As expected, Google unveiled their first in-house tablet computer today at the Google I/O Developers conference event in San Francisco. The full official name of the tablet is now Google Nexus 7
Even if Google owns Motorola now, the maker of the Android tablet XOOM, Nexus 7 was still made by Asus. Google’s next tablet however is expected to be made by their Motorola division.
In addition, with the unveiling of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, this OS will also become available for users of tablets such as Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom, and those of Asus, starting rollout July 19, at the same time that Nexus 7 is being released.
Google hopes that Nexus 7 will act as ‘the’ device that brings more people away from Amazon and Apple’s ecosystems over to that of Google Play.
Financial analysts however remained unconvinced after the Nexus 7 presentation that Google will succeed in their pursuit. We’ll see. As of mid-July, it has sold far beyond expectations.
Update on display defects
A lot of the earliest customers have reported problems with the display on the Nexus 7. Issues such as a touch screen that doesn’t register touches and input, dead pixels on the screen, or that the screen itself comes off the attachment of the tablet, being among the most common complaints.
Nexus 7 Specs and Features
OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display: A 7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi), Back-lit IPS display, Scratch-resistant Corning glass, and a 178-degree viewing angle.
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and NFC (Android Beam)
Processor: 1.3GHz Tegra 3, Quad-core 4-PLUS-1 CPU and 12-core GPU.
Weight: 340 grams
Price: Starting at $199 for the 8GB (£159 in UK). Taking pre-orders now, starts shipping in July. Available in US, UK, Canada and Australia first.
Memory: 8 or 16GB internal storage. 1 GB of RAM.
Battery: 4325 mAh, with 9 hours battery life during HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, 8 hours with mixed use, and up to 300 hours stand-by time.
Size: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
Nexus 7 also has a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, GPS, a Micro USB port, and a microphone.