Monday, May 26, 2014

What is Google teasing for I/O 2014? A NEXUS 7 or 8 3D tablet? Video.

Francisco De Jesùs.


Rumors say, Google is developing a new 7-inch tablet that can capture 3-D images, and plans to produce about 4,000 of these prototypes beginning next month, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the company's plans.
The device, which is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group 'Project Tango,' will have two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects, according to the Journal.
Google's Project Tango is a platform for Android phones and tablets designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment around it.
The Project's flagship product, a prototype smartphone, released in February has similar sensors and is designed to create a three-dimensional map of its user's surroundings, the Journal said.
NEXUS 8 TABLET?
Other rumors say, Google is gearing up to take up production of 8-inch tablets (some rumors say 8.9-inch) at the expense of its Nexus 7 line.

Google has set up its conference website and the header image shows a mysterious slate.

Certainly, we can’t be sure this is the upcoming Nexus 8 tablet, but there’s a big possibility it is. The image doesn't really tell us much, except we’re dealing with a possible 8-incher with a relatively wide bezel.

Also visible in the picture is at least one front-facing speaker. The header teases “Let’s invent! Let’s geek out” and most interestingly “Let’s break stuff. Let’s hack!” Our attention is definitely there.

The new Nexus 8 will no longer be manufactured by ASUS, as the Nexus 7 tablet. Instead, Google has taken up a collaboration with HTC, which the search giant has been courting for a while now.

It appears HTC has recognized the need to penetrate the slate market and this is something lots of tablet fans have been hoping for.

The Nexus 8 tablet is expected to arrive with a price-tag a little above average, something that would revolve around $299 / €214.

The slate should come equipped with a 2K display and could be running the latest Android 4.5 build, but this is still pure speculation at this point.

Back in March, HIS Technology’s Rhonda Alexandra claimed volume production for the device was set to kickstart in June or August. She also noted that the slate was expected to be a lower volume product, due to the premium price tag.

During the same interview, she mentioned that a 3rd generation Nexus 7 tablet was not out of the cards yet. Actually, she claimed the product would arrive somewhere in 2014, but so far they have no confirmation on actual contracts involving such products.

Anyway, putting all speculations apart, we will know for sure what’s what in a month’s time or so.

Those of you who have an interest in the Nexus  7 or 8, should mark the 25-26 June date in your calendar, because that’s when Google’s I/O 2014 event is scheduled to take place. 


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