LIVE from the Google I/O Keynote today, Google announced the Nexus 7 from ASUS. This device boasts a 1280×800 HD display, Tegra 3 quad core CPU and 12 core GPU, Front facing camera all connectivity WiFi Bluetooth and NFC, and 9 hours of video playback (300 standby). Google clearly sees this as a portable entertainment device for gaming, video playback, and e-reading. However, even the promo screen for the Nexus 7 looks a bit like Amazon’s promo screen for the Fire, which is just another example of Googles lack of innovation. In fact, like the Kindle Fire it will retail for $199 to start. It will be available in mid July and orders are being accepted today.
Apple has never shown public intrest in selling and marketing a 7-inch iPad.
Clearly, at a starting price of $199, the Nexus 7 is positioned to compete with the similarly 7-inch Kindle Fire, rather than taking on the 9.7-inch iPad (and the 10.6-inch Surface tablet from Microsoft). And because, with all of those tablets, content seems to be the biggest incentive, Google is playing up the Play store, even granting early buyers $25 in Google Play credit and “some great free content” including “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Even if you don’t think any of the “Transformers” films is truly “great,” it is nice to see Google aggressively pushing content, even adding TV shows and magazines to their lineup. Tablet buyers need a reason to buy a tablet. via http://www.gadgetbox.msnbc.msn.com/