Google unveils new Nexus 7, Google Play Games and Chromecast TV dongle

By , Jul 24, 2013

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As expected, Google unveiled a new version of its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet this morning at a press conference in San Francisco. The tablet is both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and has a gorgeous new display with an impressive resolution of 1,920 x 1,200.

But the new slate wasn’t the only thing on the docket for this morning’s event. Google also showed off its Android 4.3 update, which features a new Google Play Games app (similar to Apple’s Game Center), as well as a new device for your TV called Chromecast…

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The new Nexus 7, for the most part, matches up with the rumors. It houses a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s really taking aim at Apple here, with 9-hour battery life and a 323 PPI display (Retina mini anyone?).

Google’s also added a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera to the tablet, to compliment the 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter. And it will come in a variety of flavors: you can choose from either 16GB or 32GB of storage and Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi+ unlocked LTE models.

Here’s Google’s new Nexus 7 ad:

Google Play Games is also fairly easy to read. It’s Google’s version of Apple’s Game Center app, and it allows developers to add things like cloud syncing and saving, multiplayer gameplay and achievements to their Android games using Google Play games services.

Finally, Google unveiled its latest TV product, the Chromecast dongle. The tiny accessory plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to both stream and mirror content from a tablet, smartphone or computer. And surprisingly, it’s compatible with iOS devices.

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While the new Nexus 7 tablet is impressive, it’s really just made me want a Retina iPad mini more. Google can load the tablet up with the latest specs and charge $1 for it, but it still won’t play all of my iTunes content or download the hundreds of games I paid for.

The Chromecast accessory, however, has peaked my interest. I may even buy one when they go on sale later today for $35—yeah, just $35. The Nexus 7 is going to be a tougher sell, though, as it starts at $230 for the entry model and isn’t available until next week.

CNET goes hands-on with Chromecast:

Overall, though, I think Google made some big moves today. It’s really given consumers a solid alternative to the iPad mini, and I’m anxious to see what developers can do with Chromecast. It’s a lot like Apple’s AirPlay, but open more open source, so we’ll see.

Apple definitely has its work cut out for it this fall.

So, what do you think of Google’s new offerings?

[Images via The Verge]

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  • Michael Romano

    Your move Apple…

    • Rahnold

      I’m quite happy with my Apple TV’s, which have had AirPlay (w/ mirroring for OSX/iOS and Windows ala AirParrot) for ages now. Not to mention Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, ect..

      @Cody Lee, Surprising that they support iOS? Really?!? I’m not surprised in the least..

      • Melvco

        Yeah, you’d think Google would want to close something like this off to their Android/Chrome ecosystems, giving users another bullet point on their lists of reasons to switch. The Nexus Q, for example, was Android-only.

        To be clear, I don’t think this is a bad move—in fact it’s a very good one. Just a little surprising that’s all.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        How is this going to work on iOS devices though? Considering Apples AirPlay protocol is proprietory wouldn’t Apple have grounds to sue Google on if that’s what they’re using? Or do you think Google is going to just use an API and allow developers to use that API in their apps?

      • crobs808

        This works 100% apart from AirPlay. There will be an app that iOS users can download that will stream directly to the dongle. AirPlay would not be involved in any way.

      • ReanimationXP

        That makes no sense. Without root access / jailbreaking, what you’re talking about cannot be achieved.

        The only option would be manual support from developers.. which, don’t hold your breath.

      • crobs808

        Not sure you understand how this works. Airplay is Apple’s protocol for WiFi media streaming while Chromecast is Google’s. Google released an SDK so all developers have to do is use that. It’d be totally separate from Airplay. Airplay is just a software protocol, it does not lock down the hardware to prevent other methods.

      • haridsv

        Any app can build in the support using their sdk.

      • Ian

        Thanks for saying AirParrot. I’ve been searching for something for Windows for weeks.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Tried it. It works but it isn’t perfect.

      • Jonathan

        Agreed, but it’s something. No feature to use it as a second monitor. Bummer.

