#nexus 7

Anonymous asked:

What do you think about the rumors that say that a new version of Nexus 7 with 3G connection is comming, when the new iPad has come with 4G/LTE connection for half a year already? Is it that when they say 3G, it really means that Google aims at 4G?

I’m fascinated by this possibility.

On one hand, it will make the Nexus 7 even better — lack of cellular connectivity is probably the biggest knock against the device.

On the other hand, given Google’s history with the carriers, I worry this could fuck the device. Does this mean updates will go back on the carriers’ schedules (which often seem to be next-to-never)?

You have to believe Google would not be stupid enough to give into carrier demands once again, giving them control of Android updates. They’d likely push for more of an iPad-like plan, pay-as-you-go. 

If the “iPad mini” has a cellular option (still not clear though I imagine it’s likely), Google will probably have to do something. If the new Kindle Fire debuts with a 3G/4G option, Google will definitely have to do something. 

As for the 3G vs. LTE question, doing 3G when everything is transitioning over to LTE seems sort of silly, unless you consider the rest of the world. Maybe that and price is why Google would go with 3G.

Roger Cheng and Steve Musli:

Despite speculation that Amazon was preparing a larger 8.9 or 10-inch version, the company will only unveil a new 7-inch Kindle Fire and a slightly revamped version of the original tablet in an event scheduled for next week, according to a person who has seen the products.

As I reported a year ago, Amazon has been thinking about and testing a 10-inch tablet for a long time. They initially planned to release it alongside the Kindle Fire, but the plan quickly changed to early 2012. Then they pushed it again. Now they’re balking again, apparently. 

Why?

Hard to know for sure, but my guess would be that Amazon more than has their hands full just trying to compete in the 7-inch tablet space. Google is now their main competitor there, and Apple will enter soon. No point in launching a new offensive against a deeply entrenched product (the 9.7-inch iPad) and a soon-to-be huge challenger (Microsoft, with the Surface) when you’re playing defense on the other front.

Put another way: try to win one war before you find yourself in the middle of two (or three, with a smartphone). 

The Kindle Fire is not nearly as good as the Nexus 7 — it’s just not even close, really. The updated one? We’ll see. But if Apple is entering the space as well, you know they have to believe they have a winner too. 

So instead, it appears Amazon is going to take a different approach — the approach they know well: discount, discount, discount. A $150 ad-supported Kindle Fire would be very attractive this holiday seasons for two reasons:

1) $150

2) Amazon.com

If successful, it could force Google’s hand to further eat costs with the Nexus 7. And the race to the bottom will be on. (Apple, of course, won’t play that game — I’m still betting the iPad mini comes in closer to $249 or even $299.)

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages. There will not be crazy, flashy, graphical doodads flying and popping up all over the Google site. Ever.

Marissa Mayer, in late 2005, when she was still Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google. 

Liz Gannes was quick to remember this comment today in light of the new crazy, flashy, graphical doodad flying and popping all over the Google site.

Roger Cheng:

The Nexus 7 faces lots of competition. The next iteration of the Kindle Fire is expected to be announced next week, and many expect Apple to unveil its own iPad Mini soon.

Best sell em while they’re still hot. 

Also, the ad looks like shit on a retina display. Just saying. And if you happen to have a background image set, it’s even worse. As far as I can tell, there’s no way to close it.

chartier

chartier:

Great Nexus 7 commercial. No stupid CGI, no car chase scene, no special agents repelling into a vault to steal it, no transforming into a robot. Just an endearing father-son premise and putting it to good use in a bunch of different, practical ways.

My only complaint is the 3G/4G problem. They’re dancing a fine line by telling people for most of the commercial that you can use these out in the woods, but then they kinda sorta save their butts with the reveal at the end. Slightly misleading, but still an overall great commercial.

As I’ve written, I really like the Nexus 7. And I have no problem recommending that people get one. Would I bring it on a camping trip in the middle of the woods? No. Backyard? I guess — depending on how big your backyard is for WiFi reach. It would be fairly useless to me without a MiFi or a phone to tether it to. 

Luke Hopewell of Gizmodo Australia has the scoop about the forthcoming ASUS-built/Google-branded Android tablet named “Nexus 7”. But he’s awfully quick to qualify the scoop:

Of course, this could all prove to be an elaborate fake. We’ve seen them before and we’ll see them as long as there’s a rabid tech-loving public that will queue up around the block for value this good.

I dunno, my money is on this being legit. It feels right.
One thing though:

Details are scarce on Jelly Bean, but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on, which could address the fragmentation problem. We aren’t sure if this statement means that Google will handle all handset updates from Jelly Bean onwards, or if it just means it will handle it for the Nexus 7 going forward. Based on the various arrangements with other manufacturers and telcos around the world, it’s likely to be the latter. We’ll know more come Google I/O.

Don’t get too excited about that part — you’ll notice the docs don’t say a word about the Nexus 7 having cellular capabilities…
In other words, who else is going to handle the updates for this device?
I’m actually fairly excited to see this thing. It’s not an iPad competitor, it’s a Kindle Fire competitor. And the price is right. I just hope that for that right price, it will be solid. Not just okay (like the Kindle Fire), but good. We’ll see.

Luke Hopewell of Gizmodo Australia has the scoop about the forthcoming ASUS-built/Google-branded Android tablet named “Nexus 7”. But he’s awfully quick to qualify the scoop:

Of course, this could all prove to be an elaborate fake. We’ve seen them before and we’ll see them as long as there’s a rabid tech-loving public that will queue up around the block for value this good.

I dunno, my money is on this being legit. It feels right.

One thing though:

Details are scarce on Jelly Bean, but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on, which could address the fragmentation problem. We aren’t sure if this statement means that Google will handle all handset updates from Jelly Bean onwards, or if it just means it will handle it for the Nexus 7 going forward. Based on the various arrangements with other manufacturers and telcos around the world, it’s likely to be the latter. We’ll know more come Google I/O.

Don’t get too excited about that part — you’ll notice the docs don’t say a word about the Nexus 7 having cellular capabilities…

In other words, who else is going to handle the updates for this device?

I’m actually fairly excited to see this thing. It’s not an iPad competitor, it’s a Kindle Fire competitor. And the price is right. I just hope that for that right price, it will be solid. Not just okay (like the Kindle Fire), but good. We’ll see.