It’s been a busy week worldwide of Android, with Google’s Android and Chrome occasion hosting a bunch of rather major announcements, consisting of an update to among our favorite 7-inch tablets. Let us dive in and have a look!

Verizon and Motorola Introduce New Droids Mini, Maxx and Ultra

To kick things off, Motorola revealed 3 new Droid phones with Verizon, to be offered in the coming weeks.

The Droid Mini sports a 4.3-inch display and works on Motorola’s own-brand SoC, the ‘Motorla X8 Mobile Computing System’, which includes a dual-core primary processor with quad-core graphics. The Android Mini’ll introduce August 29th for $99 with a contract signup.

The new 2013 Verizon Droid lineup.

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The new 2013 Verizon Android lineup.

Beyond the entry-level, Motorola also presented the Android Maxx and Droid Ultra, spiritual successors to the Android HD Maxx and Android RAZR HD. The phones are very similar — both also operated on Motorla’s X8 SoC — but the Android Ultra is thinner at 7.2 mm while the Droid Maxx focuses on battery life, claiming a period of up to 48 hours. The Ultra will sell for $199 and the Maxx for $299, and will be in customer’s hands on August 20th.

Of course, the Moto X is still yet to be revealed, although it’s anticipated to not hold the exact same carrier exclusivity as Verizon’s Droid line.

Google Announces Android 4.3

Google finally announced Android 4.3 today, in an update which has already begun rolling out to Nexus-branded devices.

Android 4.3, which maintains the Jelly Bean name, boasts brand-new multi-user features such as restricted profiles for restricting application access, support for Bluetooth Low Energy and Open GL ES 3.0.

The rollout of Android 4.3 begins with Google's own Nexus family.

The rollout of Android 4.3 starts with Google’s own Nexus family.

Android 4.3 has already begun rolling out to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 and the Galaxy Nexus, while the Google Editions of HTC’s HTC One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will recieve the upgrade ‘soon’.

Google Launches New 2013 Nexus 7

In a widely expected move, Google has actually launched a new, revamped variation of the unbelievably popular Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet running stock Android. The brand-new tablet has actually a slightly modified type element, dropping 2mm of thickness and 50g of weight, while likewise removing a few of the external bezel around the display which was a huge point of criticism in the design of the first model.

Perhaps more especially, nevertheless, is the addition of a high-resolution 1920 x 1200px screen, which pushes the pixel density of the tablet far past the initial generation’s screen and those of competing tablets, such as Apple’s iPad mini. Inside, the tablet has actually likewise been updated with a new 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. Audio and video have been enhanced too, with the addition of dual stereo speakers for playback and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Google's new 2013 Nexus 7.

Google’s new 2013 Nexus 7.

The device will run recently-announced Android 4.3 and can be found in WiFi and LTE versions, the latter of which will support AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s networks at launch. The 16GB WiFi model will retail at $229, the 32GB WiFi model will opt for $269 and consumers of the 32GB LTE model will be spending $349.

The brand-new Nexus 7 will be available from Google Play and a variety of US-based online and retail locations formally on July 30th. The gadget will introduce in a number of other countries (such as the Uk, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Spain, Australia and South Korea), although UK listings recommend this could be as late as mid-September, when the device is anticipated to retail from ₤ 199.

Google Reveals Chromecast Hardware

Google likewise revealed Chromecast, a hardware accessory that permits media streaming to a TV. Unlike Google TV and the ill-fated Nexus Q, the Chromecast hardware is available in the kind of a $35 HDMI dongle which plugs straight into your TV. Then, where compatibility is readily available in apps, you can stream material from your Android gadget or Chrome web browser on Windows or OS X.

Naturally, the Chromecast system directly takes on Apple’s $99 Apple TELEVISION. While Apple’s offering comes at a premium and just has official AirPlay support for iOS and OS X gadgets, it does showcase on-TV navigation and streaming without the demand for a second device, unlike the Chromecast.

Chromecast is already available in the United States, and worldwide availability is expected quickly.

Other Updates

  • According to reports, Samsung is building an updated version of the Nexus 10. No further details are known, but a release is stated to not be far off.
  • Google Play Shop support for books is inbound, and Google states support for a rental model will be readily available.
  • Google also revealed today that Android users have actually downloaded even more than 50 billion apps from the Google Play shop, surpassing the 48 billion figure announced at Google I/O earlier this year. Apple’s App Store hit the same milestone in May.

Check in next week for a roundup of this approaching week in Android!