Google today announced the launch of their first own-brand tablet device, the Nexus 7. Not that thi was any great surprise to anyone who has even a passing interest in Android given the umber of leaks and rumours that have been swirling around ahead of today’s announcement. Even so let’s take a quick recap of the specifications:
1280×800 HD display
Quad-core Tegra 3
GeForce 12-core GPU
1 GB RAM
Battery life of 9 hours for video playback
The Nexus 7 will no doubt be seeking to take some market share from the tablet scene dominating iPad, but it might also grab some of the share currently being enjoyed by its Android brethren. In a sign of that the Nexus 7 is being setup with a model not wholly unlike that used for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Google stated that the "Nexus 7 is made for Google play" and Play store content is going to be brought right to the front of the Nexus 7 user experience with a new recommendations engine and recommendations widgets that can be plopped down on the device’s homescreen.
The Nexus 7 will be using Google’s mobile version of Chrome, the first such device to do so in fact. That means the current Android we all know and love/hate will be replaced. Google Maps will also be coming along for the ride in its latest form, which means that it will feature offline support. As you would expect the operating system is the newly announced Jellybean.
Now as for the price this is where things get really interesting because the Nexus 7 will start at just $199. Pre-orders start right away and at such a low price its hard to see that this won’t immediately gobble up some tablet buyers. The U.S., Canada and Australia will be the first to actually see the device from the middle of next month.