Together with Asustek Computer, Google has upgraded the original Nexus 7 with a high-resolution panel and made the device lighter. The tablet is also capable of having more than nine hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or reading. The Nexus 7 now features stereo speakers and virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer.
The new Nexus 7 is the first device to ship with Android 4.3, the latest version of Android. In Android 4.3, Google introduced restricted profiles, which let users limit access to apps and content. For example, restricted profiles enable parental controls, so certain family members are prevented from accessing mature content. Likewise, retail stores can use tablets to show off product information, and shops can use tablets as point of sale systems. Android 4.3 also now supports Bluetooth Smart technology, opening the door to mobile apps that connect to new devices like fitness sensors.