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June 27th 2012 5:46 pm

Nexus 7, Jelly Bean and more get announced during Google's keynote for I/O 2012. Are you excited?

While some of this stuff has been known or leaked out for a while now everything got official today. During their opening keynote Google had the following to unveil:

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean - "buttery smooth performance", improved notification center, offline voice commands, improved keyboard and a new camera interface
  • Nexus 7 - Google's first Nexus branded tablet which will have a 12-core GPU, Android 4.1 and be priced at $199
  • Nexus Q - a media player that works by allowing you to stream your content from the Google Play store. It's priced at $299 (yikes!) but is made completely in the US.
  • Project Glass - this got demoed even more and if you haven't seen the presentation yet you should check it out. Glass will support Google+ hangout feature so you can stream live with others from anywhere. Sadly it's $1500 to pre-order an alpha version and only to I/O attendees.
  • Smart App Updating and Encryption - now when you go to update that 50MB app Android will only pull down the changed parts, not the entire APK. App encryption will allow developers to assign keys prior to download and on completion of download.
  • Google Now
The Nexus tablet is intriguing and at $199 it's definitely priced to sell. We're talking about if it can take over the Fire here: gdgt.com­/discuss­/google­-officially­-announces­-the­-n.... The Nexus Q on the other hand is in a very odd place and has to compete with a lot of other and much cheaper devices that can do more (AppleTV, Roku, Xbox). There is a lot to be said about it being made in the US but is that alone enough to get you to buy it?
What has you most excited? What are you most disappointed about?

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TgD

I am excited about the changes in Android 4.1 and it is good to see them focus on performance (Anyone remember Honeycomb? Blech my Galaxy Tab is stuck on that). I like the improved notifications and could really care less about voice typing. I won't use it.

I am of course excited about the Nexus 7. (I ordered one, because me having a proper non-company tablet is a bit overdue)

I was not impressed with the Nexus Q. I think it will be a niche product and not very successful (if it even comes to Canada). I feel like this is not a proper alternative to something like DLNA, granted this does use the cloud. Also the odd thing is it has terminals for banana plugs! I imagine people would plug speakers into an existing receiver. Not this.

I was dumbfounded by the project glass parachute demo. I wanted to know how they livestreamed video feeds from them. They couldn't possibly use wifi (or LTE) at that altitude could they? Not that smooth.

I won't be excited by project glass until there is a mainstream adaptation at a reasonable price which will not happen in the next few years.

Anything else I could care less for, although App Encryption is cool as a developer
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mactanzi

I was very excited about the Nexus 7 and what they need to do right now is expand the Play Store worldwide... This way having this product would make more sense.

I'm eagerly waiting for Jellybean as I own a Galaxy Nexus!
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15israellai

True, almost everything related to Play is mainly targeted at the US now - including Nexus 7 and Nexus Q. Google really should expand Play.
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TgD

Totally agree. They need to get Google Music to Canada ASAP. That was I can fully utilize my new tablet :)

I will be extremely disappointed if Magazines is limited to US only
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15israellai

You can expect most Play services to be US-only. Canada is already a relatively "blessed" country when compared to other places, though. As for Play Music, you can "hack" it anyway...
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mactanzi

Yes, I live in Costa Rica and right now I can have access to lots of things in the Apple App Store: music, movies, magazines... Strangely enough, I don't have access to many books or major games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Infinity Blade, etc... I guess there are issues with laws or trade agreements.

But I don't have any kind of access in the Play Store other than Apps. The only way I can get to the complete store is by using a VPN client.

In a global market and with the internet, we all want to have access to content.
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15israellai

Same here. I'm a HongKonger and I have nothing from Play other than apps (luckily I can buy apps), not counting Music that I used a VPN to set up. I know US is the largest market, but companies (not just Google) should really balance this market and the international one.
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NeuroMan42

The Nexus Q is DOA due to cost. You have some many other options that do the same thing at a $100 price-point. The only thing that bugs me about the tablet is no SD slot. I am glad they removed the other camera because... be honest who seriously uses a damn tablet as a camera.
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sawilson

