Nexus 7

ASUS: There’s no Nexus 7 rear camera because you’d only complain

ASUS: There’s no Nexus 7 rear camera because you’d only complain

This morning the folks at ASUS have sent out a small Q and A note which answers several often asked questions about the Nexus 7, including a bit about the back facing camera that wasn't. In this selection of bits about the tablet not much pops up about the device that isn't already known or explained in recent news bits or full reviews of the Nexus 7, but one piece stuck out - the manufacturer's explanation for why no back-facing camera exists on the Nexus 7 where so many competitors have decided to include one standard.

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Nexus 7 has display looseness and instant fix

Nexus 7 has display looseness and instant fix

Now that the Google Nexus 7 tablet has been released to the general public and many citizens of the USA and the UK have it in their hands, a display looseness issue has arisen. This issue is rather similar to what Google I/O 2011 attendees experienced with the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1, where the glass appears to have been glued or screwed incorrectly, resulting in a bit of looseness in the whole unit.

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Nexus 7 now listed as ‘in stock’ at Google Play Store

Nexus 7 now listed as ‘in stock’ at Google Play Store

Itching to get your hands on the Google Nexus 7? The highly sought-after tablet is now listed as "in stock" at the Google Play Store, with orders shipping out immediately. Previously, the Google Play listing for the Nexus 7 said that shipping would take 1-2 weeks. However, be warned that this "in stock" status only applies to the $199 8GB model, as Google seems to be running low on 16GB models - the listing for those has been updated as well, but now the 16GB model has an estimated delivery of 3-4 weeks. Ouch.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Hopefully you're not superstitious and haven't been exposed to any bad luck today. But even if you have, now's the time to chill and catch up on the tech news that hit the airwaves today. To start, get this, there's actually some good Blackberry news - RIM Blackberry 10 developer support on the rise. And as Nintendo's new console approaches, so do the third-party comments - Wii U more powerful than 360 and PS3 claims 5th Cell. Also, here's a look at the final details of Digg's sale - Digg sale splits the company three ways for $16m.

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Nexus 7 popping up in stores and mailboxes across USA and UK

Nexus 7 popping up in stores and mailboxes across USA and UK

It's time to grab your Google Nexus 7 tablet - but only if you were lucky enough to have set up a pre-order with Office Depot, Gamestop, or a 3rd party retailer lucky enough to have picked up an early shipment. That's not to say that Google has allowed such business, but for those of you actually finding a way to grab this tablet today: kudos to you. It's being reported on several Android blogs and forums that not only are pre-orders from the Google Play store arriving across the USA and the UK, GameStop and Office Depot have them in stock as well - again, only for pre-orders, of course.

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Nexus 7 magnetic sensor spells trouble for Google

Nexus 7 magnetic sensor spells trouble for Google

Just yesterday it was revealed by an intrepid magnet-holding developer in the wild that the Google Nexus 7 tablet had a magnetic secret - and today the fear begins for Google (and/or ASUS). The manufacturer of this tablet, ASUS, certainly must have considered that the magnetic display shut-off embedded in this device would ruffle the feathers of the likes of Apple as they've been using similar techniques in their notebooks and the iPad 2 for some time - but do ASUS or Google need to be worried? Perhaps not.

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Some Nexus 7 orders starting to ship in the UK

Some Nexus 7 orders starting to ship in the UK

Several retailers in the UK will be carrying the 16GB version of the Nexus 7, with stock reportedly coming in on July 20th. Ebuyer looks to have received some of the tablets earlier than expected, with one user taking to Google+ to say his order was being prepared for shipment. Checking Ebuyer’s site earlier showed that the retailer did have a small amount of the tablet in stock, but the company seems to have run out, with the tablet going back to pre-order status.

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Nexus 7 reveals potential for magnetic accessories

Nexus 7 reveals potential for magnetic accessories

This week its become apparent that not all is as it seems with the Google Nexus 7 tablet, especially in regards to the magnetic sensor sitting down near its lower left-hand side. This sensor was not reported by Google, ASUS (the manufacturers of this device), or anyone else in charge of promoting the device, but there it sits, switching our screen off and on whenever a magnet draws near. What does this mean for the future of this tablet? It means it's one step closer to killing the iPad, of course!

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Nexus 7 gets fabulous Google Ninja unboxing video

Nexus 7 gets fabulous Google Ninja unboxing video

Today the traditional "Ninja Unboxing" video has been released for the Nexus 7, here with none other than UFC champ George St-Pierre playing the part of celebrity unboxer "Dr Paul". This unboxing starts with an undeniably intense series of quick-cut sentences with the unboxing champ and rocks in quick with some stop-motion action via the Ninjas. This whole video was filmed and animated by the same fellow to do the rest of the videos in the past: Patrick Boivin.

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Google Nexus 7 costs $151.75 to build, says iSuppli

Google Nexus 7 costs $151.75 to build, says iSuppli

Google dropped some hints that the Nexus 7 was essentially being sold at cost, and previous estimates have put the build cost of the 8GB version of the tablet at around $184 which would leave Google and ASUS with a mere $15 in profit. That’s not even taking into account marketing, research and development, and all the other areas that make up the creation of a gadget. Now IHS iSuppli has taken a look at the Nexus 7, and their own teardown estimate puts the cost at around $152.

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Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus updated already to Android 4.1.1

Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus updated already to Android 4.1.1

Even though it hasn't even been officially released to the public yet, Google's Nexus 7 tablet has already been upgraded to a new version of Android. Relax - it's still Jelly Bean, but instead of version 4.1, the device is now running Android version number 4.1.1. It doesn't bring a huge amount of enhancements but it is interesting to see the tablet already get a software update. The update is also being pushed to the international HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus.

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