New Google Nexus 7 2: What you need to know

The New Google Nexus 7 – or Google Nexus 7 2 if you prefer – is out of the bag, so to speak. We cut through the spiel and bring you the cold, hard facts…

The Google Nexus 7 made a considerable splash when it arrived last year, certainly one that belied its ergonomical size and limited power. In the process, it scooped our 2012 Gadget of the Year, so it comes as no surprise that Google now wants to follow up with something, not bigger… but definitely better.

Here are eight things you need to know about the new Google Nexus 7.

1. New Nexus 7 2: Build

Portability is key when it comes to 7-inch tablets. The new model is almost 2mm thinner than the original Nexus 7. The display is the same size, but the side bezels are 2.75mm narrower on each side, making the device a whole 5.5mm thinner.

It’s also 50 grams lighter. Although these seem like small changes, they could add up to very different feel overall. Thankfully, the soft back has been retained.

2. New Nexus 7 2: Display

The Chromebook Pixel showed us that Google is serious about bringing big, bold displays to consumer products. The new Nexus 7 only confirms that, as it lands with a 1920 x 1200 Full HD 1080 display – a first for 7-inch tablets – and packs a whopping 323 pixels per inch. That sort of pixel density puts it on a par with the iPhone 5, far beyond the reaches of the original Nexus 7’s puny 216ppi.

Google also promises a screen that supports a 30% wider colour ratio – meaning your media will be more brighter and more vivid.

3. New Nexus 7 2: Processor

Under the bonnet, the new Nexus 7 has a Quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon S4, that itself packs an 80% faster CPU and a GPU that will push your gaming and video framerates up to four times faster.

With 2GB RAM in tow, this is the sort of power that again, puts the new Nexus 7 on a par with the latest generation of smartphones and far beyond its predecessor.

4. New Nexus 7 2: Camera

Cameras are still not the be-all and end-all where tablets are concerned. But Google has adorned the new Nexus 7 with a 1.2MP front-facing camera for video calls and potential selfies, and there’s a 5MP camera on the back.

5. New Nexus 7 2: Connectivity

The new Google Nexus 7 doesn’t hold back on the connectivity front. As well as the usual microUSB, the updated Nexus also supports HDMI output, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and wireless charging.

Here’s the bit that you should really be excited about – there will be a 4G LTE compatible version. But hold your horses – it’s not 100% clear whether this will just be a US option, so keep your fingers crossed.

6. New Nexus 7 2: Sound

Stereo speakers come built-in with the new Nexus, allowing for reasonable sound output for your media. Google has also been working with Fraunhofer to add virtual 5.1 surround sound to the new tablet, particularly exciting for film buffs.

7. New Nexus 7 2: Android 4.3

The new Nexus 7 will be the first device to arrive with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 – the next major update to Google’s mobile OS. Among other updates and fixes, Jelly Bean 4.3 features upgraded OpenGL – allowing for photo-realistic graphics, and complex dynamic lighting and shadowing for new games.

New hardware-based encryption also makes 1080p HD streaming possible for the first time ever, a possibility that Netflix will be releasing an app update to support

8. New Nexus 7 2: Release Date and Price

According to PC World, the New Nexus 7 will land in the UK on the 13th of September. The 16GB version will be £199.99, whilst the 32GB will hit the shelves at a fairly reasonable £239.99.

So… do upgraded tech specs and the prospect of HD streaming and high-powered gaming get you excited for the latest Nexus 7? Let us know via the comments below, or head over to our Facebook or Twitter pages.


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Google Chromecast review

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price.

At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network, it streams some of your favorite shows from some of your favorite services, including Netflix and Google’s YouTube. It takes only a few minutes to set up, and the device worked flawlessly.

Chromecast joins Roku, Apple TV and several other devices meant to project Internet content onto TVs. In the early days of online video, people were content watching movies and shows on their desktop or laptop computers. But as these services become more popular and even replace cable TV in some households, there’s a greater desire to get them playing on television sets, which tend to be the largest screens in living rooms.

That’s especially true when your computer is a phone or tablet and has a smaller screen.

Chromecast, which is about the size of a thumb drive, plugs directly into the HDMI port of an HDTV. A USB cable must be inserted at the other end of the Chromecast and connected to a power source, either a wall outlet or a USB port on the TV.

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Google’s Motorola set to launch Moto X phone

Google Inc’s Motorola division appears set to unveil its much anticipated Moto X phone on August 1 at an event in New York City. Email invitations sent to the media on Friday displayed the Moto X name in bold letters. The invitation depicted several youths holding the Moto X, the first smartphone Motorola has developed since its 2012 acquisition by Google.

