Google Introduces the Nexus 7 Tablet

In an attempt to break into the tablet market, Google releases what it hopes becomes strong competition to Apple's iPad.

The long-awaited arrival of Google's answer to Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle came Wednesday when the Mountain View-based company introduced the Nexus 7 tablet at it's I/O conference in San Francisco.

Incorporating the new Android 4.1 jelly bean operating system update, the Nexus 7 features in one device all of Google's growing ecosystem—Google+, Play and the bread and butter of Google products like gmail, chrome, YouTube, maps among others.

Priced at $199 for 8GB model or $249 for the 16GB, the 7" 1280x800 HD display, the Nexus 7 has an Nvidia Tegra-3 processor, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, and weighs 340 grams (12 ounces).

According to PC World, while the price point could attract early users it still has a long road to catch or match the Apple iPad. The main problems: the tablet can only be purchased online—which doesn't give users the opportunity to test—and it doesn't address the app development issues.

At the I/O conference Google also introduced the Nexus Q, it's version of the Apple TV. CNET continues to see Google trying to compete with Apple in the hardware device area and with Amazon for content.


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randy albin June 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
better hope that the customer service on these gadgets is good. i just bought an internet tablet and you need a computer science degree to get these things up and running. just wait awhile and there will be something more new and better coming along soon


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