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Google Announces $199 Nexus 7 Tablet, $299 Nexus Q Media Streamer

At its Google I/O conference today, Google unveiled several new products intended to compete in the tablet and home entertainment markets, squarely targeting Apple's iPad and its rumored push into the living room for which the Apple TV has served as a foothold.

Google's presentation began with a spotlight on Android, noting that it is now activating more than one million Android devices per day and showing off Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". The new version of the operating system offers a number of enhancements, including a faster interface, cleaner home screen design with resizable widgets, offline voice dictation, a new camera app, enhanced notifications, Siri-like voice search, and more.

A new "Google Now" feature keeps tracks of users' locations to automatically offer information relevant to their real-life experiences, whether it be information on subway schedules, menu recommendations at a restaurant, or other situations.


As for Google's hardware announcements, they leaked out ahead of time through the company's own Google Play site, which confirmed that the Google Nexus 7 will be an ASUS-manufactured tablet priced at $199 for 8 GB of storage and $249 for 16 GB of storage. The device's 7-inch IPS display offers 1280x800 pixels and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera is included. The Nexus 7 will use a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and incorporate Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity.


On the home entertainment front, rumors from earlier this year are coming to fruition today with the introduction of the Google Nexus Q, a spherical $299 "social streaming media player". The Nexus Q will allow users to wirelessly stream music, video, and YouTube content to their home entertainment systems. Also serving as an amplifier, the Nexus Q can be connected directly to speaker systems such as Google's new $399 Triad speakers.

Google's keynote is still ongoing, and we will update this post with additional information as it is released.

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32 months ago
I find it hilarious that people say Apple is so expensive, yet this "Nexus Q" costs 300% more than an AppleTV. Hmmmm.
Rating: 73 Votes
32 months ago
it needs a bigger bezel
Rating: 63 Votes
32 months ago
The tablet seems neat but $300 for a device that just streams playback from other devices? Calling DOA on that one.
Rating: 44 Votes
32 months ago
Yikes, why in the world is the Q $299? Seems like it doesn't offer a lot more than an Apple TV at $99?
Rating: 38 Votes
32 months ago
Quad core plus decent screen for only 200?! I'm in for one!
Rating: 32 Votes
32 months ago
nexus 7 pricing is very competitive for it spec. totally blow off most existing andriod tablet.

nexus q is google answer to apple tv?
Rating: 26 Votes
32 months ago
Someone want to explain to me what I can do with the Nexus Q that I can't do with Apple TV & Airport Express?

$299 seems way overpriced.

Nexus 7 has just killed the Amazon Fire though, think Google have done well there.
Rating: 23 Votes
32 months ago

That's because it is nothing like Apple TV. It has Bluetooth and NFC. And it works as 25-watt amplifier.


And lights. Don't forget the lights.
Rating: 21 Votes
32 months ago
Google has effectively set the bar for other Android manufacturers... some ways great (i.e. hardware specs) but other ways it is really going to kill some of them (mostly price and consumer expectations).

This has now cemented in people's minds that an Android tablet shouldn't cost more than 200 bucks. It is going to be a race to the bottom from here on out.
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago

That's because it is nothing like Apple TV. It has Bluetooth and NFC. And it works as 25-watt amplifier.


Apple TV has Bluetooth 4.0 in its chipset, just it isn't activated. I'm sorry, but a 25 watt amp and and NFC doesn't warrant a $200 premium.
Rating: 19 Votes

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