Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Oct 2012 22:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million," Asustek Chief Financial Officer David Chang told The Wall Street Journal. Very much deserved. You can pry my beloved Alexis (my Nexus 7's name, normally written in Hangul but OSNews can't render it) from my cold, dead hands. I don't think I've ever had a device that I liked more than this thing. Note this is sales, not shipped.
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v An Article on WSJ?!!!
by shinkou on Thu 1st Nov 2012 00:26 UTC
RE: An Article on WSJ?!!!
by pooo on Thu 1st Nov 2012 00:55 UTC in reply to "An Article on WSJ?!!!"
pooo Member since:
2006-04-22

What are you talking about? It is bizarre to me that you managed to take offense at that article. It is very clear about all the things you say it is being misleading about and the comparison to ipad sales says nexus 7 sales "pale in comparison". What would make you happy "really really pale in comparison"?? Would 3 "really"s do it? 4? Do we need other adjectives like "extremely"?

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RE[2]: An Article on WSJ?!!!
by shinkou on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 02:08 UTC in reply to "RE: An Article on WSJ?!!!"
shinkou Member since:
2011-03-24

To clear things up, I'm neither Google's nor Apple's fanboy. And I'm disappointed by the quality. Yes, I know it's a blog post, but still... Hey! It's the WSJ!

Having that said, comparing all iPads' sales to Nexus 7's is just not appropriate IMO. It's like comparing all Windows laptops' sales to the Macbook Air's. Well, you can do so, but it says nothing meaningful.

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RE: An Article on WSJ?!!!
by majipoor on Thu 1st Nov 2012 09:29 UTC in reply to "An Article on WSJ?!!!"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"comparing all iPads' sales to Nexus 7's? Are they serious?"

As serious as articles comparing sales of all Android smartphones to iPhone sales.

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RE[2]: An Article on WSJ?!!!
by shinkou on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 02:20 UTC in reply to "RE: An Article on WSJ?!!!"
shinkou Member since:
2011-03-24

Tell me if my common sense is skewed, but I think it would be more appropriate to compare the sales like

iPad 4 vs Nexus 7, OR
iPad Mini vs Nexus 7

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4.2 update?
by pooo on Thu 1st Nov 2012 00:52 UTC
pooo
Member since:
2006-04-22

Anyone know when Nexus 7 owners will be getting the 4.2 update? I really want that multi-user feature. My wife keeps screwing up my settings.

It is strange also that even on the play store they are saying "Coming Soon" Nexus 7 have 4.1, not 4.2. WTF?

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RE: 4.2 update?
by gan17 on Thu 1st Nov 2012 01:02 UTC in reply to "4.2 update?"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

4.2 will only roll out once the Nexus 4 and 10 get officially released, I think. Sometime around mid-November. No reason why the 7 wouldn't get it.

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Comment by terra
by terra on Thu 1st Nov 2012 00:55 UTC
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2012-11-01

알렉시스 ?

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RE: Comment by terra
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st Nov 2012 06:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by terra"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

아렠싯

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RE[2]: Comment by terra
by manjabes on Thu 1st Nov 2012 07:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by terra"
manjabes Member since:
2005-08-27

라틴 알파벳에 집중하세요
(via google translate)

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RE[3]: Comment by terra
by terra on Thu 1st Nov 2012 09:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by terra"
terra Member since:
2012-11-01

"Please concentrate on Latin alphabets" ? ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by terra
by terra on Thu 1st Nov 2012 09:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by terra"
terra Member since:
2012-11-01

The native Korean would certainly pronounce it as 'A-reck-sit'. I am a Korean-NZer by the way.

Edited 2012-11-01 09:56 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by terra
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 1st Nov 2012 21:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by terra"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh no doubt - I only started learning last week, so cut me some slack ;) . A lot of the contextual rules are hard to learn, and since I don't know anybody who speaks the language, I have to do it all on my own. I have an innate thing for languages, sure, but Korean is very, very different from the usual Germanic/Romanic I already know.

I'll get there. One way or the other.

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RE[4]: Comment by terra
by gan17 on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 01:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by terra"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Oh gawd!! Don't tell me you're going to start posting K-Pop and Gagnam/Namgam/Gangbang/Whateveritscalled news next?!

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RE[4]: Comment by terra
by Morgan on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 10:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by terra"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

If you're interested, www.viki.com is an excellent source for free Korean television. They offer content from several Asian countries, in fact, but it seems the emphasis there is on Korea.

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RE[4]: Comment by terra
by MOS6510 on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 17:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by terra"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Korean is very easy, even animals can learn it:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2012/11/02/watch-this-an-...

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Quarterly sales....
by gan17 on Thu 1st Nov 2012 01:31 UTC
gan17
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2008-06-03

So lets assume it sold 500k units the first month, 600k the second and 700k the third. That's 1.8 million units sold in a quarter. I read somewhere that the iPad shipped around 14 million units worldwide in Q3. Not too bad for the Nexus 7, considering the only prominent advertising it got was Google's front page for a few days.

Still, I doubt it'll sustain 1 million per month for long, now that the 7" iPad and Kindles are out. The average mama and papa still don't know what a Nexus is. Being Play Store only (aside from a few US and UK retailers) is obviously a limiting factor, seeing as it's only available in select countries. In places where it's sold by Asus and not Google (like here in Singapore, though I got mine via my sister in Australia) there's a slight mark-up which makes it a less attractive proposition. This might prove a bigger stumbling block for the upcoming Nexus 4. Already reading that LG will be selling it in Austria for €500+ while it'll be available direct from Google in the German Play Store for only €350+ unlocked, though don't quote me on this just yet.

