Mobile and Wireless: Google Nexus 7 Tablet, Cloud-Based Entertainment Hub Unveiled

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-27 Print this article Print
Headline Newsmaker: Nexus 7

Headline Newsmaker: Nexus 7

The debut of the Nexus 7, which will begin shipping in July, was the main headline from Google I/O, although plenty of other news was announced. The Nexus 7 is a powerful new tablet that will compete not only with Amazon's Kindle and others, but also directly with the market leader, iPad. At $199 it will be a compelling buy for many people.
SAN FRANCISCO—Google unveiled not one, but two new devices, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q home cloud-based home entertainment hub, along with a bevy of new software and developer tools at the annual Google I/O conference here June 27. The Nexus 7 is a powerful new tablet that will compete not only with the Apple iPad, Amazon's Kindle and other late-model tablets on the market. The new hardware along with the new developer tools made Google I/O one of the most sought-after tickets in the IT world, and it's not a mystery as to why. Google keeps coming out with innovative devices and software, and these are just the sort of things to bring the software development community out in force to find out about it all. More than 6,000 attendees took home a sample of each of the new products with them, along with a new Nexus smartphone to boot. This eWEEK slide show presents some of the highlights of Day One of the show. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK.)
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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