The Major Announcements From Google’s I/O 2012 Keynote

Nexus 7 tablet

Google had some major announcements today. There are handful of new products coming from the search engine giant. Let’s take a look at what they had to announce.

1) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is the newest version of Android (4.1). It’s designed to be faster and more responsive than previous iterations. It also sports a redesigned homescreen that’s supposed to be easier to manage. There is also offline voice dictation, which can be nice if it works well. The camera has also been updated. The Notification system is also improved. Other features include smart app updates, voice searches that use natural speech a-la Siri.

 

2) Google Cloud Messaging

This is a new messaging system that uses the cloud for larger messages. If under 4kb, messages are sent directly. The main thing is that it will help improve battery life. [via Gizmodo]

 

3) Google Play Gets More Content

This was what originally began as the Android Market. Now it’s Google Play. They are getting more apps, movies, TV shows, magazines and all sorts of content to appeal to more users. This is part of what makes Apple’s App Store so successful, and perhaps that can translate to Google’s markets.

 

4) Nexus 7 Tablet

Google introduced the Nexus 7 tablet. They want to compete directly with the Kindle Fire, which is currently the most successful Android tablet. It’s a good target.

Here are the specs:

– $200 for the 8 GB

– $250 for 16 GB

SCREEN

7” 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi)
Back-lit IPS display
Scratch-resistant Corning glass
1.2MP front-facing camera

SIZE

198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm

WEIGHT

340g

WIRELESS

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth

MEMORY

8 GB internal storage
1 GB RAM

USB

Micro USB

BATTERY

4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

CPU

Quad-core Tegra 3 processor

FEATURES

Microphone
NFC (Android Beam)
Accelerometer
GPS
Magnetometer
Gyroscope

[via Google]

 

 

 

 5) The Nexus Q

This is a weird orb thing that streams content to your TV. In other words, its a set-top box. You will be paying quite a bit, though. It’s $300, which is more than other streaming set-top boxes like Apple TV or Boxee. It can be controlled with your Android device, much like Apple TV is with Apple Remote.

 

 

Overall

Overall some interesting announcements. It’s cool to see some folks stepping up and trying to compete in the market. We’re all for more tablets to push companies to strive for more competitive products.

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