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Google I/O Conference 2012 Quick Hits

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The first day of the Google I/O 2012 Developer Conference took place today, and the Google crew wasted no time announcing new features and products. To begin, it was revealed that Android devices total 400 million activations since Android first launch four years ago. In addition, a million devices are activated every single day, which is a tremendous feat. Arguably the biggest news of the day was the unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will roll out to devices in mid-July. The initial wave of devices include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S, and the Motorola Xoom. We expect other partner OEMs to roll out Android 4.1 as soon as possible, but given that ICS is slow to roll-out, it could be months before we see Android 4.1 on other devices. Moreover, Android 4.1 offers a smoother user experience by increasing the refresh rate across all actions to make the animations smoother — something known as Project Butter. In addition, NFC support is improved by offering the ability to share photos and videos and pair devices through NFC. Now, Android 4.1 allows for voice typing even without an active data connection. There are a few other Android Jelly Bean features, but not as monumental as the features mentioned above. Next, we have the Google Nexus 7 Tablet, which was heavily rumored leading up to its announcement at I/O.  It will launch in mid-July running Android 4.1 out of the box.  We have more information on the tablet available here.  But as a quick recap, it features a 7 inch screen, 1GB of RAM, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of storage, NFC, and WiFi for $199. Another hardware product announced was the Nexus Q.  It is available through Google Play for $299 and is essentially an Android device that acts as a media relay station.  It accesses your stored content in Google’s Cloud storage and plays it on any connected speaker or HDTV.  For instance, it can pull your music from Google Music and play it or launch videos purchased through Google Play and then sync it with your Television. We hope to have more news for you folks in the next couple of days as Google I/O rolls on.