Google tablet to take on iPad, Kindle

2012-06-27 20:15

San Francisco - Google unveiled its first tablet PC on Wednesday, as the internet company looks to replicate its smartphone success in a tablet market where it faces stiff competition from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

The "Nexus 7" tablet, built and co-branded in partnership with hardware maker Asus, will be priced starting at $199.

Google unveiled the tablet at its annual developer conference in San Francisco.

The 7-inch tablet will feature the new 4.1 "Jelly Bean" version of Google's software, as well as a front-facing camera, a 1280x800 resolution screen, and an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

Google's Android software is the No. 1 operating system for smartphones, but has struggled to compete with Apple's iPad in the market for tablets.

Executives showcased the new 4.1 "Jelly Bean" version of Android operating system at the event in San Francisco.

The new software delivers faster performance, according to the company, and new features such as "voice search."

The Internet search leader said that 1 million devices using its Android mobile software are being activated every day.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-06-27 21:41


  • Martin B McNamara - 2012-06-27 22:26

    Itoo. :)

  • agosthino - 2012-06-27 22:39


  • andrew.hartung - 2012-06-27 23:04

    I think its ugly. Too much plastic, could have been much smaller

  • Milano - 2012-06-27 23:12

    I like it I know it will be the bestli

  • Mzakes - 2012-06-28 08:17

    I will get one

      Mzakes - 2012-06-28 08:17

      I hate anything that starts with an I

      DieHoekseun - 2012-06-28 13:09

      You hate yourself.

  • cedjonkers - 2012-06-28 10:27

    Its a pity Microsoft hasn't released the pricing for The Surface yet. Now that is really going to give Apple a run for their money as its a true replacement of the notebook, netbook and even the Ultrabook. As for Google's Nexus 7, I hope the quality is good and that it has voice capability, but from the picture it looks good. I like the Jelly Bean interface.

  • mikenortje - 2012-06-28 13:48

    R1680 ...... doubt we will see that price in SA

      ewan.moffat.5 - 2012-06-28 14:36

      The R1680.00 is before import duties, shipping, insurance, VAT and of course, the MIDDLEMAN'S exorbitant PROFIT MARGIN. That's why buying direct is a better choice, but unfortunately your warranties are then very limited.

      agosthino - 2012-07-05 14:39

      That's why in SA its better to buy an iPad. The sellers in SA are just too profit hungry! The galaxy tab 10.1 32gig is 8999 while the iPad is 5999. So unless we get the same prices that they offer in america, I'm sticking with my iPad.

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