Nexus 7 Gets Plenty Of Cover— Stylish Tablet Covers Appear On ASUS Facebook Page And Google Play Store

The mouthwatering Nexus 7 tablet will soon be in the hands of prospective owners around the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated to some accessories— this time in the form of an assortment of covers. ASUS went ahead and posted its tablet covers— which can be found in a variety of colors. As you can see, the tablet covers completely cover and protect the Nexus 7. However, the Facebook post definitely had something amiss— as there was no mention of the availability and how much the tablet covers would cost. It’s definitely unusual, but enter Google who helps to clear up the picture a little. While ASUS chose to omit the pricing, Google also lists what looks to be the same tablet cover on its Play Store— albeit in only one color (Dark Grey) and for a meager $19.99. Keep in mind the tablet cover is clearly listed as coming soon, so we’d imagine it would be available as soon as the first batches of the tablet are shipped.

So whaddya think? Yea or nay on the tablet cover?

source: ASUS Facebook | Nexus 7 Cover Play Store

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Could Ship as Early as Next Week

Google’s already famous Nexus 7 tablet has been barraged by plenty of pre-orders. I’m sure customers would love to get their hands on it as soon as possible, and there’s been a couple of indications that the device could ship as soon as next week. According to Staple’s official website, the Nexus 7 “will ship between July 12th and July 17th” and that “expected delivery is 1-3 business days, arriving no earlier than July 13th 2012.” Staples has been a reputable company for years, thus we have every reason to believe them.

Also, an XDA user by the name of adiliyo claims he attempted to cancel one of his Nexus 7 pre-orders through Google and received the following e-mail:

At this point it is no longer possible to cancel this pre-order. The pre-order shipment processing on your order has begun, which means that our shipping provider is moving forward with delivery preparation.

There it is folks, if you’ve pre-ordered your Nexus 7, you may just see it land in your hands fairly soon!

source: Android Authority

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

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.

source: androidcentral

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

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 more

GameStop taking pre-orders for the Nexus 7

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?

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 more

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

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

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 more

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

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

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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