At their annual developer conference, Google unveiled its Nexus 7 tablet, a device with its sights set squarely on competing with Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Priced at $199, the 7-inch screen Android device is available to order right now on Google Play with shipping to occur sometime in the middle of next month.
The Nexus 7 specs are posted below:
• Make: Asus
• OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.1
• Quad-core CPU
• 1280 x 800 pixel, 7-inch display
• Tegra 3 graphics chipset (12-core)
• Front-facing camera
• 9 hours battery life
• 8GB model priced $199, 16GB model at $249
Coming out of the same conference is the news that among the more than forty games currently available on Google Play, Gameloft will also be throwing their hat in the ring by announcing that ten of their most popular titles will be optimized and enhanced for the new tablet, with eight of them being available today.
Baudouin Corman, Vice President of Publishing for the Americas, expressed great enthusiasm in the new platform:
“As Gameloft seeks to be one of the first publishers to optimize its titles for each new platform, it is with great enthusiasm that we now bring a roster of our biggest hits for the new Nexus 7… With the new device features, we will not only be present on one of the best digital platforms out there, but we will be able to truly showcase our unique development approach and ingenuity through the high-quality of our games as well.”
The full list of Gameloft titles that will be available on the Nexus 7 is written below:
• Asphalt 7: Heat
• Dungeon Hunter III
• Fantasy Town
• Fashion Icon
• Men in Black 3
• Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
• N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
• Oregon Trail: American Settler
• Shark Dash
• The Amazing Spider-Man
Analysis: I usually avoid the tablet industry for the most part due to not having enough disposable income and not hearing about a device that truly captured my imagination and excited me. That might soon change, though, as the Nexus 7 and the recently announced Windows Surface device are definitely competing for my business. The power and price point of the Nexus are definitely its strong points and are hard to ignore, although I feel Google has really missed an opportunity by not including the ability to expand storage capacity.
As for Gameloft’s ten announced games, despite a lot of their work being blatantly inspired or carbon copies of other successful titles, the company does manage to make quality games on touch devices. Having ten of their most popular titles optimized and available right from the get-go for the Nexus 7 is certainly enticing.
Could the relatively low price tag of $199 be enough to get you in on the tablet gaming scene? I know I’m definitely thinking about it.