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[Editorial] Welcome To Google+: Your Social Network Is Finally Ready, So What Are You Waiting On?

Google I/O isn't even finished yet, and everyone's favorite search company has already shaken things up quite a bit. One of the biggest things Google announced was Google Events. Google said that this new feature would allow users to coordinate events and share them with others. What Google didn't say was that with the addition of this feature, Google+ is ready. Cooked until golden brown and ready to be served. And, guys?

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Nexus 7 Arriving In The UK Mid-July For £159 Through Google Play, 16GB Version To Be Stocked At Retailers, Available July 27th For £199

Good news for those of you in the UK; according to Engadget, you will be able to pick up a 16GB Nexus 7 from your local store on July 27th for £199, with the 8GB model being sold exclusively through the Play Store for £159.

The 16GB model will be stocked by retailers such as PC World, Comet, Tesco and Ebuyer, with contracts available through Carphone Warehouse if you can't bring yourself to splash £200 on a new tablet straight away.

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Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) ROMs Released For GSM And Verizon Galaxy Nexuses

Ah, the joys of owning a Nexus device. In what has to be some sort of record, Jelly Bean ROMs for the GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexuses have been released and are ready to flash. And thanks to the Nexus being a dev device, getting the builds up and running is actually extremely simple.

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For the GSM variant, just download the ROM, do a full wipe, and flash the ROM via Clockwork Mod Recovery.

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Google Releases Free Nexus 7 Guidebook On The Play Store

Have you already pre-ordered your Nexus 7 and just can't wait to know everything there is to know about Google's brand new Jelly Bean tablet?

Luckily for you, Google has just released a free guidebook on the Play Store, which covers everything from how to turn the device on to fine tuning performance and optimizing battery life.

The book is 84 pages long, and packed with information about not only the Nexus 7, but new features that you will come across in Jelly Bean, too.

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Google I/O Day One Roundup – Jelly Bean, Google Glass, Two New Nexus Devices, And So Much More

Google's I/O conference, in usual form, kicked off with an explosive start.  The day's news saw the revelation of things we've been waiting to see for months. Things we've heard rumor of, wished for, and even (quite accurately) predicted. With all the things we saw, it only seems right to round up all the day's news in one place. Grab a snack, because we've got a lot to talk about.

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[Video] Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Boot Animation (As Seen On A Nexus 7)

It's kind of a tradition now for the Android team to create different boot animations for every Android release, and Jelly Bean is definitely no exception. Here's the boot animation from the Nexus 7 which is, as you all should know by now, the first device running Android 4.1:

If you need a refresher, here's the one from ICS, for comparison purposes (for science!):

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[Breaking] Jelly Bean Download Available Now, But It Only Works On 'Takju' Galaxy Nexuses From Google I/O - For Now

Well, we now have yet another reason to envy Google I/O attendees - a signed copy of the official Jelly Bean build has just been released on the 'nets, but it seems to only be working on the 'takju' (GSM) Galaxy Nexuses given out at I/O 2012 (or at least those GNs with the IMM30D firmware).

You can grab it for yourself right here, if you're interested in what's inside the 156MB ZIP.

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Initial Hands-On With The Google Nexus 7: The Bar Has Been Set For Cheap Tablets

Today at Google I/O, I got some hands-on time with the brand-spanking-new Nexus 7 tablet.  We've been pretty sure it's coming for a while now. Now that it's been officially unveiled, along with the newest version of Android, everybody and their gadget-loving grandma is chomping at the bit to see if the hype has been worthwhile.

In a word, yes, it has. Mostly. While my time with the Nexus 7 was limited, Android tablets are a sort of beast that are rather easy to evaluate quickly, mostly because they're all pretty similar.

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Google Maps Now Features Offline Support, Streetview Sees Improved Compass Mode

In yet more app news today, Google pushed out updates to Maps and its cousin Streetview.

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First, Google Maps received the promised offline mode, wherein you can pan to a certain area and save it for use without an Internet connection. Pretty neat, though it remains impossible to use navigation offline, limiting the practical applications of this feature.

Additionally, Street View saw a minor update that should improve everyone's favorite compass mode - devices with a gyroscope should now be able to use it more smoothly.

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Google Turned The Nexus Q Into A Friggin' GLaDOS-Style Bot For Google I/O

This is insane. Google. You've gone too far this time. Look, the Nexus Q was a cool idea. Social streaming? Yeah, I love it! Hooking it up to the Nexus 7? Great! Making it giant, placing it in the center of the I/O conference and giving it access to the deadly neurotoxin? MAYBE NOT YOUR BEST MOVE.

In case you weren't already feeling left out of all the fun I/O goodness, what with the free Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus Qs Google is giving out, Artem and David—who are currently at Google I/O having all the fun—sent back this video of a gigantic, glowing Nexus Q, controlled by a Nexus 7 and what can only be described as a control orb.

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