Google's Kindle killer enters tablet war

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London - Google became the latest of the giant technology companies to unveil a tablet computer, opening a new front in its growing rivalry with Apple.

The Nexus 7 is designed to usurp Amazon's Kindle range at the lower end of the market, and Google said prices would start at $199 (about R1600), less than half the price of Apple's iPad.

The device, with a 7in touchscreen and running an updated version of Google's Android operating software, is being manufactured by Taiwan's Asus.

Google's move into branding and selling its own hardware comes a week after Microsoft unveiled its own hybrid PC-tablet device called Surface, which will come out later in the year. - The Independent

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