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Google Nexus 7 Tablet Release Date Set for Mid-July

Google unveiled its new Google Nexus 7 tablet at its Google I/O keynote earlier today.

Customers can order the device online starting today, and it will ship in the middle of July, according to the company.

Google also revealed the specifications on the tablet that includes a 1080 x 800HD display, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 12-core GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC (near field communications), and a chrome browser.

The Google Nexus 7 will retail for $199.

Google also unveiled its new Android 4.1, Jelly Bean OS at the event.

The software has received a number of enhancements that improve touch responsiveness and the overall smoothness of animations and the UI. Its frame rate has also been accelerated to 60 frames per second.

Google displayed demos of the redesigned widgets that scale intelligently around other UI elements along with a new Predictive Keyboard that takes voice commands.

Android 4.1, also features redesigned notifications that Google has now made fully customizable, expandable, and collapsible.

Google execs presented a demo during the event that displayed the new notifications expanding to provide more information as they reached the top of the list and how they also can be expanded and collapsed at any time with gestures.

Jelly Bean will also have an improved voice search that is very similar to Apple's Siri voice navigation system featured on the iPhone 4S.

A new feature called "Google Now" also debuted at the event.

"Google Now" functions as a search product that utilizes customizable cards such as "Sports" or "Flights" that will keep users up to date on data that is important to them. It also provides users with personal assistant-like features.

For example, the cards feature gives up to date information based on a user's personal preference and location. It also updates travel information for people running late and gives sports scores for teams that the user likes.

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