Originally posted on Gigaom:
For the Android crowd, this was an eventful week, thanks to the many announcements and developments at the Google I/O(s goog) event. Our full recap is here, but a few bits stood out from the crowd in terms of both hardware and software. The Nexus 7 tablet went from rumor to reality, with Google debuting the Asus-built 7-inch slate at a low price of $199. My initial impressions of the review unit I received? This will attract potential Kindle Fire(s amzn) purchasers and Android tablet fans alike.
Few, if any, of the hardware components will surprise those that follow Android as the leaked specifications proved true. The 7-inch slate is built on Nvidia’s low cost Kai platform, using the Tegra 3(s nvda) system on a chip: a quad-core processor with a low powered fifth core and 12 graphics cores. The 1280 x 800 resolution screen looks good and has wide viewing angles. There’s no rear camera sensor, but the front facing camera works well for video chats. So far, the package is peppy in my limited testing.
Part of the reason for that is surely the new software: Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean. This too was introduced at Google I/O with a number of refinements and new features that help make the platform more useful with a smoother user experience to boot. Google outlines the many new features on its developer blog here.