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Google Nexus 7 priced from $199/£159, out July

Thursday, 28th June 2012 07:26 GMT By Matt Williams

Google made a slew of Android announcements in San Francisco overnight, including confirmation that its Nexus 7 tablet will release this July at a $199 starting point.

Speaking at Google I/O 2012, the company announced that Android has now surpassed 400 million device activations, with 1 million new Android-powered devices being activated every day. According to Google Android product management director Hugo Barra there has been nearly 300 million activations since I/O 2011.

Google also revealed that the latest version of the operating system will release sometime this July. Android 4.1, nicknamed Jelly Bean, will feature voice typing, a more intuitive arrangement of icons, and the introduction of a new service called Google Now.

Jelly Bean will come pre-installed on the Google Nexus 7 tablet, due for release this July. Unveiled during the company’s main presentation, the tablet will feature a 7-inch, 1280×800 IPS display, and will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

In terms of pricing, the device will cost $199 for an 8GB model and $249 for a 16GB model. Pre-orders are available now through Google Play. The 8GB version is coming to the UK in mid-July for £159. The 16GB device hits retailers July 27 for £199.

Google’s move will be seen in certain circles as yet further confirmation that the future of video games is tablet-shaped.

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20 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    No matter how you look at it, this is cheap. Especially when compared to the over priced fad ipad.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    About £125 is fucking crazy cheap. A Kindle Touch costs £100.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    @2, Don’t expect it to be that low in Europe, I’d be expecting $300 for Australia & that’s still not bad for what this offers. However, I’d like to know why they have forgone HDMI & SD card support, why do so many of these OEMs forgo SD? It’s a cheap way to add an extra 32 or so GB to the device.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Oshry

    I just ordered mine. ^__^

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OwnedWhenStoned

    Wanted to pre order, can’t because I’m in Germany.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. JimFear-666

    i was thinking about getting the MS tablet but for 200$ im gonna get the google one.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    @3 – Yeah, it’s a bit featureless. V1 though, I guess, and it is really cheap, although I’m sure you’re right about it being more over here. I just hope it’s more than an Angry Birds screen.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    Pat!

    One question. Did you fire Johnny?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @8 – Come on. It’s private stuff. Ask him, if you like.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. StolenGlory

    I think for the amount of dosh that they are asking for, the tablet is hugely awesome value for money. From a spec and OS point of view it’s positively orgasmic.

    Also, while the omitted SD card support is a bit shit, surely the fact that it has USB functionality would hopefully mean that you could jury-rig some sort of external USB storage or card reader?

    @8 Holy shit mate, that’s a bit brazen. Especially in a public forum and all.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. GrimRita

    @7 It will probably sell. The first iphone/ipad had sweet FA on it and sold like hot cakes. Providing the wifi works and you can browser the web, and a few other tricks, it will sell.

    Pricing in Europe of course will be the biggest issue. But I cant see it being anywhere near as stupid as an ipad

    #11 3 years ago
  12. G1GAHURTZ

    OK, I apologise…

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Kabby

    This looks pretty good and it’s relatively cheap. Well done Google and Asus. Possibly too late to the party but a good try.

    If Google+/Play wasn’t a ghost town it would offer even more value to consumers. Some work to do there, Google.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    UK prices added.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Kabby

    Do you have a tablet, Pat? Just curious.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. aseddon130

    Android blows chunks. fact.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. tenthousandgothsonacid

    I was sacked from my last job (which was fine as I hated it and I’m much happier now and officially I resigned anyway) for internet overuse. vg247 was specifically mentioned in my disciplinary hearing :)

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    @15 – Nope! I reckon I’ll get one in the next year. Maybe two, tbh. I’m going to need an iPad for work before too long, and it seems silly to not have a Google tab if they’re only £150.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    @17 – Ha!

    #19 3 years ago
  20. OwnedWhenStoned

    Mine is ordered thanks to a UK friend. For this price, why not.

    #20 3 years ago

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