Google’s Nexus 7 has received very good reviews by many top technology blogs and according to blogosphere buzz, this device can threaten the dominance of the iPad. Of course both are based on different platforms – Nexus 7 is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean while iPad is based on Apple’s iOS. If rumors are true, then Apple is going to release a scaled down version of its popular slate – iPad to counter Nexus 7.

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It has now come to notice that the Nexus 7 comes with a secret feature which Apple will most probably won’t like. Nexus 7 comes with something like smart cover sensor, which iPad already comes with. When a certain type of magnet is placed on the face of the device, it automatically puts the device into sleep mode, a feature which Apple has already introduced since the introduction of iPad 2.

This tablet is the first Android device to feature such a smart cover sensor. No other Android tablet comes with such a sensor. If you would like to test it out, then take a magnet and put it against the front of your device along the bottom left-hand side. Do this while the device is in portrait mode and when the display is ON. See the effect yourself to believe it.

Strangely, this feature was never advertised by Google, not even at the I/O conference last month. But that’s not all, this feature is also not mentioned in tech specs of the official site. We really wonder why Google would do that. Apple has a patent for its Smart Cover magnetic system, but we could not tell if Google is really infringing that patent or not. We’ll let the experts talk about patent stuff.

And yes, don’t be surprised if in near future you start seeing magnetic smart cover for Nexus 7.