Google I/O day 1, part 2: Nexus 7

As the launch platform for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google announced its first tablet device at Google I/O today: the Nexus 7. The basic idea of the 7-inch device seems to be the same as the Kindle Fire –  to deliver (in this case) Google’s content to consumers.

The software and integration seem to be the big story here, and hardware-wise the Nexus 7 isn’t too different from what we expected. It was manufactured in partnership with Asus, and it packs a 1280 x 800 display into a nearly buttonless form factor. Powering the show is Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core SOC, with Google also highlighting the 12 dedicated GPU cores in the chip. The Tegra 3 has been paired with 1GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, a gyroscope, and a 1.2MP front facing camera. The 4325mAh battery sounds plenty big, and Google says that the Nexus 7 will last for 300 hours on standby and for 8 hours of constant video playback despite only weighing about 340 grams.The software is going to be the same Android 4.1 found on the Galaxy Nexus, but with more of an emphasis on content. Widgets on the Nexus 7 will display your library of music, movies, games, and TV shows, all coming from the Google Play Store. Much more than anything else, the presenters at Google I/O focused on using the Nexus 7 as a media consumption device, demonstrating how one would go about consuming each different type of content. Magazines, TV, and movie purchases have also been added to the Play Store and the Nexus 7, and Google Currents was also highlighted as a method for reading web media.

Preorders start today at the price of $199 for the 8GB version. This price includes $25 to spend on media in the Play Store, as well as some preloaded selections such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon and some popular magazines. Orders will ship in mid-July, the same time that the Jelly Bean update lands on existing devices and the source code is released to the world. For more information, images, and specifications, just head to Google’s official Nexus 7 page through the source link below.


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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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5 thoughts on “Google I/O day 1, part 2: Nexus 7

  • No expandable storage is a bit of a downer, as with most Nexus devices, but other than that it looks great… Nice resolution and CPU for a 7″, this could really boost Android tablet sales if they market it well. Shouldn’t be hard, just make it clear it can do everything a Kindle Fire can do AND so much more. :p Hopefully 10″ tablet prices start trending down, the ASUS TF300 should’ve been $350, not $380, and it should drop to $300 by next year. I think I want an 8.9″ model for my next upgrade tho.

  • Avatar of Jenn K. Lee

    If this had been available last year, I definitely wouldn’t have an unused Kindle Fire in my closet right now. :)

    • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

      I sold my Kindle Fire just in time before the price is down, and now I’m about to order the Nexus.

  • Avatar of Hayden Smith

    This is such a revolutionary device, apple can only produce an ipod touch and its even more expensive with less capability!
    Cant wait for the giveaway today! Thanks so much pocetables!


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