Google also choose their devices to unveil a new version of their Android OS, they used the Galaxy Nexus Smartphone to release the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform and the company once again chose another Nexus device to release their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
Introducing the Nexus 7 Tablet which was unveiled in a keynote at the Google I/O 2012 developer conference. The tablet has been in the rumor mill for quite sometime now but wasn’t confirmed until now. The Nexus 7 is the first tablet to come with Google’s own branding, it comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution, it is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 12 graphics processing cores.
Other specifications of the tablet includes a front-facing camera but it lacks a rear-facing camera, it supports WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth, NFC plus it features a battery that offers 9 hours of HD video playback. The device weighs 340g and according to Google the device will fit comfortable in the user’s hand. The latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS is also on-board and it brings an improved performance, better notifications, and a totally revamped search function.
The Google Nexus is available to order through the Google Play Store in 8GB and 16GB configurations for $199 and $249, respectively. It also includes a $25 credit to the Google Play Store. Google plans to start shipping the Nexus 7 in mid-July and it is available on the US, Canada, UK and Australia market.