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Google enters tablet space with 7-inch media device

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nexus 7? Google tablet? Android tablet?

The Google I/O developer event was the perfect platform for Google Inc. to launch its 7-inch media tablet. The $199 tablet, which was made by Asustek Computer Inc., will be available in mid-July.

The Nexus 7 features an Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, including a quad-core CPU and a 12-core GPU, along with a 1280 x 800 HD display, said Hugo Barra, Google's product management director for Android. The tablet offers a front facing camera, supports WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC and weigh just 330g (less than 12 ounces), about the weight of an average paperback book, Barra said.

Nexus 7 is power thrifty, supporting up to nine hours of video playback and up to 300 hours of standby time on a full charge, Barra added.

The 8GB version of the Nexus 7 will be available for $199, while a 16GB version will go for $249. Both are available through Google Play, Google's online store. Google Play offers more than 600,000 apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies that can be consumed on the Nexus 7 as well as other Android devices.

Google was widely expected to introduce a small form factor tablet at the developer event.

Nexus 7 will run version 4.1 of Android, codenamed "Jelly Bean," which was also announced by Google at the event. The latest version of Android includes a smoother and more responsive user interface, a home screen that adapts to fit content, a predictive keyboard feature that suggests the next word before a user begins typing it and more interactive notifications, according to Google.

Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 will run on Android version 4.1, codenamed "Jellybean," with prices starting at $199.

The tablet will initially be available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, Barra�said, with availability in other countries expected to follow.

According to NXP Semiconductors NV, the Nexus 7 includes NXP's PN65 NFC solution, featuring an NFC radio controller and an embedded secure element.

Google also announced an Android 4.1 platform development kit for Android hardware developers, in addition to a software developer kit.

Rounding up Google's major announcements at its I/O developer event, the firm launched Nexus Q, a spherical shaped streaming media device that connects to stereo speakers and televisions to wirelessly stream music and video from Android handsets or tablets to be played on large speakers and screens. The device is priced at $299 and expected to start shipping in two to three weeks, Google said.

Prior to the announcements, Vic Gundotra, said there are now 400 million Android devices, up from 100 million a year ago. About 1 million Android devices are being connected each day, he noted.

- Dylan McGrath
??EE Times





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