Google unveiled a seven-inch tablet computer that it will sell directly to consumers. The device, unveiled at the company’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco, was pitched not as a competitor with Apple’s popular iPad, but as a simple way to enjoy movies, books, games, and other content bought through Google’s Play store.
Google will begin taking orders for Nexus 7 tablets starting today and will ship them in “mid-July,” said Hugo Barra, director of product management for Google’s Android mobile operating system. Barra said that Nexus 7 offers up to nine hours of video playback and 300 hours of standby time. “It’s only 340 grams—just about the weight of a standard paperback,” he said. The Nexus 7 will initially be available only in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. Read more