Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet unveiled to take on iPad
Google lifted the lid on its first-ever own-branded tablet last night, amid ever-starker signs that devices running its Android operating system have been trounced by the iPad in the growing slate market.
Dubbed the Google Nexus 7 and manufactured by Asus, the entry-level 8GB version of the slate will sell for £159 – significantly undercutting the iPad. A 16GB model is priced £199.
In line with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 features a relatively compact seven-inch HD screen and dispenses with a rear-facing camera, 3G support and microSD card slot.
However, perhaps surprisingly given the price point, it also houses a powerful Tegra 3 quad-core processor and makes room for a 1.2 megapixel front-facing snapper for video calls and NFC chips for contactless payments.
The Nexus 7 also debuts the latest version of Android, aka Jelly Bean. This adds a suite of new features to the platform, including the Siri-rivalling Google Now voice commands app and the Google Chrome browser.
Also new with Android 4.1 is more scope for customising home screen layouts via resizable widgets and a revamped notifications bar.
The Google Nexus 7 is up for pre-order now in the UK, with orders set to ship mid July.