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Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Chromecast Streaming Device For TV

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Google introduced the Nexus 7 tablet on Wednesday equipped with the world's highest resolution screen, 323 pixels, and a $35 device that allows users to stream online content onto their HD TV screens.

The Chromecast device will let you watch Netflix, YouTube and other content on a high-definition TV. Simply plug the Chromecast into the TV's HDMI port, and it'll display content from your phone, tablet or laptop.

The Nexus 7 release escalates Google's battle with Apple and Amazon.com in the mobile computing market.

The Chromecast is available right away, while the new Nexus 7 devices go on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday. It's available in Google's online store and various other retailers. Google made the announcement Wednesday at an event in San Francisco.

The extra firepower added to the second generation of Nexus 7 tablets will come with a higher price. A model with 16 gigabytes of storage will sell for $229, a $30 per increase from the original Nexus 7 released a year ago. That's still 30 percent below the $329 that Apple Inc. charges for its iPad Mini. A comparable Kindle Fire HD tablet from Amazon.com Inc. currently sells for $199.

A 32-gigabyte version of the Nexus 7 for $269, a $20 price increase.

Google Inc. says the new line of Nexus tablets boasts a higher-definition 7-inch display screen and a processor that promises to be nearly as twice as fast. Dual stereo speakers have been added for richer sound, and the device's battery duration has been extended by about an hour. The Nexus 7 will also be the first device to get the 4.3 version of its Android software.

Based on the reporting by The Associated Press.

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