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Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Jelly Bean and Spherical Nexus Q Device for Home Use

Matt Hamblen June 28, 2012
Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Jelly Bean and Spherical Nexus Q Device for Home Use
New tablet is 'built for Google Play,' a media repository in the cloud.

As expected, Google has announced a $199, 7-inch tablet called Nexus 7 that will run on Android 4.1, dubbed Jelly Bean.

Built with Asus, the tablet can be ordered starting today on Google Play, and will ship in the U.S. and three other countries in mid-July, Google said.

Google described the tablet as principally a conduit for Google Play, its cloud-based repository for Google apps and movies, books and other content. Nexus 7 is "built for Google Play," said Hugo Barra, product management director for Android at Google.

At Google I/O, its annual developer conference, Google also introduced a spherical Android-based device called Nexus Q that will work in homes to distribute music and other content over stereos and displays with controls from Android smartphones and tablets.


The Nexus Q device distributes music and other content over stereos and displays with controls from Android smartphones and tablets.
 

Google Play will launch on the home screen of the new tablet and buyers will get a $25 credit toward Google Play content, such a music, e-books and movies. The Nexus 7 screen has a 1280 x 800 resolution, useful in watching movies, games and other content, Barra said.

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