Google cancels Android launch event due to Hurricane Sandy

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With Hurricane Sandy closing in on the East Coast, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has canceled a New York City media event expected to showcase the latest iteration of its Android mobile operating system.

"We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy," Google said in a statement issued Sunday to The Verge. "We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more."

A report published last week by The Next Web indicated Google planned to unveil Android 4.2, which is expected to 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 is believed to include Gesture Typing, which a listing on the website of U.K. phone retailer Carphone Warehouse describes as a Swype-like text input tool enabling users to type by "dragging your finger across the screen from letter to letter."

Reports suggest Android 4.2 will also feature 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.

Google was also expected to take the wraps off several Android 4.2-powered devices including LG Electronics' Nexus 4 smartphone. Carphone Warehouse states the Nexus 4 boasts a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280 x 768 resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Near Field Communications support, an 8-megapixel camera and 8 GB of onboard storage. The smartphone is LG's first Nexus-branded device--Nexus phones are produced by Google in collaboration with selected hardware partners.

Also in the pipeline: A new 10-inch tablet developed by Google in partnership with Samsung Electronics. Known internally as "Codename Manta," the tablet--which will hit retail as the Nexus 10--boasts a 2560 × 1600 pixel (16:10) resolution offering around 300 pixels per inch. In comparison, the latest edition of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) rival iPad offers 264 pixels per inch. Google additionally will premiere an updated 32GB version of its $199 Nexus 7 tablet, built with Asus and first launched in July--a second 32GB version with HSPA+ (3G) support, enabling consumers to use the device in overseas markets, is expected as well.

A year ago this month, Google and Samsung Electronics postponed a media event expected to herald the official launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich following the death of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. "We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs' passing," a Samsung spokesperson said.

For more:
- read this Verge article

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