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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Google tries a third assault to TV

It has the size of a flash drive but instead of connecting to a USB port Chromecast connects to the TV's HDMI port. Once "plugged" this key on the screen to view videos from YouTube, Netflix and other online content providers. passes Tele controlled with the mobile phone or tabletand $ 35 (about 26 euros to change) is the last Google bid to try to control the classroom. Has previously tried twice. The first with Google TV in 2010, the second with Nexus Q-a device that canceled a few weeks of its official announcement, in 2012. Both failed. Chromecast is more limited in functions but also much more affordable. "At that price smart not hard to do all the TVs in the house", said from the company. Chromecast The idea is reminiscent of Apple's Airplay technology, integrated in your iOS devices, MacOS and Apple TV, which allows you to view on the classroom screen whatever it is playing on tablets or Macs, but there are small differences. Chromecast not get the content of the device itself, it makes its own streaming from the network. The device is also compatible with various products, including phones and tablets from the competition. At the moment is only available in the U.S., but Google has indicated it wants to take it to international markets "as soon as possible."

A new Nexus

The device itself may be bought in Spain in the coming weeks will be the new edition of the Nexus 7 tablet . Look very similar to the present, is six millimeters thinner and 50 grams lighter. Maintains the same dimension-seven-inch screen, but increases the resolution up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. Ie it becomes a device with a high image density. The new tablet will be manufactured by Asus but this time has a more powerful processor and twice the RAM (2GB) . The price has increased compared to the previous version. The Nexus 7 will cost U.S. $ 229 (about 173 euros) if you choose the 16GB model and $ 269 (about 200 euros) if you opt for the 64 GB. There will be a networking issue with mobile data LTE for $ 349 (about 264 euros). Price is likely to be similar in euros, although the company has not yet officially confirmed. Google stressed the importance of the tablet market, which will soon surpass the number of PC units sold, both in the home and business."Every other tablets sold are equipped with the Android operating system" , said Hugo Barra, responsible for Android strategy. For Google, however, the market dominance of the tablet still has not materialized. Though units sold iPads use is much more widespread. The latest figures suggest that Chitika consultant in the U.S. and Canada, for example, 82% of tablet web traffic corresponds to iPads.

New version of Android

To accompany the new tablet Google has created a new version of the Android operating system, version 4.3, which includes enhanced parental controls and multiuser. In addition, the company released a new textbook store market-focused university and higher education. The books can be purchased or rented for the duration of the academic year.Shop for Google Play applications will also undergo a change to more clearly show the applications created specifically for use on tablets.
The update to Android 4.3 is now available for all Nexus devices.

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