INTERNET GIANT Google announced its Nexus Android 4.2 flagship smartphone today, the heavily leaked LG Nexus 4.
Although the firm cancelled its launch event due to Hurricane Sandy, Google was still keen to air its latest flagship smartphone, which comes with an impressive 4.7in True HD IPS touchscreen, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM.
The phone is also the first to run Google's Android 4.2 mobile operating system, which is not called Key Lime Pie as rumours had suggested. This brings with it an updated version of Google Now, Swype-like Gesture Typing and support for Miracast wireless displays, and it brings Google Music and Movies to the UK.
"Those of you in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to purchase music from the Google Play store and add up to 20,000 songs-for free-from your existing collection to the cloud for streaming to your Android devices or web browser," Google boasts.
The debut LG-built Nexus also features an 8MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, NFC, support for wireless charging, a 2,100mAh battery and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.
"This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device," said Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile and Digital Content at Google.
"They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood."
The LG Nexus 4 will be available in the UK from 13 November, despite Carphone Warehouse's promise of an imminent 30 October release. However, we're not bothered given the handset's attractive pricing, with the 8GB and 16GB versions costing just £239 and £279 SIM free.
Google also unveiled the 32GB Nexus 7 with 3G connectivity and the 10in Samsung Nexus 10 today. µ
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