Day one of Google’s developer extravaganza brought us a few things we were expecting, like the latest iteration of Android. But it also brought us an orb-shaped media streamer made for Google Play, and Australian pricing and release dates for the Nexus 7 tablet. Here’s a rundown of the top stories.
The most welcome news from today’s Google I/O keynote? Australia is one of the first four countries in the world where you can buy the 7-inch Nexus tablet, manufactured by Asus and running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The 8GB model is $249, while the 16GB model is $299, and you can order it direct from Google Play. More »
Google just conjured up its platonic ideal of an Android tablet: killer specs, the most pristine possible software and a $249 price. Will this be the Android tablet that finally makes Android tablets exciting? More »
The new version of Google’s Android operating system is called Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It comes loaded with new features, including faster interface performance, a cleaner home screen and what could be a killer app. More »
The Nexus Q is Google’s $US299 cloud service-streaming box promises to be the first social streaming media player. It has trippy flashing lights and lovely design, but is it any good? More »
On stage at Google I/O, engineering director Chris Yerga announced lots of new content coming to Google Play (formerly known as the Android Market). More »