Google’s Nexus 7 – Faster, Thinner, But More Expensive

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After endless rumors, and numerous accideital and the not so accidental leaks, Google finally unveiled a refreshed version to its popular seven-inch Nexus 7 tablet.

The tablet which is expected to ship on July 30, will retail for $229 — $30 more than the previous version.

The new tablet is thinner, with a higher, 1920 x 1200-resolution display, and has a faster processor – the 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor said to be 80 per cent faster than the original model, 2GB memory, a rear 5-megapixel camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The tablet runs on the version of Android 4.3, which will ship first on this tablet. Android 4.3 is just a small update to Android 4.2, but it includes a much-requested user profile feature. Now, with its multiple account profiles and deeper parental controls — parents can limit their childrens’ access to apps and cut off access to the store — the whole family can use the tablet more easily.

The 0.64-pound tablet measuring just 8.65mm inches thick also features wirless charging, the latest version of Bluetooth for compatibility withwearable technologies such as watches, and NFC.

Google also released Google Play Games, a stand-alone app that works with the Google Plus social network to better allow people to play games with friends. The games app will be available for any Android device; Android 4.3 initially will be available only for Google’s Nexus phones and tablets.

The new Nexus 7 will be available through the Google Play Store, Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers on July 30.

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