Japanese customer receives 32GB Google Nexus 7 after ordering 16GB model

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Oct 082012
 

If you had any doubts that Google was readying a 32GB model of its Google Nexus 7 tablet, you can now probably put them to rest. Japanese Twitter user @oppese claims to have received a 32GB version of the tablet despite having ordered a 16GB model and perhaps more importantly the fact that Google has yet to announce such a model. He posted a number of pictures to support his claim.

Rumoured 32GB variant of Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7 currently comes in either 8GB or 16GB configurations. Rumours have been spreading recently that Google could unveil a 32GB model as early as October 24th.

Read more: @Oppese [via Twitter] (Source: PocketDroid)

More Apple iPad mini size comparison pictures surface

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Oct 012012
 

More pictures comparing the size of the upcoming Apple iPad Mini have surfaced. This latest series not only compares the iPad mini to the iPad and both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S but also puts it next to the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Once again, the comparisons use a full-scale model rather than a functional unit.

Apple iPad mini size comparison

Apple iPad mini size comparison

The iPad mini is thinner but wider and taller than the Google Nexus 7.

Earlier today, a separate rumour indicated that Apple could hold its iPad mini event on October 17th.

Read more: Nowherelse.fr (in French) [Google translation] (Source: Business Insider)

Google to launch US$99 Google Nexus tablet?

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Sep 272012
 

Google Nexus 7Google and partner ASUS could launch two new Nexus tablet models by the end of the year. According to Digitimes, one could sell for US$199 (the same price as the 8GB model does now) and a second for as low as US$99. Both would be thinner than the current model and use TN (Twisted nematic) panels from HannStar Display.

It’s unclear how Google and ASUS would get to the US$99 price point. There are a few possibilities. For one, it could downgrade the specifications (less powerful processor, less memory, etc). The risk here is that it could end up with a too-cheap product with the reputation to match. It could also follow in Amazon’s footsteps and offer an ad-subsidized device. With users increasingly getting used to ad-sponsored aps, could an ad-sponsored homepage be next? Then again, it’s still just a rumour.

The report adds that the move may be in response to the expected launch of Apple’s iPad mini in October.

Read more: Digitimes

Rumour: Google to launch 3G-enabled Nexus 7

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Sep 032012
 

Google Nexus 7The Google Nexus 7 tablet family may soon grow to include a second model. Citing a “very well-placed insider,” MoDaCo reports that Google and partner ASUS are getting ready to launch a 3G-enabled Nexus 7 model.

ASUS is already ramping up production with a launch planned about six weeks from now. This would place the tablet’s release some time in mid-October but the specific launch date and markets have yet to be confirmed.

The report adds that the inclusion of 3G connectivity will be the only hardware change made to the tablet.

Read more: MoDaCo

Jul 272012
 

Google Nexus 7Good news for those waiting to order the 16GB version of the Google Nexus 7. It is once again available for order from Google Play with delivery in 3 to 5 business days. Less than a week ago, Google had stopped taking orders for it, indicating that it would be “coming soon” again.

As for the 8GB model, it has now picked up the “coming soon” label and is currently not available for order. You can sign up to be notified once it is available once more.

The Google Nexus 7 sells for US$199 (CA$209) for the 8GB model and US$249 (CA$259) for the 16GB one.

Read more: Google Play

Video: Google Nexus 7 ad

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Jul 232012
 

It would appear that Google has a hit tablet on its hands with the Nexus 7. While the 8GB version is still available online, Google has pulled the 16GB version, now listing as ‘coming soon.’ Finding either in a retail store also appears to be an epic effort with most reporting sell-outs as well. This said, Google has yet to provide actual numbers but has said that it is seeing “incredible demand.”

Google is now stepping up its marketing efforts with the release of its first Nexus 7 ad entitled ‘Camping:’

As for why someone would take a Wi-Fi-only tablet camping, you’ll have to watch the ad…

Read more: Google [via YouTube] (Source: The Next Web)

Google Nexus 7 tablet shipments now underway

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Jul 132012
 

Google Nexus 7More good news on this Friday the 13th, this time from Google. It today announced that it has begun to ship its Google Nexus 7 tablet.

It’s not clear if shipments to Canada have begun as well. If you receive yours, drop us a note in the comments.

The Google Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preloaded.

Just be careful when you open it up when you receive it. The Google unboxing ninjas could pounce!

7/16/2012 update :Google has now confirmed that all US and Australia pre-orders will ship by July 17th. UK and Canada preorders are also now shipping “in waves.”

Read more: Google [via Google+]

Video: Google Nexus 7 unboxing by ninjas and Dr. Paul

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Jul 112012
 

Google’s tradition of unboxing its Nexus products with the assistance of ninjas is back. This time, it’s the Google Nexus 7’s turn with the honours falling to Dr. Paul (none other than UFC champion Georges St-Pierre), host of Dr. Paul’s Tech Talk Corner, and the aforementioned ninjas. Needless to say, mayhem ensues:

Google kicked off this tradition with the Google Nexus S unboxing. It was followed up by a second video for the Galaxy Nexus. All three were filmed and animated by Canadian Patrick Boivin.

