Google Nexus 7 Tablet Receives First Software Update (PHOTOS)

The Google Nexus 7 tablet has received a software update this week, bumping it up to Android 4.1.2 JellyBean.

Google began rolling it out yesterday morning and also released screenshots displaying the new software running on the device.

Android 4.1.2 brings the rotation ability to the homescreen and is expected to improve performance significantly from Android 4.1.1. It also has a smoother user interface, fixes various bugs, makes device functions more stable, and features new versions of the Google Play store, Google Play Music, and Google Play Magazines.

Google could also be releasing a $99 Nexus tablet in the near future, according to a recent report.

NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shym stated that the device will enter production in December this week.

This $99 version of the wildy popular tablet was first mentioned in DigiTimes. However, Asus, the company that is expected to manufacture the device, has denied those claims, so this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.

A 32GB Google Nexus 7 also could be as released early as Oct. 24, according to other reports.

The device was recently discovered in a listing at a Carphone Warehouse store in the U.K. Shortly after it was found, a few Droid Life readers reported that they found the tablet in the retailer's purchasing system.

The device was priced at $259.92 and the reader also reported that his reseller is expecting shipments of the 32GB Nexus 7 sometime around Oct. 24 and called it a "special model."

Google could be releasing this version in order to better compete with the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the next-generation Nook tablet.

A Galaxy Nexus 2 smartphone was also discovered in Carphone Warehouse's inventory with this new Nexus 7 model.

Neither of these devices has been confirmed by Google.