and doubling the capacity of existing models.
The Nexus 4 smartphone is being manufactured by LG and comes with a minor update to Google’s Android operating system that now operates on over 500 million devices internationally. A more detailed makeover is known as Key Lime Pie. It is expected to launch next year. The version of Android that is affected by these alterations is known as Jelly Bean.
The bigger Nexus tablet is being made by Samsung and comes with a display screen that measures about 10 inches diagonally. It is about the same size as the Apple’s iPad.
With such additions to its product lineup, Google is now a part of a plethora of companies that are selling a gamut of sleek and powerful devices in several shapes and sizes. Some are tablet computers and some are tablets. however, they all aim at catering to people’s growing interest to have easily portable devices that can be used to connect to the internet, taking pictures, watching video files, reading books and playing games.
Google’s Nexus devices will be competing with gadgets made by companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Barnes & Noble. Microsoft has released a new tablet last week and launched new software for phones on Monday.
The plethora of phones and tablets hitting the market underscores to what extent mobile computing is shaking up the technology industry. The shift has undercut sales of laptop and desktop computers, reducing the amount of revenue that Microsoft gets from licensing Window.