Google launches Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet

Google's launch yesterday of the Nexus 7 tablet computer rounds out the competition with the iPad, with all the top tech companies now having a tablet: Amazon's Kindle Fire, Microsoft's new Surface tablet, the Nexus 7, and the iPad. The Nexus 7 is available for sale now and will start shipping in mid-July. The Surface tablet won't be available until this fall. The $200 Nexus 7 has a 7-inch screen, 8 GB memory, a mini-USB port, and runs on Google's Android software. As with Amazon's Kindle Fire, which comes tightly integrated with Amazon's broad suite of offerings and media, so too is the Nexus integrated with Google's suite, including the Google Play store, Google Maps, and Google Translate. It even comes with a $25 credit in the Google Play store, a few free subscriptions, and a free movie. You can read more in the Washington Post.

This market is starting to mature, and while the iPad still dominates, and still has the most mindshare, one has to expect that these other tablets will start to have an impact. However, according to AppleInsider, at least one market analyst thinks that the Nexus 7 won't be any competition for the iPad, and will primarily compete with the Kindle Fire.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.