Google Nexus 10 tablet, specs outed (Gallery)

Brief Mobile just posted a bevy of leaked images and specs for what it claimed is Google’s upcoming Nexus 10 tablet expected to be unveiled Oct. 29 in New York City.

A breakdown of the device’s specs—via the tech website’s “trusted source”—revealed a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10.1-inch Super AMOLED display at 2,560-by-1,600-pixel resolution, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED, front-facing camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 capability, as well as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean preloaded

Brief Mobile subsequently dubbed the Nexus 10 “the best-specced Android tablet in the world,” and it noted the tablet’s back feels like brushed aluminum with rubber-coated edges.  

“It’s extremely light and thin,” the tech website added.

In related news: Google Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra posted a couple vacation photos to his Google+ today that were allegedly taken with the Nexus 10. The images have a 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution—much lower than the tablet’s camera specs reported by Brief Mobile. However, it is likely Google+ resized the images.

So, unless this is an elaborate hoax, it looks like the Nexus 10 has now been completely outed. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing or whether the device pictured above will actually unveil in just three days as Google’s latest Nexus tablet.

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Google Maps updated with enhanced visual data for terrain, natural geography

Google announced today on its Google Maps blog that it would roll out some enhancements to visual data that brings a better view of natural geography to its Maps app. According to Google, the update will bring terrain and “color gradations to depict vegetation.” It will also now include searchable labels for larger natural features such as the Amazon Basin:

This enriched visual data allows you to quickly and easily see where the great forests, deserts, and mountain ranges around the world begin and end. It also conveys how natural land formations can impact where, how and why man-made developments like urban cities, dams and bridges are made.

Above is an image of  Southern Asia before and after the update that shows new terrain and vegetation data.

Google shows Windows 8 users how to get their ‘Google back’ (Video)

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 8 and a line of compatible devices in New York City yesterday, and it looks like Google hasn’t missed a beat.

Product Management Director Tamar Yehoshua took to the official Google blog today to introduce a new Google Search app—as well as a “simple site” that helps new Windows 8 users find their favorite Google products:

The Google Search app comes with a clean and recognizable user interface. Our new voice search lets you naturally speak questions. The image search and image previews are built for swiping. And, as usual, you get immediate results as you type with Google Instant. The doodles you enjoy on special occasions will be right there on the homepage and even show up on the Google tile on your start screen.

The blog post also revealed that Chrome browser is now optimized for touch screens, and it is capable of staying open next to other favorite Google apps. Go to Google’s Get Your Google Back website to get Google Search and Chrome for Windows 8.

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Samsung Galaxy S III $99 (50 percent off) at BestBuy today only

BestBuy is advertising a pretty attractive Deal of the Day that lasts for another 11 or so hours: $100 off its regular price on contract, you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy S III right now for $99 from BestBuy.com. That’s 50 percent off including free shipping, and it is being offered in select Best Buy retail stores. There are limited quantities, and one per order, but you can grab one right now from BestBuy’s Deal of the Day page here.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City coming to Android this Fall

Rockstar Games announced on its blog today that Grand Theft Auto Vice City would officially land on Android in celebration of the title’s 10th anniversary. Rockstar said the game will be the full Vice City experience, but it will also feature “native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms.” Unfortunately, it does warn that it will only be available on select Android devices. Rockstar is promising a release this fall and more details in the weeks to come. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, it will also release “a series of commemorative assets”:

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, there will be a series of commemorative assets released, including never-before-seen artwork and a brand new anniversary trailer highlighting some of the most iconic scenes and music from the game.  In addition, a limited run of collectable promotional items will be made available for purchase through the Rockstar Warehouse, with select items also available via online giveaways.