I've never understood the Apple/Google logic in not including external storage in some attempt to force market lock-in. I guess it must work for the 90 percent of the computer illiterate that don't know any better or they wouldn't do it. For the smart people amongst us, we know to just get devices that support external storage and avoid "bad" products like the iPad and the Nexus 7. I happily ordered the Nexus 7 just because the hardware alone is worth it, but I will be hacking it. And it's not like I'll be giving up my main device (Transformer Prime) anytime soon. I'll just treat the Nexus 7 like a toy, like I treat my iPad.
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sillymansamOCN

The tablet sounds like the better deal. The media player I'm not sure. They keep getting stuck on that $299 price figure and it doesn't even run big title games, meaning it's market would be against console. Apple TV will not be hurt by this oversight. Unless Google has figured out a way for people to search content online rather than forcing people to only use their store.

This is the main problem with these devices. They are designed for users to consume content in the fashion that you must use either itunes or Google play with a hint of Netflix for a third party. You are not allow to search online. These devices are lacking the ability to use apps. If either Apple or Google decides to release an SDK for internet TV then we may have hope yet.

What Apple and Google don't understand is Windows 8, though it being controversial with it's UI for desktop, will allow developers to create apps that will work for all platforms. The same app you can run on your desktop will work on your gaming console, phone, and tablet...etc. Apple stops at the desktop from Mobile. At this point no one is thinking of couch surfing.
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schumaku

Excited? Sorry, Google has still not fulfilled any the marketing promises in the rest of the world. In absence of Google Music - shall we stream apps to the Nexus Q?
And how long do we have to wait before the Nexus 7 will become available?
Yes, I'm an Androiid fan - but Google must speed-up and start deliver content - otherwise we have not much need for their hardware anymore.

Yes, I'm highly disappointed about Googles ignorance. Have the third Google phone now - and feel like a third class customer. Just like many more out here...

Grettings from Switzerland!

PS. Of coure, the Google crew here in Zurich _has_ everything your customers are asking, too.
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sawilson

They'll be shipping the Nexus 7 the middle of july so I'd assume you'll have to wait that long (few weeks). It makes sense because that's also when they are releasing the TF700T (both are made by Asus).
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schumaku

Well, I don't Talk of shipping - while Asus does deliver their new tablets for weeks already here, we can't even pre-order the Nexus 7 here. We are tired of beeing third class customers when not having an US IP address (to use and buy music, or to order a Nexus 7. This is not an Asus problem - this is Google's ignorance. With Apple, we can buy music, books, and movies. With Google, ALL non-US customers can not use their similar services - nor order a simple piece of hardware.
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sawilson

I know how you feel. You can't find a decent bagel here. It's very hard to find decent pizza also. Looks like you are stuck with Apple's stuff unless you learn how to get content by less than legal means. Less choice is never a good thing. Hopefully some time in the future Google allows the rest of the world to enjoy their amazing ecosystem.
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sawilson

I'm going to have to see more attractive women wearing the Google Glass thingers before I'm convinced I need to own them.
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sawilson

Meh. I guess I'm somewhat excited. Ordered the Nexus 7 because at 199 bucks you'd have to be nuts not to. I already know I'll be hacking it to remove things I won't use. I played with a white I/O one yesterday and it was pretty impressive. Other than the obvious smoothness improvements (smoother than my New iPad, not kidding) it just felt like ICS reskinned. I do use voice dictation a lot to rip out a 3 or 4 page document for work, but it was already 95ish percent accurate so I'm only going back to fix a handful of things in word. I doubt it will get so good that number drops to nothing. Nobody is going to buy the Q thinger. Just like nobody is buying appletv, and Roku is king. They won't tap that market because the people that would be interested are already pirating all their content. Free will always win. Was it a more exciting conference than apple's or microsofts? Most definitely. They actually had innovation, and you can't truly compete with the most impressive proof of concept demo in history. But that's not saying much. I will give them credit for making Jellybean 4.1 rather than pretending a minor OS patch was a fully version upgrade. You can tell they actually run an Agile development model rather than winging it like some other makers. For the average user, the entire conference could be summed up like this:

1) Yay, new tablet but it's full of Google incentive to buy their playstore stuff. Hope I can put my stuff on it.
2) space glasses. I'm not buying those I would look dumb wearing them.
3) what's that ball thing with dreadlocks?
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