Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:27 UTC
Google So yeah, Google totally just won the conference showdown by easily beating both Apple and Microsoft. Not only did Google announce Android 4.1 with some really cool new features, a cheap but non-crippled tablet, and a new Android device called the Nexus Q, but they also opened up pre-orders for Google Glass. So yeah.
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RE[2]: Seriously?
by Nelson on Thu 28th Jun 2012 06:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Seriously?"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Those price points are impressive, if an OEM can recoup the costs. You're not telling me they're making any kind of profit on those devices. Amazon sells at a loss and their specced lower.

ASUS has no ecosystem to make money off of, unlike Amazon. Unless Google is doing some sort of Marketplace and Ad revenue market sharing. Its unsustainable. They're just hoping to be a loss leader into some market share.

Like I said, Project Butter still isn't working..The Verge said that the smoothness still isn't up to par..4 CPU cores later.

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by Shane on Thu 28th Jun 2012 07:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
Shane Member since:
2005-07-06

The proof will be in the Jelly so to speak. I'll experience the UI responsiveness soon enough in a few weeks' time.

Regarding your original point about the announcements, I agree that they are fairly underwhelming upon reflection. Looks like Google can pull off reality distortion fields too ;-)

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RE[4]: Seriously?
by Radio on Thu 28th Jun 2012 09:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Seriously?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Regarding your original point about the announcements, I agree that they are fairly underwhelming upon reflection.
Yeah, I agree; we seem to be more in a consolidation period, with limited improvements to hardware and software. The next big leaps are not too far in the future but still in the future, and kept under wraps or shown in an alpha state.

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RE[3]: Seriously?
by JAlexoid on Thu 28th Jun 2012 10:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Seriously?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Those price points are impressive, if an OEM can recoup the costs. You're not telling me they're making any kind of profit on those devices. Amazon sells at a loss and their specced lower.


Nexus 7 is being sold at production cost, ASUS revealed. ASUS and Google hope for the same profit as Amazon does - content and app sales. That 30% off Google Play is split between the network operator, manufacturer and payment processor(according to Google).

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RE[4]: Seriously?
by Nelson on Thu 28th Jun 2012 11:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Seriously?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Interesting. I'll concede my argument there then, it looks like the Nexus 7 will be a great device.

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RE[4]: Seriously?
by dsmogor on Thu 28th Jun 2012 13:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Seriously?"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Asus will recoup the marketing (not unlike MS-Nokia way) and distribution cost while getting a share from content revenue, not a terrible deal in my book.

The problem is that it effectively kills all independent Android tablet market, at least in the middle category (all where it mattered).
To OEMS that seems to be at least as bad as MS announcement. As a consumer it makes me excited (not sure I will oppose a thought of possessing tablet any longer).

Google apparently seems to agree with Nelson about prospects of Android tablet ecosystem being bleak in current situation. They responded appropriately (on SW and HW fronts), will it be enough to stand up to Win8?

Edited 2012-06-28 13:28 UTC

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