Google may have cancelled its Android event in New York today, but that isn’t preventing it from making its device announcements anyway.
In addition to the LG-made Nexus 4 and Samsung’s Nexus 10, Google also announced a new $299 HSPA+-equipped Nexus 7, which can run on mobile networks from carriers like AT&T.
Alongside the new Nexus 7, Google also announced that the Wi-Fi versions of the tablet are getting some storage upgrades: The 16GB Nexus 7 now runs for $199 and is being joined by a 32GB model, which will cost $249.
This, of course, likely means Google is sunsetting the 8GB Nexus 7, which hasn’t been offered as widely as its 16GB counterpart.
All of these updates come as Google, Apple, and Amazon vie for control of the 7-inch tablet market, which is becoming more and more cutthroat by the day. Not only are the tablet makers competing on price, but they’re also attempting to outdo each other on features.
By adding support for mobile data, Google is making a strong effort to differentiate the Nexus 7 from the iPad mini and Kindle Fire. Google’s logic behind the move is clear: A highly-portable tablet like the Nexus 7 can be made even more portable when it can connect to the Internet from anywhere.