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Nexus 4 Smartphone, Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus 10 – The iPhone Rival.

Google is about to throw down. At next week’s NYC Android event, the big G is expected yell “me too!” and reveal a full line of Nexus devices. Watch out, Mr. Consumer. These devices aren’t just for the nerds. Google is ready to take the Nexus brand mainstream and provide legitimate alternatives to the iPhones, iPads and Galaxy devices of the world.

Nexus 4

Despite the name, this is not a 4-inch device. The Nexus 4 is the fourth Nexus smartphone, which appears to have a 4.7-inch 1280×768 resolution screen. The LG-made phone, with all its specs, was outed by UK phone retailer Carphone Warehouse (leak product page is not available). It’s said to pack a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and runs Android 4.2. Inside the 9.1mm thin body resides NFC, 8MP camera, and 8GB of storage.

No word on US pricing but it could be relatively inexpensive. Carphone Warehouse lists the SIM-Free version of the phone at £389.95; the SIM-free Galaxy S III is £499.

Nexus 7

The little $199 Asus Nexus 7 tablet is a hot seller and Google seems ready with new versions. A 3G version was recently revealed by the FCC database, which lists the tablet with WiFi and HSPA+ (3G) capabilities. The tablet is expected to have 32GB of onboard storage, but that spec is not listed in the FCC documents.

Google is also expected to discontinue the 8GB version, drop the price on the 16GB N7 and release a 32GB WiFi-only Nexus 7. This is Google’s answer to the iPad mini.

Nexus 10

The Samsung-made Nexus 10 could be next week’s big announcement. At this point its existence is nearly confirmed thanks to a leaked user manual and sample pics from Google’s own Vic Gundotra. The tablet is rumored to have a 10.1-inch screen like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1. The leaked manual indicates it will sport the standard assortments of ports and cameras including microUSB, micoHDMI, and dual-cams — no microSD card slot, though.

There are still a lot of unknowns with the Nexus 10. Will it undercut the iPad with a cutthroat price. Will it be available with 4G? Will the screen have a PPI higher than the new iPad?

The Google invite states “The playground is open.” And with three new toys all but confirmed, there will certainly be a lot to keep Android fans entertained through the holidays and into the new year.

A Chromebook for 249$ from Samsung by Google.

Google is making the case for the Chromebook to become everybody’s second computer with a new model retailing for only $249. Available Monday, the new Samsung Chromebook is based an ARM chip (rather than Intel) which could help to explain the lower cost… only this particular ARM chip may perform better than most any we’ve seen before. It’s a Exynos 5 Dual processor, which makes it the very first device to use ARM’s new Cortex-A15 architecture. As far as the laptop goes, it connects to the internet solely via Wi-Fi, has an 11.6-inch screen, 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and Bluetooth — and it has an SD card slot to expand storage further. It weighs 2.5 pounds and is 0.8 inches thick with two USB ports and an HDMI-out port. All of the internal specs are designed to keep the price down while keeping the speed up — Google is touting that it’s able to run 1080p video at 30fps and SVP Sundar Pichai today showed the product running a YouTube clip at that resolution

Because it’s based on an ARM processor, it doesn’t have a fan — or any other moving parts — and Google says that it will run for 6.5 hours on its battery. We’re grabbing some hands-on time now, but it certainly looks every bit of its $249 price — which is to say it has decent but not inspiring build quality. The design is not unlike a plastic, 11-inch MacBook Air. The keyboard layout is nearly identical, with low-profile black keys. Despite the considerably lower price, however, the keys feel great and are surprisingly responsive. The display, on the other hand, is less inspiring. While offering a decent 11.6-inches with 1366 x 768 resolution, it offers little in the way of brightness and color representation. Hues are subdued and text can be difficult to read with conflicting light sources. With that dual-core Cortex-A15 chip under the hood, the new Chromebook loads and runs HD video quickly, and delivering the 30fps as promised. If Google’s presentation was any indication, however, performance diminishes rapidly when pushed to a projector or external display.

While the Chrome OS remains largely unchanged, Google is offering 100GB of Google Drive storage to new Chromebook adopters, as rumored earlier this year. Those who pick up the new Chromebook, Samsung Series 3 Chromebook, or the original Samsung Chromebook will be able to redeem the additional storage for two years.

We’ll be conducting more extensive testing of the new Chromebook soon, but those eager to see one for themselves can pre-order today or check it out when it hits retailer shelves on Monday.

A post by TheVerge.

Opera 12 Gets Closer to a Release Candidate

A new and much more powerful web browser that will beat Google Chrome. Opera 12 Wahoo gets closer and closer to Release Candidate. Get Ready and start downloading Opera to get your hands set on the Opera BETA’s Now!

Opera just rushed out yet another development build for the upcoming version 12 of the browser. This one touches mostly on performance, the built-in e-mail client and HTML5 drag and drop.

According to the developer, the current snapshot shows significant performance improvements as far as software rendering is concerned, on Intel CPUs with Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (SSSE3) available. In order to make things clearer the development team created a graph that captures the performance difference between the last two snapshots.

The list of repairs in the mail client is extensive and covers issues such as browser crash when checking for messages through POP, MAPI not responding, message printing problems or losing message copies when synchronizing un-subscription from a Gmail folder.

As far as HTML5 drag and drop is concerned, the repairs addressed several crashes that occurred on dragging tabs, buttons, text or sessions.

Google owned Motorola Mobility

This week the news that hits the ears of many Motorola Fans is that Google has owned their company. Now what we can think of is at least better mobile phones buy Motorola. Google buys the Motorola for $12.5bn (£7.9bn).

The deal helps Larry Page, the Google co-founder who took over as chief executive officer last year, push the web company to better compete with Apple’s iPhone and gain more clout for its Android software as it expands in the hardware business.

It also gives Google, the worlds’ biggest maker of smartphone software, a trove of 17,000 patents to protect Android devices in legal disputes with competitors.

The acquisition, announced last year, had already received approvals in Europe, the US and other jurisdictions worldwide.Motorola Mobility had said in a regulatory filing in February that only Chinese clearance was still required.

“Our stance since we agreed to acquire Motorola has not changed and we look forward to closing the deal,” Google said. The company also confirmed it had received word from Chinese authorities of the purchase being approved.

With the acquisition – the largest wireless-equipment deal in at least a decade, according to data compiled by Bloomberg – Google becomes a competitor to the other handset makers that make Android devices. In addition to Motorola Mobility phones, the software is used in handsets made by companies such as Samsung and HTC.

As part of the approval, Google needs to ensure that Android software versions are free and open over the next five years, China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website.

Google will report to an independent monitor in China on its efforts to comply with terms of the deal approval, according to the website.