Happy birthday, Android! Although you were technically announced six years ago, it wasn't until October 22, 2008, that you made your debut. You've had an interesting five years, and it's only right that we take the time to celebrate one of the most revolutionary things to happen to mobile.
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At its Wednesday hardware launch event, Google gave Asus Chairman Jonney Shih just a quick, 15-second shout-out. "We worked very closely with Jonney and his team to deliver the first Nexus 7," said Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president who oversees Android, Chrome and Google apps.
It looks like Google is finally starting to take Android tablets more seriously. I took Google's second-generation Nexus 7 out for a spin and found it to be superior to its predecessor in nearly every way: The tablet has a better screen, better guts, and better software than the Nexus 7 that shipped last year. The only thing it doesn't do better than the original Nexus 7 is coddle your wallet. This new model costs $US30 more (starting at $US229 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model) but that extra $US30 buy you a much better overall Android tablet experience.