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Google Nexus 7, aka Grouper, is 7

Google’s Nexus tablet has a name: Nexus 7. That’s according to the results of tests that have found their way onto the web. If the leak is correct, the Nexus 7, currently codenamed Grouper, will be a 7-inch tablet running Jelly Bean.

Android Police spotted the performance results on a database of benchmark tests of Android phones and tablets. The 7-inch Nexus 7 is built by Asus and is powered by a version of Android identified as JRN51B — version 4.1, to be named Jelly Bean.

Codenamed Grouper, the tablet continues Google’s streak of naming Nexus phones with fishy names while they’re in development. The only previous flagship tablet, the Motorola Xoom, was codenamed Wingray and Stingray (in different versions) as it showed off tablet-only update Honeycomb.

And Jelly Bean continues Google’s naming policy for bestowing each update with a different tasty treat for a moniker, in alphabetical order. The current version is Ice Cream Sandwich, and the next version after Jelly Bean is expected to be Key Lime Pie. Click here to see our guide to every Android update so far.

The Nexus 7 packs an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The
7-inch screen has a screen resolution of 1,280×768 pixels. We’ve yet to
confirm whether it will die after four years, like the Nexus 6

We expect to see the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean take a bow at Google I/O, the Big G’s annual conference for app developers. Rumours also suggest that there could be as many as five flagship Nexus phones and tablets unveiled.

Despite being nearly a year old, Ice Cream Sandwich has struggled to make it into many devices, to the frustration of phone fans. I can’t help thinking Google should slow down its release schedule to avoid turning Ice Cream Sandwich into a lame duck, and stop the latest phones from feeling like they’re already behind the curve before they even launch.

Are you excited to see Jelly Bean on the Nexus 7? Is it too soon for a new update when Ice Cream Sandwich is still on such limited release? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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