A few minutes ago, Google presented the new Nexus 7, Android 4.3 as well as an unexpected gadget called Chromecast during its “Breakfast with Sundar Pinchai” event. Android 4.3 will be rolling out starting today for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The new Nexus 7 will be available in stores on July 30th. You can get Google Chromecast as of today.
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Android 4.3 Features
Android 4.3 brings a few new features to Google’s mobile operating system, with the majority being rather relevant for programmers than consumers. The new features include:
- Multi user capability with restricted profiles
- Ability to add pauses or waits in the dialling screen
- Autocomplete option for the dial pad
- Constant WiFi location scanning for apps without activated WiFi connection
- Updated camera app with arch-based menu
- Notification history app to review old notifications
- OpenGL|ES 3 support
- Additional developer options like profiling GPU rendering
- DRM API’s for 1080p streaming
Android 4.3 will be rolling out starting today for all Google Nexus devices.
New Nexus 7 Features
About one year after its initial release, the new Nexus 7 is a decent refresh of Google’s successful 7″ tablet.
Product features include
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor with a 2MB L2 cache and 1.5GHz processor
- Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN
- 2GB DDR3LM memory
- 7″ LCD high-definition 10-finger capacitive touch screen,1920 x 1200 resolution with IPS technology, 300 cd/m² brightness, 178° viewing angles and 320 PPI
- Scratch-resistant glass
- Antifingerprint technology
- 16GB or 32GB on-board flash memory
- Adreno 320 graphics
- 5.0MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing webcams
- Micro USB 2.0 port with SlimPort
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Sensors include G-sensor, ambient light, Ecompass, gyroscope and proximity.
New Google Play Services & Features
As already announced during the Google I/O earlier this year, a new app called Google Play Games will be available on Google Play as of today. It displays your and your friends games on a single screen and the possibility to compare game progress and achievements.
Google also announced Google Play Textbooks, a book store for education specific literature. Books will be available for purchase and rent for a up to 80% discount later this year.
We were quite surprised when Google introduced a new gadget called Chromecast. Chromecast offers the possibilty to connect a small dongle to your TV via HDMI. Doing this, you are able to stream videos, music as well as browser windows to your TV using a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Chromecast does not directly mirror content like AirPlay, but “transforms” your mobile device or laptop into a streaming device and remote. Unlike the Nexus Q, streaming also works with a sleeping device. Several besides Google services like YouTube and Google Music currently work with Chromecast, including Netflix and Pandora. A developer SDK will be released today.
Chromecast will work on Android and iOS devices as well as Windows 7 (or higher), Mac OS 10.6 (or higher) and Chrome OS. The device is available for $35.
More information are available on the Google Chromecast website.
It will be interesting to see how Google handles its latest product launch. We all remember the disastrous launch of the Nexus 4 in November, so let’s keep the fingers crossed that everything will go smooth now. Selling the new Nexus 7 and Chromecast in selected retailers will hopefully avoid any huge issues.
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