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Netflix To Debut 1080p Streaming On The New Nexus 7, Will Roll Out Additional Android Device Support Later This Year

Netflix made several appearances at today's Google event, but the most notable is perhaps the announcement that content delivered to Android devices may soon look a whole lot better. Hugo Barra demoed the new Nexus 7, showing off the 1080p content the device will be able to stream from Netflix when it launches in the US on July 30th. Prior to now, Android devices streamed content in standard definition, regardless of their resolution.

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Google Play Movies & TV Updated With Chromecast Support, Virtual Surround Sound On The New Nexus 7, Nexus 10 With 4.3

Google laid out a few important announcements today, which included both Android 4.3 and a new streaming device called Chromecast among others. As a result, the Play Music app was updated with support for Chromecast streaming last night, and Play Movies & TV received a very similar update today.

What's New

  • Send what you’re watching to your TV screen (when used with Chromecast).
  • Support for virtual surround sound on the new (2013) Nexus 7, and on the Nexus 10 running Android 4.3.
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Textbooks Coming To Google Play Store In August

Get excited, students - textbooks are coming to the Play Store next month, so you can get gouged digitally rather than in your university book store. This morning at an event which also featured the new Nexus 7 and Chromkey, Google announced that you'll soon be able to get some of those gigantic hardback tomes in eBook form on the Play Store, and they will presumably be viewable through the existing Play Books app.

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New Nexus 7 In 16GB And 32GB Capacities Live In Play Store With Ugly $30 Sleeve Case

If you've been waiting for your chance to order your new Nexus 7, we have the page you're going to want to camp out on. The 16GB and 32GB devices are live in the Play Store, but you can't click the buy button until July 30th. The LTE version of the device hasn't broken cover yet.

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As expected, the devices are selling for $229 and $269 for the 16GB and 32GB versions respectively.

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[All Good Things...] The Original Nexus 7 Is No Longer For Sale In The Google Play Store

The Nexus 7 has been a solid little workhorse, but now that the next generation is in, it's time to put it out to pasture. The original Nexus tablet is no longer available for purchase in the U.S. This is just a bit surprising - I had expected Google to try and get the last bit of stock out with a closeout sale. The various pages for the 16GB and 32GB models plus the AT&T and T-Mobile 3G versions are still up, but there's no option to buy.

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Google Pushing Android 4.3 To AOSP Right Now

Following the announcement of Android 4.3, the new Nexus 7, and the Chromecast, Google just started pushing the Android 4.3 open source code to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) under the tag android-4.3_r2.1. The push began several minutes ago and is expected to complete within a few hours. Additionally, factory images are already available for the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus.

Update 11:04am: According to JBQ, the push is complete: "All the files have been replicated to the git servers.

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[Update: APK Download] The Google Play Games App Is Now Live In The Play Store

Update: We have the official Google Play Games APK here - just pick a mirror:

Google's brand-new Android gaming hub has its own app, and you can get it in the Play Store right now, just see the widget below and start downloading! Check out the announcement post to learn more.

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Basically, Google Play Games will serve as a hub for your gaming achievements, friends you play with, and the games you play.

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Chromecast Is Official: Costs $35, Sends Video, Music, And Chrome Tabs To Your TV, 3 Months Of Free Netflix Included [Update]

One of Google's problem areas has long been the living room, and the Chrome team looks to be coming to the rescue by leveraging the huge mobile device ecosystem. The Chromecast is a new device running a simplified version of Chrome OS. It enables you to get content from your phone, tablet, or laptop to a bigger screen. This is not a Chrome OS computer in a tiny package, but rather a smaller, cheaper, more capable Nexus Q.

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Android 4.3 Feature Focus: Multi-User With Restricted Profiles

Android 4.2 introduced a major change for tablets: multi-user profiles. This allows each member of the family (or organization), to have their own profile, complete with app, homescreen, and setting independence. Today, with Android 4.3, Google has taken multi-user accounts to the next level with restricted profiles. Essentially, this allows the tablet owner to have granular control over the other user accounts on the device.

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For example, let's say you're a parent and you share a tablet with a young child.

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Download Android 4.3 Factory Images And Binaries For The Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, And Galaxy Nexus (Yakju / Takju) Right Now

Android 4.3 factory images and driver binaries for most recent Nexus devices have just been published on the Google Developers site, and chances are if you've got a new-ish Nexus, the image you're looking for is there. The Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi and mobile data), and Galaxy Nexus (takju / yakju variants) all have factory image downloads available right now, here.

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Matching driver binaries can be found here, as well.

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