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Nexus 7 introduced - Nice competitor to the Kindle Fire. Better specs, pure Android experience, including Google Play store, Chrome browser instead of Silk, and a camera for video chat. Looks like a winner at $200! I'm cheap when it comes to gadgets, but $200 is close to impulse buy level, especially if I sell my Kindle to help defray the cost.
Jellybean, or Android 4.1. I'm most interested in the reduction of lag they're claiming. They've introduced Google Now, which could be a Siri competitor. We'll see. It's been tried a few times by third-party developers, and they've all flopped (except Samsung's S-Voice, which hasn't had much time on the market yet). Enhanced notifications menu is neat. You can now perform actions inside your notifications menu, like wen you have a missed call, your notification will have a button that lets you call them back right from there without having to launch the phone app first.
Nexus Q - Device that hooks into your TV and/or audio receiver and lets you play videos and songs from the Play Store, controlling it with another smartphone/tablet (not sure if the control app is Android only or if there's an IOS app as well). Meh. I guess the advantage is that it plays things from the cloud rather than from your device, so you don't have to keep all your songs/movies on your device in order to play them. Yet another move to increase cloud use and decrease local storage requirements. $300. Probably overpriced. I think Apple TV does the same thing, right? Plays your stuff straight from itunes? For $100?
Glasses - cool demo. $1500. I think there's already a thread on this.
Offline Google Docs - I don't know. As much as I think a cloud-based office suite should really kick ass, since you don't ever have to worry about where you are, and you can do live collaboration, the functionality of Google Docs really sucks. Or at least it did the last time I used it, which was probably a little over a year ago. I'll give Microsoft this. They may always be playing catch-up, I'm waiting for Windows 8 to be a disaster on a much larger scale than Vista was, but I really like Office. I imagine it's gotten better, but I don't do business with ANYONE who uses anything other than Office formats or PDF.
New Chromebooks - They're going to be selling them at Best Buy. BFD. There's no market for these things. Not quite laptop, not quite tablet. People that want a casual web browsing experience will buy a tablet. People that want to get work done will buy a laptop.
Chrome continues to evolve - good. I've really gotten use out of the tab sync feature.
Google Compute Engine - Google's IaaS offering. Doesn't excite me much. Good to see they've finally hit the trifecta of PaaS (Google App Engine), Saas (Gmail, Docs, Search, etc.), and now IaaS. I'm more interested in changes to the Google App Engine.
I'm most interested in the Nexus 7. I don't have any type of iPad or Tablet.. mostly use my smart phone for anything when i'm around the house... half watching tv and half browsing through the internet or social media. I've never worked anything android before but i'm sure it's pretty easy to get the hang of. $200 for a tablet that seems better than the rest of the competition might let me pull the trigger on this.
When will the Nexus 7 hit the market? No idea how long these things typically are from announcement to on the shelves.
They are supposed to ship in 2-3 weeks, so mid-July
i can't wait until my roommate gets home and i get to play with all the toys
Probably going to get either a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire 2 when they come out.
Google has said that they're not making any profit on these devices. I guess Amazon's probably not trying to pull a profit on their Kindles either, relying on their store for their profit.
Wasn't in the market for an e-reader/tablet, but the Nexus 7 is a steal at $199. I've been enjoying the Chrome mobile browser since my phone was upgraded to ICS. Now Jelly Bean is out, I can start the wait all over again! I hope Google will become more active in making their own products, not just software.
I don't think it's that kind of I/O.
Hook me up with a Nexus 7.
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