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Acer C7 Chromebook expanded for K-12 educational market with two new models

Acer has expanded its C7 Chromebook line for the educational market, tossing in some small hardware changes and tacking on a starting price of $259 ESP. The models are being aimed towards all levels of the K12 market – students, teachers, and administration, with Acer saying its combination of features offer the kind of things such an environment requires.

There are two new models as part of the educational expansion, with both of them featuring a 16GB SSD, as well as a six-cell battery that has a reported life of 6 hours. The lesser of the two models, the C710-2826 has 2GB of RAM, while the higher end model, the C710-2815 has 4GB of RAM. Boot time is said to be 8-seconds, with instant resume from sleep mode.

Under the hood, both models run an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core 1.10GHz processor, and feature dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n. The LCD is an 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal with an LED backlight and resolution of 1280 x 720. Video output is comprised of an HDMI slot and VGA, while connectivity includes 3 USB ports and an SD card slot. There’s also an Ethernet port for wired Internet connections.

Said Acer’s VP of US Commercial Sales Gregg Prendergast, “Our new Acer C7 Chromebooks deliver exactly what the K-12 education market and so many businesses require — solid performance at an affordable price with up to 6-hours of battery life. Acer C7 Chromebooks will help our customers at schools — students, teachers and administrators — as well as our business customers, get to work and be productive right away for longer.”

There’s a Kensington lock for physical security, and educational buyers will have access to Acer Premier Care, as well as an option for Acer Educare Warranty Program. Both models come with a limited parts and labor warranty. The 2GB RAM C7 model is priced at $259, while the 4GB RAM C7 Chromebook model is priced at $279.


EU demands more concessions from Google to settle case

Google must do more to allay concerns that it is blocking competitors in web search results, the EU’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, after rivals criticised concessions it has offered as being inadequate.The world’s most popular search engine submitted proposed concessions to the European Commission in April to end a three-year investigation and responded on Wednesday that its proposal “clearly addresses” areas of concern.Google, which has a market share of over 80 percent in Europe’s Internet search market according to research firm comScore, could face a fine as much as $5 billion if it does not resolve the issue.

“I concluded that the proposals that Google sent to us are not enough to overcome our concerns,” European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a news conference on Wednesday, adding that he has asked Google to present better proposals.

Almunia, who has previously said he hopes to decide on the case by the end of the year, did not say whether he had set a deadline for the company to reply.

Google spokesman Al Verney said the company would continue to work with the EU competition authority. “Our proposal to the European Commission clearly addresses the four areas of concern,” he said.

The company has offered to mark out its own products in Internet search results, provide links to at least three rival sites and make it easier for advertisers to move to rival platforms.

The EU competition regulator has sought feedback from Google’s rivals and third parties and a number of them have said any concessions would only reinforce Google’s dominance.

Reacting to Almunia’s comments, lobbying group ICOMP called on the Commission to penalise Google if it does not come up with a better offer.

“The Commission must set a tight deadline failing which the commitments procedure should come to an end,” ICOMP lawyer David Wood said in a statement.

Another lobbying group FairSearch, whose members include complainants Microsoft, online travel agency Expedia, British price comparison site Foundem and France’s Twenga, said Google’s offer was “highly unlikely” to boost competition.

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Google reportedly seeking licensing for Internet-streamed television service

Google has approached media networks in recent times about licensing their content for an Internet TV streaming service, according to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. This comes a day afterdifferent sources spoke of Apple’s television-dabbling ambitions, with the company reportedly approaching media companies about an advertisement-skipping service.

Reportedly, the service Google has in mind would work by streaming traditional television to subscribers via a broadband connection, something it certainly isn’t the first to pursue. Competitors would range from regional offerings to big-name companies, such as Sony, Intel and Apple. Though Google hasn’t commented on the rumor, it reportedly has gone so far as to demonstrate the service in action.

Sources said that there is at least one instance of Google demonstrating the Internet-streamed TV product to a company that it approached about licensing content. There’s no word on how the companies have responded, if any of them have entered into negotiations, and what kind of terms Google is looking for. This isn’t, however, the first time Google has tried this.

According to the sources, Google also approached companies with a similar proposal a couple years ago, with nothing much coming of them. Things have changed in the last couple years, however, and with some of the changes that have taken place, media companies may be more receptive to working with Google – and others like it – with their respective goals.

Many consumers have already ditched traditional cable in favor of online options, among them being things like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and even networks’ own various websites. Set-top boxes make this process easier, aggregating content into a single interface where it can be easily streamed to a television. Google’s plans are different, however, with its Internet service streaming television in the form of channels much like traditional cable and satellite.