Read more: Patrick Boivin (via YouTube) (Source: Google+)

Trouble brewing for Google Nexus 7 over Nokia patents?

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Jul 032012
 

Google Nexus 7Google unveiled its first Nexus tablet, the Google Nexus 7, last week. It will begin to ship in mid-July but appears to already be running into legal trouble.

A Nokia spokesperson told The INQUIRER that the tablet uses a number of Nokia patents and that none have been licensed by Google or ASUS:

Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers. Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.

Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license.”

It remains to be seen if Nokia will take (or has taken) legal action against Google and/or ASUS. It may instead also choose to work with them to ensure that the relevant patents are licensed.

Read more: The INQUIRER

ASUS and Google developed Nexus 7 in four months

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Jun 282012
 

Google Nexus 7In an interview with AllThingsD, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih revealed that it only took ASUS and Google four months to design and built the Google Nexus 7 tablet. That’s not to say that it was easy. “Our engineers told me it is like torture,” Shih said during the interview. “They [Google] ask a lot.” For his part, Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile at Google, had high praise for ASUS. “I don’t think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast. We went from zero to working product in four months,” he said.

ASUS assembled a dedicated team for the project called “Project A-Team.” Engineers were sent to various locations, including Silicon Valley to be closer to Google. The move also allowed ASUS to have a 24-hour development cycle.

Rubin also shed some light on the reasons Google decided to build the Nexus 7. Admitting being upset a year ago over Android tablet sales (or lack thereof), Google found that it lacked a content ecosystem that customers could buy into. Rubin pointed to the lack of TV shows, movies for purchase, and magazines as some gaps. “I think that was the missing piece,” Rubin said. Google hopes to have corrected that with yesterday’s announcements.

Andy Rubin, SVP of Mobile at Google, revealed that Google is selling the Nexus 7 at cost. “When it gets sold through the Play store,” says Rubin, “there’s no margin, it just basically gets (sold) through.” Google is also absorbing the marketing costs associated with the device, suggesting that it is selling at a loss when all the costs are factored in.

Is the Google Nexus 7 the jolt that the Android tablet ecosystem needed? We’ll know better once it starts to ship in mid-July.

Read more: AllThingsD

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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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.

Read more: Gizmodo Australia

Rumour: ASUS to follow up Google Nexus 7 with own tablet in August

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Jun 192012
 

Google AndroidIt’s quite likely at this point that Google and ASUS will unveil their co-developed tablet, the Google Asus Nexus 7, at next week’s Google I/O. Digitimes is the latest to indicate that the 7-inch tablet will sell for US$199 when it becomes available in July.

The report adds that the Google Asus Nexus 7 will only support Wi-Fi connectivity and will not have a rear-facing camera. It will have a front-facing one for video conferencing. It will also come preloaded with Google’s Chrome browser.

Digitimes also suggest that ASUS will launch its own 7-inch tablet. It could launch in August and sell for between US$159 and US$179. Could this be the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO ME171 (with the MeMO ME370T having become the Google tablet) revealed back CES 2012?

Read more: Digitimes

Rumour: Pictures taken with Google ASUS Nexus 7 spotted on Picasa

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Jun 182012
 

Two pictures found on Picasa have been allegedly taken with the rumoured Google ASUS Nexus 7 tablet. The pictures themselves reveal little except ceiling tiles but the EXIF data reveals a bit more. The two 1280 x 960 images were taken by the Asus Nexus 7 on June 7th and June 13th by Google+ user Somit Bh.

EXIF data for Google ASUS Nexus 7 picture
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Earlier leaks suggest that the Google Asus Nexus 7 will come with a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 7-inch HD (1280×768) display, and Android 4.1 (possibly known as Jelly Bean).

The Google Asus Nexus 7 is expected to be announced at next week’s Google I/O. It should then go on sale in July. Pricing is expected to fall in the US$149 to US$199 range.

Read more: Picasa (Source: The Verge)

ASUS confirms Google tablet and Transformer Pad Infinity to launch in late June?

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Jun 102012
 

ASUSWhile this is not quite the same as an official company press release, an ASUS representative allegedly told Android Authority during Computex that the long rumoured Google tablet will launch at the end of the month. It just so happens that Google I/O is scheduled for June 27th to the 29th.

While the representative shared little else except to promise that “it will be awesome,” past rumours have suggested that the Google ASUS Nexus 7 will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and Android 4.1 (which may be none other than Jelly Bean). It will also come with a 7-inch HD (1280×768) display. Pricing is expected to fall in or around the US$200 mark.

The same representative added that the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) will also launch at the end of the month. Both a Wi-Fi-only and an LTE model will be available with the latter to be offered by AT&T in the U.S. Pricing around the US$499 mark was mentioned but it’s not clear to which model this applies.

Lastly, the ASUS PadFone could make its North American debut with AT&T. ASUS has apparently been met with a lukewarm carrier response, possibly because this device does not require tethering for which carriers often charge extra.

Read more: Android Authority (Source: Mobile Syrup)