Minor concerns over build quality of new Nexus 7

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The new Nexus 7 will surely sell like hot cakes come the (official) July 30 launch date, as it brings some great upgrades including a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro S4, a thinner and lighter design, it offers an 80% speed boost and 4x the graphics performance over its predecessor.

However, there could be a cause for concern as a recent picture shows that the device’s “Nexus” sticker on the back may not be inserted properly, or at least well enough to last a mere 10 minutes of use.

Although the device could have been tampered with, as the sticker most likely didn’t just “pop out,” this could be somewhat of a cause for concern for some consumers looking to purchase the tablet. Word says that not many other people that have already gotten their hands on the device are having similar issues— how about you guys?

Again, not a major cause for concern, as this was either most likely improper use/tampering, or just a rare manufacturing defect.

Source: Phone Arena

Watch Google’s Nexus 7, Chromecast, and Android 4.3 event here

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In case you missed all the commotion yesterday about Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, their Chromecast device, and the Android 4.3 announcement, you can catch up on the entire event by watching the Google has kindly uploaded to YouTube. It’s not quite as awesome as live streaming the announcements, but it’s close enough. Hit the break below to check it out and let us know your thoughts in the comments. » Read the rest

Is Key Lime Pie powered Nexus 10 next device in Google’s pipeline?

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With the new Nexus 7 tablet and Google’s Chromecast device dominating much of the buzz coming out of Sundar Pichai’s “breakfast” event today, some people are already wondering what may be next from Google in terms of hardware. Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati managed to follow up with Pichai after the event and squeeze a few extra bits of info out of him. One of those items may be a new Nexus 10 tablet to be manufactured by Samsung running Key Lime Pie.

Based on previous product announcements, it is expected a new Google Nexus smartphone will be announced sometime in October or November. Even though Google just officially announced Android 4.3 today, Google’s next device is expected to launch with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. If Google does release a new smartphone during that period, the launch of a new Nexus 10 tablet at the same time makes some sense as both would be on a yearly release cycle then.

Pichai also indicated new Google TV devices were on their way to market, despite the interest in the Chromecast device. This could put Google hardware buyers in the position of choosing between similar devices, whether it is Chromecast versus Google TV or Nexus 7 versus Nexus 10.

What do you think about a new Nexus 10 tablet? Is it worth waiting for or does the new Nexus 7 meet your tablet needs now?

source: Android and Me

Google incorporates Fraunhofer Cingo tech to produce surround sound on new Nexus 7

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Although not a household name, Fraunhofer IIS hopes to ride the wave of Android popularity, especially that related to Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, to raise awareness of their Fraunhofer Cingo surround sound system. The technology is built into the new tablet device and will be available for the Nexus 10 through a software update. Fraunhofer IIS says Cingo will deliver a dramatically improved entertainment experience on mobile devices. » Read the rest

Google reports 70 million Android tablets activated, 1 million apps in Play Store

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At Google’s “breakfast” event this morning with Sundar Pichai, it was proudly announced that to this day, 70 million Android tablets have been activated. It’s an impressive feat, especially when considering the tablet market only recently exploded in the past few years. Pichai also announced that there are now 1 million applications available for download in the Play Store— developers have certainly been doing their part as well.

All of this was in preparation to remove the veil over the brand new Nexus 7

 

Google officially announces the new Nexus 7

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Sundar Pichai hosted a media breakfast this morning and Hugo Barra took the stage to announce the new Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, it’s made by ASUS, and has a 7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display at 323ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging, and 9 hours of HD video playback (10 hours of web browsing).

It’s pure black on black and it’s 7.62mm thick (2mm thinner than last year’s model)  and 318 grams (50 grams lighter than the original). An LTE version will also be available. The new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3

The 16GB WiFi version and 32GB WiFi version will be available next Tuesday July 30 at many retailers for $229 and $269 respectively. The LTE will have 32GB of storage and will be priced at $349. It will support T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless and it will be available in the coming weeks.

You can pre-order yours now from Google Play – 16GB WiFi version / 32GB WiFi version

 

 

 

 

 

Wallpapers from new Nexus 7 now available for download [Updated]

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With each new Nexus comes at least one new Wallpaper. The image above is the new default on the new Nexus 7 that will be announced later today. There also seems to be two other new ones as well (pictured below). You can download either one of these separately, by clicking or tapping on either image to get the full size. Then, if you’re on a desktop, right click and click save as. Or, if you’re on your phone or tablet, long press, and tap “save as”. We also have the link below for the full zip file that includes all the wallpapers on the new Nexus 7.

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ASUS Nexus 7 press images leak, official announcement expected July 24

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Leaked press images seem to be the new fad here, as we received pictures of the Moto X in all its glory over the weekend, and now we’re getting to see the new ASUS-made Nexus 7. It also seems to be sporting a new default 4.3 Nexus wallpaper, which will replace the old one.

The device’s two cameras (1.2MP and 5MP) can be clearly seen, as well as the notification LED, stereo speakers on the back. If you look closely, you’ll also notice that the time, 4:30, obviously points to the device featuring Android 4.3.

The 16GB Wi-Fi variant is expected to go for $229, while the 32GB Nexus 7 will cost $269. Prices on the LTE version are not available yet, but that information should be coming soon. The device will also feature a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 1920 x 1200 display, and be SlimPort-enabled.

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New Nexus 7 press renders leak, profile included

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The new Nexus 7 is scheduled to be announced this Wednesday and will be available in stores next week. The above image is exactly how it’s going to look. You can easily see the rear camera along with a speaker towards the top. You will also see a notification light at the bottom front. It will be interesting to see how well the new Nexus 7 sells considering the higher price point. Hit the break for a profile pose.

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