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This year’s Google I/O conference was packed with a lot of Google and Android related announcements. Let us crack into them without wasting any more space.

Google+

Google is adding 41 new features to its social network Google Plus including a newer intelligent photo management tool that is capable of rejecting non-smiling faces and blurry pictures and enhancing pictures with sharp colors, contrast adjustment and red-eye removals. Pictures can be stitched together to form panoramas and the storage space is increased to 15 GB which will be shared among Google+ pictures, Cloud and Gmail. Content is being redesigned to challenge Facebook and will be able to automatically add hash tags for making it discoverable.

Google IO Keynote

All Access music streaming service

The service will mix together user owned songs with songs from 22 different genres and offer it for $10 monthly fees with a 30-day free trial. The service also challenges Spotify, Pandora etc. by offering if for $8 per month if joined before June 30. The unlimited-access based subscription plan also combines paid music from Google Play Store and will be offered in Australia, NZ and 10 European countries including the UK and France.

Gaming

As revealed in the leak, Google Play games will add the ability to match players, leadersboards and online cloud syncing game save for cross device gaming to its Android OS games bringing it closer to Apple’s Game Centre.

Search, Maps and Hangouts

Google Search will now display Google Earth images without the need for installing it separately and it will offer user specific search function similar to Google Now on Chrome browser for the web.

Google Maps for mobile devices will include Google Offers (similar to Groupon) and will mention the searched Places on bottom of the screen with their ratings. Google Maps for web will take up the entire screen and Google Maps for tablets will be optimized for larger screens.

Hangouts, the new app from Google will combine chat and Hangout services and is launched as a standalone app for iOS, Gmail, Chrome and Android. It will offer support for Photos, video calls and emoji, Notification sync across platforms and Conversation History.

A new phone

A new phone (dubbed Galaxy S4 Nexus above) will be an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android. It will be offered via Google for $649 from June 26 and will get Android updates directly from Google.

App store for Schools

Google Play for Education will be a customized app store for Android tablets for schools and will allow a single click app download for all tablet devices of a school. It will launch this fall and will allow a single pre-setup account for purchases for each school.

Developer Tools

A lot of development tools were revealed including user tracking over apps , application optimization for different screen sizes and making it more discoverable.

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Nexus 5 or whatever it might be called might come from LG-Google partnership again as Google is said to be on better terms with Korean tech giant. It is not the first time we have seen such reports but seeing the popularity of Nexus 4 as compared to previous Nexus devices, these might not just be some random passable rumors.

According to Korea Times, Google CEO Larry Page met LG Electronics CEO Koo Bon-joon for a quick chat during his recent trip to South Korea. A range of topics including working together on OLED televisions, next generation Google Nexus phone and even Google Glass was discussed between the two honchos. The report also adds that Page also met Samsung’s Head but LG seems to be having a much better cordial relations with Google.

Google LG Nexus 5

In words of the Korea Times, “Currently, the consumer electronics arm of LG Group is working with Internet-giant Google to make another Nexus-branded Google Android Smartphone. LG is seeking to expand its partnership in TVs and future businesses, such as Google Glass. LG needs help from Google to continue its business momentum in Smartphones and TVs. That’s why Koo met Page.”

There was a time when LG just outperformed its Android competitors by debuting Optimus G and Nexus 4. Seeing the popularity and success of Nexus 4, LG might just bag the contract for the next Nexus device as well giving its mobile business a big uplift. Google is also reported to be working on a Motorola phone which was codenamed Google X Phone.

It remains to be seen how many different product lines Google will introduce with both Google X and Nexus 5 in talks. The rumored specifications involve at least a full HD display of around 5 inches, 2-3 GB of RAM, 13 MP rear camera, front camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and Android 5.0. You can read the Korea Times article here.

Google plans to unveil only one device at its Google I/O this year which is anticipated to be Nexus 7 so we are skeptical of next generation Nexus Smartphone coming any sooner from Google. Keep our blog bookmarked in your browser to bring you the latest and greatest from the world of technology and follow us on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Pinterest to bring you the best of the digital world.

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The first week of November 2012 was really big time for Android lovers. Google introduced the Nexus 4 Smartphone as well as the Nexus 10 Tablet this week. However the Hurricane Sandy changed the way it was planned to, but the company managed to bring both of the Android devices in the market with a big bang. Google also brought up latest 3G options for the Nexus 7 tablet this week.

