Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
Nexus 7 gets a camera app
| by Karan Shah |
The Nexus 7 was launched amidst much fanfare at the recently concluded Google I/O, but many noticed that the tablet did not come with a dedicated camera app take photographs, despite having a front facing camera for video calling. Google hadn’t included a camera app by default and that didn’t come as good news to those who liked clicking pictures with camera effects. Now, as reported, Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo has published a Camera app for the Nexus 7 to the Play store.
Well, the Nexus 7 isn’t available everywhere yet, but if you do manage to get one, you might just need this app to be able to click self portrait snaps. With this device you need not root the tablet and no special permissions are required. The app includes features that were a part of Ice Cream Sandwich, along with 720p recording if that’s what you want to do with the 1.2 megapixel front camera.
Camera App arrives
On a related note, we do hope that the Nexus 7 reaches Indian shores as soon as possible, as we cannot wait to get our hands on this low budget quad-core beauty. For those not in the know, this model comes equipped with a 7-inch IPS display that boasts a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip. As for the memory, Google has added a 1GB RAM, which should be able to match up with the best in the business. This tablet should be a gamer's delight and Google has touted it as a serious gaming device with its 2-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU.
This ASUS-made tablet is not just designed to take on Apple’s highly successful iPad, but will also pose a stiff threat to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google aims to tackle the competition better with its pricing strategy. The Google Nexus 7 tablet is available in two storage capacities - which are 8GB and 16GB and the brand has priced it extremely competitively at $199 and $249, respectively. This puts rest to the countless rumours surrounding the pricing of the tablet, some of which had pointed out that the price would be in the sub-$200 price bracket.
As far as connectivity is concerned, there had been rumours that the Google Nexus 7 tablet would not come equipped with 3G connectivity, in order to keep the price to a minimum and the brand has done just that. The connectivity options found on this flagship Google Nexus 7 tablet, include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities. This tablet also comes with Google Wallet pre-installed. As for the camera featured here, it comes as no surprise that Google has just added only a front facing camera that can be used for video calls, but what is interesting is that this camera can shoot HD 720p videos.
When it comes to the size, this 7-inch tablet measures 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm and weighs 340g. These dimensions allow it to go head-to-head with the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The Google Nexus 7 will be the first device running on Google’s latest operating software, which is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As far as availability is concerned, we’re expecting a date somewhere in September.
For those who need more information on the tablet, head over to our feature here.
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