July 17, 2013
Earlier today, Google invited the press to a July 24th event in San Francisco likely for an upgraded NExus 7 tablet, and we heard that the tablet will cost $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32GB. Retailers are also supposedly gearing up to receive stock of the device as early as July 20th and having firesales on the current versions.
Over at 9to5Google, we now have a gallery of images of what will likely be the next Nexus 7 tablet (by way of Android Central). Reports claim that the device will again be manufactured by ASUS and come in 16GB and 32GB models.
The tablet features two cameras, a 1.2MP shooter on the front and a 5MP rear made by Chicony.
As far as specs go, the Nexus 7 v2 is listed as having a Qualcomm APQ8064 motherboard with a Snapdragon S4 pro processor. The device is also said to have a whopping 4GB of DDR3L RAM?!?!, though that may not turn out to be correct. The tablet will also supposedly feature stereo speakers. These specs are exactly the same as what KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo predicted way back in May of this year.
Design wise, the device features a look similar to the original model. The volume rocker and power button are on the left hand side, while the microUSB port is on the bottom. It appears to be relatively thick for a 7-inch tablet and is made out of what looks like a similar rubber material…. expand full story
The update also brings enhancements to the newly introduced voice search capabilities, including: always visible controls from the toolbar and text-to-speech support for “all variations of English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Korean.”
Other improvements in today’s update include fullscreen support on iPad, easier access to browser history, and, according to Google, data cost savings:
Reduce data usage and speed up page load times. View data savings in Bandwidth Management settings. This feature is being rolled out and will be available to all users over time.
Google explained the experimental data cost savings feature in a whitepaper when it was first introduced on Android. In the document, Google says its tests showed the feature can reduce data usage by up to 50%: expand full story