Google Nexus 7 available in Australia from July?

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A leaked training document has revealed details about the as-yet-unannounced Google-branded tablet, the Nexus 7, pointing to an Australia launch in July.

(Credit: Gizmodo Australia)

Gizmodo Australia has reported seeing the training document, which names the tablet as the Nexus 7, claiming that it will be the first device to run on Android 4.1, aka, Jelly Bean. The tablet will be powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor with 1GB of RAM. The 7 in the title refers to the tablet's 7-inch display, which is believed to be an IPS technology LCD panel with a 1280x800-pixel resolution.

There is no indication of local pricing in the report, or news on whether the tablet will be linked with a telco in Australia, but the term "training document" does suggest that one of the major carriers is preparing to range the Nexus 7. There will apparently be two SKUs available: an 8GB model for US$199, and a 16GB version for US$249.

The Jelly Bean version of Android is believed to be on the agenda for the annual Google I/O developer conference, where many anticipate that Google will also officially unveil this tablet. The conference will begin on 27 June.

Little is known about the Jelly Bean update at this stage, although Gizmodo Australia reported that the leaked training document claims that Google plans to take charge of future updates to the Android platform, presumably bypassing the telcos and delivering new firmware directly to users of the platform.

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Chandler posted a comment   

Also good to hear that Google is finally pushing for more updates and less fragmentation - will be good to see Android updates rolling out with the frequency of Chrome ones.


Im Batman posted a comment   

thanks for the few extra snippets in here Joe... reading this news on international sites lacked these local insights.
Still bit confused, is the training manual from a telco or say from Google AU prepared for a telco or "training guide" standard telco speak for any new product??

Will be interesting to see how this plays out,
Good on the telco, but would have preferred to hear that it will be available on the Google Play store here in AU.... one can only wish

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