Google to Attract Viewers With Chromecast, Nexus 7 Update

1 - Google to Attract Viewers With Chromecast, Nexus 7 Update
2 - The $35 Google Chromecast
3 - TV Made Simpler
4 - Google Cast
5 - Free Netflix
6 - Google Nexus 7
7 - Thinner, Lighter, Faster
8 - Sharpest Screen Ever
9 - Coming June 30
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Google to Attract Viewers With Chromecast, Nexus 7 Update

by Michelle Maisto

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The $35 Google Chromecast

Google calls Chromecast the "easiest way to enjoy online videos on your TV." It's compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices and is available now for $35.

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TV Made Simpler

The Chromecast dongle connects to an HDTV via the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port. Quick access to content, says Google, is three steps away: Plug in Chromecast, connect it to WiFi and then "cast" online content to your TV using your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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Google Cast

Casting looks like this. Whichever type of device you use, an icon in the top, right corner lets you know that a cast is in session.

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Free Netflix

Chromecast offers access to content from Google Play, as well as Netflix, YouTube and, soon, apps like Pandora. Google is offering three free months of Netflix with a Chromecast purchase, which should give Netflix subscriptions a considerable boost.

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Google Nexus 7

The new Nexus 7 is the first device to run Android 4.3. This latest version lets different users have their own home screens and set up customizable spaces on a device, and enables parents to manage younger users' experiences and even set up application spending limits.

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Thinner, Lighter, Faster

The new Nexus 7 is 2mm thinner and nearly 2 ounces lighter than the older model. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM ensure even 3D graphics render smoothly and quickly, says Google.

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Sharpest Screen Ever

The Nexus 7 features 323 pixels per inch—or a total of 2.3 million—making it the highest-resolution 7-inch tablet ever made. Google calls it "sharper than the printed page."

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Coming June 30

The Google Play Store will begin selling the Nexus 7 July 30. Best Buy is already taking preorders, selling a 16GB version for $229 and a 32GB version for $269. Google says versions with 4G LTE connectivity from T-Mobile and Verizon will also be available.

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