Google unveils new tablet computer
POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 8:24am
The name of the new seven-inch tablet Google introduced today: the Nexus 7.
Along with a high resolution screen and front facing camera, the Nexus 7 will also offer features such as voice search.
Those features take advantage of jelly bean, the next version of Google's android operating system.
The Nexus 7 will be available in mid-July with a price starting at $199, the same as amazon's kindle fire.
"Google's sending the signal that it's serious about making hardware and not just with this tablet," said Jon Fortt, CNBC technology reporter.
It's a message similar to the one sent last week by software giant Microsoft, when it jumped into the hardware game with its surface tablet.
Google also introduced a home entertainment device today called Nexus Q.
It'll allow streaming of both personal and online media content to existing televisions, controlled by Android phones or tablets.