With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a $199 price.
That's right, Google unveiled its own Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7, at the Google I/O conference. It's Asus developed.
Seems that the rumors were true.
Google just made the Nexus 7 tablet official.
The 7-inch tablet will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will have a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor as well as 1280x800 IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle.
Yep, the tablet is built by ASUS and the company is asking just $199 USD for the 8GB model and $249 for a 16GB version.The tablet, which Google says is "built specifically for Google Play," will have a 1.2-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, and a 4,235mAh battery that will get it 8 hours of battery life "during active use" or 9 hours of video playback.
The tablet weighs 340 grams, just shy of 12 ounces, and is 10.45mm thick (2.6 ounces lighter and just under a millimeter thinner than the Kindle Fire). Both 8GB and 16GB configurations will be available. Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC all come standard, and there is no version of the tablet that can connect to a cell network.
Sadly, there's NO SD card slot.
Also, seems that Google Play will get TV, movie, and magazine purchases for the Nexus 7.
And finally, Google will modify its Maps and YouTube for the tablet:The service will launch today with major partners on board such as Disney, ABC, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, and Paramount for video and Hearst and Conde Nast for print. Previously, only rentals of such content was offered through Google Play.
Engineering Director Chris Yerga demonstrated the new feature within a local San Francisco bar called District, moving the device to show us how the compass and gyroscope work to provide 360-degree views based on your current direction and angle -- it's a pretty slick effect.
There's also offline map viewing that expands the Google Labs map caching to include entire cities, which should definitely come in handy for navigating beyond your comfort zone (and mobile coverage area).
Naturally, there's also an updated YouTube app, letting you take full advantage of that 7-inch display with video preview grids and HD playback, with a familiar Play store-like interface.
So, there you go. What do you think of the tablet? Does it look/sound appealing to you?
NEWS SOURCE #1: Google officially reveals 7 Quad-Core Nexus7 tablet with Android 4.1 (via) ArsTechnica
NEWS SOURCE #2: Google makes the Nexus 7 tablet official (via) EnGadget
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