    • Gorgonphone

      Apple does not need tomovr cause the own the tablet market … Android tabs are for folks who have no clue and folks who blindly hate apple yup no wonder 80% of the tablet market is ipad

      • crobs808

        Or for people who want better screens than the iPad Retina, or have kids and want to lock down user profiles, or like widgets so that they can see the info without having to drill down into the app, or like having more than one single button, or like voicemail that gets transcribed to text so you don’t even have to listen to the message, or for smart shoppers – people who like having all the features Apple has and more for half the price, or for….(the list goes on forever dude)

      • C R

        FYI – In Q2 of 2013, 28% of tablets that shipped were Apple iPads. 67% were Androids, with 5% miscellaneous (Blackberry, Linux, etc.). Apple is getting killed in emerging markets (i.e. countries who’s population is just now starting to embrace mobile/tablet technology). Also, Where did you get the 80% tablet market share number?? As of 2013, the totals are 51% Android and 47% Apple, in overall adoption. The scales tipped on 2012, and now Apple cannot keep up with Android’s growth. Additionally, now that iOS 7 came out and even the Apple fanboys are hating it, that’s all the more reason for upward movement in Android sales.

  • Boss

    Google trying to take over the world by creating anything possible while Apple bring out the same S%#T as the last gen with just spec updates

    • Rowan09

      Google, Samsung, etc all does the same thing. What’s the Specs in the old Nexus 7 compared to this one? I’m sure comparable but who cares. I’m interested to see how that Chromecast thing work with my iPhone.

      • Boss

        Me personally I’d love to see a new design on most of Apple’s stuff like the new Mac Pro not the same crap like the Macbook Air which has looked the same since the first gen

      • Yunsar

        You can’t expect an ultra book to get a major design change

    • Gorgonphone

      Yup and they do it so well that consumers love it…

  • https://twitter.com/AndyScanny Darkstar1062

    Chromecast is so awesome. Can’t wait to get my hands on that.

    • mehrab

      Theres nothing to get your hands on. Its not something super special

      • Jalop

        It’s still a pretty impressive piece a technology. It seems very easy to set up, and it’s relatively cheap. Also, considering it comes with 3 free months of Netflix (which is around $23), it basically pays for itself.

      • ReanimationXP

        It’s not that impressive outside of the form factor. An Apple TV is much more functional and doesn’t rely on your phone’s battery.

  • Justice and Malice

    If only it could stream iTunes content via chromecast.

    • Boss

      Wonder if Apple would ever bring an iTunes app to Android they’d make a load of cash from music and video purchases

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Not going to happen. Many people will find it easier to switch camps and this is not in Apple’s best interest.

      • ReanimationXP

        Could have said the same thing about PC, but that’s what really made iTunes explode. Android users are just as locked into that ecosystem and I’m sure a lot of them would like access to Apple’s music and shows.

  • Kenny Woodard

    I don’t think Apple is too worried here. They have their flagship iPad which has always been the top tier tablet, as long as the mini keeps pace with competitors like Galaxy Tab and Nexus 7, Apple will be fine in the tablet industry. However, Apple should be shaking in their boots when it comes to the smartphone market. It doesn’t matter if you’re and Apple fanboy or not, you have to recognize that HTC and Samsung are producing extremely capable and better devices. iOS 7 is fun and all, but what does it really have that Android doesn’t? With the rumors of the iPhone 5S only going to be a small upgrade from the 5, newer smartphones will absolutely make a fool of Apple’s specs and capabilities. People are bored.. People want more from a phone than just an Apple logo and the same old stuff. I LOVE the ease and clean cut compatibilty between Apple devices and iTunes, but Android is right on the cusp of being just as reliable. The HTC One and Galaxy S4 simply dwarf the iPhone 5 and even the 5S if all the rumors are right. C’mon Apple, give the users what they want most ( integrated jailbreak features ). Imagine if Cydia came pre-installed on the iPhone 6 :P

    • Hwang Lee

      Agree with you on iOS, they really need to step it up.

      Thing about this Nexus 7 though is the price. The iPad costs way too much for the less things it can do. I think the main reason why Apple’s iPad is selling so well is advertisement. If the Nexus had some ads, I think it’d be a different story.

      • mehrab

        The nexus 7 lags a lot. This will lag too (mostly bcos of the high res screen and android) and horrible apps horrible customer care. So yeah i dont see android tablets ruling. Sure it can do much more in terms of pre installed software. You can tweak hack and stuff. At the end of the day. You”ll use your device for web browsing and everyday apps and some games/productive apps and to take pictures. Apple does that the best no doubt

      • Hwang Lee

        Well I don’t really see Android tablets to rule either, I’m just saying that the sales would increase alot.