Let me describe the devices Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 separately-

Google Nexus 4

  • Google Nexus 4 is the first android device running on Android 4.2.
  • The Nexus 4 very much analogous to Galaxy Nexus. Sharing the same general factor, the device comes up with much improvement.
  • The first noticeable improvement is in the dimensions. Nexus 4 is much thinner than its precursor and also uses a better material for the exteriors.
  • The buttons of Nexus 4 are however placed in the same position as that in Google Nexus but still the glass used in both front and rear side makes it look better in hands. Nexus 4 has no memory expansion slot and the battery is also integrated.
  • I don’t know if you will agree with me or not if I say that the display on the Nexus 4 looks somewhat better than the predecessor with its 4.7-inch IPS screen and 1280 x 768 resolution.
  • 8 megapixel camera of Nexus 4 gives better clicks than its predecessor.
  • Nexus 4 has 2 GB memory and runs on fast quad-core Snapdragon chip.

After going through all its features I like the device and honestly saying the best part I liked is its slimmer and sexier look. The exclusion of the rear speaker and the glass back spruced up the looks of Nexus 4.

Let me now proceed to Nexus 10 Tablet.

Nexus 10 Tablet

The outstanding display is the best aspect to start with. Samsung built wide 10 inch screen with the excellent resolution of 2560 X 1600 brings the expected results. It won’t be an exaggeration if I call it as the Google version of Retina Display.

Nexus 10 Tablet is powered by Samsung’s next-generation Exynos 5250 chip and let me tell u that it is the same chip used in Chromebook from Google. This chip makes Nexus 10 run smooth.

While describing its best aspects how can I forget to mention the outstanding price range. You can own this amazing tablet running on Android 4.2 at $399.

I guess these two Nexus devices are the only devices running on Android 4.2 yet and so we need to wait a bit to know more about this operating system.

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Google at its I/O Conference for developers held this Wednesday introduced and unveiled a number of their upcoming technologies like Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Nexus 7 and Project Glass. Amongst the unveiling’s Google introduced us to their brand new media streaming device called the Google Nexus Q which seems to be a direct competition to the Apple TV.

So does Google’s latest offering the Google Nexus Q have enough punch to take on its chief competitor Apple TV? Read on to find the answer.

Both the Google Nexus Q and Apple TV are basically small computers that are connected to your television and stream media content from the Internet. So let’s start comparing both of them starting with the exterior looks.

While some may say that the Google Nexus looks like a magic 8 ball, we think it straight away looks like a gizmo from the future. The black body and the 32 LEDs that form a ring around the Nexus Q give it a nice clean futuristic look. The Apple TV’s design on the other hand is refined, elegant and minimalistic with a simple square box with rounded edges design.

On the content front, the Google Nexus Q streams media content from the cloud. All you have to do is tap your Android device to Google Nexus Q for the streaming to commence.  Google Play and YouTube apps give the user access to a whole lot of movies, music and TV shows, etc. Visiting friends can also stream, share and play their music with the Google Nexus Q by using their Android tablet or phone.  Google Nexus Q can accommodate a number of Android devices at once to stream media thereby making a Social Media Hub. On its own a single user might find him/her tied up with a limited number of resources (YouTube and Google Play) from which he can stream content.

Apple on the other hand with its Apple TV literarily provides an entertainment powerhouse. The Apple TV can play content from not only iTunes and iCloud but also from a host of other services like YouTube, Netflix, Flickr, NBA, MLB, NHL, WSJ Live, vimeo, etc. Users can also stream media content residing on their computer or iPhone or iPad by using Apple’s AirPlay. Airplay simply enhances the productivity of Apple TV by wirelessly streaming photos, movies, games, etc from any of your iOS device. Thus even on his/her own the user a whole lot of areas from where he can stream content.

Another important thing to note is that though Google says Nexus Q will be compatible with Android devices running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, currently the Nexus Q is compatible with only Android 4.1 JellyBean which is yet to be deployed on tablets and smartphones. So certainly you might have to wait for a while. On the other hand Apple devices have no compatibility issues with Apple TV.

On the wireless connectivity front the Nexus Q supports, Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi whereas Apple TV has just Wi-Fi connectivity. Hence on the wireless connectivity front the Nexus Q is a clear winner.

Although the Google Nexus Q seems to be an alluring buy there are a few things that do not work its favor when compared with Apple TV. Firstly, on the Power Supply front, the Google Nexus Q uses a 35 watt power supply where as the Apple TV uses a mere 6 watt power supply. Next, the sphere design of the Nexus Q makes it difficult to fit in small places. Apple TV on the other hand with its compact dimensions and box like design enables it to be stowed even in the smallest of the places. Last but not the least is the price. The Google Nexus Q is available for US$ 299 where as the Apple TV is available for US$ 99.

Google Nexus Q vs Apple TV – Verdict

Though the Google Nexus Q impresses us in few ways it still lacks software and apps support. At the present the Google Nexus Q is a far fetched media streaming device.  The Apple TV on the other hand provides with a wide spectrum of content all thanks to the various apps for it thereby making it the right media streaming device as per today’s requirements.

So if you are a social person having parties every other night or one who loves to share media with your friends then the Google Nexus Q is the right choice for you. However if you are looking for an all round performer then the Apple TV is certainly the best out there.