Google was forced to cancel their ‘Playground is Open’ event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy but it doesn’t appear to have stopped them from making some major announcements on their blog regarding the Nexus 4, 7 and 10. As you’ve seen from our previous posts this morning the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are now available to purchase with Google also promising a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7 with Mobile Data being available for purchase on the 13th of November as well, the Nexus 7 32GB with HSPA so far remains unavailable at this time.

Google has also announced that Jelly Bean has been upgraded to Android 4.2 and includes new additions such as updates to Google Now, Gesture Typing, wireless display to watch movies, Youtube videos and play games on your Miracast compatible TV and an update to the Camera app called Photo Sphere.

The updated version of Google Now has been improved with more cards and better interaction for questions you ask as well as pre-emptively showing information which is important to you and will now show Flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details as well as showing cards for nearby attractions and interesting photo spots as well as notifying you of movie times and concert information when you pass by movie theatres or Concert venues. The Google Search update is now live in the Google Play store and can be updated to get the new features on your Jelly Bean device. Check out the Ask Me Anything video :

Nexus Ask Me Anything

Photo Sphere, the new camera experience on Nexus 4

The other interesting addition Miracast is a competitor to Apple AirPlay from the Wi-Fi Alliance, it is a wireless standard for streaming content from your Wi-Fi direct enabled device, it is a cross platform standard so it will work on say an LG phone with a Samsung Miracast enabled TV. Miracast will allow streaming of content in full 1080P resolution. Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments are all said to be planning on supporting Miracast in their chipsets. So far it looks as though LG and Samsung are going to be adding it to TVs with Samsung already including a form of it in their TVs called AllShare. EDIT : Looks like there may be a Miracast adapter coming, from the Android page : ‘Just connect a wireless display adapter to any HDMI-enabled TV to mirror what’s on your screen quickly and easily’. We’ll be following this one with interest.

Google has also introduced the multiple user function that has been around in code form since Honeycomb, available only on tablets each user now can now have their own space. All users can now have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games including individual high scores and levels.

Google has also introduced Daydream which lets your Android device display useful and ‘delightful’ information when idle or docked. It will show your photo albums or get the latest news from Google Currents and more.

Gesture Typing has been added as well, which from the sounds of it is very similar to what Swype and now Swift Key Flow are, no further information has been made available but I imagine we’ll see more on this very shortly.

Google Play content has also been expanded and as shown last night, Google Play Movies can now be purchased in Australia. Google has also announced a new partnership with Time to bring more magazines such as InStyle PEOPLE, TIME and more to the Magazines section of the Google Play Store.

Music and TV Show offerings have been expanded in the US but so far remain unavailable to us here in Australia. Google has now partnered with 20th Century Fox for Movies and TV Shows and they have finally partnered with Warner Music to bring more music. The Google Music service will expand to Europe on November 13th. Australia has not been mentioned but we are keenly watching to see what happens in this space.

November 13th is the date we are now looking at for launches of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 as well as a 3G version of the Nexus 7 according to the Blog. No dates have been given as yet for the rollout of Android 4.2 but I imagine we’ll see availability for devices such as the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 very soon.

Source(s): Google Blog, and Android
  • Pepperama

    Would you recommend a Nexus 7 with 3G or get the WiFi only and tether it to a Nexus 4 / other smartphone? Please help.

  • Glyn Stuckey

    3g Nexus 7 for sure! And am I the only one who thinks the external design of the Nexus 10 reminds them of the HP Touchpad?

  • Damon Lewis

    I’m going to snap up a 32GB Nexus 10 as soon as I can. 16GB non expandable is far too small for my needs.

  • http://twitter.com/gregmcph Greg McPherson

    Has there been any word at all about 4.2 on the Galaxy Nexus?

    • Ray

      Awaiting this new as well.

  • Lachlan

    I would have bought a 32gb Nexus 4 ON THE SPOT, but I can’t ‘upgrade’ my 2 year old 32gb iPhone 4, which is filled to the brim with music, to something with only HALF the storage! I just hope that after the xmas rush Google do EXACTLY what they did with the Nexus 7, drop the 8gb, drop the price and make a 32gb version. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

    Regarding the 7 – I bought my wife a 16gb version a few months ago, she loves it, and doesn’t need 32gb or 3g, so no upgrade there,

    Now, the 10 – My 1 year old Iconia A500 is now an update orphan, and was really looking forward to the new 10″ tablet, especially that display… but I have some issues:

    1. I can upgrade my Iconia from 16gb to 16+64gb (or even 128gb) with a cheap purchase of a microSD card. This means that on holiday I can use it as a backup for my dSLR, which brings me neatly to my next point,

    2. I can plug my dSLR (in fact all my cameras) into the FULL SIZE USB port on the Iconia to download directly to the device, and I have NFI if this is possible with the Nexus.

    3. Why only 32gb? My first generation iPad has 64gb, which for holidaying with movies for the kids, and leaving room for photo backup, is really just enough (my parents just returned from Europe using just point and shoot cameras and filled up their 64gb, imagine a 23MP camera’s output!)

    I really love this product line, I think it’s amazing and a credit to Google, but it’s just not QUITE enough to tempt me to upgrade…. yet :-)

    • Chris

      Sorry to say but Surface is the way to go it seems if you want full ports, connectivity and storage with expansion.

      • Lachlan

        That’s nonsense! Manufacturers such as Acer and Samsung make tablets with USB ports and expandable storage, just not with the ‘Nexus’ branding.

      • chris

        They do but you get shat on with firmware updates etc. The Tab 7.7 was my last samsung device for that reason. Asus are doing well but am just over Android being flakey with stability, I blame Samsung for that as it is my perception with constant stalling and crashing on both Gs2 and tab 7.7

  • Chris

    What the story is really saying is iOS is now decades behind in features and the only good thing about it is stability, which isn’t so hard when developing for one device. I am sure that Apple will still call iOS 6 the worlds most advanced mobile OS, surely it is time the ACCC took them to count for that as well. False advertising is false advertising.

    • Brandon

      Apple’s claim is ‘mere puffery’ and is perfectly legal advertising language. It is a subjective claim which can’t be really be proven or disproven.

      • James Finnigan

        There’s puffery and then there is saying that you have the world’s thinnest smartphone, which can be proven to be untrue.

  • Ben Lee

    No news of the new Google Wallet invites from last week?

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Daniel Tyson

      Nope, nothing yet.

    • Ray

      Nope. :(