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Wednesday Poll: Favorite Announcement From Today’s Google Event?

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Now that you have had a chance to soak in all that Google announced today, we are curious to know which piece you are most excited about. Did the new Nexus 7 win you over with its super high-res display? What about Android 4.3? It’s finally here! – and OTAs for most Nexus devices are rolling out as early as today. Did the Chromecast blow your mind at its $35 price?

Let us know what grabbed your attention, and then weigh in with thoughts in the comments.

Favorite Announcement From Today's Google Event?

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  • laiwang883

    tinyurl.com/l3cselt

  • LiterofCola

    I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m not bashing, but I’m just not all that excited over this Chromecast device. Is it basically a way to watch movies that you have on your phone or tabelt on your TV?

  • sourabh

    Dang,i thought nexus 7 would win the poll but
    chrome cast won it instead!
    This device will be awesome!

  • NexusMan

    Definitely Chromecast. But I must say, I am totally not the type who updates to the newest version every year, if my current one is in good condition, but I actually do want to get the new Nexus 7 to replace my current one.

  • mcfly

    I wish they announced the google hangout integration with text. But chromecast is dope.

  • Knlegend1

    Um nothing really. Was today supposed to be about the moto x or am I off base.

    • NexusMan

      Off base. Moto X is 8/1

      • Knlegend1

        Thanks

  • HL4eva

    Half Life 3!

  • yeah, well

    Can I vote underwhelmed by the entire affair?

  • steve

    Chromecast. I have held off on getting a tablet because i did not really understand why i needed it, but the chromecast actually may be a reason for me to buy a N7 as well. I think it really give a purpose to leaving a tablet in the living room.

  • n11

    I’m definitely getting a Nexus 7, once they’re available in Canada, any idea when?

  • Capt. Crunch

    I really hope Chromecast catches on. Google has a winner here and if they can advertise it well enough it might just outsell the iPad.

  • joejoe5709

    Chromecast has the ability to completely change the streaming and TV connectivity market. This was semi-unexpected, very affordable, AND incredibly useful for just about anyone including Apple users such as my lovely wife. This is just so full of win in so many ways and they had better market the HELL out of this thing. I can count on one hand how many people I know that WOULDN’T be excited by this. Dayum.

    Nexus7 as great as it is, just won’t have the far-reaching, game changing effect that Chromecast does. I fully intend on getting a Nexus7, however.

    4.3 is nice, but it won’t do anything major for me. I’ll just wait for the devs to pick it up, port it to my GNex and then I’ll have the bragging rights of being one update ahead of 90% of the mobile world. That’s about it.

    I’m sort of excited for the Games App, but I’ll have to mess around with it first.

    • evltwn

      The fact that they made this compatible with iOS devices as well is very smart.

      • joejoe5709

        There’s no way my wife would let me have it if it didn’t. Very smart indeed.

  • aye_winchell

    I went with chromecast, the new N7 is impressive, but me and my original n7 are still cool, so i’m not sure ill be buying a new one, at least not right now, maybe for christmas or something, my next device has to be a new phone, the razr maxx is still going strong but its getting outdated, and if i might have to drop $600+ on a phone if i cant get a moto x on verizon, for verizons sake i hope i can, otherwise i’m gone. (i’m not counting on it, but ill just wait and see.)

    • Silver Veloz

      I’m with you – Chromecast. Also, I’m wating for the “official” specs (and features) for the Moto X. I may go to Galaxy GS4 – who knows?

  • Butters619

    I was waiting for a full HD Nexus 7 to sell my iPad so that is what I was waiting for.

    Side note: anybody looking to buy a 3rd gen iPad? lol

  • Ben Klene

    I bought a Chromecast as soon as the link was posted. I’m excited to use it at home, but even more excited because I travel all week for work. Hopefully I’ll be able to set this up in some of the hotels and watch Netflix instead of on my tablet. We’ll see!

    • Franklin Ramsey

      This is what I was excited about.

      • Ben Klene

        At $35, I knew I had to at least give it a shot.

    • joejoe5709

      Great idea!

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      As long as the hotel has Wi-Fi you should be golden.

  • Thomas

    Asphalt 8 being released Aug 8th.

  • Pdiddy187

    I’m going with Chromecast as my Logitech Revue is a dying POS.

  • Alan Paone

    As soon as chromecast and the new 7 are in canada, I will have all three. I’ve been asking for an open version of Q for awhile though, so I voted chromecast

  • DroidRockets

    Chromecast FTW. This is the next big thing. Devs should be all over this…

  • mrjayviper

    surprising chromecast got the most votes considering it only works for online content.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      It has an open SDK, so loads of developers will make their apps support it…. watch….

      • mrjayviper

        doesn’t change the fact that google even with the “do no evil” motto is aggressively pushing online content. even apple doesn’t do this to its users.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Yes, Google has it’s own ecosystem that it’s trying to promote, but they still opened the SDK for everyone. Meaning, even YOU can write code to support an app.

          • mrjayviper

            still a below par than Apple’s offering in my opinion since local content is ALREADY there WITHOUT any need of 3rd party intervention. In my situation, I don’t really on streaming due to connection/speed issue because of my ISP/location.

