Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Google Makes New Product Announcement via Blog Due to Hurricane Sandy Cancellation in NY

It was a combination of Android OS announcements & Hardware debuts from Google today.

Android is going to version 4.2 which doesn't really have an "official" name.  The latest version of iOS is called "Jelly Bean" so Google is calling this update a "new flavor of Jelly Bean" which makes sense, but only sort of.

The new OS update has some pretty slick pieces like not needing to lift your fingers when you type, taking photos and adding them to Google + or Google Maps.  Also there is a new WiFi standard supported.  While not yet available on many devices, the standard called "Miracast" allows Android devices to show their displays on Miracast enabled devices like TVs.  This will all be able to be done wirelessly which should be pretty cool when it becomes available.

There was also the announcement of the Nexus 4 smartphone (a prototype of which was lost in a San Francisco bar last week), the Nexus 10 tablet, and the Nexus 7 tablet.

Overall it's a nice run of announcements from the gang in Mountainview.

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