Live from Google's Android and Chrome Event
Google senior VP Sundar Pichai has introduced the new Nexus 7 at a breakfast event for the tech community in San Francisco, where additional digital goodies were unveiled to the public.
- Pichai opens the event stating that almost one in two tablets sold worldwide is based on Android and that the Nexus 7 has accounted for more than 10% of Android tablets sold since launch.
- With that, the new Nexus 7 is held up for all in attendance to see:
- Boasting a 1.2 megapixel front camera and 5 megapixel rear camera, as well as 2 gigabytes of RAM, the new Nexus 7 contains an additional hour of battery power over the previous Nexus 7, Pichai says:
- Other updates on the new Nexus 7 include a new version of Google Maps tailored for Android 4.3, over-the-air updates, and a 4G LTE version available on AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon.
- One tech writer is quick to joke:
- The shift from desktop to mobile is more alive than ever, Pichai says:
- What does that mean for television? Time will tell, but for now, Google's Chromecast device plugs into a TV's HDMI port, wirelessly connecting to computing devices:
- The Chromecast will be available later today in the U.S. for $35 on Amazon, Best Buy and Google Play. Google says those who buy Chromecast will receive three months of Netflix at no cost.
- What will the next-generation Nexus 7 cost? It depends...
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