By Alex Mutter
Despite canceling a long-planned press event Monday because of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the USA, Google went ahead and unveiled two new Nexus tablets and a Nexus smartphone online.
The announcements came by way of Google’s official blog, with a lengthy post detailing hardware specifications and pricing for each new device.
The Nexus 4, an Android 4.2 powered smartphone with a 4.7-inch display, will start at $299 for an 8GB model, with a 16GB model available at $349. It will be available on November 13th in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
The first of the two new tablets was the Nexus 7 3G, which comes with mobile data and 32GB of storage. It will be available for $299 on November 13th. The Nexus 7, sans mobile data, is also available at $199 and $249 for 16GB and 32GB respectively.
Next was the Nexus 10, which features a 10 inch high-resolution display and the ability to add multiple users and switch between accounts from the lockscreen. A 16 GB Nexus 10 will go for $399, while a 32GB model will sell for $499. The Nexus 10 will also be available on November 13th.
Google also announced a number of expansions to Google Play, including a partnership with Time Inc. to expand Google’s digital magazine offerings. Google has expanded movie purchasing to Google Play customers in Canada, the UK, France, Span and Australia, and on November 13th Google will extend Google Play music to the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Google also stated that media purchased through Google Play, including movies, books and music, will be accessible across devices and on the web.