“Google Inc. on Wednesday rolled out two key products based on its Android and Chrome operating systems, including a new tablet and device that lets users play Web content on a television,” Benjamin Pimentel reports for MarketWatch.
“Google unveiled a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet featuring more memory and features higher resolution images,” Pimentel reports. “The tablet will be priced at $229 for a 16-gigabyte version; $269 for 32 GB and $349 for an LTE version.”
Pimentel reports, “Google also introduced Chromecast, a USB device based on the company’s Chrome operating system that allows a user to pull content from the Web and have it play on a TV. Chromecast, which is priced at $35, is plugged into a TV and enables a user with a smartphone or a PC to play content on the television. Chromecast works with mobile devices using Google’s Android operating system as well as those using Apple Inc.’s iOS platform.”
“Needham analyst Kerry Rice said the new tablet was ‘expected,'” Pimentel reports. “Chromecast was ‘interesting,’ he told MarketWatch, but added that there are ‘already lots of products on the market with this functionality. Seems a little me-too.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Forget about its vastly inferior apps, in both quality and quantity, Google’s Nexus 7 ought to be even cheaper just for one fact only: It’s tiny 7-inch (16:10 aspect ratio) screen is a whopping 35% smaller than Apple’s iPad mini’s 7.9-inch (4:3 aspect ratio) display.