Great device though. Sadly, tablet optimized apps for Android are still lacking compared to what you get on iOS. I managed to get a decent selection of core apps (all Holo, btw) and a few games, but most of the artsy and "leftfield" stuff is still iPad only, it seems.

Edited 2012-11-01 01:37 UTC

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RE: Quarterly sales....
by Morgan on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 10:18 UTC in reply to "Quarterly sales...."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Not too bad for the Nexus 7, considering the only prominent advertising it got was Google's front page for a few days.


You're kidding right? The entire technology blogosphere was a hugely successful advertising platform for it. In my experience there were no negative reviews of it, and the gushing reviews drowned the bland ones out by far.

Pretty much everyone I know had heard about it from somewhere, and my circles include everything from fellow techs to complete Luddites and a broad selection in between. And don't forget the obvious connection to Android smartphones; most of the non techies I have talked to wanted to know if it was the new "Droid tablet" or a new Samsung Note-style phone.

/BTW I do agree with the rest of your post, just felt like commenting on that one thing. ;)

Edited 2012-11-02 10:24 UTC

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Great
by Nelson on Thu 1st Nov 2012 01:55 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

But lets revisit this after the iPad Mini has had an affect on the market. I don't think this will last long.

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RE: Great
by karunko on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 07:50 UTC in reply to "Great"
karunko Member since:
2008-10-28

But lets revisit this after the iPad Mini has had an affect on the market. I don't think this will last long.

But... but... I thought nobody wanted a 7-inch tablet, that they were going to be DOA, yadda yadda yadda?!? Oh, I forgot: the iPad mini is 7.87-inch, an entirely different beast!


RT.

PS: Sorry, I couldn't resist. Still, anyone insisting on the 0.87-inch difference must have some nerve. What about the good old "Only fools and dead men don't change their minds"?

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RE[2]: Great
by Morgan on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 10:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Great"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Just like nobody wanted a netbook, Apple wasn't going to make a compromised laptop, then we get the MacBook Air.

And yes, I know the MBA is more of an ultraportable than a netbook in dimensions and speed, but in (lack of) expandability it lines up better with the latter. It's still a compromised design.

And yet I still drool over it...

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I didn't expected this
by novad on Thu 1st Nov 2012 06:27 UTC
novad
Member since:
2010-06-10

One thing that surprised me in this article was this:

That number still pales in comparison to Apple’s third-quarter sales of 14 million iPads. A total of 25 million tablets were sold globally in the third quarter

that means that 46% of tablet actually sold are NOT iPads.

I talk out of my a$$ but I think that the majority of these tablets are Android ones.

For me it shows a bit the same scenario as we saw at the beginning of Android phone sales...

This could become very interesting in 2013 :-)

As always, sorry for my english... Be indulgent as it's only my third language

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RE: I didn't expected this
by leech on Thu 1st Nov 2012 13:06 UTC in reply to "I didn't expected this"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Nah, the majority would HAVE to be Windows 8 / Blackberry / WebOS based ones, right?

I'm sad that the last two don't have bigger market share, rather happy that Windows 8 has really been 'meh' to most people I've talked to about it.

I still don't really like Android, but being able to easily install Linux on the Nexus 7 makes it an almost buy for me...

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RE: I didn't expected this
by Milo_Hoffman on Thu 1st Nov 2012 13:24 UTC in reply to "I didn't expected this"
Milo_Hoffman Member since:
2005-07-06

I am guessing the rest are Kindles and Nook's.


The ipad,kindle, and nook account probably for the top 3 marketshare right now.

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RE: I didn't expected this
by chithanh on Thu 1st Nov 2012 16:29 UTC in reply to "I didn't expected this"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

25-14 = 11 million Android tablets per quarter is around 3.5 million per month, maybe 4 at the end of the quarter.

My guess is that 1 million Nexus 7 are joined by 1 million Kindle Fire, 1 million other brand (Transformer, Nook, Galaxy Tab etc.) and 1 million no-name Tablets from China.

The news that Amazon reported a sales spike after the iPad Mini announcement[1] points to Amazon competing with Apple rather than only against other Android manufacturers. So I don't think the Kindle Fire put a major dent in Nexus 7 sales.

[1] http://allthingsd.com/20121026/amazon-says-kindle-withstood-ipad-mi...

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RE: I didn't expected this
by adinas on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 12:33 UTC in reply to "I didn't expected this"
adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

Is your first Korean?

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Runs Ubuntu
by RawMustard on Thu 1st Nov 2012 06:59 UTC
RawMustard
Member since:
2005-10-10

I wonder if the fact that you can run native Ubuntu on these things has led to increased sales.

I know a lot of people want to run native linux on their tablets. This seems to be the first brand name one where it's painless to do and possible?

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Nexus7/Installation

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RE: Runs Ubuntu
by henderson101 on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 14:47 UTC in reply to "Runs Ubuntu"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Tempted to do this as Android isn't all I hoped it would be.

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Great looking tablet
by wonea on Thu 1st Nov 2012 16:54 UTC
wonea
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2005-10-28

Love the look of this tablet, but shame it's pleasing aesthetics weren't carried across to the Nexus 10. Think I'll wait for the next revision.

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sales numbers of Nexus 7 are useless ?
by Lennie on Thu 1st Nov 2012 23:34 UTC
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

In my country I still see:

"Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet. We're working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible. Please check back again soon."

The iPad is available everywhere I believe ?

Yes, I'm sure I can buy it from a different country but it would probably not work all that well. Maybe even the appstore won't work properly. I don't know.

So why do people compare the numbers ? You aren't comparing oranges and oranges.

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