Google readies $199 Nexus 7 tablet, report says
Long-rumored tablet expected to be unveiled this week at Google I/O conference in San Francisco
Computerworld - Google will launch its own sub-$200 7-in. Nexus tablet at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco this week, according to training documents viewed by Gizmodo Australia.
The report comes in the wake of a slew of rumors, including reports of a Google tablet called Nexus 7 that would run Android Jelly Bean, the next generation of the Android operating system.
Jelly Bean, or Android 4.1, was recently described as a modest upgrade from Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
A $199 starting price would put the Nexus 7 in the same category as the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook tablets. Both have the same price tag and feature the same screen size as the expected Google tablet.
The most popular tablet by far, with more than 60% market share, is still Apple's 9.7-in. iPad, whose latest version starts at $499.
According to Gizmodo Australia, the new device will indeed be called the Nexus 7, and the site reports that the documents it viewed state that the new tablet was built for Google by Asus and that it runs a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia and a GeForce 12-core graphics processor. The device will include 1GB of RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.
The Nexus 7 will also have an NFC chip to run Google Wallet and Android Beam, the Android 4.0 tool used to for transfer data between NFC-ready Google phones.
The documents also describe a tablet with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a nine-hour battery.
Gizmodo Australia puts the 8GB model's price at $199 in U.S. dollars and the price of the 16GB version at $249. The report says the device will be released in Australia in July, which -- based on prior history -- could mean that the U.S. release would occur at about the same time or earlier.
Of interest to many Android fans is a comment in the documents stating that Google will handle all updates of Jelly Bean going forward, a policy that might only relate to the Nexus 7, Gizmodo Australia noted.
Updating Android on the many different models of Android-based smartphones has been a recurring problem for both Google and mobile service providers. At the June 2011 Google I/O conference, Google announced the Android Upgrade Alliance of phone manufacturers and carriers. The Alliance was created to help keep upgrades to various Android models on track.
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His email address is email@example.com.
- Google announces social sharing done right
- Has Google done enough to keep Android phones up-to-date?
- Google sharpening Analytics' tracking of mobile applications
- Chrome for iOS snatches top spot on App Store
- At first birthday, has Google+ found its niche?
- Google gives Google Docs offline capabilities
- Google touts Chrome browser in demo of Cirque virtual 3D Web site
- Lack of features could hamper Nexus 7's market entry, say analysts, users
- Google launches Chromebook retail push via Best Buy
- Google touts release of 'Safari-ized' Chrome for iPhone, iPad
Read more about Mobile/Wireless in Computerworld's Mobile/Wireless Topic Center.
- Assessing ROI for Mobile Acceleration Clients This EMA® paper examines the business case for deploying mobile WAN optimization client software and builds a ROI model based on the experiences...
- The Apple-ization of the Enterprise: Understanding IT's New World Read this paper for how to tackle Apple-ization (and the related consumerization of IT and Bring Your Own Device/BYOD).
- A Practical Introduction to Enterprise Mobility Management Read the white paper to better understand the basic concepts within mobility management and to learn how you can apply EMM technology to...
- Enterprise Mobility: A Checklist for Secure Containerization The advantages and disadvantages of the multiple approaches to containerization. Learn More>>
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Mobile Security: Containerizing Enterprise Data In this on-demand webinar, Fixmo's Lee Cocking, VP of corporate strategy, explains why Apple-ization trends like mobility and "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) are driving the... All Mobile/Wireless White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!