Google Android & Chrome Event Wrap-up on July 24th, 2013

Today, Google unveiled quite a few new products and services today, most notably the new Nexus 7, just simply called the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Chromecast.


The brand new Nexus 7 (2013) has been given a minor upgrade from last year’s model. It has a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The display has been bumped up to have a resolution of 1920 x 1200 to give a pixel density of 323 ppi. 

Nexus 7 (2013)

It is still made by Asus. It also contains NFC and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and Wireless Charger support. The Slimport that the Nexus 7 has, will allow for displaying 1080p content on your TV. The front-facing camera is still 1.2 Megapixels and there is now a rear-facing camera that is just 5 Megapixels. Both the weight and the display bezel have both been slimmed down. There is also a pair of stereo speakers. It will be the first device to be running Android 4.3.


Also announced was a Unlocked LTE version which will work on AT&T, T-Mobile and Version (in the USA) and other carriers with GSM based LTE networks. The new Nexus 7 (2013) will be available on July 30th, the 16GB Wi-Fi only version will cost $229 and $269 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version. While the Wi-Fi & Mobile Data (LTE) version will be available in the coming weeks in Canada, US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Spain. It will be sold in the Google Play Store and in retailers like Staples and Best Buy (Future Shop & Best Buy in Canada) and now Amazon will be selling the Nexus 7.

Google also announced Google Play Textbooks, which is a dedicated category just for learning material. You will be able to Purchase or Rent for 6 months at a time, the books are Up 80% discounted and the comprehensive selection of titles includes textbooks from all 5 major publishing houses. The service will be available in August and it’ll sync across Android, iOS and the web.

 The new companion app to go along with the new Google Play Games Service and it is simply called Play Games. The app will show leader boards and will allow you to connect with your friends (on Google+) to challenge or play along-side. It will also track all your achievements and it will serve as a single repostitory to launch all your games (just like Steam does).

 And last but not least, Google introduced the Chromecast, which is a HDMI dongle that only cost $35. It can mirror content being played on a nearby tablet or smartphone or computer. How it works, is that the device connects to your local WiFi network and similairly connected devices using Chromecast. You will be able to display YouTube videos, Netflix content, mirror your Google Chrome window (and some people have already been able to play local PC content using Chromecast), show content from Google Play like movies (and possibly music) and soon, Pandora audio content. It is available on the Google Play Store (US-Only for now), in Best Buy and on Amazon.

That’s what it’ll look like but it will need the USB cable to power it


 
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