Ok, right after the rumor last week that Google had chosen Asus to build the Nexus tablet, with which it plans to dominate the tablet market at least in terms of market share, here’s a new one: Google is aiming to launch the Nexus tablet for as low as $149.
Apparently, the Nexus tablet will be a lower spec’d version of the Asus MeMo 370T, the $249 quad core Android tablet which was unveiled at CES 2012 and had all of us drooling over the price/performance ratio.
However, instead of the quad core Tegra 3 processor, the Nexus tablet will be powered by a cheaper processor, to bring costs down.
The Nexus Tablet may be announced at the Google I/O 2012 event in June, or at the CTIA Wireless show in May. It’s likely to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but if the rumors stating that Google may launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012 are true, then it could very well come with Jelly Bean.
It may be no iPad killer, but the Nexus tablet may be just the device that Google is looking for to finally give it some control over the tablet space which is currently ruled by Apple. The Nexus tablet may come just in time before the launch of Windows 8, which will be Microsoft’s first serious attempt to enter the tablet space.
Back in December, Google started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Nexus S, nearly 2 months after it had originally announced it. However, within a few days the big-G had to pull back the OTA update because of all the complaints of the Nexus S owners. The OTA update was not even made available for the Nexus S 4G or the AT&T’s I9020A variant of the handset.
The complaints of the Nexus S owners ranged from poor performance to random reboots and FC’s and pathetic battery life. The company pulled the OTA update without any official statement, and now more than 3 months have passed by, and yet the big-G has not started rolling out the OTA update again. What’s the point of a Nexus handset, if users have to wait for such a long time to receive the update? Disappointing Google!
Nevertheless, one of the sources of Engadget claims that Google is working hard on releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update within the “next few weeks”. Similar rumors have popped up previously as well, so Nexus S owners should not get their hopes too high.
The official unveiling of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Google Nexus Prime is still a few hours away; however, a leaked advertisement spotted by Android Police has already confirmed what has long been rumored. The next Google experience device is indeed going to be called the Nexus Prime and it will indeed have a ginormous screen.
The leaked ad, pictured below, touts Android 4.0, 4.7 inch HD Super AMOLED screen, and a 1.2 GHz dual core (Cortex A9 TI OMAP4460) processor. Earlier today, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo had let it slip on Twitter that it will launch the Nexus Prime in November. The highly anticipated unveiling is scheduled to begin at 6:30PM PDT/9:30PM EDT in Google’s Hong Kong office. Ice Cream sandwich is expected to merge Gingerbread (Android Mobile OS) and Honeycomb (Android Tablet OS) into a “cohesive whole”. As is customary, the Ice Cream Sandwich sculpture has landed in Google campus in preparation for the launch. Check out the Ice Cream Sandwich’s arrival video below, or catch up on all the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich news and rumors from our past coverage.
Due to Steve Jobs death a couple of days ago, Samsung and Google today decided to postpone the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement from October 11th, to an unspecified date. This news definitely disappointed a lot of Droid lovers out there, since they can hardly wait to get their eyes and hands on the next Nexus branded handset.
Now, the folks over at MyDroidWorld have some good news for us Droid lovers. They have somehow managed to get their hands on the Nexus Prime boot animation, a video of ICS running on the Prime and a whole lot of screenshots.
Below is the video of the upcoming Nexus handset from Google running Ice Cream Sandwich :
From the leaked video, it’s clearly visible that the next Nexus handset will not have any touch keys. Instead the bottom part of the screen will act as the Menu, Home and Back buttons, which change according to the app requirement. Also, from the video the next-gen Nexus handset seems to be blazing fast. In fact, I think it’s faster than my Samsung Galaxy S II, which is no small feat. All thanks to the GPU rendered UI I guess.
The leaked screenshots also show that ICS will have an MIUI 2-way lock screen. The whole UI is mainly black, with a futuristic theme. The multi-tasking UI is similar to the one found in Honeycomb.
The much anticipated and very soon-to-be-announced Nexus from Google and Samsung has been teased. If you watched the video, you’ve been longing for a bit more. A bit more has been provided.
If the snapshot above looks a bit too curvy, it’s because it’s emphasised by the contrast and then drawn out by a razor-thin light shining from behind. We can easily make out 3 contact pins which are likely for a dock, a camera shutter button and a rather bulbous housing at the rear. Chances are, you’re going to watch the video again and pause it to try and make out some more detail. Don’t bother.
A cleaned up and modified image from the Samsung Teaser video has been floating around the web. Some kind chap took the liberty of putting his photoshopping skills to work. After removing the backdrop, punching up some color compensation and I’m sure a bit of the clone tool was used, the image left is one to behold.
If the rumoured specifications are true, the next Google flagship is going to absolutely be the next clamoured-after device. BGR, having a penchant for posting ‘sourced’ exclusive rumours, has published full specs of the upcoming device.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 9mm thin
- 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
- TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
- 1GB of RAM
- 32GB of built-in storage
- 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
- 1080p HD video capture support
- LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
- 1,750 mAh battery
The specs are nothing crazy, making them that much more believable…except the powerhouse stuffed inside the Android slab. TI’s OMAP 4460 is a beast of a SoC to dump into a phone, but OMAP4 is the reference platform for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) so, again, it’s very likely believable. The screen size and resolution are perfectly aligned with what’s been trending in the industry. Competitor devices, such as the recently announced HTC Sensation XL, are hitting 10mm measurements and come packed with the full gamut of connectivity. Huge batteries are getting shoved inside small phones in order to power larger screens and NFC chips, while still allowing you to get a day’s worth of work done on a single charge.
Even if none of the extremely likely, highly believable and trending rumours are true, one thing is for sure, Samsung’s UNPACKED event is highly anticipated and I hope they can deliver.
Up until now, there is hardly any information available about the next version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The only thing known is that with ICS, the big G will unify all the different versions of Android (Mobiles, tablets, TV) into one. This means that all the nice features of Honeycomb will make it to the next version of Android meant for mobiles.
Now, the folks over at Android Police and RootzWiki have got their hands on some exclusive pictures of a Nexus S running Ice Cream Sandwich. From the screenshots, it looks like Google has dumped the green theme found across the OS, and changed it to blue. One of the Android’s strength, the notification bar, has also been revamped. There is also a new launcher with four-icons, and a new revamped app drawer.
Other features which ICS will incorporate will be a new panorama mode for camera, Google Shopper and a new re-themed version of GMail. The tipster also suggests that ICS will not pack in too many changes, and will mostly be about UI changes.
Google will unveil Android Ice Cream Sandwich to the public with a new Nexus branded handset, sometime at the end of this year. The Nexus S will get the update sometime after that via an OTA update.
The folks over at TechHog have managed to get their hands on the pictures of the upcoming Nexus branded device from Google.
At Google I/O this year, it was confirmed that Google is already working on the next Nexus handset with Ice Cream Sandwich, which should be released sometime during the holiday season this year.
The leaked picture shows a touch-screen slab handset, with no capacitive buttons. It is very well possible, that the capacitive buttons are hidden, and glow only when the phone is switched on. TechHog says that the manufacturer of this handset is HTC, and it is only a prototype. This means that it is very well possible that the next Nexus handset may not look anything as shown in this leaked picture.
The site also claims that Google is testing a GSM version as well as a CDMA Sprint version of the handset. This means that unlike the Nexus S, Sprint would get the next Nexus branded handset right when it is launched. This definitely makes sense since Google new found love to Sprint with Google Voice integration, and Google Wallet service.
It is still too early to say that the next version of Nexus handset will be manufactured by HTC. Nevertheless, expect more leaks of the next Nexus handset as time passes by.