Although Google’s Android platform has been wildly successful, the company’s efforts to make its own consumer electronics have often faltered. While we’ve heard a lot about anemic Chromebook sales recently, Enders Analysis strategy consultant Benedict Evans has done some detective work and found that sales of Google’s Nexus 10 tablet likely aren’t doing that much better. Essentially, Evans has extrapolated traffic data from the Google Play store to produce a rough estimate that there are currently just 680,000 Nexus 10 tablets in use, versus around 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablets currently in use. As Evans notes, this estimate means that Nexus 10 sales were bested by Microsoft’s Surface tablet, which has almost universally been regarded as a flop.
People-centric ads have done wonders for Samsung (005930) over the past year and now Google (GOOG) is trying to get in on the action with a new ad for the Nexus 10 that depicts the tablet as a perfect helper for prospective parents. The ad shows two expecting parents using the tablet to help them pick out names, to read books on parenting, to film videos of their baby shower and even to watch relevant comedies such as Knocked Up. While the new ad does fit in with the well-established convention of tablet ads that give laundry lists of applications, it focusses more than most on telling a coherent story and of showing how the tablet can make life easier for people in a specific situation. A video of the entire ad is posted below. More →
Google (GOOG) may be preparing a major upgrade for its flagship 10-inch tablet. The Nexus 10 is equipped with a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor and Mali-T604 GPU. Due to the tablet’s massive 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution display, however, consumers have noticed significant lag and other performance hiccups. According to a report from Bright Side of News, the company may boost the specs to a quad-core processor and a new 8-core Mali-T678 GPU, while the other internal hardware, such as the high-end display and 2GB of RAM, are expected to remain the same. Bright Side of News speculates that Google will announce the slate at Mobile World Congress in February. Pricing is expected to be the same as the current Nexus 10.
Following availability in the Europe and Australia, Google (GOOG) made both the Nexus 4 smartphone built by LG (06657011) and the Nexus 10 tablet built by Samsung (005930) available on its American Google Play Store. And judging by how fast customers in the U.K. snatched up the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, we didn’t expect stock to last very long in the United States, especially since the Nexus 4 starts at $299 unlocked. And lo and behold: Both the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 sold out within minutes after Google put them up on the U.S. Google Play Store.
Google (GOOG) apparently isn’t wasting any time when it comes to pushing out Android 4.2 to its older Nexus devices. ZDNet reports that some Galaxy Nexus owners are getting Android 4.2 pushed out to their devices, well ahead of when most carrier-locked Android devices are likely to get their updates. Additionally, The Verge reports that Google’s popular Nexus 7 tablet has also started getting the Android 4.2 upgrade. Android 4.2 is a small update to Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system that adds a new feature called Photo Sphere that makes it easy for users to take panoramic photos on their smartphones or tablets.
Surprise, surprise. It looks like Hurricane Sandy can’t hold Google (GOOG) down, as the company has just gone ahead and unveiled the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet even though its press conference was canceled. Nexus 4 specs include a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with 1,280 x 768-pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone starts at a shockingly affordable $299 without any contract or subsidies, and it will launch in the United States on November 13th. More →
Hurricane Sandy may have cancelled Google’s (GOOG) big event on Monday but that doesn’t mean we’ll have to wait to see the new Nexus 10 tablet. BriefMobile has posted a short video of the Nexus 10 that shows the tablet opening up its Chrome browser. The website has also reported that the tablet will feature a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The full video of the Nexus 10 is posted below. More →
Images of what appear to be Google’s (GOOG) upcoming Nexus 10 tablet were published on Friday by BriefMobile, which also confirmed that the 10.1-inch slate will be manufactured by Samsung (005930) and support a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 298.9 pixels-per-inch. The Nexus 10 is also equipped with a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, the same CPU powering Samsung’s latest Chromebook, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, front-facing speakers, NFC, a front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera. As previously reported, the device will run Android 4.2, an upgraded version of Jelly Bean that includes multiple user accounts and a quick access bar, among other features. Google is widely expected to announced the Nexus 10, along with additional Nexus goodies at an Android event on October 29th. Tune into BGR on Monday at 10:00 a.m. EDT for live coverage of the event. Additional images follow below. More →
Google (GOOG) is set to announce a variety of Android goodies at its press event on October 29th in New York City. It has been widely reported that the Internet giant will debut a higher-capacity Nexus 7 tablet alongside a model with cellular capabilities and a new Nexus-branded smartphone from LG running Android 4.2, an updated version of Jelly Bean. A report from The Next Web on Sunday claimed that Google will also announce a 10-inch Nexus-branded tablet that it has co-developed with Samsung (005930). More →
We first heard that Google (GOOG) was working on a tablet called the Nexus 10 this past summer and now it looks like it’s close to becoming a reality. The Italian Android HD Blog found a picture on Picasa that purportedly provides more details on the device and shows that it will have a 10-inch display with a resolution of 2560 × 1920 pixels, or around 299 pixels-per-inch. No word yet on who’s manufacturing this new Nexus tablet, but previous rumors suggest that it will be Samsung (005930).
Google is reportedly planning a 10-inch version of its Nexus 7 tablet, according to a report from Digitimes. The tablet’s display panels will be supplied by Wintek and AU Optronics; Google previously ordered 500,000 touch panels from Wintek for its Nexus 7 tablet in June, the report claims. Google’s Andy Rubin revealed earlier this year that the Mountain View-based company was doubling down on the tablet market in 2012. Google is betting big on its 7-inch slate and based on its performance, could quite possibly release a larger model to compete with Apple’s iPad. The Nexus 7 will be available in mid-July for $199. More →