Google kick-started it’s I/O developers conference in San Francisco by unleashing new gadgets, OS and much more. Announcing its entry in the hardware market, the search engine giant unveiled its first branded tablet, the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet from Asus that will run the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google Director of Android Product management Hugo Barra unveiled the tablet at the conference.As anticipated, the Nexus 7 is a Google-branded version of Asus Hardware running on Jelly Bean software, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. The slate features a 7-inch IPS display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, a 1.3-GHz NvidiaTegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and nine hours of video playback.
The tablet is being sold at a low price of $199 on the Google Play website and apps store from around mid-July in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. No information about an Indian launch was given. The tablet will be available in two capacities, 16 GB and 32 GB, priced at $199 and $249. Included with the Nexus 7 is a $25 credit for the Google Play store.
The device’s homescreen even features widgets, powered by a recommendations engine, that will make intelligent suggestions for apps, books, movies, and television shows that users may like.
Google's Android software is the No. 1 operating system for smartphones, but has struggled to compete with Apple's iPad in the market for tablets.
The new version of Android operating system 4.1 is an upgrade for 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. The upgraded system according to the company delivers faster performance and features ‘voice search’
The Internet search leader said that 1 million devices using its Android mobile software are being activated every day.
Google also launched a new device called Nexus Q, a social streaming player that lets people play music, videos, and YouTube clips from the cloud. The device will be sold at a price of $ 299.
Going further, Google announced some major milestones as well as some fun new toys for its Google+ social network. Google+ now has more than 250 million total accounts and more than 150 million monthly active users, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced at the event. More than 50% of Google+ users sign in daily, and they also typically spend more than an hour on the site every day.
Overall, Nexus is slick, smart and incredibly well built device and it is too soon to call it a Kindle or iPad killer.
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