Google Unveils Next-Generation Nexus 7 Tablet [Video]

Google unveiled its next generation Nexus 7 tablet device on Wednesday at a press event in San Francisco.

The Google Nexus 7 tablet, much rumoured online, was confirmed by the company in California. The new Nexus 7 was unveiled at Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” media event in San Francisco.

Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai made the announcement, saying the new device addressed the growth of tablet devices among consumers.

It features wireless charging, 4G connectivity, a screen that offers 323 pixels per inch, and is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The tablet is two millimeters slimmer than the original and 50 RAMs lighter.

“We’re staying focused on all the things that made the original Nexus 7 so successful,” a Google spokesperson told attendees. “We really focused on simplifying core elements and decided on black-on-black … added a few glossy details and it feels great in your hands,” he said.

The new tablet has a 1,920 × 1,200 pixel resolution, or 1080p – making it the world’s highest resolution tablet, said Google’s Hugo Barra. To take advantage of the higher resolution, Barra announced a new version of the Netflix app that will support 1080p content for the first time as well, writes Fox News.

The tablet introduces a 5-megapixel rear camera in addition to a 1.2-megapixel front camera. Hardware specs include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, which has a 1.8x faster CPU and 4x better GPU, 2GB of RAM and full connectivity including Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE to will be provided in a single U.S. version, which will be available on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

According to Hugo Barra, Vice President of Android Product Management, the new Nexus 7 will allow for nine hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing.

Google on Wednesday also unveiled and will make immediately available the latest version of Android, the largest mobile software platform in the world. It will be made available on a brand new version of the company’s flagship Nexus 7, a wildly popular 7-inch tablet that dramatically undercuts the Apple iPad and goes head to head with Amazon’s Kindle Fire product.

The new Nexus 7 is the first gadget to be shipped on an updated version of Google’s Jelly Bean operating system, Android 4.3, and will come in three models: 16GB Wi-Fi for £149 ($229), 32GB Wi-Fi for £175 ($269) and a 64GB LTE model that costs £227 ($349).

“By 2013 consumers are going to buy more tablets than personal computers every year – that’s pretty amazing,” said Google’s Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai at the launch in San Francisco.

“At the end of 2012 we were approaching 10m tablets – we are now at over 70m, almost one in two tablets sold worldwide is based on Android.”

The original Nexus 7 was a critical and commercial hit after its release in summer 2012, reaching a wide audience thanks to its basic, stock Android OS, low price point and lightweight, attractive hardware. It now accounts for more than 10% of all Android tablet sales, says the Huff Post.

The Nexus 7 2 will launch on 30 July in the US and various other markets, including the UK, in the coming weeks.

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