The Nexus 7 tablet was the talk of Google I/O, and for good reason. For $199 you get a device with high-end specs that even today’s top tablets have a hard time competing with. With a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, and a 7-inch HD screen, it’s amazing Google and ASUS were able to manufacture this device for so little money. But specs are just specs… does the Nexus 7 live up to the hype? Hit the break for the full review.
I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to gaming on my Android device, I just don’t have a lot of time, so I like games that are fairly quick and not too complicated. Night Ride is one of those games as it’s simple to play and the controls are easy. It actually reminds be a lot of Atari’s classic Night Driver, but only in the sense that it takes place at night. Trust me, this game has a lot more excitement. It’s a sci-fi racing game created by Black Bunny Studios and it’s also very similar to Jetpack Joyride, Doodle Jump, and Tiny Wings.
Acer is one of those companies that’s slowly making a lot of noise in the Android tablet world. With the release of the Iconia Tab A700, it marks the first Android tablet available with a 1080p display. Now it’s not all about the display as there’s plenty of power under the hood and it’s priced very competitively at $449. The real question is if it’s enough to fight off the upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 with similar specs? Hit the break to find out and you can also check out my initial hands on review.
ARCHOS just unveiled the 97 Carbon tablet, which is part of their new Elements line. This new line will consist of 7, 8 and this 9.7-inch tablets and will target a wide demographic of consumers. All of them will have access to the Google Play Store and will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The specs are certainly not going to wow anyone with its 11.43mm thick frame 1 GHz processor, but the aluminum finish sounds good.
This device will be available starting July 12th for $249.99. It’s clear that Archos wants to be part of the “affordable tablet” market in the same way that Amazon and Google are, but I think Google already upped the ante last week with the Nexus 7 and its super specs for a price of $199. To learn more about ARCHOS and their new line of tablets, read their full press release after the break.
All Things D had a chance to sit down with Google Senior Vice President of Mobile Andy Rubin and ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih to talk about the Nexus 7. From the beginning, the target was $200, and it had to be high-end as set by Google. There was one issue, they gave ASUS 4 months to make it.
The effort was known as “Project A-Team” inside ASUS and during two occasions they had to add another 20 people to the project. They obviously worked closely with Google which gave them a 24-hour development cycle.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet was announced earlier at Google I/O and our boys Stacy Bruce and Ed Caggiani got some alone time with it. This is definitely one heck of a buy at $199 as it rocks a NIVIDA Tegra 3 and a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display. Made by ASUS, it’s clearly head and shoulders above the Kindle Fire, but is Amazon going to sit back? Even with this amazing price, will the mainstream adopt it since it won’t be in retail stores? I guess time will tell, but for now check out Ed and Stacy’s hands on after the break.
Our buddies over at CNET received an anonymous tip stating that Amazon is intending to release its successor to the Kindle Fire in a little over a month. Nothing official has come from Amazon at this time but rumors of the next Kindle Fire have been floating around the net for quite some time already. Everything from screen size changes, competitive price points and new standout features have been the talk of the e-reader community. If this rumor pans out, we wont have to wait too much longer to see what Amazon has in store for us.
The world of Android tablets gets bigger and bigger each day, and so far no one has stood out in the crowd. Toshiba has been a solid player in the laptop/notebook side, and they would really like to kick things into gear with tablets. Last year’s Thrive line didn’t impress much and this year, they’re hoping people will be excited (no pun intended) for the Excite line. There newest models are available now and include the Excite 10, Excite 7.7, and Excite 13. They are all very similar tabs other than the screen size, but the Excite 7.7 is the only one with a Super AMOLED display. Because of that it’s actually priced higher than the Excite 10, and considerably higher than competing 7-inch tabs. It does pack a lot under the hood, but should you consider it? Hit the break to find out, but you can also check out my initial hands on video here.
Back at CES, VIZIO showed off the VAP430, which was a standalone Google TV set-top box. It looks like they re-branded it as the Co-Star. Other than the full blown Google TV experience, it will include VIZIO’s new stream player and OnLive cloud gaming. In fact the Co-Star will be the first steaming player to feature OnLive Gaming. We had a chance to check out Onlive Gaming at CES and it’s pretty cool.
The Co-Star comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you touch, tap, scroll, and drag. It even has a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include support for 1080p Full HD, 3D video, Wi-Fi, USB port to connect hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals, and DLNA so you can enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen. We can only hope it has the play to feature that was lacking in the Logitech Revue.
We fully expecting a new version of Google TV to be announced at I/O so we’re hopeful the Co-Star will come pre-installed with it. It’s going to be priced at $99 and pre-orders will begin in July with free shipping.
Full press release after the break
Sources have told GigaOM that Google will likely be launching a cloud services platform next week at Google I/O to compete with Amazon’s EC2 and Microsoft’s Azure services. Sure, Google already has cloud services with its App Engine and Google Cloud Storage, but this would be a more comprehensive enterprise-level offering known in the industry as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
Cloud computing comes in three flavors, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). They each provide increasing levels of rented virtual resources. With IaaS, users simply rent use of servers provided by one or more cloud providers. PaaS users rent servers as well as the system software to use in them. SaaS users also rent application software and databases along with the servers and system software.
So now that we know the different types of cloud computing, we can see that Google is making a play for an IaaS model to rent out virtual servers and storage space for corporate markets, ultimately targeting one of Microsoft’s biggest strengths… their enterprise developer community. By partnering with third-party companies such as Rightscale and Opscode, Google has focused on making it easier to write, deploy and manage applications in order to lure enterprise developers to its platform.
We’ll find out more at Google I/O next week!