Google Announces New Nexus 7 Tablet Starting at $199

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Google has announced its latest product: a seven-inch tablet computer called the Nexus 7. It will be ready to ship to consumers in two or three weeks.

The tablet will come in an eight gigabyte version for $199 and a 16 gigabyte version for $249. The tablet will come with a $25 credit to the Google Play store for a limited time, according to the product’s page at the Google Play store. The device will also come with The Bourne Dominion by Robert Ludlum (Hachette).

“Nexus 7 is an ideal device for reading books,” said a Google employee at the company’s developer conference today where the tablet was announced. The Nexus 7 also has a dynamic recommendation system that learns what you like to read and watch and makes recommendations.

The device was built for Google Play, the page goes on to say, although does not really specify how. The tablet will come pre-loaded with Google apps like Gmail, Chrome and Google+. It will run on Android 4.1, dubbed Jelly Bean, which was also announced today.

With its seven-inch display, the tablet will be in direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which also starts at $199.

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