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[5]: Seriously?
by JAlexoid on Thu 28th Jun 2012 23:04 UTC 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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RE[7]: Seriously?
by JAlexoid on Sat 30th Jun 2012 10:21 in reply to "RE[6]: Seriously?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

ASUS(CEO) and Google(Rubin) said it is.
Whether Google splits mobile ad revenue with OEM's is unknown, but 30% cut does get split.

Google and Microsoft are equally attractive to OEMs right now, ever since Surface announcement.

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RE[7]: Seriously?
by zima on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 14:28 in reply to "RE[6]: Seriously?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Nokia was self-immolating itself for a long time though ...and, with Android they would likely still be squeezed out by Samsung, and Chinese manufacturers, anyway - most "western brand" Android makers don't fare that well (just a repeat of what happened with PCs, I guess)

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