        I know it’s not really good to be an Android fan on an Apple oriented forum, but I think Android’s software will be solid soon. I know it’s laggy, but Project Butter has really improved Android, and that’s just the beginning.

      • quitcherbichinn

        you have just used the same excuse every fandroid uses..”it’ll get better soon.” well google and fandroids have been saying that since android came out. to each their own though. if you like android more that’s great, if i like apple more that’s great…if they both compete then that is great for both of us. i guess we all make excuses for the faults in the things we like.

      • Hwang Lee

        Well obviously :P

        In defense though, look at how much better the Android OS is getting. It obviously takes alot more work than iOS (Not bashing on iOS) because of all the stuff like widgets incorporated.

      • mehrab

        The gs4 is laggy so is the htc one. The only responsive device is nexus 4 but app openings are uber slow on it now

      • Hwang Lee

        Stock Android :P

        We’ll see how the Nexus 5 performs, I suppose.

      • mehrab

        For avg consumers- Stock android : 4stars
        Ios:4.8

      • Hwang Lee

        Says where?

      • Jalop

        I have a Galaxy S4, and it doesn’t lag.

      • mehrab

        Thats good for you

      • Jalop

        Nice reasoning.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        I have a HTC one and it does not lag at all. However it does lag when you set the animations and transitions to more than default settings

      • quitcherbichinn

        that’s talking out both sides of your mouth…are you a car salesman? lol

        if either lags or it doesn’t. you can’t have it both ways. “it doesn’t not lag, but it does.” that’s what your entire comment just said. so if “it doesn’t lag, however….”….then it lags, making the other guys claim accurate.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        I’m saying it doesn’t essentially lag

      • quitcherbichinn

        so the answer is…it lags.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        no I’m saying no

      • quitcherbichinn

        no actually to quote you…..” However it does lag…”…i did shorten your quote because the rest is inconsequential. then your next quote is….”….it doesn’t essentially lag.” both quotes state…it lags. i’m sorry but you can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth and have it both ways…unless of course you are a politician because then the public will just eat it up. if it doesn’t lag then it doesn’t lag. if it “doesn’t essentially lag”, or “however it does lag” THEN IT LAGS! period. end of story. end of argument.

      • mehrab

        I usually turn them off. Or have them at 0.5. I see the slightlest frame drops :). I have one too. So yeah. I hate the batter life on it damn! And the camera and sense :|

      • Kash Gummaraju

        sense is horrible yes, but the camera is good

      • mehrab

        In low light* i love stock android i wish i had the google version

      • Hwang Lee

        just flash Stock Android

      • mehrab

        And get no ota updates, no thanks

      • Jalop

        You literally claim almost every Android device lags. I have a Galaxy S4, I do not experience any lag. I have played around with the Nexus 7(original model) in the store, and I didn’t experience any lag.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        If what you’re saying is true then why do you choose Android over iOS?

      • Jalop

        I choose it because I wanted to try an Android phone after using iOS for years.

      • mehrab

        Galaxy s4,nexus 7,gs3 are lag monsters. If you dont see it then great good for you.

      • Jalop

        I have a Galaxy S4 running a custom launcher, with several apps, and a live wallpaper, and I do not see any lag. The Nexus 7 I played around with in the store had quite a few apps open on it (from other people playing around on it), and it didn’t lag. I played around on a relative’s Galaxy S3 before buying my S4 to see if I would like it, and I didn’t experience any lag on their device. You are literally just making this all up.

      • Jack Wong

        Speaking of the price, even these days, Apple laptop and desktop still cost much more than the PC laptop and desktop.

        So I don’t think we will see the iPad with the same price as Android tablet.

    • mehrab

      The avg customer is satisfied with their iphones. Geeks not so much. Geeks always want to hack and make their phone work the way they want to. What apple wamts is for people to dive into their products. Every one who owned/owns an iphone got an ipad then Eventually a mac. Why? Performance,apps,ease of use,design

      • Kenny Woodard

        I only have an iPhone 4 and a Mini. Not everyone can afford macs and people who grew up on windows do not find it easy to switch to Mac. I am not a geek, I just want the best phone I can get because I have to have it for 2 years and I use like 7gbs of data a month just on an old iPhone 4. I could have an HTC one and still prefer an iPad which is what I would prefer actually. I don’t mind having an Apple ID and a google account. It’s not a huge deal for me to be multi-platform if I think it suits me the most.

