Google launches Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1

Nexus 7Google has announced the release of its long expected tablet, the Nexus 7. The tablet is built by Asus, and features a 7 inch screen with 1280 x 800, high definition display. Powering the device brain-wise is a quad core Tegra CPU, while the display is powered by a 12 core GPU.

The tablet was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in California. The Nexus 7 will be priced at $199 for an 8GB version in the USA, and knowing the UK probably £199 (Us Brits always seem to get a raw deal!) The 16GB version will cost $249.

While the tablet would like to compete with the iPad, this still remains to be seen. At this price point the tablet will compete directly with the likes of the Kindle Fire, which is yet to make an appearance in the UK.

Google’s engineering director, Chris Yerga, said the Nexus 7 was a “serious gaming device” and that its small size meant it was ideal for emailing, browsing the web and downloading applications. The Nexus 7 will be the first tablet computer to run Google’s latest Jelly Bean Android software which was also announced at the conference.

Other features on the Nexus 7 include a 1.2 megapixel camera, NFC (near field communications) and an accelerometer. The Nexus 7 is claimed to have around 9 hour’s battery life when watching video.

The Nexus 7 is entering a world of high competition, as well as the iPad and various android tablets, Microsoft has announced its own table too, the Microsoft Surface. Microsoft’s tablet will run the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Here is a video about the Nexus 7 and Android 4.1.