Although budget tablets have been the object of numerous discussions over the past six months or so, when Google announced the Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet in late June at the Google I/O conference, the speculation dam just imploded as most of the online tech media has begun publishing stories on how other tablet manufacturers will respond to this move.
As it turns out, all of the major tablet manufacturers are believed to make their presence felt in the 7-inch tablet market by the end of September: Apple is rumored to be working on an iPad Mini, Amazon is bound to release a successor to the original 7-inch budget tablet, the Kindle Fire, while [...]
The recently announced Google Nexus 7 is going to hit stores in the very near future in various markets and we have various shipping reports hitting the web from left and right to prove that.
When Google unveiled the device in late June during the first Google I/O keynote, the company did not reveal launch dates for its first tablet ever. Instead the company kicked off pre-orders for the Nexus 7 in U.S., Canada and Australia, and we soon learned that UK Android fans will also get the device in the very near future. In addition to Google Play, interested consumers will be able to pick up the device from a variety of third party electronics [...]
For a $199.99 tablet, Google and Asus have packed the Nexus 7 with a chock-full of features that you wouldn’t normally expect to see at such price point, especially on a device that’s released by major brands. One of the things that is lacking on the tablet, which shouldn’t be missed too much by many, is a camera on the back, though the Nexus 7 does come with a front camera for video chatting.
The lucky few who got their hands on a Nexus 7 before its official outing, however, found out that the tablet doesn’t come with a camera launcher. Luckily, MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien has come to the rescue by releasing a camera launcher app for the Nexus 7, which allows users to [...]
Although Google put the Nexus 7 Tablet up for pre-order both in the US and the UK just hours after officially unveiling it, few of us actually hoped to get the tab before the end of the month. However, it now seems likely that we’ll see the 7-incher start shipping next week, based on a couple of hints picked up by the guys at Phandroid.
First off, you can see on Staples’ official website a very intriguing announcement saying that the tablet “will ship between July 12th and July 17th” and that “expected delivery is 1-3 business days, arriving no earlier than July 13th 2011”.
Ignoring that spelling error which takes us back in time one year, we have no reason to [...]
We were wondering how fast the Nexus 7 would push the Android manufacturers to make a competing product, and Archos is now showing us that it didn’t take that long. They are announcing a 9.7″ Android 4.0 tablet called the Archos 97 Carbon, with a 4:3 aspect ratio (like the iPad) that costs only $250. For that price you get a 1 Ghz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, microSD expansion, and a 1024×768 resolution display.
So how does the Archos 97 Carbon tablet compare to the Nexus 7? Well first off, it’s a 10″ tablet, so if you think that the 7″ size is too small, then you might prefer this tablet over the Nexus 7 right away. It [...]
Android Director of Product Management Hugo Barra appeared for the first time on stage at the Honeycomb event last year. Back then, I remember thinking he didn’t do a very good job presenting Honeycomb, but I think it was also the whole environment that didn’t make sense and put him in a bad light. It looked a lot less professional than any Google I/O event, and it seemed like they just quickly rented a room to show Honeycomb, which wouldn’t be the only rushed thing they did in relation to Android 4.0. However, at this year’s Google I/O event I thought Barra did a very good job presenting Jelly Bean, and he did it in a very confident manner.
UK folks, the days of yearning for Google Nexus 7 will be behind you soon. The 7-inch slate is now up for pre-order on Dixons Group’s online stores, which means you’ll be able to secure your unit of the Nexus 7 from the likes of PC World, Currys and Dixons and get it possibly before others do. For now, only the 16GB model of the tablet is available to pre-order, while the 8GB model is nowhere to be seen. As expected, the former will cost £199.99.
According to their websites, if you pre-order the quad-core Nexus 7 tablet now, there’s a good chance that you will receive the tablet by July 19.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet is expected to officially touch down in the [...]
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The Google Nexus 7 is one of the best Android tablets of the year and definitely a tough adversary for this year’s Kindle Fire versions. At the same time, the device is not an iPad-killer, it’s not even intended to be one, and, moreover, it may do a lot more harm within the Android tablet ecosystems, as other OEMs will not be able to replicate Google’s current tablet strategy.
The Nexus 7 is an affordable device that packs quite a punch under the hood and is able to offer users access to Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, right out of the [...]
The Google Nexus 7 is available for pre-order in various markets already, but the device is not available to consumers yet in those countries. The only Nexus 7 units that can be used in the wild right now are the white versions that were handed free of charge to all Google I/O attendees last week. And it looks like some of those units have some display issues you should be aware of.
According to Android Police, the displays of some Nexus 7 units have an image retention issue, also known as ghosting, that has been replicated at least on two devices. The publication discovered the issue by leaving an image on the display at full brightness for [...]
The folks over at iFixit managed to get a hold of a Google Nexus 7 five days after being officially unveiled at Google I/O – in fact they did score a white version, the kind that was handed down to all attendees of the developer conference – and they did what they do best, tear it to pieces.
We have already covered the Nexus 7 extensively since the first Google I/O keynote, so you should be pretty familiar with its specs and features, release dates, international launch announcements, rooting, custom ROMs and default OS version. So let’s take a look at some of the things revealed by this “official” teardown:The Nexus 7 is 10.4mm thick, [...]