Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Smart Cover-Like Functionality Found On Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Google Nexus 7 Tablet
Google Nexus 7 Tablet
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The new Google Nexus 7 tablet may feature a smart cover similar to that found on the iPad since it comes with a sensor that detects magnets as they are being moved away from it.

A video was posted on YouTube which showed an owner of the new tablet from Google running a magnet along the edge of the device. The Google Nexus 7 tablet appeared to come alive after the magnet was pulled away from its edge. The tablet also went to sleep mode once the magnet was returned to the same position.

This is similar to the way the Smart Cover is used on the iPad, which would turn on the display once it is moved away from the screen display. It appears that the Google Nexus 7 tablet is the only Android-powered device to come with this feature. It remains uncertain if this may be a point to a patent dispute by Apple although a similar functionality is already in use in the BlackBerry where the power switch of the device is activated or deactivated by its case.

Although a number of covers are available for the Google Nexus 7 tablet it does not give any indications that it uses a similar technology found on the Smart Cover for the iPad. However Asus is also offering a ‘smart cover’ for the Google Nexus 7 tablet even though there are no indications that it features the functionality.

However some industry watchers have noted that the location of the sensor appear unusual since its found on the left of the Google Nexus 7 tablet even though the covers start its opening in the right side of the device.

No statements were issued by Google in connection to the discovery on the supposed smart cover functionality of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

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