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310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

The second keynote of Google I/O 2012 has kicked off, with the news that the Chrome browser is now up to 310 million active users, compared to 160m back at IO 2011. The browser has had a significant surge in adoption - Google counted 70m active users back in 2010 - and the search giant claims that by all the metrics it can find, Chrome is the most popular web browser globally.

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Google’s big IO mistake: Nexus Q

Google’s big IO mistake: Nexus Q

Jelly Bean, a Nexus tablet, even skydiving Google Glass: the Google IO keynote very nearly had it all, but the company's decision to leave Google TV off the agenda in favor of the Nexus Q was a low. The zinc Epcot of Android was billed as a communal media player, and its presence on stage when Google TV was conspicuously absent undoubtedly led to confusion as to what its exact purpose was, especially given streaming favorites like Netflix and Hulu are missing. Google TV had been, in the run-up to IO, one of the topics most people expected to see covered, and its omission does not bode well.

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No 3G/4G for Google Glass

No 3G/4G for Google Glass

Google Glass will not have a cellular data connection, at least initially, meaning wearers of the augmented reality system will need to rely on WiFi or tethering to get online. The headset demonstrated at Google IO yesterday includes only WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, not 3G or 4G despite early rumors, with senior industrial designer on the Google Glass project Isabelle Olsson confirming to ABC News that users out of hotspot range will need to tether to their smartphone for WWAN access.

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Consumer Google Glasses due less than 12 months after developer version

Consumer Google Glasses due less than 12 months after developer version

Google aims to get its Google Glasses augmented reality headset shipping to consumers within a year of the $1,500 Explorer Edition arriving with developers, the company has confirmed. That consumer version will be "significantly" cheaper than the Explorer Edition prototype hardware, Google co-founder and Glass project lead Sergey Brin told TechCrunch, though this won't be a race to the bottom.

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How is the Nexus 7 so cheap?

How is the Nexus 7 so cheap?

Google's Nexus 7 didn't come as a great surprise when it launched at IO 2012 yesterday, but the $199 price tag still raised some eyebrows in astonishment. At under half the price of a new iPad, it's competitive - though very different - to Apple's slate, but it also undercuts a fair number of other Android tablets too. You can't even accuse Google of milking international buyers to make up the difference, as prices outside of the US are, surprisingly, very reasonable too. The Nexus 7 will sell from £159 in the UK, for instance, versus expectations of around £250. So, how has Google (and hardware partner ASUS) managed to make the Nexus 7 so cheap?

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Google Nexus 7 Review

Google Nexus 7 Review

This week the folks at Google have revealed a device manufactured by ASUS and made for the media-consuming public: the Nexus 7. This tablet is the first of its kind in several ways. First in its value proposition: an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside a tablet with a price that up until now has been reserved only for devices with much, much less to offer. Second, the Nexus 7 represents Google's first attempt at a tablet for their Nexus series. Third, it's the first tablet to be working with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Google Nexus 7 vs the iPad

Google Nexus 7 vs the iPad

It's time for the inevitable comparison between the newest tablet on the market, the Google Nexus 7, and the dominant device in this category: the iPad. While the comparison might seem like the obvious thing to do, it's much more sensible to compare to the Amazon Kindle Fire - and before we get too deep into the specifications on either end, you need to know: Google is in a much better position right this second than Amazon. While the Kindle Fire has been a relatively giant force on the market over this past holiday season, it's had nothing on the iPad's market share in the entire time it's been on the market. As for the Nexus 7, you've got a beast that's ready and willing to be a competitor for both tablets.

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