We've been hearing about the mysterious "Google tablet" for months now and, more recently, have seen quite a bit of supporting evidence that it will be called the Nexus 7. We've even seen the back and sides of the device. What we haven't seen, however, is the interface.

Until now.


What you're looking at there is an official image of the Nexus 7, directly from Google's Play Store servers. While it's nice to finally put a face to the name, this image raises some questions, like why does it have a phone interface? Surely Google wouldn't forsake its own tablet-optimized UI... would it? Of course, it's unknown how old this image is - for all we know, it could be an older render that has been in place for some time.

There are still many, many questions that we're all dying to get answered about this upcoming device, but hopefully we'll get all the goods when the Android keynote begins in less than an hour's time.

[Thanks, Adam Boeglin]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Kenny O

    And here we go.......

  • Sebastian Encina

    Not the prettiest, but I still want one

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    looks just awful 

  • Kyle Bailey

    Way too much bezel.

  • http://twitter.com/crowley35 Justin Crowley

    so much bezel...

  • http://twitter.com/MaxJ_K Max Kemman

    I thought the trend was supposed to be smaller bezels? I sure hope this is not a real picture

  • WestIndiesKING

    i hope you are wrong, way too much bezel at the top. 

  • Bandage

    wow, that's a lot of bezel there

  • Cephas003

    Kindle Fire 2.0?

  • GingerNutter

    Gonna wait for a Surface me thinks.

  • Bariman43

    Aaaaahhhh! Too much bezel with a phone interface. That looks... terrible. I'm seriously hoping it's an old render.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I used to think like that but unlike a phone you have to actually HOLD the tab. Because of this you need a bezel to keep you from holding your hands over the screen. It took me some time to understand this but once I got a Fire I understood the purpose behind the bezel

      • Bariman43

        No, the bezel at the top and bottom is way too big. If they were just the size of the ones on the side it would be perfect.

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          I guess I see your point. But even despite the looks I think it'll sell. realistically the design the displayed means nothing since android is already customizable and I think the bezel is just something that ppl will get used to.

  • Swapnil Chitnis

    Why is a tablet using the Android phone UI?

  • adnokr5

    That bezel .........

  • guest

     Modified: 19 June 2012 06:16:49

  • Charles Clout

    Why is it using the phone interface?

  • http://twitter.com/whoisajimmy Jim


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Both *m*icrousb and dock pins, baby.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Both *m*icrousb and dock pins, baby.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    Holy broad bezel Batman! The phone interface is really confusing me too. Does it change depending on the screen's current orientation? Maybe Honeycomb/ICS tablet interface for landscape and phone for portrait?

  • BlackGod

    Just wondering, but is it worth giving up my Asus TFP to get this?

  • Dragon_tamer64

    Lol BlackGod, this isn't even worth looking at

    • BlackGod

      Thanks, the TFP will probably get a quick Jelly Bean update anyway since the rumored specs of the Nexus 7 match up spec to spec with the Prime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tirogerl Roger Lefort

    Could this possibly be the real thing?! If it is, then add this to a growing list of major flops by Google.

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      Holy bezels, Batman!
      The bezel on this thing is a turn off

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

        Ah, you beat me to it.

      • http://tech.gtaero.net/ Navarr Barnier

        However, a (possibly) natural requirement of Apple's lawsuits.

    • http://twitter.com/physicalist09 Physicalist

      Silly. You don't even try to offer arguments. Nice try, troll.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tirogerl Roger Lefort

        So I'm a troll for not liking the looks of the device? It's funny how before anyone can critique a product they have to list their ownership "credentials". So here you go: proud owner of galaxy nexus, ipad, google TV. Does that pass you're litmus test?

  • Anthony Vella

    This device is terrible looking. Note to Google, STOP MAKING NEXUS DEVICES WITH MANUFACTURERS. Have you not noticed that ASUS has released almost 4 variations of the Transformation Prime in 4 months because it failed so much... sigh, Google never will achieve perfection at this rate.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      really? You know the Transformer series is one of the best selling android tablets around right? If more variants over time means that the device sucks than both the galaxy and iphone must really be bad.

      • Anthony Vella

        Its the fact that all they are doing are making the tables outdated so quickly you can't even catch up. I am not an Apple fan but Apples marketing plan of 1 a year allows them to innovate more and add more features while these foreign manufacturers like to release a tablet every month with 1 update. Its getting pathetic and ruining Android.

        • marcusmaximus04

          What? This is Google's first tablet, ever.

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          I wouldn't say that each version of the transformer makes the others outdated. Keep in mind that unlike Apple HTC, samsung, and especially Asus make products for different price points. the Prime and the 300 are high and low points.  The infinity is more like a successor to the prime while the 300 is a successor to the original Transformer. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

          Your argument is invalid, because in the war of Apple vs Google, it's 1 company with 1 product and 1 platform (100% controlled by that 1 company) vs another company with a platform that tons of manufacturers use for tons of products, and those various companies control those platforms and products.

