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Nexus 7 priced and dated

Nexus 7 priced and dated

This week the Nexus 7 tablet from Google has been revealed as coming at an amazing $199 including a release date of Mid-July and availability for purchase starting today. This device has a 7-inch HD display, brings on no less than the ultra-powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and is the first device that will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This tablet will likely be shown off later today for participants at Google I/O.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available in July, SDK today

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available in July, SDK today

Google has been detailing its next-gen Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform at the I/O keynote today. But when can we expect this latest update to arrive? The company has announced that Jelly Bean will be arriving on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Motorola XOOM in mid-July with the SDK available to developers starting today.

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Google Nexus 7 tablet official

Google Nexus 7 tablet official

This week at Google I/O 2012 the teams of Google and ASUS have revealed the Nexus 7 ASUS tablet - the first official Nexus series Android tablet - with Jelly Bean. This device has 1200 x 800 HD pixels across its face, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 12-core GPU from NVIDIA, a front-facing camera (whose specs were not revealed), and a 9 hour battery (video playback). This tablet is 340g light, "fits perfectly in one hand", and "just feels right."

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Google Play gets App Encryption

Google Play gets App Encryption

App Encryption has been introduced for Google Play and Android - a device encryption key has been introduced here so that hacking will, if Google has their way, become a thing of the past. In addition to this, updates to apps will now only include the parts of the APK that have changed - that's a much smaller download when it comes down to it. These features will be handled automatically with Google for Gingerbread and above.

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Google Now boosts events and planning for Android

Google Now boosts events and planning for Android

This week Android 4.1 Jelly Bean recieved an update inside itself, that being Google Now - this update works with Google Maps, Navigation, and more, to bring you updated information about everything around you. This update works with Appointments to bring you to the bus that's closest, tells you how long it'll be to walk, how long the bus will take, and everything in-between. Flights are included - status, terminal, and delays.

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Jelly Bean Google Voice Search challenges Siri

Jelly Bean Google Voice Search challenges Siri

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has introduced a Siri-battling voice feature, a super-speed recognition tool that produces results in a streamlined infographic-style UI. The new GOogle voice search system can recognize naturally spoken queries, pulling up Wikipedia entries, Google Image Search results and other data. Best of all, it looks considerably faster than rival systems.

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Jelly Bean issues new NFC and Notification features

Jelly Bean issues new NFC and Notification features

This week we've got a whole bunch of updates to the Android system with no less than two big updates to the elements that are already powerful on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich system. One of the changes included in the NFC world is an update to Android Beam - here in this update we're a able to easily transfer not just photos and app suggestions, but videos as well!

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Google talks Project Butter for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google talks Project Butter for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google has just confirmed its next-gen platform as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at its major I/O developer conference. The company also talked about an initiative it calls "Project Butter" that's aimed at making the new platform experience "buttery smooth" through three VSync, triple buffering, and touch responsiveness.

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