Google officially entered the tablet market Wednesday with the “Nexus 7,” a 7-inch device co-branded with Asustek that will compete against the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire.
It will ship in July at $199, and it will be the first device to run the newest version of Android—“Jelly Bean” or Android 4.1.
Google-owned properties such as YouTube and Google Maps are optimized on the tablet. So is the Google Play store. In Google Maps you can peer inside and navigate around a store, or bar or destination you are searching for.
(There’s a great 3 minute clip of Googe’s demonstration here).
The Nexus 7 boasts a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, dual webcams (1.2-megapixel rear-facing camera), WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and NFC capability. It has a 1280 by 800 resolution screen and weighs only about 12 ounces.
Battery life is estimated at 9 hours of HD video playback or up to 300 hours of standby.
It is available from the Google Play store and comes with a $25 credit for Google Play plus free magazines and other content.
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