Google’s Vic Gundotra posts photos taken with Nexus 10

Google Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra posted some vacation photos to his Google+ (via AndroidCentral) page that appear to have been snapped by a yet-to-be unveiled Samsung Nexus 10. Some information that we learn about the tablet’s camera specs: the image is shot at 2,048-by-1,536 resolution (3.1 megapixels), which is rather low, but that’s likely because Google+ resized the images. It seems unlikely Vic would post images from another device with the camera listed as “Nexus 10,” but we’ll know for sure on Monday when Google is expected to announce the Nexus 10 alongside the new LG Nexus 4 in New York.

Another one of the images is below:

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Yahoo acqui-hires five ex-Googlers through Stamped acquisition

Yahoo just revealed on its corporate blog that it bought New York-based startup Stamped.

Stamped launched initially as an iOS app last fall. It allows users to recommend movies, music, restaurants, etc., to friends with a literal stamp of approval. It even offers recommendations by celebrities and friends via a social graph.

So, how is the buyout Google related? Well, according to Crunchbase, as CNET first noted, Stamped raised roughly $3 million in investments from Google Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and pop star Justin Bieber. Moreover, according to Mashable, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer apparently wanted the app for its nine-member staff that includes five ex-Google employees.

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Nexus 7 variant pops up in FCC filing with 3G

A French website just dug up a Federal Communications Commission filing for a 3G variant of the Nexus 7.

The filing, as first discovered by Galaxus (translated), detailed a codenamed “ME370tg” ASUS device. This, of course, would point to Google’s ASUS-made Nexus 7.

Another noteworthy aspect to the filing is that the ME370TG will receive certification Oct. 29. This date should probably sound familiar, as it is also the day of Google’s upcoming New York City event.

Unfortunately, the 3G-enabled Nexus 7 does not appear to sport LTE connectivity.

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Samsung Nexus 10 manual leaks ahead of Google event?

Apparently, keeping secrets isn’t in Google’s DNA. Following a leak of the LG Nexus 4 this morning, ahead of Google’s press event on Monday, we now get a look at what appears to be the support manual for the rumored Samsung-built Nexus 10 tablet. The Verge pointed us to these pair of images from Korean website Seeko, showing some basic specs for the 10-inch tablet.

It’s not clear if these images are legitimate. Moreover, unfortunately, we don’t learn much from the images. If they are the real deal, it appears the new Nexus 10 will sport a design much different from the current Nexus 7 lineup. As you can see in the images above, the placement of the volume rockers, and other components, line up with the Galaxy Note 10.1, but the sides of the device in landscape orientation appear to have a slight curve. None of the specs listed that we can see are surprising, including: a micro USB port, headphone jack, LED indicator, micro HDMI port, and a back camera with flash. We’ll be at Google’s event in New York on Monday where we hope to get a better look at the new device.

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Sprint wins, first carrier to roll out Jelly Bean 4.1.1 to Samsung Galaxy S III

We knew U.S. carriers would separately announce availability of Jelly Bean updates when Samsung announced the update would arrive to U.S. carriers in the “coming months.” Sprint announced today it is the first U.S. carrier to roll out the update, with Android 4.1.1 now available to the carrier’s Galaxy S III users. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular have yet to announce a specific update for its Jelly Bean updates, but they should in the weeks to come.

Today, Sprint became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer the Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, update to its Samsung Galaxy S® III customers. The update began rolling out today and adds a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz® features, offering a faster, richer and more responsive device experience.

Sprint said the update started rolling out to eligible Galaxy S III users over the air this morning: Read more

ICS-powered Sony Xperia TL to land on AT&T Nov. 2 for $99

9to5Google played with Sony’s official James Bond smartphone, the Xperia TL, last month at a media event in New York City, but now the rest of the world can experience the 007 action starting Nov. 2.

Sony just announced the ICS-powered smartphone would land on AT&T for $99.99 with a two-year contract. For a reminder as to what this 4.55-inch LTE and NFC-capable device boasts, check out our brief hands-on. More information regarding the phone’s Bond connection and upcoming AT&T debut is in the press release below.

Oh, and Sony previously promised a Jelly Bean upgrade would come “soon.” Yeah, not too specific.

YouTube video after the break, too.

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