Google has entered the tablet market with a device called Nexus 7, as announced at the firm's I/O developers' conference
in San Francisco. According to CNN
, the 7-inch screen computer will initially be an 8GB or 16GB version. The tablet will run the new Jelly Bean version of Android.
Further technical features, as the Wall Street Journal
indicates, include a quad-core CPU (central processing unit) and a 12-core GPU (graphics processing unit), which are designed to optimize the graphics capability of the device. Other features are a Micro-USB port, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, a gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer, microphone, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.
notes that the machine will features Google's Chrome browser as its default Internet search option.
No detail has been provided as to the types of apps that the device will run or if any new apps have been especially development for the tablet device.
The Nexus 7 8GB version will retail
at $199 and $249 for a 16GB version. Both versions will be available from mid-July 2012 in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
The news follows Microsoft's announcement
about it s own move into producing tablet computers running Windows 8.