Google's Next Tablet Failure

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Let me ask you something. If a Google tablet launches in the woods, and there's no one around to buy it, did Google really launch a tablet? That's the question Jeremy and Eric ponder in this short video, where they examine the rumors that Google is finally launching its own 7-inch tablet.

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  • Report this Comment On August 21, 2012, at 8:56 AM, blisterpeanuts wrote:

    This just goes to show that "technology analysts" should try to avoid predicting the future. Here we have a pair of know-it-alls informing us back in May 2012 that Google will probably fall flat with this tablet offering. Now it's late August, and we're hearing about possibly 8 million sales by year's end, more than double Google's original estimate of 3 million (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230390/Nexus_7_sales....

    For the record, I don't own GOOG, but I do own a Nexus 7 tablet, an iPad, a Galaxy Nexus phone, a Nexus One, etc., and I write Android apps for a living.

    The N7 is a winner by every measure. It's feather-light, has an excellent display and superior battery life, and the "Jelly Bean" 4.1.1 version of Android is slick and mature. The graphics co-processor is quite impressive. At last there's a light, portable alternative to the iPad.

    Will a 7" iPad be competitive? Knowing Apple, we can expect such a device to come loaded with technological innovations to surprise and delight us, and undoubtedly it will be a market leader. But right now, in mid-2012, the Nexus 7 fills a niche. By the time Apple jumps into the mini-tablet market, there will be several more Jelly Bean tablets out there and it will be quite a lively market.

  • Report this Comment On August 21, 2012, at 9:06 AM, Gekko8 wrote:

    Agree with blisterpeanuts. Google beat Apple to the punch. People are already suffering from apple's phone/tablet fatigue as people just can't keep up. The apple products people buy today are out of date by tomorrow.

    I alos doubt the iPad mini will be as customizable as the Nexus 7 as well.

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