If you already own an Android smartphone you are probably familiar with Android’s Gingerbread operating system, and the more recent Ice Cream Sandwich. Now, with the imminent release of the Google tablet the Nexus 7 they are introducing their newest operating system, Android 4.1, known as Jelly Bean.
The Google Nexus 7 with its 7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixels screen has been developed with those consumers in mind who would prefer to buy a smaller and cheaper tablet than the market dominating iPad. Taking a leaf out of Amazon’s book Google are aiming the Nexus 7 to compete against the likes of the Kindle with a similar starting price of £159.00. However, despite being a budget tablet the Nexus 7 still comes with plenty of advanced technology.
It is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, has 1GB RAM, a 12-core GPU and as mentioned earlier it will run on the new Android Jelly Bean operating platform. The Nexus 7 comes pre-loaded with the Google Chrome Browser and an additional feature is the ability to tap another device to share information via Android Beam which uses NFC (near field communications) technology. The Nexus 7 also has in-built HDMI connectivity for using with other screens and according to Google it has a battery life of up to eight hours.
Nevertheless, a lower cost has meant the Nexus 7 does lack some key features. If you were to purchase the version costing £159 you would only get 8MB internal storage. The option costing £199 affords you a slightly better storage capacity of 16MB but with no microSD card slot on either device there is no option to increase this limited amount. Another cost saving exercise, the Nexus 7 is not 3G or 4G compatible, but relies solely on Wi-Fi for internet connection. One other loss is a rear-mounted camera. Instead it comes equipped with a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera with microphone for video calls.
Despite being extremely popular amongst smartphones it is argued that the Android market has some catching up to do in tablet sales. The Android consumer base in books, music and video is much less established than in the case of Apple and Amazon so Google still has work to do to increase sales in Android devices. Similarly Android devices face stiff competition from Microsoft tablets, particularly with the anticipated introduction of the new Windows 8 operating system.
It has now been confirmed that the Nexus 7 will be released in the UK in July and that Google will, with each purchase, be offering a £15 Google Play voucher ( Google Play was previously known as the Android Market app store). This is an attempt to grow the number of Android tablet sales, and also to further develop the availability and use of Android apps for tablets.
If you are interested in buying the Google Nexus 7 and are looking for a way to finance it there are now many mobile phone recycling schemes through which you can sell your old mobile in order to raise some funds.