Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q streaming device
Google has unveiled two new devices - the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q social streaming device - at its fifth annual Google I/O developers conference. The tablet is manufactured by Taiwan's AsusTek Computer.
The tablet will ship in mid-July starting at $199 - the same price as the Kindle Fire. It will run the next version of Google's Android operating system, called Jelly Bean.
The tablet features a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
It is powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU.
Google also unveiled a home entertainment device called Nexus Q. It sends content from your personal collection or YouTube to your existing TV and speaker systems. The Nexus Q, which Google calls the world's first "social streaming device," will be available in July in the US, and will sell for $299.
The Nexus 7 tablet offers up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 300 hours of standby.
The tablet weighs 340 grams. The shipments will begin mid July.
It is very likely to challenge Amazon.com's Kindle Fire than Apple's popular iPad, which has a display that measures nearly 10 inches diagonally.
The device also has a front-facing camera. Connectivity options include NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi.
Besides, Google Play will now offer movies for sale, rather than only rentals. It has also added TV shows and magazines to its Play offering.