Google Nexus 7

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Google Nexus 7

Google calls the Nexus 7 a "no-compromise Android tablet," and has given it a price that should have competitors shaking: An 8GB model is $199, and a 16GB model $249. The entertainment-geared Nexus 7 "was built for Google Play," and to prove it, for a limited time, Google is offering buyers a $25 credit to spend in the Play store.

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Google Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 measures 7.8 by 4.7 by 0.4 inches, weighs nearly 12 ounces and, as its name suggests, has a 7-inch 1280 by 800 high-definition display. Also on board are a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, near-field communication (NFC) technology for sharing content through Android Beam, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, volume controls and software keys, and of course, the Jelly Bean OS. It is now available for preorder, and Google says it will ship in two to three weeks.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Though it ships with Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone to run Jelly Bean. It features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) display, 5MP and 1.3MP cameras (you know where), a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and measures 8.94mm thin. The iPhone 4S, for comparison, has a 9.3mm profile.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus is, for now, the only smartphone in the Google Play store. It's available unlocked and contract-free, is compatible with more than 200 GSM carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile, and as of June 27 had its price reduced to $349, from $399.Â

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Samsung Nexus S

Available on the AT&T network, the Samsung-made Nexus S shipped with Gingerbread, Android 2.3, but has been confirmed to receive Jelly Bean. This smartphone features a 4-inch display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and a dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU), which speaks to its prowess as a game console.

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Motorola Xoom

Mid-July-ish, Motorola's Android-running tablet, the Xoom, will receive an over-the-air Jelly Bean update, which should, if even in a small way, help it compete against the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Unless, of course, the Tab is next in line—which has not been confirmed but is hardly unlikely.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

YouMobile has reported that the Samsung Galaxy S III will receive the Jelly Bean update in the fourth quarter. One hardly needs such a report, however, to guess that the GS III will make the short list. Samsung expects to have sold 10 million of these phones by the end of July.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Also by July's end, the Galaxy S III will be available from five U.S. carriers and in at least 29 countries. Though it's feature-packed and hardly needs an extra incentive to offer, it's hard to imagine it won't be among the first phones to receive the update.

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HTC has officially announced, "We are excited about Android Jelly Bean and are planning to support it across a variety of our devices." A priority will certainly be the One X, available on the AT&T network. While the Samsung Galaxy S III has been named the summer's "it" phone, some reviewers prefer the One X.

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The Evo 4G LTE, a sleek update on the kickstand-equipped Evo 4G of yesteryear, is another very likely HTC candidate for Jelly Bean.

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T-Mobile was the first U.S. carrier to support Android. Struggling for market share behind Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, respectively, updating its One S—its version of AT&T's One X—to Jelly Bean could help attract new subscribers.

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Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean arrives as Google has activated more than 400 million smartphones. At I/O, the company shared that it's now activating more than 1 million Android devices each day.

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