Get ready for the next Android based Tablet PC by the Google and Samsung partnership. Google and Samsung are expected to announce a new 10-inch tablet codenamed “Manta” on October 29th. The manta is rumored to feature a 2560 x 1600 display beating out the iPad pixel density of around 300ppi. The tablet’s official name will likely be called the Nexus 10 and will be sold along side the Asus Nexus 7 and the new LG Nexus 4.
Google will also announce a minor refresh of its Nexus 7 line, which will include HSPA+ 3G connectivity to the tablet. The previous version did not have telecom connectivity. There will also be an increase in internal storage. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 will also include a new version of the OS Android 4.2 that will feature a new Play Store Widget and Tablet Sharing features. Tablet sharing allows multiple user accounts on one device, which is convenient for family members sharing a single device. There does not seem to be enough evidence to suggest how this will work or whether some applications will simply be locked for other users. Android 4.2 will also feature horizontal and vertical panoramic photo capture. There will also be a new quick settings section in the notification bar. The quick setting is supposed to be activated by double swiping to toggle for GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Android 4.2 will also bring a redesign of the Gallery app to closely resemble the photostream of Google+. Google is trying to bring a more unified experience across their products and services.
Google’s announcement comes at a competitive time as Apple and Microsoft are also expected to announce new products. Apple is rumored to introduce a new iPad Mini category and Microsoft will announce Surface and Windows 8. It will be an exciting couple of weeks.