      • mehrab

        Your a geek, nothing to be shameful about. I am one too. People who grew up on windows find mac os a delight. About the affording macs thing true (apple just doesnt want you to have a crappy experience hence the price)

      • Hwang Lee

        “People who grew up on windows find mac os a delight.”

        No offence, but I don’t.

      • Kenny Woodard

        Same here

      • mehrab

        You just dont see it then fine.

      • Kenny Woodard

        If wanting a great smartphone makes me a geek.. then sure.. Windows may not have the features and glamour that Mac does, but it gets the job done for me. For a fraction of the cost. I have used macs and I honestly don’t care which platform I use out of the 2.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        No offence here since you may or may not agree with my opinion here but I’m going to state it anyway. The entire Windows OS is the biggest piece of bloatware there is. I used to put up with Windows but now have lost my patience. I would love a Mac but like you and others have stated they’re ridiculously expensive. I could probably afford a Mac mini but it hasn’t had a refresh in a while and well who wants a bottom of the range computer? For now I’ve found myself converting to Linux specifically the Ubuntu distro and while it is flawed in many ways it beats Windows hands down…

      • Jalop

        “Every one who owned/owns an iphone got an ipad then Eventually a mac.”

        Well, that’s definitely not anywhere near true.

      • mehrab

        *most people not everyone and yes its true when i say most people

      • Jalop

        Ok, if it’s true, go ahead and show me your proof.

      • mehrab

        Idk look at forums

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Lol, typical iSheep reasoning; nothing logical, just worshipping herd master Apple. Simply by looking at the statistics of OS usage (http://goo gl/OjC3), it’s evident that you’re just typing bull crap out of your ass.

        FYI: ~58% of the Mobile OS market (tablet and phone) is iOS, yet, only ~7% of the Desktop OS is Mac OS X (~92% is Windows). Given the fact that a larger % of people (on earth) own mobile phones than the % that own a desktop/laptop, can you realise how ignoramus your comment is?

      • mehrab

        What are you talking about. Macs have lower sales bcos of price. Everyone who owns one apple product simply starts buying more from apple (bcos of the good experience they received from their last product)

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        You clearly are having a hard time doing deductive reasoning. Still going through junior high school or have you dropped out? Believe whatever you want to believe fanboy, take the red pill whenever you’re ready.

      • mehrab

        You make so much sense

      • Jalop

        If everyone who owned an iOS device bought a Mac in the long run (as you claim), then Mac OS X would hold a larger market share. You didn’t show me any proof.

    • quitcherbichinn

      “rumors of the 5S only being small upgrades”….it gets me every time when people are shocked or confused by the “s” version of the iPhone. it’s not a new thing…with the exception of the first iPhone, every model has had a X and XS model…2 year cycle. nothing new here.

      • Kenny Woodard

        I’m not shocked at all.. NOTHING NEW lol.. kinda my point there

        iPhone hardware is fine, the iPhone 5 is a beautiful device. iOS is the thing that’s lacking.

      • mehrab

        Thats what you dont friigin get and it pisses me so much i have lots of androids all they ever game me where insufficient useless features. The ios gives you features you need and on ios 7 changing your wall papaper customizes the whole appearance of it in different parts of the os. And NO HACKING YOUR DEVICE IS NOT INNOVATIVE Ios 7 has a lot to offer. I”d rather have a fast fluid device witha ton a apps then incredible customization which slowly turns your phone to crap. Go to lockergnome and see their htc one review

      • Kenny Woodard

        Dude.. first of all just chill okay? I’m entitled to my opinion. Second of all, iOS isn’t for everybody, people have different wants and needs. I have never hacked a phone either. I couldn’t care less about that. If iOS is all you need.. why is everybody waiting for a jailbreak? Android offers me what I want in a device and if you don’t like that, then I’m sorry. I have used iOS 7 and its neater, but still not all I want in a phone. Trust me I have read and watched plenty of reviews.

