Google set to announce Nexus device tomorrow

Everyone is throwing their hats in the ring, and it seems like 2012 is the year of the tablet. Google is set to announce their very own "Nexus" tablet device tomorrow at Google I/O, and despite leaks of supposed devices, the company hasn't confirmed anything yet.

However, Michael Evans did some snooping around the venue for the event and grabbed some interesting shots of the banners inside that show "Nexus" branding. Additionally, the conference will have an on-site "Google Store" which is presented by "Google Wallet." It looks like attendees may be able to pick up a device of their own on the day they are announced (unlike the still-undated Surface Tablet).

The tablet device (or devices) is expected to be the first device to run Android 4.1 (JellyBean), with the company adding it's latest dessert to Mountain View's front lawn to celebrate the release of the next major iteration of Android. The platform has yet to take the tablet world by storm, with tablet devices not selling as fast as Google would like, but perhaps this year it may see more traction.

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If they do a direct $ to £ conversion like most companies do thesedays then definately not, if its £150 I might.

You can pick up a 7" 1024x600 Capacitive touch dual core arm9 tablet with mali400 (Galaxy S2/S3 graphics) with ICS 4.0.3 for £100~ if this is double the price I see no reason to buy it over a cheap offbrand one.

TheLegendOfMart said,
If they do a direct $ to £ conversion like most companies do thesedays then definately not, if its £150 I might.

You can pick up a 7" 1024x600 Capacitive touch dual core arm9 tablet with mali400 (Galaxy S2/S3 graphics) with ICS 4.0.3 for £100~ if this is double the price I see no reason to buy it over a cheap offbrand one.


One can always buy those cheap 7" Tablets but those offer horrible performance especially in GPU-Intensive Apps and their drivers are poorly coded. A lot of Apps will be incompatible in Play Store unless one hacks the build.prop file & you get almost no updates from the manufacturer.

You certainly get what you pay for, but I have a cheap offbrand phone that had ICS ported to it and it plays everything I want it to despite having an 800Mhz ARMv6 CPU.

From the reviews I've read the tablet I am talking about the Ainol Elf 2 is a damn good tablet for the price, it uses the same mali400 gpu that the Galaxy S2 and S3 use.

TheLegendOfMart said,
If they do a direct $ to £ conversion like most companies do thesedays then definately not, if its £150 I might.

You can pick up a 7" 1024x600 Capacitive touch dual core arm9 tablet with mali400 (Galaxy S2/S3 graphics) with ICS 4.0.3 for £100~ if this is double the price I see no reason to buy it over a cheap offbrand one.

1.Those cheap tablet wont get next version of the Android but nexus tablet will get it
2.Nexus tablet might be a cheap tablet but not inferior to those cheap ~100 pound tablet. it will have nvidia tegra 3 quad core 1.3(rumours) with 1 gb ram.

3. its made by Asus. I am not sure if you know it but in PC's Asus is the most reliable(study in 2009). even mac come after Asus.

so they are better quality than the cheap ones.

all these are def worth the extra 50

Hmm...hoping it would be an 8 inch at $249. I had a 7 inch tab -- it was okay but the little extra room makes a big diff. Still excited for it though

seebaran said,
Hmm...hoping it would be an 8 inch at $249. I had a 7 inch tab -- it was okay but the little extra room makes a big diff. Still excited for it though

It is safe to say that the rumors are pretty accurate about this device. I expect it will be 7-inch. However I can't help but wonder if Google has another bit of news up its sleeve. A 10-inch Samsung model? One can hope.

Shadrack said,
So, does this mean that there will be no more updates for the Nexus Galaxy S that was released not that long ago?

How on earth did you manage to get to that conclusion?

Shadrack said,
So, does this mean that there will be no more updates for the Nexus Galaxy S that was released not that long ago?

I've never even heard of a Nexus Galaxy S. If you mean Nexus S, then I wouldn't think they would drop it just yet since it got ICS.

SharpGreen said,

I've never even heard of a Nexus Galaxy S. If you mean Nexus S, then I wouldn't think they would drop it just yet since it got ICS.

How wrong you are. Jellybean (4.1) is not a major release. It is an iteration, the same as Gingerbread (2.3) was to Froyo (2.2). So if the Nexus S got the major upgrade of ICS (4.0), why wouldn't it get this minor iteration?

Asrokhel said,
Google's own site calls it the Galaxy Nexus. Then there are some places that call the same phone the Galaxy Nexus S.

No. Please, please, please just stop.

First Phone was called Nexus (made by HTC). It was released 2009.
Second Phone was called Nexus S (made by Samsung). It was first released 2010.
Third Phone is called Galaxy Nexus (also made by Samsung). It was first released 2011.

Have they unified the OS versions now? So will this 4.1 be available on phones too? If so, I wonder when the Cyanogen Mod guys will add it to CM9?

TCLN Ryster said,
Have they unified the OS versions now? So will this 4.1 be available on phones too? If so, I wonder when the Cyanogen Mod guys will add it to CM9?
should be phones and tablets since ice cream sandwich is for phones and tablets already.

TCLN Ryster said,
Have they unified the OS versions now? So will this 4.1 be available on phones too? If so, I wonder when the Cyanogen Mod guys will add it to CM9?

I wouldn't be surprised if Jelly Bean is released only to the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus Tablet. Meaning, those devices will have it and Google will not drop the code until October. Just my prediction.

'...grabbed some interesting shots of the banners inside that show "Nexus IS"'

Hate to say it, but they simply say "NEXUS". Look a bit closer at the spacing.

torrentthief said,
bring on the $200 tablet Shame it isn't an ARM A15 28nm chip though as those snapdragon s4 chips look awesome.

The S4 isn't A15. It's just a regular average dual core A9