Google I/O 2012: Google announces Nexus Q social streaming media player

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Jun 272012
 

Google Nexus QThe Google Nexus 7 tablet was not the only Nexus device unveiled today. Google also introduced Nexus Q, billed as “the world’s first social streaming media player.”

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

The Nexus Q streams content from Google’s services such as Google Play Movies and Google Play Music. You can also stream music that you uploaded to Google Play through Music Manager. As for the social aspect, the Nexus Q supports a guest mode that lets others connect to it to stream their own music, movies and videos. It can only be managed via Android devices.

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Google I/O 2012: Google announces Google Nexus 7 tablet

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Jun 272012
 

Google today announced its first Nexus tablet, the Google Nexus 7. It is also the first device to come with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Hang out with up to 10 friends on Google+ using the front-facing camera, browse the web blazingly fast with Chrome and, of course, crank through your emails with Gmail.

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 specifications:

  • Processor: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 with GeForce 12-core GPU
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB or 16GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera:
  • Front-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Connectors: Micro-USB port
  • Battery: 4,325mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 198.5 x 120 x 10.45millimeters / 340 grams
  • Colours: Black, white
  • Other: NFC, Android Beam, Google Wallet

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Google to live stream Google I/O 2012 keynotes

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Jun 262012
 

Google I/ODon’t despair if you won’t have the chance to attend Google I/O 2012 in person. Google will live stream both its keynotes.

The first keynote will take place on June 27th at 0930PT (1230 ET). The second one will follow on June 28th at 1000 PT (1300 ET).

Aside from streams covering everything from Chrome and Google Maps to YouTube, Google is expected to announce both the next version of Android (Jelly Bean or Android 4.1) as well as its next Nexus device, the Nexus 7 tablet.

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Rumour: Google Nexus 7 pricing, specifications and pictures leaked

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Jun 252012
 

Google is widely expected to unveil the latest version of Android and its first Nexus tablet at this week’s Google I/O 2012 event. Just days before, Gizmodo Australia has obtained an alleged training document that outlines specifications as well as pricing of the Google Nexus 7.

Google ASUS Nexus 7
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Specifications line up with those of earlier rumours. The Nexus 7 will be powered by a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor with GeForce 12-core GPU and Android Jelly Bean. It will come with 1GB RAM, a 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS display, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, NFC, Android Beam, and Google Wallet (possibly only in the U.S.). The battery should be good for about 9 hours of operation.

Two models will be available: An 8GB model will sell for US$199 while a larger 16GB model will sell for US$249.

While the document mentions Jelly Bean it does not give a version number to go with it. Based on a recent slip-up by Google, it should be version 4.1 rather than a full point update to 5 though. More interesting is the indication that Google could handle all device updates with Jelly Bean. It’s likely that this will be limited to the Nexus 7 though. Hopefully this will be clarified at Google I/O.

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Official Google I/O 2012 Conference Companion App now available

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Jun 202012
 

Google I/OGoogle today announced the availability of the official Google I/O 2012 Conference Companion App. Whether you are attending Google I/O next week or simply want to follow what will be happening, the app will have you covered. Supporting both smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 and above, it offers the following:

  • View the conference agenda and edit your personal schedule
  • View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios, photos, and Google+ profiles
  • +1 sessions right from the app
  • Participate in public #io2012 conversations on Google+
  • Guide yourself using the conference map
  • Get a reminder a few minutes before sessions in your schedule are due to start
  • View information about companies in the Developer Sandbox
  • Keep up with announcements from the I/O team during the conference
  • View your schedule on your Android 3.0+ device’s home screen using an app widget
  • Play back “I/O Live” session video streams on your Android 3.0+ devices
  • Automatically sync sessions in your schedule to your Android 4.0 device’s calendar
  • Beam session details from your Android 4.0, NFC-enabled device to another using Android Beam

Google is expected to unveil its first Nexus tablet, the Google Asus Nexus 7, as well as Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Perhaps we will also see a new Nexus smartphone to go with the new Android version.

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Google I/O 2012 registration now open

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Mar 272012
 

As expected, Google today opened up registration for its upcoming Google I/O 2012 event. If you’re interested in attending, don’t delay as it sells out very quickly.

Google I/O 2012

The event will take place over three days rather than the two seen in previous years. Along with a longer event have come higher ticket prices though. General Attendee admission is now US$900.

Google I/O 2012 will take place from June 27th to 29th at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

Update: As usual, tickets were snapped up in less than half a day. Registration is now closed.

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Google I/O 2012 registration opens March 27th

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Mar 142012
 

Google today announced that registration for the upcoming Google I/O 2012 will open on March 27th at 0700 PDT. Mark your calendars as the event has sold out quickly in past years.

Google I/O 2012

The event will take place over three days rather than the two seen in previous years. Along with a longer event have come higher ticket prices though. General Attendee admission is now US$900.

Last year’s event was marked by the Chromebook introduction, the Android 3.1 announcement, and confirmation that the then upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich would reunite smartphone and tablet Android operating systems into a single one. As for what we can expect this year, perhaps Google will announce the next version of Android (likely as Jelly Bean) and a Google-branded tablet.

Google I/O 2012 will take place from June 27th to 29th at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

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