      • Kurt

        He’s very obnoxious…the other one is MarcPhilippeB

      • mehrab

        See lockergnomes you”ll get what im talking about it. If your not satisfied move on go to android. Wait everyones waiting for a jailbreak? Last i checked those were all geeks/13 year olds/ just someone who wanted added functionality (rare)

      • Altechi

        I have a Htc one, and it does not lag At All. The Samsung S4 does. But the htc does not.

        You make the weirdest assumptions with no fact.

      • mehrab

        Yeah see the review of in on lockergnome

      • Altechi

        Right, one source…..look for more reliable sources: the verge, anadtech, Engadget, cnet.

      • mehrab

        Theverge for sure all the others were/are paid by samsung so no. and lokergnome on yotube is very reliable and is the best there is in smarphones/tablet reveiws

    • Rowan09

      Shaken in their boots is an exaggeration. Apple makes the most money from smartphone sales son why would they shake in their boots? I’ve said it before Android phones in a whole is competing with themselves and Samsung is the only company making money. Google needs to shake in its boots because the Nexus was never a hit and they are hoping the Moto X does something.

      • Kenny Woodard

        Yes shaking in their boots was an exaggeration. Just because Apple makes a lot of money doesn’t mean they make superior phones. It’s all preference anyways. I was simply referring to competition heating up between Apple and Samsung/HTC/Nokia

      • Rowan09

        I agree the best is always preference. I actually believe Apple is secondary and those companies HTC, Samsung, Motorola are more in completion with each other than Apple.

      • Hwang Lee

        I don’t know, it seems like a competition of hardware at this point between Android.

        From many reviews I read, people prefer the Google Play HTC and S4 over the originals.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    I’m seriously digging the Chromecast !
    Cross-platform, also just $35.
    comes with 3-month free Netflix….

  • Ben Thorne

    Chromcast is pretty baller. I can dig it. I’ll buy one of those for sure.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Apple has a lot of stuff to beat! Hope for great stuff this fall

  • MarcPhilippeB

    it is basically an cheaper Apple TV, but with no content on its own.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      That is my first impressions of it too. However in the spirit of not judging things until they’re released I’ll withhold judgement until I can read / watch some reviews of it. What I’m interesting to see though is how the iOS support will be added. Are Google going to use an API or be the rebels they sometimes are and just reverse engineer the AirPlay protocol? Also it is a very small device will it be able to handle full 1080p HD video?

      • Hwang Lee

        Too hard to make judgments, after all, it just was announced.

        But Google is rolling out SDKs and APIs for developer support.

        Don’t compare this to Apple TV, compare it more to AirView.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    It wold be a major blow to apple if the next mini doesn’t have a retina display. And I sure hope the nexus 7 price bump does not justify a price bump on the iPad mini. In fact the new nexus 7 16Gb has the same price of the old 16 GB model, the only thing lacking is the entry 8 GB model.

  • Gorgonphone

    fantastic ad.. reminds me of what apple used to do..

    • Kurt

      I agree, Apple used to have good ads. Now they produce ads like “you can take photos with your iphone! Yeay!” or the ad “You can listen to MP3s! WhooHoo!”

  • Gorgonphone

    the tablet will suck and lose to ipad as usual

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Just shut up

      • Gorgonphone

        I cqn shut up 100000000 times and that lame android tablet will still suck and lose to ipad fact

      • Kash Gummaraju

        I wonder who’s losing market share right now. That’s right it’s Apple I don’t see how an oversized ipod touch is considered innovative or new in any way.

      • Gorgonphone

        Um lol dude i know your feelings are hurt and all but ipad is the tablet market right now its sad thAt no one else can come close but thats reality…

        Most folks want an ipad… Not an android tap… Thats just the way it is no matter how much you cry. ..

        I really feel sorry for you when i go in bestbuy and the android tabs ar sitting lonely and dsuty and untouched in dim rows of death but the ipad section is crowded and bright and alive lol

  • Hwang Lee

    I think if this Nexus kills the lag in the previous gen, it’ll sell very well. I mean, obviously not to iOS fans, but to Android fans. It’s got a great bezel, great display, great price, and the most important to Android fans, stock Jellybean.

    I’m not trying to say it’s going to beat the iPad. It may, it may not, but it’ll sell well in the Android community.

