Google I/O 2012 starts tomorrow and among the various rumors of what we'll see, a 7" Nexus tablet is one of the most talked about. In fact at this point I think most Google followers are expecting I/O attendees to leave the show with a Nexus Tablet tucked under their arms. Of course we all expected Apple to show off the iPhone 5 last fall too, so nothing is certain until the day of the show.
In any event the rumor mill never stops! Gizmodo Australia claims to have the full specs of the Nexus Tablet and surprise! They're pretty much exactly what earlier rumors have been reporting all along.
To recap, that means an Asus-built tablet with a 7" display (1280 by 800 for a respectable 215 PPI) being driven by a 1.3 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. 1 GB of RAM and 8 or 16 GB of storage. A front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera but no back-facing camera. Pricing is aimed directly at Amazon's Kindle Fire: $200 for the 8 GB model, $250 for the 16.
Two oddities that have me raising my eyebrows. The first is the inclusion of Google Wallet on what's supposed to be a WiFi only device. How will that work? And the second is the inclusion of Android Jelly Bean, which they're now saying is Android 4.1 rather than Android 5 (which makes its inclusion a lot more plausible).
Just for fun, let's tie some other news into this Nexus Tablet rumor. Hulu Plus just launched an update to its Android app that adds better support for 7" tablets and high resolution displays. As Engadget points out, the timing is perfect if they want to be on the new Nexus tablet.
Of course just the fact that Google I/O is this week should be reason enough for high profile Android apps to roll out new versions so maybe we're reading too much into all this.
Another rumor that had been floating around was that Pinterest would be launching an Android app at the event. Pinterest has nipped that one in the bud, saying they're going to be at Google I/O demoing some things, and that an Android app is in the works, but it's not ready to launch yet. That tidbit comes from VentureBeat.
Google I/O sold out quickly this year so most of us won't be there, but Google is offering the next best thing: a live feed of the keynote. I'm pretty excited to see what surprises Google has left up its sleeve!
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