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[4]: Seriously?
by dsmogor on Thu 28th Jun 2012 13:26 UTC 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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RE[5]: Seriously?
by JAlexoid on Thu 28th Jun 2012 23:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Seriously?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Just like Galaxy Nexus killed SGS2 sales? Wait.... that is not the case! For OEMs it's a very good announcement, since it's built in 4 months and it's not Motorola that is building it. And now they have a reasonably good baseline.

Remember, that Nexus program is not about market share, it's about the baseline. I, frankly, don't believe that anything can compete with iPad and iPhone in their specific markets without sacrificing performance/functionality/quality. Android took off by introducing innovative new products and ways of delivering those products. Apple products do the same. Now it's time for the Android tablet manufacturers to think outside the box, sadly Samsung has an issue with that in the tablet space and ASUS does not have enough bandwidth to push their tablet line considerably forward.
With the Nexus 7 as the baseline, others have to take that spark and run like hell. More stuff like Galaxy Note, EeePad Transformer and PadPhone's.
I hope it will be a message that the game needs to change. Just like I hope that Surface is just a major signal to Windows tablet manufacturers that the game needs to change.
Taking on the iPad head to head is worthless, you have to make sure that all the people that buy accessories will see a product that needs none of those accessories and gives them exactly what they need.

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RE[6]: Seriously?
by dsmogor on Fri 29th Jun 2012 05:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Seriously?"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Nexus is not sold at cost. And yes nexus tablet is about baseline; the price and business model baseline for Android tablets have been set: sell at cost and get revenue from ads. Not that selling at cost is a precedent in business.

Rest of your comment I agree fully, business model change is an example of that. Besides if Nexus pushes devs to give tablet form factor more love, other OEMS (ones that try to innovate) my in fact take advantage. I just wonder if this pushes Samsung (on a tablet space) into MS arms. As far as tablets are concerned they don't have any OS choice of their own atm.
(edit: hey I forgot about WebOS, that would be cool!).
In the end it's matter of trust and you have to compare MS and Google by their track record. Google's is mostly balanced (they partnerships didn't hurt partners, but ended up pretty unsuccessful) while MS is a horror story with Nokia being massacred before our eyes.

Edited 2012-06-29 05:54 UTC

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