At Google I/O on Wednesday, Google and Asus revealed the new Nexus 7 tablet. It has a seven-inch, 1280-by-800 pixel screen. It runs the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it is built for Google Play and its new movies, TV shows and magazines announced at the same time.
The new Nexus 7 is the first Android device to ship with Google Chrome as the default browser instead of the old Android browser. There is also a new YouTube app and an impressive Google Maps app with Google+ Local that lets you browse for local places to visit. The interior views of restaurants, bars and other businesses are now hooked up to the device's gyroscope, so you can pan around and check the place out. "It's just like being there."
The Nexus 7 is available today starting for $199, along with a $25 credit for the Google Play store.
Jon Mitchell was a Staff Writer for ReadWrite from July 2011 to February 2013. He's based in San Francisco. Before ReadWrite, he was managing editor of NewsTrust, which provides Web-based tools to help consumers, students, and journalists separate fact from fiction in the news. Jon covered Apple, Google, and how tech affects people.