In the Google I/O 2012 just commenced, Google announced quite some new projects and products that have long been expected. As someone who strongly believe in cloud-living, I am particularly interested in software and hardware developments that bring people closer to the cloud. Here are a few new things I observed:
Google Nexus 7 Tablet
There have been rumors about Google’s own branded tablet, and now it comes true. This 7-inch device is seen by many as a strong Kindle Fire competitor, not only because of the same price tag ($199), but also its capability to handle content streaming from Google Play. Buyers can get a $25 Google Play credit (as a temporary incentive though) to purchase content from Google Play store, including songs, movies, TV shows, magazines and books.
I always believe that in the future mobile devices should have small local storage but great streaming power. Instead of storing everything offline, we could download contents and run apps by accessing the cloud. The Chrome browser + web apps combination has been a (quite) successful demonstration. Obviously Google is aware of the huge demand for streaming content, probably due to the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, so besides making a great budget tablet, Google also makes Nexus 7 a nice device for retrieving content from the internet.
Interested parties could pre-order a Nexus tablet now, however it is limited to some countries only.