SAN FRANCISCO -- It could have been Steve Jobs sharing Apple's design philosophy, but the speaker was Sundar Pinchai.
"It's a multiscreen world for our users, so our goal is to deliver an experience that is seamless, consistent, and beautiful by investing in two platforms -- Android and Chrome," said the Google executive who oversees them both.
Jobs set a similar course at Apple using Mac OS and iOS. Pichai also said that the Google products will work across operating systems, including those from Apple and Microsoft.
At a press event Wednesday, he announced small steps his company has taken toward that goal, including developing an upgraded Nexus 7 tablet with Android 3.4 and the Chromecast HDMI dongle for web video.
In the following pages, we provide some details of the new products and snippets from our short conversations with Pichai and Jonney Shih, chief executive of AsusTek Computer Inc. (the Taiwan company making the Nexus 7), who was on hand for the launch.
Sundar Pichai hosted the Nexus 7 and Chromecast event.