Google has canceled its planned Monday launch event, citing concerns about Hurricane Sandy.
On Sunday, the company sent a message to media outlets saying that it would reschedule the event for a later date. CNET reported that the Manhattan pier where Google was planning to hold its event has been evacuated.
The company was expected to unveil a new smartphone, the Nexus 4, and new tablets Monday, adding yet more choices to holiday gadget shoppers’ lists.
The tablets were expected to be 7- and 10-inch follow-ups to the Google Nexus 7 that the company released over the summer in partnership with Asus. According to a report from TechCrunch, Google had plans to introduce a version of its tablet with 32GB of storage for $249, dropping the price of the 16 GB model to $199. It was not clear, the report said, what the price of the 8GB model, currently $199, would be — though there has been speculation that it will cost as little as $99.
Droid Life reported that some of the 16 and 32 GB Nexus tablets are already on display at Office Depot stores around the country with the $199 and $249 price tags, respectively.
The addition of three more tablets to the market ahead of the holidays means even more choices for consumers already choosing between tablets from Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others. Google’s expected offerings would increase the competition for larger tablets such as the iPad and smaller tablets — such as the newly introduced iPad mini. Tablets are one of the fastest growing sectors of consumer technology, and many companies are working to chip away at Apple’s dominance in the space as the company reports slowing iPad sales.
Google was also expected to introduce a 10-inch Nexus tablet, this time in partnership with Samsung. TechCrunch reported that the Nexus 10 would have a super-high resolution display that surpassed Apple’s iPad Retina display and a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor but no SD card slot.
The so-called Nexus 4 smartphone has been the subject of several “leaked” photos and spec sheets in recent months, leading most to expect a Google-branded LG device with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, and the capability for NFC (near-field communications) payments. CNET reported that the phone was also expected to have wirless charging capabilities, similar to Nokia’s latest phones.