Nexus 7 Tablet and Nexus Q Announced at Google IO 2012

As expected, Google has announced the Nexus 7 Tablet to be made by ASUS at IO 2012. This awesome 7 incher is the first tablet produced in conjunction with Google, and designed specifically for the Play Store and media consumption, as well as gaming. Google’s first Jelly Bean device, while not really aimed at iPad competition, is a solid contender for the likes of the Kindle Fire and Nook, with a pure Google experience that should have Android fans clamoring to get one.

From the previous leak we saw early in the week, we already had an idea of what to expect from the specs. Now, Google’s confirmed all of the specs, and put the device up for sale on the Play Store. Here’s the official spec sheet:

  • 7″ 1280×800 back-lit IPS display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Front-facing 1.2MP camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 or 16 GB storage
  • 4325mAh battery
  • WiFi and bluetooth connections
  • Micro USB
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Pricing is as follows: 8GB model for $199.99 plus taxes and shipping. 16GB model for $249.99 plus taxes and shipping.

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The odd addition to the Nexus line that no one really saw coming was the Nexus Q.

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The Nexus Q is a social media player. It doesn’t stream content from local drives, but rather from Google services like your Play Store purchases and YouTube. It can be controlled through an Android device running Froyo or above. It’s a social media player, though. That means other Android users in your home can connect to it, and it allows them control the content as well. The Nexus Q is priced at $300, and is available on the Play Store now.

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