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Nexus 7 Update!

Good news for Nexus 7 tablet users this week with Google rolling out what seems to be a minor update for the tablet. It seems this is just a bug fixing release with the build version JRO03D still running Android 4.1.1.

There are no visible changes following this update according to AndroidCentral, except maybe on the “About Tablet” screen, which now shows more data, as well as the FCC ID, IC and model number. Though it is unlikely that is all there is to this update and there is more included in the new software, the absence of a change log means it is unclear what other changes lie beneath. As it stands, all Nexus users are advised to get the latest version once you are notified it is available.

As always, it is advisable to make sure your battery is fully charged before beginning the update process, just to ensure you have sufficient charge to complete the process.

The attractive pricing of the Nexus (approximately half of the cost of the IPad) is making the recently released Google Nexus 7 an attractive purchase. Inside the Google Nexus 7 is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor incorporating a 12-core GPU and 16GB of on board RAM. In real terms, this means that the tablet packs a mean punch and the 12-core GPU makes it an awesome choice for gamers, with the built in HDMI meaning you can also connect to a larger monitor/TV screen for the ultimate gaming experience.

Since it is newly released, as you would expect, it runs on the very latest Google Android operating system Jelly Bean 4.1. The tablet also uses “Project Butter” user interface technology, making it far smoother than previous Android or Amazon versions of the operating system and it is noted for being the first Android tablet to operate with Chrome as the default browser.

As the first Android Jelly Bean device, the tablet hosted a number of browser tweaks, clever voice recognition upgrades, as well as significant improvements on the camera.

All this comes packed in a device 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm. Not only much lighter than the iPad, it is surprisingly lighter than even the Kindle Fire, weighing in at a mere 340g.

The Nexus 7 has a seven inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display and has options of 8GB and 16GB versions.

The device has a 4,325mAH battery, which Google claims is good for either 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing, 10 hours of e-reading or 300 hours of standby. Whilst it has integrated Wi-Fi, the Nexus 7 has no 3G or 4G. There is also no microSD card slot.

The tablet also has a front-facing 1.2MP camera, microphone, Bluetooth, NFC for Android Beam, an accelerometer, magnetometer, GPS, and gyroscope and the built in Wi-Fi supports 802.11b, g, and n.

The availability of media for the Nexus 7 suggests it is a serious effort on Google’s part to eat into the domination of the Kindle Fire, with Google’s keynote being on media consumption and the availability of books, games, and videos for the device.

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