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Nexus 7 for $199; BlueStacks ports Android apps to the Mac!

The Nexus 7 tablet, unveiled today at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco is “built by Asus and comes with a 7-inch 1,280-by-800 HD display. According to Google, it’s running the Tegra 3 processor and has a front-facing camera for video chatting. Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and near-field communication support are also included in the device.

According to CNET News:

The Nexus 7 comes in 8GB and 16GB models. The 8GB option retails for $199, while the 16GB version will go on sale at $249. The device will start shipping in two to three weeks, Google said. However, interested customers can start preordering the tablet today. Rounding out the specs are a Micro-USB port, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel front camera (no back camera included), a gyroscope, GPS, an accelerometer, a microphone, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi.

The device measures 10.45mm thick, weighs 0.7 pounds, and, from the looks of the first pictures released, has a textured, grippy backside and appears to be about the same size as the Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 will be the first device to run the latest version of the Android 4.1 OS, also known as Jelly Bean. The battery is expected to run a 720p HD video for 9 hours – just put together Ben Hur and A Bridge Too Far. :-) CNET has several articles on Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean.

Meanwhile, under a wedding tent today across the street from the Google I/O Conference at Moscone West, app player BlueStacks announced the “marriage” of Mac and Android!

(Will it last after the next Apple Software Update? 😉 )

You can get the BlueStacks alpha for Mac from CNET or

The public alpha of BlueStacks for Mac brings BlueStacks’ LayerCake technology to OS X and features several apps from BlueStacks partners such as HandyGames, CreativeMobile, and Pulse, in addition to the Android basics. BlueStacks will work on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above.

According to BlueStacks, when Bluestacks for Windows went to its public beta at the end of March, there were more than 1 million downloads in the first nine days.

And those were from Windows users…. 😉

(Note added 06/28/2012: At Google I/O, Chrome has gone MOBILE to Android and iOS!)

-Bill at

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