Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

On the frontline of horror: editing images from warzones

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: UN sets target of 60 days to turn things around

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Desperate Seas: Migrant Deaths Crossing Mediterranean Top 3,000 in 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

'All is Well' for Lisa Simone

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

EU questions Apple's tax deals in Ireland

Read more

FOCUS

The Iraqi TV show where victims confront terrorists

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Syrian student risks her life to film IS group stronghold

Read more

LIFESTYLES

Forgotten and fictional sports

Read more

DEBATE

Modi in America: India's Prime minister on triumphant US tour

Read more

USA

Google unveils first tablet

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-06-27

Google unveiled its first-ever tablet computer Wednesday, the "Nexus 7", which will sell for $199 and go on sale mid-July. The new device seeks to compete most directly with Amazon Kindle and will offer proprietary content.

REUTERS - Google Inc took the wraps off its first tablet computer on Wednesday, looking to replicate its smartphone success in the tablet market despite tough competition from Apple Inc, Microsoft and Amazon.

The “Nexus 7” tablet, built by and co-branded with Taiwan’s Asus, will begin selling for as low as $199 on the Google Play website and apps store from around mid-July.

At 7 inches and $199, the device takes aim initially at the Kindle model, which analysts consider a window into Amazon.com’s trove of online content.

Google can similarly use the Nexus 7 - unveiled at its annual developer conference in San Francisco - to connect to its own online offerings, which include video service YouTube and Google Play. It will go after more cost-conscious users who might shun the loftier price tag of $499 and above on Apple’s iPad.

“That range of services will be the secret to stitching together this rag-tag fleet of Android gadgets into a platform that can compete with Apple for minutes of users’ attention rather than premium device dollars,” said Forrester analyst James McQuivey.

Shares in Google gained 0.8 percent to $569.37 in afternoon trade.

The Nexus will feature the new 4.1 “Jelly Bean” version of Google’s software, as well as a front-facing camera, a 1280x800 resolution screen, and an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

Google’s Android software is the No. 1 operating system for smartphones, but has struggled to compete with Apple’s iPad in the market for tablets.

Executives showcased the new 4.1 “Jelly Bean” version of Android operating system at the event in San Francisco. The new software delivers faster performance, according to the company, and new features such as “voice search.”

The Internet search leader said that 1 million devices using its Android mobile software are being activated every day.

Google briefly sold a specially designed Android smartphone - the Nexus One - directly to consumers in 2010, but closed the online store after four months saying it had not lived up to expectations.

Date created : 2012-06-27

  • France

    Mediator to resolve Google racism dispute

    Read more

  • Tech

    Google launches new political website for French elections

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France leads EU warnings over Google’s new privacy policy

    Read more

COMMENT(S)