Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q streaming device outed on Google Play, ahead of Google I/O keynote

Even before the Google I/O keynote, Google updated its Play Store to include a page for the Nexus 7 tablet (apparently they don't coordinate these things as well as Apple does with its announcements and online store).

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That page also has a link to what Google said is the Nexus 7 website, but for now anyway, it takes you to the Nexus store, which just has the Galaxy Nexus displayed.

You can place an order for the device, though, on that Google Play Store page. As expected, the device is $199 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB. Specs are as follows (with the ones that had previously leaked being confirmed).
  • 7-inch 1280x800 backlit IPS HD display (216 ppi)
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
  • 340g
  • 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi
  • Bluetooth (yay)
  • 8 or 16GB internal storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Micro USB
  • 4325 mAh battery for (Up to 8 hours of active use)
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • Microphone
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
If you place an order, you'll see a message that says the Nexus 7 will ship in 2-3 weeks. In addition, when you buy the Nexus 7, you a $25 credit for the Play Store, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and more.

Google also outed the Nexus Q, an orb-like device that Google calls the "first social streaming media player." A page on the Google Play store Web site says that it "streams your favorite entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to the biggest speakers and screen in the house."

You use your device to control it, but you're not streaming from there to your Q. Instead, you're controlling the Q with your device, but streaming from the cloud. It costs $299, and pre-orders can be made today with shipments in July.

[Update] Google took both the Nexus Q and Nexus 7 pages down after noticing their mistake. The Nexus Q intro video remains up, for now, but a previously seen Nexus 7 video has been marked private. You can view the Nexus Q video, below.

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