Google Unveils Second Generation Nexus 7 and Android 4.3

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Google Unveils Second Generation Nexus 7 and Android 4.3Google’s mystery “breakfast with Sundar Pichai” took place yesterday and, as we predicted last week, both Android 4.3 and a new Nexus 7 were the major talking points of the event.

The second-generation Nexus has been highly anticipated and Google has made a number of improvements on the first tablet, which has been so successful for the company. Available via Google Play in the U.S. from July 30, the new Nexus features improved portability, greater speed and graphical enhancements, with three different versions (16 GB Wi-Fi, 3 GB Wi-Fi, and 32 GB 4G LTE) starting from $229.

“By the end of the year, consumers are going to buy more tablets than PCs. That’s an amazing statistic,” said Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of Android and Chrome. “And by the first half of this year almost one in two tablets sold will be Android.”

Speaking during the launch of the tablet, Pichai also said that Android tablet activations have risen from 10 million last year to 70 million this year and are outselling iPad’s in markets such as Japan.

Google will certainly be looking for the new Nexus 7 to be putting even more pressure on Apple as it has the specs to impress. Built by Asus, the tablet is 2 mm thinner and 50 grams lighter than its predecessor, it also has a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-MP rear facing camera and an improved resolution at 1920 x 1200, which brings the pixels per inch up to an impressive 323 ppi – the highest of any tablet.

Specs aside though, the most notable feature about the Google Nexus 7 was its operating system – Android 4.3.

Following in the footsteps of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, version 4.3 offers a couple of major changes and a handful of smaller tweaks that promise to make it the best Google operating system yet. The Nexus 7 will be the first device to run the firmware and users will be able to enjoy some positive new features, the most notable of which is support for Bluetooth Low Energy for Bluetooth 4.0, which is incorporated into the core of the OS and will allow users to connect low energy devices like fitness monitors.

Also on the feature list is multi-user restricted profiles, allowing users to control access to the tablet contents and apps based on the user and is obviously great for parental control. New DRM APIS with hardware-based encryption, supported by Netflix and Nexus 7 to provide 1080P streaming and faster user switching, as well as support for OpenGL ES 3 were other standout out additions.

Priced well below the iPad mini and with notable improvements in design, specs and operating system, the new Nexus 7 will have Tim Cook and co very worried indeed. As for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Nexus 4, 7, and 10 owners will receive the update today with a rollout for other Jelly Bean devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One the version 4.3 to follow.

– Anthony Carter

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