          • aye_winchell
          • mrjayviper

            saw that but only from a pc? but that’s not as convenient as airplay still.

          • aye_winchell

            not sure what you mean, only from a pc, if you mean from a mac using chrome it should work the same, we tested it on chrome on a mac playing a local file and it played, also an mp3, and cast works from a OSX, if you mean only from a pc not a tablet or phone, then maybe your right, you cant stream a local file through chrome on a tablet/phone to chromecast (at least not yet), however like i said before its only a matter of time before some video player (like mx player or something ) adds the cast feature, at that point it now streams local from your tablet/phone whether its iOS, Android, MAC OSX or Windows.

            And that is certainly more convention then airplay. I mean unless all you have is Apple devices then its equal, but i probably know maybe 1 or 2 people that this applies too. So its more convenient for those that have a variety of devices, and equally convenient for those with just apple devices.

            Ya i can see how that adds up to more convenient. /s

          • mrjayviper

            I meant I can’t do it from an device running android. so much more convenient to fire up my TF700 (PC sales in decline because of tablet sales?) or my note2. All I’m saying is that with Airplay, local streaming from iOS devices is already built-in and users don’t have to wait for 3rd party intervention. I agree with you that using chrome is a way to stream local content but I hope you can also agree with me that airplay is more feature rich than chromecast at its current form.

            edit: I just read the link article above AGAIN and it only supports video? airplay supports music/audio and video.

          • mrjayviper

            just remembered something as I was reading a android police article on this device (i.e. out of stock now): Apple actually knows its customers are from all over the world. Google seems to think it’s only servicing american customers. Seems chromecast was never made available in Australia.

  • iiBinxx

    the textbooks section of google play that’s going up in august is genius to me

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      4.3 is nice, but it won’t do anything major for me. I’ll just wait
      for the devs to pick it up, port it to my GNex and then I’ll have the
      bragging rights of being one update ahead of 90% of the mobile world.
      That’s about it.

    • michael arazan

      But how many publishing houses are involved with this? It is about time for students to save money by buying virtual books and being able to use them on laptops and tablets, but without all the publishing houses in on this how successful will it be and will the cost come down? I was paying $50-100 for new text books and only getting maybe 25% back from the campus bookstore, and you won’t be able to resell virtual books. I’m hoping that publishers will bring down the cost by at least 50% for saving on all the resources that go into making books and shipping

      • DoctorJB

        Virtual textbooks for the most part cost the same or typically more (because they don’t have used copies pulling down the price). Thankfully, the medical textbook publishing houses have made pdf textbooks available for free through institutional licenses. I have a 64gb USB OTG just for reading textbooks on my OG N7.

      • Butters619

        I tried using Virtual textbooks for a semester and I ended up buying the physical ones. For engineering and sciences it’s just so much easier to flip through a real book.

        • iiBinxx

          I tried using virtual textbooks on a notebook which was a terrible experience for me. But on a tablet I feel like it could be good especially with the swipe to change pages which simulates actually turning a page. And I think they said something about a “find on page” feature which could really come in handy

      • S2556

        I believe they said the 5 major publishers were all in on it. I don’t have a link but it was said in the keynote.

      • iiBinxx

        They already have Pearson, Wiley, Macmillian Higher Education, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning. And if that thing they said about renting some books being 80% off is true I don’t see how this won’t be a success. You also almost have to assume that Google will get a lot more publishing houses to participate as well. I just think that this will be the most relevant years down the road. And for me I try not to sell back books that are relevant to my major just for future references.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    I’m buying the new Nexus 7….and I still said Chromecast. I already ordered one! (I’ll just buy the n7 at BB on release day)

  • G-Nex

    Chromecast! I was impressed and figured that it would be nice to use it instead of the HTPC on occasion, but when they announced that it was only $35 my jaw dropped! I ordered two immediately! I’ll be ordering the new 32GB Nexus7 to replace my old 16GB model.

    • EC8CH

      If they get more video service applications to support it, chomecast could become a pretty big deal.

      Nice simple cheap way to get internet video services into your living room. So cheap even someone with a smart tv already might choose to plop down $35 if it provided a more user friendly interface. Who needs a good 10 foot interface on your TV when you can use your phone or tablet’s interface instead.

      • XvierX

        Exactly what I was thinking. My Panasonic ST50 is a smart tv but the interface is so slow and laggy making it a pain to navigate. Also the builtin youtube and netflix apps are so “janky” (thanks Tim) I’ve stopped using them all together. I paid a pretty penny for my panel so and extra $35 seems like a decent price to get much more out of my precious tv.

  • Nicktrance

    All are quite interesting but I vote Android 4.3 since it’s the only one I’m going to have in the near future. Chromecast looks very interesting but I haven’t used my TV for ages.

  • MacNificent

    Moto X!
    Although I bought chromecast and And will be purchasing the nexus 7 this week.

  • Justin W

    This is a tough one. I bought Chromecast and will be buying the N7, but I think that Chromecast has an amazing feature set and great potential for expansion in the future, so that’s my answer.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I went with 4.3 in the poll because BLE is a major functionality for me. But I also bought 2 chromecast.

  • kevlar

    First vote, first post, YaY…I can die now