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Google reveals two new products, Nexus 7 and Chromecast

Battling with Apple in the smartphone market, Google on Wednesday, at a press event in San Francisco has revealed a sleeker, lighter (290g) and more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet device.

Powered by the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the device offers a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, with a price tag of $229 for a 16GB wifi enabled device. It offers a HD screen resolution with a front and rear cameras (1.2- and 5.0-megapixel, respectively) and of course, a 7-inch screen.

Moreover, the company has taken care of the biggest pain-point of all smartphone users – the battery life. As Google and Asus packed a generous 4325mAh battery into the Nexus 7, the device supports up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, but then again, the customers don’t have the flexibility to pop out the battery, slap in another one and get going, as the device comes with a sealed back.

Talking of another aspect to judge smartphones and tablets – screen resolution, its HD screen comes with a 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution, i.e 323 pixels being packed into every inch; making it “the sharpest 7 inch tablet screen ever”.

Also on Wednesday, Google released an online video streaming device “Chromecast” – a two-inch dongle that can be plugged into a television and controlled by a smartphones, tablets or a laptop.

Making it easier for people to access online content on their TVs, Choromecast can be easily connected to a TV’s HDMI port. On a price of $35, which already is quite cheap as compared to Apple TV’s settop boxes that cost up to about $100 or other media streaming devices, Google offers three months of free Netflix service.

However, as far as it’s new tablet and Chromecast’s launch is concerned, Google hasn’t done anything revolutionary, except in terms of the cost for such streaming devices making them affordable for everyone to buy. But one thing that the launch of it’s two new products represents that the company will try to capture the tablet market – where Apple is the market leader. Now with Google becoming more prevalent gadgets, the company is continuously innovating new products on top making its existing services better.

Earlier, in its effort to penetrate further in gadget’s market, Google announced a number of changes in its existing services during its I/O conference in May, followed by a few acquisitions throughout the year and the launch of MotoX expected in August.

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