Google Nexus 7 tablet unveiled: A $200 Kindle Fire killer with Google Now (Siri)

Google Nexus 7 tablet on Google Play

Check out our full review of the Google Nexus 7

Google put up the official page for the Nexus 7 tablet and has already taken it down, but before it did, we gathered some info for the tablet which is expected to be unveiled shortly. From the looks of it, all of the rumors were correct. The Google Nexus 7 tablet follows most of the rules of a 7-inch tablet and it is clear that the Kindle Fire is on its attack list, with a price of $200 and specs that greatly outmatch Amazon’s tablet. Google has changed the default orientation of its tablet OS to a portrait orientation for the Nexus 7, with a focus on Google Play apps and services. Those who buy the tablet will get a $25 Google Play credit as well. Again, another response to the Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 tablet also comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). This new version of Android will come with a number of new features like Google Now (a Siri competitor), customizable homescreens, upgraded notifications, better speech-to-text dictation, and many other incremental updates.

Specs:

  • Screen: 7-inch 1280×800 pixel
  • Processor: Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3
  • Operating System: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Flash Memory Storage: 8GB or 16GB
  • Camera: 1.2-megapixel front-facing
  • Price: $200 for 8GB, $250 for 16GB
  • Thickness: 10.45mm
  • Charger: Micro USB
  • Battery life: Up to 8 hours
  • Other features: NFC, microphone, GPS, gyroscope

Google Nexus 7 tablet new widgets

Update: Google has shown off the tablet during its conference and we’ve learned a few new things. Chrome will be the standard browser for the Nexus 7 and it will come with a modified (again, portrait) interface that has larger icons and several new Google Play (see above) that make the Android interface look a little more like the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire. It will also be able to connect with Nexus Q, a new music service that Andrew details here. 

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