October 22, 2012, 1:05 PM —
The iPad Mini is, from all expectation and rumor, basically a smaller version of the iPad, and that is what is expected to arrive at Tuesday’s Apple event. I have already written about how to deal with that amazing moment in time. Less than a week later, Google is rumored to be announcing quite a few new things: Android 4.2, a Nexus 7 with more storage, a different 10-inch tablet, and a new Nexus phone from a new partner.
Let’s pick up some of those rumors and detail them a bit, for those who don’t wake up every morning and read through Android news (you lonely souls). The Next Web has an impressive compendium of the rumors, with some confirmed or hinted at by Google sources.
Nexus 7 with 32 GB storage and 3G/4G
Details: Google’s Nexus 7 tablet was a modest hit for Google, selling somewhere in the neighborhood of 700,000 to one million units, according to revenue disclosures and analysts. The cause of the Nexus 7 shortage, really, was Google’s storage expectations, or, rather, Google’s thinking that users are as comfortable storing their stuff in the cloud as are Google employees and power uers.
Likelihood: Given the proven sales of the 7, especially at the larger storage levels, both a 32 GB Nexus 7 and a slightly pricier model with cellular data are fairly sure bets.
Get excited?: Honestly, one of the things I like most about the Nexus 7 is not having to worry about it—it’s $200, it’s only 8 GB, so it’s just a thing you carry for idle moments, reading, and games. But if you wanted just a bit more from a 7, it’s buy time, because it’s a great tablet that will almost certainly pick up the Android 4.2 update ASAP. Speaking of which ...
Details: If The Next Web’s Google sources have seen the right promo videos and spec sheets, then Android 4.2, code-named “Key Lime Pie,” is mainly aimed at improving the tablet experience, with a panoramic photo update thrown in keep pace with iOS 6.