Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Google I/O Recap: Jelly Bean, Nexus 7, & Nexus Q

Today has been an awesome day for Google (and let's be honest, it's been a horrible day for Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft... and Android tablet makers too). From Google's Android Jelly Bean, to the explosive announcement of Nexus 7, and the genius that is the Nexus Q... it's never been a better day to be in Google's ecosystem. So, we're going to briefly cover everything that has just been announced at I/O... Check it out below.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Cupcake. Donut. Eclair. Froyo. Gingerbread. Honeycomb. Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean. Five years ago Google announced and released it's first Android device, the HTC One, running Android 1.0 Cupcake. And now, Google has just announced it's first Android tablet, Nexus 7, running Jelly Bean. But what exactly does Jelly Bean have to offer?

Jelly Bean has a bunch of cool new features including a new super fast interface (to make up for four years of shitty interfaces), a cleaner home screen, a totally new camera app, new notifications system, an updated search engine that makes Siri look pretty bad, Google Now (the Siri equivalent for Android), smart app updating (no more long download times!), and a release of mid-July. But really, when is it coming out for everybody? Mid-July! For once Google is getting things right with their release patterns.

Nexus 7 Tablet 

7 inch backlit IPS display. 1280x800 resolution. 1.2MP front facing camera. 8-10 hours of battery usage. Quad-core Tegra 3 processor. 1 GB of RAM. 8 or 16 GB of storage. Accelerometer. Gyroscope. NFC. GPS. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You name it, the Nexus 7 can do it. And it can do it well. And without lag. The Nexus 7 is a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire, but it has the graphics and CPU power to compete with Apple's iPad and then some.

The Nexus 7 is "made for Google Play" and with the 600,000+ apps available in the Google Play store, the hundreds of movies, thousands of books, and millions of songs available- there's a lot to do with the device. For web browsing, the Nexus 7 is the first Android product to come preloaded with Google Chrome as well as the entire collection of Google Play applications such as Music, Movies, and Books. The Nexus 7 is available for pre-order today and starts at $199 for the 8 GB model, and $249 for the 16 GB model.

Nexus Q Media Player

We all carry our media library on us now. Especially with Google Play. And a lot of people just LOVE to share their music, movies, and other media with friends and family. Unfortunately, it's been quite difficult to do this cheaply and swiftly. But now with the Nexus Q Media Player, doing such is quite simple.

The device allows you to sync up movies, music, television shows, YouTube, and much more. But even better? It allows EVERYONE to chime in, because that's how it should be. It also allows you to have multiple devices throughout to house to throw your media to, so Nexus Q isn't just stationed in one area, but many. And again, it's based around Google Play, so your entertainment is one one, convenient place always.

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