Google’s press event breakfast on Wednesday was low-key in nature, but the company still brought the heat. The search giant has been confidently speeding through the year so far, beginning with I/O in May, and today saw Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai announce some big products and services. Granted, the wind was somewhat taken out of the company’s sails thanks to a number of high profile leaks, but that didn’t make the event any less exciting.
Let’s face it: Google’s new Nexus 7 was by no means a secret. Best Buy even started accepting pre-orders before Google even took the stage—that’s how much we knew about the new tab. Still, the upgraded internals and full HD screen left our tech senses tingling; Netflix content is going to look fantastic on the 323 ppi display. Google said last year’s Nexus 7 really accelerated Android tablet sales, and we have no doubt this new device—albeit a little more expensive—will be just as successful.
Android 4.3 took more of a backseat during Google’s entire event, with the company instead taking an opportunity to introduce a completely new product, the Chromecast. Basically, the little streaming dongle is precisely what the Nexus Q wasn’t: affordable, easy to use and genuinely exciting. The device has the potential to change how people consume content, and it’s an excellent way to seamlessly sync devices in your home.
There’s a lot to go over; we’ve collected everything into one convenient article, and made a video recapping everything Google announced today. Are you going to get a new Nexus 7? Or a Chromecast? $35 for that isn’t such a bad deal.
Google just officially unveiled the new Nexus 7, which we’re lovingly calling the Nexus 7 (2013) model. The device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and offers improved specs all around. Google said it’s still focusing on portability and performance. The device is 50 grams lighter and narrower than the original model, which it says makes […]
Google just announced Android 4.3 during a press breakfast in San Francisco. It will launch on the new Nexus 7 and offers several new features, including restricted profiles that will allow parents and kids to share the same tablet while controlling which apps are available to specific family members. Parents can, for example, restrict buying […]
Google is in the middle of talking about its new Nexus 7, and among the many announcements being listed off, the company said its new model supports 4G LTE on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Google will offer the device unlocked here in the U.S., Hugo Barra said, allowing you to bounce between the three networks […]
Google just announced that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will soon be available for the original Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 today, in addition to coming pre-installed on the new Nexus 7. It will also soon be available for the Google Edition HTC one and Google Edition Galaxy S4, though not immediately. […]
Google isn’t just focusing on physical alterations with its new Nexus 7; the company said on Wednesday it’s adding a new set of DRM that allows for hardware-based encryption for video, which Netflix is unsurprisingly taking advantage of. Google said there’s already a Netflix app in the Play store that is capable of playing 1080p […]
Google just announced Google Play games, which is a separate application that will allow users to manage games, achievements and friends. There are also leaderboards for different aspects of each game, such as towns inside the game Boom Town which allows you to see how well you fare against your friends. The app is available […]
Google just announced that Textbooks is a new application coming to Google Play with support for notes, highlighting, night mode and more. It’s available through the Web, iOS and Android. Major textbook publishers are on board for topics ranging from law, to science and more. Textbooks can be rented and the application will officially hit […]
Google just announced the Chromecast device, a dongle that can be plugged into TVs that runs on a simplified version of ChromeOS and provides a Google experience through an HDMI port. Here’s how it works: you plug the Chromecast into your HDTV and then you can control it using a tablet, laptop or smartphone that […]