          You can't compare the two.

    • BlackGod

      Typing this from my TRANSFORMER Prime, what is the Transformation Prime? Where can I buy one?

      • Anthony Vella

        Spelling mistake, I had 4 Transformer Primes and all 3 had WIFI issues, I will NEVER buy an ASUS Chinese tablet again, piece of crap.

        • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

          So all 3 of your 4 tablets had issues? Think about your statement there.

          You had 4 tablets and all 3 of them had issues.

  • http://twitter.com/drazyw Chris Allen

    Ugly. Because bezel. Very disappoint.

  • 666

    when will the keynote start? 30 minutes?

  • KISSfan8562

    Now people, this isn't Ice Cream Sandwich. As you can see, in Jelly Bean there are going to be more icons in the dock than on phones, and obviously, this is what Google is going for with Jelly Bean: unifying everything. So no, it's not a phone interface, it's just Jelly Bean's new home screen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nickmv Nick Vincent

    If this is the real thing, then why on Earth is the phone-version UI on it instead of the tablet UI?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1102890924 Thomas Li

    maybe the "phone interface" is related to Jelly Bean?

  • Tarek El-Eter

    maybe it switches from tablet mode to phone mode when rotated kind of like the paranoid android rom

  • KarimMunir

    Fake. Checking it, it was made on Adobe Fireworks CS5 Windows. Anyway Google would never ditch a tablet UI for a phone UI on a tablet. How in the world would you even access the notifications?

    • Andrew

      Not necessarily doubting a claim of it being fake, but why would the mere fact that it was made in Fireworks make it fake?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Fake, eh?

      • KarimMunir

        That was my friend posting it while we were waiting till the live stream starts. I was logged into Disqus and he didn't want to logout.

      • KarimMunir

        That was my friend posting it while we were waiting till the live stream starts. I was logged into Disqus and he didn't want to logout.

  • Kevin Simon

    Smaller bezels make for a better looking devices but bigger bezels aid in ergonomics, for me anyway

  • babyfacemagee

    The Nexus 7 Forum is now open at http://www.Nexus7Forum.com

    • BlackGod

      Holy crap, you people work fast!

  • Mental_Moose

    Yes; that is a shitload of bezel, but don't forget that it's also supposed to be dirt cheap with some actual power.
    Costs have to be cut _somewhere_.

  • Himmat Singh

    I've got bad news guys. The back, home and running apps buttons are now in the centre. In landscape mode, this is terrible news. You can't use your left thumb to access it. What on Earth were Google thinking? 

    Update: See a little more of JB UI here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F5FO-MyR0o&feature=player_embedded

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      Oh what the shit was that? You're right. That's awful. Who decided that making the nav buttons harder to get to would be a good idea? 

  • JonJJon

    Oh why why why Google -_-

  • Andrew

    I think people are overreacting to the size of the bezel here. The bezel on my Transformer Prime is just as thick on two of four sides, doesn't bother me in the slightest.

    Given that this is expected to be very cheap, I think a large bezel is to be expected.

    • Andrew

      What's bothering me a lot more is the interface. I really hope they've got a good reason for messing with it, looks a lot worse than tablet ICS.

  • Andrew Wilson

    It looks pretty cool, and the low price point has appeal, but honestly I'd rather have a Nexus^10.   

  • Bariman43

    Nothing in the new iPad was an innovation. I say this as someone who planned on getting one at one point before I learned Apple is a scumbag company.

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  • Sxeptomaniac

    You know, for all the complaints, if it is really $200 as rumored, it doesn't have to be amazingly beautiful for me to want one. A low price makes it look really attractive.

  • dpgj


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  • Droidfan

    If those larger bezels are making room for a larger battery....bring it on.

  • Asphyx

    Looks like a phone to me....
    Which begs the question....
    How long do we have to wait for a tablet with slider keyboard in it?
    We have had phones with them for awhile now!
    How hard would it be to put a slider keyboard on a tablet which would make it a much better laptop replacement than having to use the OSK.

    And if you patent it then Apple would never be able to add one!

  • Asphyx

    Looks like a phone to me....
    Which begs the question....
    How long do we have to wait for a tablet with slider keyboard in it?
    We have had phones with them for awhile now!
    How hard would it be to put a slider keyboard on a tablet which would make it a much better laptop replacement than having to use the OSK.

    And if you patent it then Apple would never be able to add one!

  • Freak4Dell

    The top and bottom of the bezel could stand to be a bit smaller, but I think it's a great looking device overall. I love the rubberized back, I love the lack of a logo on the front, and the sides look good, too.