Pre-order Google Nexus 7 in UK through Dixons group retailers

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UK buyers waiting to place their pre-order for a Google Nexus 7 device can do so now through Dixons Retail group stores. These include PC World, Currys, and Dixons. All of the sites indicate they expect availability of the Nexus 7 to be July 19th. The only version available on the store sites is the 16GB model. It is unclear whether the 8GB model will be made available through retail outlets or whether the retailers just don’t anticipate enough demand for the storage deprived 8GB model. The shopping cart systems do not give buyers the option to pick-up in store and expedited shipping does not appear to be an available option, so it is unclear as to when buyers would actually have their hands on a Nexus 7.

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Nokia Jumps in the Patent Infringement Game, Nexus 7 the Alleged Offender

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Nokia today jumped on the patent infringement bandwagon, this time alleging that the just announced jellybean tablet, the Nexus 7, violates some WiFi patents that Nokia holds near and dear to its heart.

It looks like this one won’t end up in the courts though, as Nokia seems ready and willing to license the patents (for a fee of course).

Since Google is selling this thing for $199, you’ve got to wonder if there is even anything left in that meager price tag to kick a couple bucks up to Nokia… » Read the rest

GameStop taking pre-orders for the Nexus 7

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Not ordered yourself a new Nexus 7 yet? Well it’s about to become a bit easier to get your hands on one. As convenient as it may be to order direct from the Google Play Store, some people out there still enjoy the experience of walking into a store, handing over some cash and walking out with their new toy. (Hard to believe I know)

For the more traditional shoppers amongst you, GameStop have got you covered. They will be stocking the Nexus 7 from launch and have even set up a pre-order page which is live right now. As an added incentive GameStop are accepting trade-ins of other tablets; any trade-in specifically towards the purchase of a Nexus 7 will gain you an extra 30% in store value.

Bargain hunters rejoice as the ultra-affordable tablet just got even more affordable. Check out the full press release after the break.

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Nexus 7 buzz dampened by lack of storage?

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One of the most buzzworthy items on display at Google I/O was the ASUS produced Nexus 7 tablet. Available in both 8GB and 16GB versions, Google indicated their target was a $200 price point. Google did meet that target, but at what cost?

Reviewers have identified a couple limitations involving the amount of storage available, especially for the 8GB model. A look at internal storage on the 8GB version reveals only 5.92 GB are available for end users. The other 2+ GB are consumed by system files. To add to the storage squeeze, Google opted to not include a microSD card option in the Nexus 7. So what you have is what you get. » Read the rest

Google’s Andy Rubin and ASUS’ Jonney Shih talk about the Nexus 7

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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.

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Quick Unboxing of the Google I/O Nexus 7

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We just got done standing in a massive line of people to pick up our free swag from this year’s Google I/O conference. Needless to say it was well worth it. I am not sure if you heard already but every attendee at the conference received a free Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 tablet, and a Nexus Q. After we scored our new toys we went straight to the hotel to check them out and decided to film a quick unboxing in the process. As you will see in the video, the tablet that was given out today is a white-backed developer edition with 8GB of storage. The 8GB and 16GB Nexus 7 tablets that can be purchased right now from the Play Store come with black backs. If you ask me, I prefer black but you won’t hear me complain. Jump past the break to check out the full unboxing and if you missed it earlier, be sure to watch our quick hands-on taken shortly after the official Nexus 7 announcement at today’s keynote. » Read the rest

Developer Creates a New Android Game by Only Using his ASUS Transformer

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Sometimes it amazes me how far technology has come. Seeing the things that we can accomplish on an average smartphone and tablet just amazes me and the sky is the limit, especially on an Android platform. An Android developer by the name of Tony Patino has achieved something that I personally never thought could be accomplished. He was able to create a full Android game all on his ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet! The game is called Burning Platform and is available in the Google Play store (see links below). With Android’s large and diverse ecosystem, he was able to use various apps from the Google Play store at his disposal to aid him in this project.

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Hands on with the Google Nexus 7 tablet

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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.

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Google announces the Nexus 7 tablet with Jelly Bean, Built and optimized for the Play Store

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The Nexus 7 is official folks. It has a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display, a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, a 12 core GPU, front facing camera (assuming 1.2MP), 9 hour battery while watching HD video, Bluetooth, WiFI, NFC, and of course it will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It weighs 340 grams, is 10.45mm thick, and as expected, it’s built by ASUS. It utilizes NVIDIA’s new low-cost KAI platform that we wrote about previously.

The home screen shows all your content like magazines, and of course you can open any magazine or book and continue where you left off. Within magazine titles, you can look at just the text, but you can also view the pages as they were supposed to with full pictures, and you will have the ability to swipe up or down to expand the text.

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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 to be available mid-July starting at $499

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Back at CES when we saw the ASUS Tranformer Pad Infinity, the planned price point was $599, but with similar offerings from Acer, they are going to price it more competitively. They will offer the 32GB version for $499 and the 64GB version for $599. The keyboard dock remains at $149 and is compatible with the Prime Dock. Last but not least, they will offer the same colors as the Prime: amethyst gray and champagne gold. According to ASUS it should be available by mid-July with no exact release date. If past history is any indication, you might want to pre-order this bad boy as soon as any retailers start the process. We fully expect availability to be low just like the Transformer Prime and the original Eee Pad Transformer.

The real question is what happens to the pricing of the Prime and TF300? Could those tabs drop to $399 and $299 respectively? With the Nexus tablet rumored to be $199, this “new” pricing wouldn’t surprise me. The Nexus tablet at $199 is intriguing, but I have to be honest, the TF300 at $299 is even more intriguing with the 10.1-inch display. As far as updates go, if Google releases 4.1, based on past history, it’s safe to assume that ASUS will get that update to all their tablets in a timely fashion.