Google Officially Announces Nexus While Apple Fires Execs

October 31, 2012  |  

Google took advantage of the big leak regarding the Samsung Nexus 10 and officially announced the tablet, despite canceling the event scheduled for Monday due to Hurricane Sandy. The company also announced the Nexus 4 smartphone (below), Nexus 7 tablet, and updates to its Google Play and Google Now features.

The Nexus 10 is already getting great reviews and “beating” the iPad in several areas, including retina display. Google claims it has the highest resolution of any tablet. The Nexus 10 will be available in Google’s online store on November 13 at a price of $399 for 16GB and $499 for 32GB.

And Apple took advantage of the nation’s fascination with Hurricane Sandy to announce some executive changes. Scott Forstall, head of mobile software, and John Browett, head of retail, are no longer with the company. Jony Ive, who previously oversaw hardware design will take on more responsibility and oversee hardware and software.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Forstall refused to apologize for the Apple Maps debacle, and The New York Times highlighted tensions between Forstall and other executives. Apple explained in its announcement that the changes were designed to encourage more collaboration between hardware, software, and services teams.

A busy week for two of the top tech companies already as the two jockey for the top spot in a fierce battle for our gadget dollars. Will Google’s tablets make things even tougher for Apple?

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