Google Nexus announcements

Despite nixing its New York press conference due to Hurricane Sandy, Google slogged forward with its planned Nexus announcements on Monday with three new hardware announcements. The company unveiled the long-rumored Nexus 4 smartphone, a lightly refreshed Nexus 7 tablet, and the new Nexus 10 tablet, which bests the latest iPad on resolution. All three will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which includes new features like a 360-degree panorama mode, gesture typing and a more advanced Google Now.

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Quick settings and malware protection coming in Android 4.2

Android 4.2 brings with it some long-awaited features like malware protection and a quick settings menu adjacent to the notification tray. The quick settings can be accessed with a two-finger swipe while notifications continue using one.

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‘Piano’ is iPad Mini’s first commercial

Apple's first TV spot for the iPad Mini features the smaller tablet, as well as its older sibling playing two part harmony in Garage Band. The ad does a good job of showing off both products, but its fairly "been there, done that" for Apple.

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Weekly mobile wrap: Hurricane and Halloween edition

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power on the East Coast, but it couldn't knock the wind out of the sails of mobile's top competitors. Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8, Google releases its upcoming lineup, Apple is put in time out, and more in this week's Weekly…

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Dropped and destroyed: iPad Mini and Nexus 7 wrecked in drop test, but one fares slightly better

With the launch of a new smartphone or tablet comes a new drop test. The latest gadget-smashing spectacle involves Apple's new iPad Mini and Google's Nexus 7 tablet, and guess what – they really don't like to be dropped onto concrete!

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Sprint announces keyboard-equipped LG Mach and LG Optimus G pre-orders

The LG Mach is Sprint's latest sliding Android device complete with physical keyboard and today customers can pre-order the long-awaited LG Optimus G. That doesn't mean you wouldn't rather wait for the Nexus 4, but it's nice to have options.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Premier is our idea of a Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Premier, an updated Galaxy Nexus with an S3-like design and an improved spec list, that's even more worthy of the name Galaxy S3 Mini than the S3 Mini itself.

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Nexus 7 maker Asus confirms sales of Google’s tablet approaching 1m units a month

Google's Nexus 7 tablet appears to be selling well, with its manufacturer claiming that almost a million units a month are being snapped up by consumers.

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With the Nexus 4, Google tries to bypass carriers again

The Nexus 4 is being offered cheaply and without a contract directly through the Google Play store, in an effort to set you free from the carrier's stranglehold. It's a move it has tried before that ended badly, will this time be any different?

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