Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Google Takes Aim at with New 7, Google Play Games and Chromecast

At a press conference today in San Fran, Google announcedits second eration 7, which comes with a of enhancements. The tablet, which is thinner and lighter than the previous version, has an improved screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 and a pixel density of 323 PPI.

It is equipped with a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, a 9 hour battery life, and it comes with NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. The iPad mini, relsed in late 2012, less impressive internals in comparison as it has yet to be updated, including a dual-core A5 processor and 512MB of RAM, along with a screen that is 1024 x 768.

Google has not focused much effort on the camera of the 7, which is in line with the iPad mini’s 1.2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel back camera. The 7 is also slightly hvier than the mini, with a smaller screen and a smaller profile.

In addition to relsing an updated 7, Google is also aiming at services on several other fronts, taking on both Game Center and AirPlay.

The company has launched its Google Play Games app, which is designed to be the Android version of ’s Game Center. It works hand in hand withGoogle Play games services, a fture that lets developers build cloud saving, multiplayer gameplay, and achievements into apps.

Chromecast, another fture Google introduced today, is an HDMI accessory that functions similarly to AirPlay, allowing users to mirror content from a tablet, smartphone, or computer. Chromecast works with , music, and apps like Netflix, and can be used with a of devices, including i and iPads. Chromecast, which will retail for $35, will be available later today through Best Buy, Amazon, and the Google Play Store.

While Google’s 7 willbe availableon July 30 with a $230 price tag, there apprs to be no iPad mini upgrade on the horizon. has plans to relse a redesigned fifth eration iPad with a thinner design and smaller bezels, but it remains unclr when the company will offer a new iPad mini. Arecent reportfrom reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the company might not relse an updated mini until March or April of 2014.

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