Mobile and Wireless: Google Nexus 7 Tablet, Cloud-Based Entertainment Hub Unveiled
SAN FRANCISCOGoogle 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.)
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.