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This Nexus 7 Video just leaked as Google I/O begins.  Tech site 'Modaco.com has uncovered a bunch of marketing materials for the 'Nexus 7' including the video above and full tech specs for the device which are below:

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Available in 8GB and 16GB variants, pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Nexus 7 will ship with $25 of Google Play credit included for a limited time.

Tech specs include...
7 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi)
Back-lit IPS display
Scratch-resistant Corning glass
1.2MP front-facing camera
198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm
340g
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
8/16 GB internal storage
1 GB RAM
Micro USB
4325 mAh (Up to 8 hours of active use)
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
Microphone
NFC (Android Beam)
Accelerometer
GPS
Magnetometer
Gyroscope



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It's official folks!  The fine folks over at Android Police found the above marketing image of the 'Nexus 7' tablet on Google's servers just a few minutes ago.  No other specs were discovered so far but this story is still developing.   Google I/O starts at 9:30am pacific/12:30pm eastern where we expect the official unveiling along with all the nitty gritty details.   

From the interface that can be seen on the tablet's face it appears that 'Jelly Bean' will sport a different look that is more reminiscent of the Android Phone interface than the current Tablet interface.   Stay tuned for more info...

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Reuters is reporting it has received confirmation from an Asus executive that they will introduce a 7 inch tablet aimed at competing with Amazon's Kindle Fire during the Google I/O event this morning. 

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"Google Inc will soon unveil a tablet co-branded with Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc and priced to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire device, an Asustek executive said on Wednesday," Retuers is reporting.

"It's targeting Amazon. The Kindle is based on Google's platform but with its own service, so Google has to launch its own service, too," said the executive of the device to the new agency. 


The Exec refrained from providing any technical details or specs of the tablet device but it is widely rumored to be powered by a Tegra 3 chip, possibly running on Google's 'Kai' reference platform, which is designed to keep costs down.

It's also not immediately clear what the executive meant by "Google has to launch its own service, too".  Google of course has their Play.Google.com site which already provides books, apps, games, music and video which it could use to compete with Amazon's similar offerings.  Whether Google plans to offer a souped up service that includes some premium services for a price, similar to 'Amazon Prime' is unknown.

Other 7 inch tablets the 'Nexus 7' is likely to compete with include the Nook Color and Nook Tablet by Barnes & Noble.  The Google I/O Keynote starts at 9:30am Pacific/ 12:30pm Eastern today which is when the announcement of the Google/Asus Nexus 7 Tablet is expected.

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Much energy has been expended over the last days, weeks and months about Google's rumored 'Nexus' branded tablet that we're expecting to see unveiled tomorrow at the opening of Google I/O in San Francisco.   But as exciting as the supposed Asus hardware partnership is, as psyched as I am to get a 7 inch tablet with a Tegra 3 processor, IPS 1280 x 800 Gorilla Glass covered display, as jazzed as I am about making my first purchases with the built-in NFC and gaming with that 12 core GeForce GPU...the single biggest thing that's really going to make this 'Nexus 7' tablet different than all other Android tablets that have come before is....Android 4.1, 'Jelly Bean'.   

This will be afterall a 'Nexus' device and as such will be the first shipping tablet with Google's latest and greatest OS, Jelly Bean.   Now, Jelly Bean is not expected to be as huge an upgrade over its predecessor as Ice Cream Sandwich was over Honeycomb,  and we don't have anything 'in stone' about what features and additions to expect in the new version of the OS.   But after a bunch of research and perusing the web we've come up with a few things that we're looking out for as 'probable' Jelly Bean enhancements.  So let's have a quick look, shall we?

One of the biggest rumors about 'Jelly Bean' is that it will have Google's voice activated personal assistant technology, code named Majel, as part of the OS.  An obvious competitor to the popular Apple voice guidance system Siri, Majel is expected to show off Google's ability to integrate their prowess with search along with voice recognition and 'intelligent' interaction.  As an interesting 'factoid', the project is named after Majel Barret-Roddenberry,  the wife of famous Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. 

Another rumor about 'Jelly Bean' might solve one of the biggest 'problems' that many have pointed to that have held back the Android tablets from world domination.   That is of course the subject of 'fragmenting' of the OS with too many versions on too many different models and causing all kinds of havoc and confusion for developers.   A big rumor has it that Google might be handling all OS updates from now on, thereby ensuring that all devices are 'up to date' with the latest and the same level of OS and drivers.  While this would be a complicated undertaking it could go a long way in creating the stability and consistency that Android tablets need to jump to the next level of adoption.

Another rumor has to do with the web browser on Android browser being changed to 'Chrome'.  There has been a 'Chrome Beta for Android' available for awhile now and many believe it is faster and more efficient than the current browser.  This seems to be a 'no brainer' as a better browsing experience would certainly be one of the most appreciated and most common uses of Android tablet owners.

Other 'improvements' of 'Jelly Ben' might be minor interface and driver enhancements for the OS that might cater to specialized applications such as pen based apps, battery life improvement and improved photo, video and camera support or audio enhancements.  Of course everything above is pure speculation but we don't have much longer to wait to find out what's really in store for us in either Jelly Bean or the new Nexus 7 Tablet.  Google I/O begins tomorrow, Wednesday, June 27th.

With all the chatter and excitement revolving around Google's first 'Nexus' branded tablet that has circulated in the blogosphere over the last few weeks and months, not a lot of attention has been paid to what may be the single biggest factor

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Specs and Pictures of the rumored Google Asus Nexus 7 tablet leaked onto the web today after a supposed 'training document' was posted by Gizmodo.com.au this morning.  While not verified authentic by Google or Asus, the 7 inch tablet shown does appear to contain specs as well as a design that have been expected when Google unveils the long-awaited Nexus branded tablet during Google I/O on Wednesday. 

