As the holiday season approaches, Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG) is going all out to capture the market by unveiling new products including the larger version of the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet with a 10-inch screen. The device will now have double the capacity along with cellular capabilities. The Nexus 4 smartphone, manufactured by LG includes a minor update to Google’s Android but a better upgrade called Key Lime Pie will be available next year.
Jelly Bean is the name designated to the version of Android affected by these changes. This announcement from Google is just after rival Apple unveiled iPad Mini with a 7.9-inch screen. iPad Mini comes at $329 for 16GB and analysts are debating if the high cost will put of customers. Google has slashed the price of a comparable, 16-gigabyte Nexus 7 to $199. A 32 GB model will soon be available, priced at $249, but it is the Kindle Fire that is the cheapest at $159 for the basic model. Nexus 7 can be bought at Google's Play store online, GameStop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, and Wal-Mart.
The Nexus 4 model comes with a 4.7-inch screen and a 16 GB model can be purchased at $199 along with a two-year contract for phone service and Internet access from T-Mobile. If customers don’t opt for a contract, they can still buy an 8GB model at $299 and 16GB at $349. The Nexus 10 will cost $399 and have 16GB of storage.
Microsoft has ventured into the market as well with their Surface tablet. The basic model is powered by Windows RT, which belongs to the Windows 8 family of operating systems. Windows 8 combines the features of a PC and convenience of smaller mobile devices. Google was all set to upstage Microsoft’s launch with its own line of products but Hurricane Sandy did not let it happen.
More music is available in its online store along with Warner Music Group's catalog. An update called the Gesture Typing has been included, which allows text and other information to be entered faster and with extreme ease.