Google unveils tablet computer and streaming TV device - KansasCity.com (click for full article) "Google on Wednesday unveiled a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Nexus Seven is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content - the things Amazon.com Inc. also sells for its tablet computer. Both tablets have screens that measure 7 inches diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches on Apple Inc.'s popular iPad. The Nexus Seven will also be light - at about 0.75 pound, compared with the Kindle Fire's 0.9 pound. The iPad weighs 1.44 pounds. The Nexus Seven will ship in mid-July starting at $199 - the same price as the Kindle Fire. By contrast, iPads start at $499. Customers can start ordering it through Google on Wednesday, initially in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The Nexus Seven will run the next version of Google Inc.'s Android operating system, called Jelly Bean. Google also announced a home entertainment device called Nexus Q. It sends content from your personal collection or YouTube to your existing TV and speaker systems. You control it through a separate Android phone or tablet. The Nexus Q, which Google is calling the world's first "social streaming device," will available in July in the U.S. initially and sell for $299. Google made the announcements during a keynote to open its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. At the event, Google provided an update on its Google Plus social network, which the company considers crucial to challenging Facebook Inc. for users and advertising. Google said the year-old social network now has 250 million, far smaller than Facebook's more than 900 million but larger than what Facebook had at the one-year mark."