Specs are aggressively high-brow for the price point with a 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 SOC powering the 7 inch tablet, a GeForce 12-core GPU handling graphics,  a 1280 x 800 IPS display with 178 degree viewing angles, 1 GB of ram and two storage size options, 8GB and 16GB priced at $199 or $249 respectively.   Other specs and features include built-in NFC with 'Google Wallet', support for 'Android Beam, a 1.2mp front facing camera and 9 hours of battery life.

The 'Nexus 7', as it is being called will be the first Android 4.1, 'Jelly Bean' powered tablet and the documents state that future updates of the OS will be handled directly by Google.   A Google branded flagship tablet has been rumored to be in the works as far back as January, during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  It was there that Asus showed the Eee Pad MeMO 370T which many believe served as the basis for the Nexus 7 design.   Of course everything above is just rumor until confirmed by the companies involved but we should know all this week as Google I/O begins this Wednesday, June 27th.

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We want to welcome everyone to the brand new Nexus7Forum.com.  As we eagerly await the announcement and release of Google's first Nexus branded tablet please register on the site and 'Like' our Facebook page and/or Twitter.   We'll post the latest news and rumors as Google I/O approaches this Wednesday and of course we'll have all the juicy details of everything Nexus Tablet related right here on the site.  Please join in, let us know what you're looking forward to in the new Nexus 7 Tablet and help us build a fantastic community for everyone at Nexus7Forum.com!

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What feature are you most excited about in the Nexus 7 Tablet?  With the pending introduction of its Google branded, Asus built, Nexus 7 tablet, what is the feature that you are looking forward to the most?  Is it the Tegra 3 quad-core processor?  the 1280x800 IPS display?  The $199/$249 price?  Something else?  Let us know by voting in the poll and telling us why in the comments.

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Looking to root your Nexus 7 Tablet?  Got a cool mod to share or discuss?  Looking to develop something specific to the Nexus 7?  This is the forum for you.

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Nexus 7 Accessories / Nexus 7 Accessories Forum
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:39:19 PM »
Looking for the perfect case, keyboard or mouse for your Nexus 7?  Want to make a recommendation for a cool accessory?  This is the place!

You're welcome to write reviews, ask questions or give recommendations to products but please note that most 'links' directly to products will be deleted with the exception of Amazon and Ebay links.   Our forum policy forbids any non-paid 'advertising' of products or links to sites that we are not affiliate members of and thus we reserve the right to remove any we find if it is to a non-affiliate.   Thank you. 

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Nexus 7 Wallpapers and Themes / Nexus 7 Wallpaper And Theme FAQ
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:38:06 PM »
While the Nexus 7 comes with a bunch of stock Jelly Bean wallpapers customizing your tablet to suit your own taste is one of the first things many owners do.  It's easy to take pictures that inspire you such as photos of family or friends, landscapes, sci-fi graphics, animals, your favorite movies, tv shows or musicians, celebrities, nature shots etc and use them as a backdrop that'll make your Nexus 7 more personalized.  You can also skin icons and buttons and different graphic elements to take the personalization one step further and we'll post a faq on that later. 

For graphics and pictures to be used as wallpapers the optimal file size is 1920 x 1408 which allows the screen to be covered edge to edge in both landscape and portrait mode.  Many Wallpapers use different sizes however with 1920 x 1280 also being very popular.   While the screen resolution of your Nexus 7 Tablet is 1280 x 800 these large resolutions allow for scrolling and the natural up wipe movement of your tablet's screen during normal use while having the background fully  or almost fully covered.  Other file sizes can be used as well...in fact most are different sizes...but might leave black space around the image if not large enough.

Feel free to post any cool wallpapers you use or have found that you'd like to share with other forum members.

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Nexus 7 Android OS (Jelly Bean) / Welcome to the Nexus 7 OS Forum
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:34:49 PM »
This forum is for help regarding the Nexus 7 Android operating system. The current version of Android for the Nexus 7 tablet is 4.1 also called Jelly Bean.

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Nexus 7 Help / Nexus 7 General Help Forum
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:33:02 PM »
This forum is the place to get help for anything having to do with your Nexus 7 that is not Android OS related.  Please put general Jelly Bean/Android OS questions in the OS forum.

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The Lounge: Off Topic Forum / Welcome to the Lounge: Off-Topic Forum
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:30:31 PM »
As they say...all work and no play makes you a dull Nexus 7 owner.  This forum is for non-Nexus 7 related topics.  News, Technology, Gaming, Sports, Life...you name it.  Great place to get to know other Nexus 7 owners.  Just please...keep it clean and legal.

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Site News / Site and Forum News
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:28:58 PM »
This board is for site news as well as discussion regarding its' structure, features, rules etc.  We're always looking for ways to improve the forums for our users so feel free to make suggestions, suggest new boards, ask questions or let us know what you'd like to see on the site.

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New Member Introductions / Let Me Introduce Myself...
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:42:29 PM »
Hi, i'm Rob, an Administrator on Nexus7Forum.com and I thought I'd start this thread off by introducing myself and welcome you to the forums.  Please say hello if this is your first time here and tell us a bit about yourself so our whole Nexus 7 tablet community can get to know you.   With your help, we're looking forward to making this the top Nexus 7 destination on the web and a great resource for all Nexus 7 owners.

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