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

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At a press conference today in San Francisco, Google announced its second generation Nexus 7, which comes with a number 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, released in late 2012, sports 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 Nexus 7, which is in line with the iPad mini's 1.2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel back camera. The Nexus 7 is also slightly heavier than the mini, with a smaller screen and a smaller profile.

    In addition to releasing an updated Nexus 7, Google is also aiming at Apple 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 Apple's Game Center. It works hand in hand with Google Play games services, a feature that lets developers build cloud saving, multiplayer gameplay, and achievements into apps.

    Chromecast, another feature 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 video, music, and apps like Netflix, and can be used with a number of devices, including iPhones 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 Nexus 7 will be available on July 30 with a $230 price tag, there appears to be no iPad mini upgrade on the horizon. Apple has plans to release a redesigned fifth generation iPad with a thinner design and smaller bezels, but it remains unclear when the company will offer a new iPad mini. A recent report from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the company might not release an updated mini until March or April of 2014.

    Article Link: Google Takes Aim at Apple with New Nexus 7, Google Play Games and Chromecast
  2. macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
  3. nfl46, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    SMH and its ALREADY sold out! Good lawd! $35 is a steal!

    Edit: Its available again!

    Ordering me one now!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2010
  5. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2009
    Chromecast finally brings something to compete with AirPlay. Been wondering why no one has implemented anything competitive to that feature so far.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2013
    Chromecast is what I've wanted for years.

    1 simple cheap HDMI plugin that allows any platform to stream to your TV's.

    As more apps upgrade to support this it will change the living room as we know it today on any platform.
  7. macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    The chromecast is actually a intriguing product. I'll be picking one up. heck its only $35.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    Wow. Chromcast. It's as if Google discovered Airplay.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    It's actually thinner than the current Nexus 7, from what I've heard. Personally, I like to be able to hold this sort of thing without getting my fingers on the screen, so doesn't bother me.

    Have to say, they could be onto a winner with the Chromecast -- as somebody who uses their Android phone a lot more than their iPad, I'll certainly be picking one up as soon as I can.
  11. macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    I'm seriously digging the Chromecast !
    Cross-platform, also just $35.
    comes with 3-month free Netfilx
  12. BryanLyle, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    The chromecast seems interesting until you read that it also comes with a usb cable and power adapter. So, you plug this into the HDMI port and then out of that you have a cable and a power adapter.

    Won't look as sleek as the promo shots with a cord dangling out of it.

    Edit: Looks like you can either plug it into the power adapter or a USB port on your TV if you have one.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2003
    Gig City
    been pondering the purchase of an apple tv.

    Looks like I'll be going with chromecast instead - cheaper and crossplatform
  14. macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2011
    Chrome cast looks cool. If my Roku ever needs replacing I might get it.
  15. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    I didn't expect the Chromecast device. The Netflix deal is a steal.

    Now we wait for an international release.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    3 months of Netflix included with the Chromecast? That alone makes it a ridiculously nice deal. (Unless the * means there are some ridiculous terms)
  17. macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    Can't wait to see what XDA developers will implement with chromecast.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2013
    New Nexus 7, here I come. July 30th cannot come soon enough, does anyone know where I can preorder a 32gb wifi model?
  19. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    True - but all my wires are behind my tv and inside the wall

    I'm holding off getting one though. At current - I love that my video library can play through Apple TV. So there's little reason to get this device as most of the content I want to play is on my hard drive.

    That being said - I loved that this device has cross integration and can also control the TV (it can actually power on, switch to the right source and begin playing).
  20. macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2011
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    Chromecast is a useful device - but it's oONLY a Streamer. Can't do anything else at all.

    Doesn't do local Streaming - only works by sending the link you are looking at in uTube / netflix whatever to the streamer. Though if you can hook it into plex for the web then it's a great device for the money.

    Doesn't do Mirroring.

    Can't play games etc.

    The nexus is a nice cheap tablet... but that's what it is even at 1.9mm thinner its a beast compared to the current mac mini
  22. macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    More competition and impressive specs .. But I think I'll stick with my mini... The chromecast however is hella nice .. Something that always bugs me about nexus devices (I own a nexus 4 ) is that you get the feeling Google is always aiming to compete with a device rather than focusing on great user experience .. Heck my nexus 4 only lasts 2-3 hours of heavy use.. But I maintain that everyone should have an android in their arsenal just for kicks and iOS and macs for daily drivers
  23. macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Nice, I look forward to Apple's next iPad Mini, with nicer software, lesser specs, and higher cost.

    iPad has so many hardware features to add yet, that for no real innovations in this many generations, really makes it feel like Apple is coasting.

    Apple doesn't do well as a coasting company.
  24. macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2009
  25. macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2009

    Chromecast looks nice, I'll probably get one. I don't see it as a replacement for my ATV's though. While it seems to have the airplay aspect covered (which I use quite often, as well as friends that come over), it's still nice being able to use my harmony remote with the ATV and watch tv shows / movies / etc.. directly from the device without needing a phone / tablet / laptop to control it.

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