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Breakfast With Google: New Nexus 7, Android 4.3 and Chromecast

by Brandon Russell | July 24, 2013July 24, 2013 5:30 pm PST

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.

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