Date: June 27
Google is looking far past search. That much was apparent at the company's 2012 I/O conference where it introduced not only the next version of its Android mobile operating system, but its own tablet and a media streaming device meant to replace whatever it is you currently have serving content to your living room TV.
The Nexus 7 tablet is a continuation of Google's attempt to set the standard of what an Android device should be. When the Samsung-made Nexus smartphone dropped it was a clear sign of what a clean, focused Android handset could be. Nexus phones are powerful, a pleasure to use, and unencumbered by the usual bloatware that comes with most Android handsets. The Nexus 7 aims to do that for that for the Android tablet. It's no secret that the only thing selling worse than Android tablets are Riff Raff albums. Google believes if it sets the bar with its 7-inch, ASUS-built, Android 4.1-running tablet others will follow suit.
Less expected than the tablet was the Nexus Q, a sphere-shaped streaming device that is aimed squarely at the Apple TV. It works seamlessly with Android devices—anyone with an Android phone can control it and stream content to it. Google calls it the "first ever social streaming device—like a cloud-connected jukebox where everyone brings their own music to the party." For those keeping count, Google now has laptops, smartphones, tablets, and streaming media boxes. Game on.