    • Rowan09

      I don’t know if I can agree because the Nexus isn’t a popular brand. Most Android users go Samsung even though its not the best. Why would I want this over a Galaxy tablet? The Note 3 is suppose to be a 6.3+ phone so this 7″ tablet is a waste of time. Maybe a person will buy this for their little kid but it’s not going to be widely popular.

      • Hwang Lee

        Actually, have you heard the reviews for Galaxy tablets? No offence, but they suck. Sure the Nexus isn’t as popular, but IMO they’re much better. Android users generally prefer stock to Touchwiz anyways.

      • Jalop

        Also, the Nexus devices always get the newest features before most other devices, considering the updates are coming straight from Google.

      • Hwang Lee

        Stock Android > Touchwiz / Sense

      • Jalop

        Oh yeah, I definitely agree. I’m currently using Touchwiz on a Galaxy S4 considering the Nexus devices don’t work with my current carrier (Verizon), but as soon as my contract is up (in 2015), I’ll be switching to T-Mobile or AT&T. Unless, of course, Google starts making the newer Nexus devices compatible with the Verizon network again.

      • Hwang Lee

        You can always flash stock 4.3 ;)

      • Rowan09

        I agree it’s better but Google doesn’t do a good job selling it.

      • Hwang Lee

        Well it’s cuz there are literally no ads for it.

  • n0ahcruz3

    If the next ipad mini has retina and priced right it will kill the competition. Unfortunately the price will probably be the same $329. Knowing apple.

    • Al

      Could be more. Knowing apple :-)

      • n0ahcruz3

        Lol i see what u did there

  • Nipasaurus

    That was one enjoyable comercial.

  • Jalop

    Seems like a very nice tablet. Although, I do wish they would’ve excluded the rear camera, and put the money from that into maybe making the front facing camera slightly better, but that’s just a minor complaint. I will probably end up buying this tablet.

    EDIT: Also, the fact that this tablet runs stock Android, and will be getting updates straight from Google is a big thumbs up in my book.

    • Kurt

      aren’t cameras only around 10 bucks? The internals you want even better are more expensive. Thankfully they aren’t charging 100 bucks more for the 32 gig like Apple does. 40 bucks more is good

      • Jalop

        Yeah, I know the camera isn’t that expensive, but I personally have never seen much of a purpose to rear facing cameras on tablets. Oh well, it’s just a small complaint, and it’s definitely not going to keep me from buying it.

        P.S. I edited my original comment into something more realistic.

      • mehrab

        OMEEERRRGOD its google and apple here apple is going to take your cash with the hardware googles going to take it with its services *common sense*

      • Kurt

        Sorry, I don’t understand. Maybe my common sense isn’t so great due to too much fluoride in my water.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Only just noticed this but the new Nexus 7 supports the following wifi standards:

    802.11 a,b,g and n yet not 802.11ac. Why is this? For me I would automatically choose the iPad mini over the nexus 7 if when it is announced it has 802.11ac support…

  • mehrab

    People stop freaking out. Apple gets it money from hardware hence the price google gets it from its services

    • Joseph

      Like? Apple charges more to submit an app to the App Store, for example, than Google charges for the Play Store. Besides, Apple’s fees for the device are required while paying for services is optional and there are alternatives.

  • CPVideoMaker101

    Chromecast API + iOS Jailbreak = replace AirPlay API with CHromecast API? :D

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      That sure would be astonishing! Never have I used AirPlay (’cause I never saw the value in a $99 locked-down Apple TV over my Laptop), but with this open-to-all AirPlay alternative, I’m definitely going to start utilizing it, just as much as I utilize HDMI today.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Good grief, those top and bottom bezels are just ridiculous! Why don’t they just minimize them? Or increase the size of the screen?

    • Hwang Lee

      For grip.

      You can easily grip the 7 with one hand.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    that’s a soulless device…

  • D.

    Points for the ad. Very smart.

  • Martynet

    Can anyone explain to me why is it always 16 or 32GB storage? Why not 64 or even 128GB? I hope next iPhone will be 128GB. My 64GB iPhone 5 is full! Some of the games or navigation software are really big.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Nice, Google has found a way to commercialize you in your living too. I’ll bet it goes through their servers to stream video…would be cool if it was just a local WiFi connection Media Receiver; like a Smart TV has built-in…