Rumor Mill: Google unveiling Android 4.2 at Oct. 29 event
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) will unveil the next iteration of its Android mobile operating system at an Oct. 29 event that also will spotlight two new devices, The Next Web reports.
The new Android 4.2 will retain the Jelly Bean branding
According to a source with knowledge of Google's plans, the new Android 4.2 will retain the Jelly Bean branding attached to its direct predecessor, Android 4.1. (Many pundits anticipated Android 4.2 would roll out as Android Key Lime Pie; all versions of Android are given dessert-themed nicknames administered in alphabetical order.)
The revamped OS will include a new widget enabling direct access to the Google Play digital storefront, as well as customization options enabling families, small businesses and others who share the same tablet device to set up individual login profiles, complete with their own app libraries and email accounts.
The Next Web reports that Android 4.2 will power a new 10-inch tablet developed by Google in partnership with Samsung Electronics and slated to debut at the same Oct. 29 event, which will take place in New York City. Known internally as "Codename Manta," the tablet--expected to hit retail as the Nexus 10--boasts a 2560×1600 pixel (16:10) resolution offering around 300 pixels per inch. The latest edition of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) rival iPad offers 264 pixels per inch.
Google also will premiere an updated 32GB version of its $199 Nexus 7 tablet, built with Asus and first launched in July. Google is also expected to roll out a second 32GB version with HSPA+ (3G) support, enabling consumers to use the device in overseas markets.
Google addiitonally is expected to take the wraps off the LG Nexus 4 smartphone, which runs Android 4.2 as well. The Nexus 4 reportedly touts a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) APQ8064 Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (and 1.3-megapixel front-facing counterpart) and a 2100mAh battery.
Earlier this month, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said there are now more than 500 million Android devices in use worldwide, with an average of 1.3 million additional activations each day. "We'll be at 1 billion mobile devices in a year," Schmidt said, adding that Android products already outnumber devices running Apple's iOS by a margin of 4 to 1, calling the battle between the two operating systems "the defining contest" in the mobile technology segment.
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