At Google’s annual developer conference today, the company announced two new pieces of hardware, each competing directly with an Apple product.
The first one is the widely rumored $199 Nexus tablet, which Google calls Nexus 7 and the second is a $299 media streamer called the Nexus Q.
Google built Nexus 7 in partnership with Asus. It has a 7″ inch display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, and for just $199 manages to pack in impressive hardware. From Google’s blog:
The Tegra-3 chipset, with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU, makes everything, including games, extremely fast. And best of all, it’s only 340 grams, lighter than most tablets out there.
Google has also expanded the offerings on the Play Store to include magazines and the option to purchase movies in addition to renting them. The company’s playing the content card as well, by offering preloaded movies, books, magazines, songs and if that wasn’t enough, a $25 credit for spending on the Google Play store.
The Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.1, code named Jelly Bean, which was also announced at today’s keynote.
Google also announced Nexus Q – the spherical device is essentially an Apple TV competitor. Google touts it as the “world’s first social streaming media player,” that accesses content off the Play store and YouTube. It also connects with other Android devices, and enables a party mode very similar to iTunes DJ. Nexus Q will be available for $299.
What’s most interesting though is, unlike the Nexus 7, the Nexus Q was built completely by Google. Google now joins Microsoft, Amazon and Apple as major tech companies that do their own software and hardware.