Google takes on rivals with Nexus 7 tablet

GOOGLE last night unveiled its first own-branded tablet, putting it in direct battle with giants Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.

The Nexus 7, developed with Taiwanese firm Asus, is a seven-inch tablet with a front-facing camera built around Android software.

Google, which is already taking advance orders for the device, will sell an 8GB version from mid-July at $199 (£127), pitching it directly against Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

At the same I/O developers’ conference, Google also showed off its Google Glass – an eye-glass-computer that can live-stream events, record, and perform computing tasks.