Google will reportedly take advantage of Apple’s “delayed” second-generation iPad mini launch, and will reportedly make a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet a highlight of Google I/O next week. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s Retina iPad mini launch might be pushed back a bit and Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 will step in to the limelight following an unveiling at Google I/O. In a note picked up by AppleInsider, the analyst says Google’s next Nexus 7 will feature Android 4.3 — which will seemingly be another updated version of Android Jelly Bean — along with a 7-inch 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, Qi wireless charging support and a 4,000 mAh battery. The tablet will reportedly still start at $199, and Kuo makes no mention of when it might launch.
Google (GOOG) and vendor partner Asus are reportedly planning to launch their next-generation Nexus 7 tablet in or around this coming July. The news comes on Tuesday from Reuters, which claims the new device will be powered by a Snapdragon processor. The report also states that Google is aiming to ship 8 million Nexus tablets in the second half of the year, which is a goal that could be quite attainable if the company’s second-generation Nexus 7 slate is sold for just $149, as Reuters’ unnamed source says it may be. Earlier reports suggested that Google’s next tablet will be called the Nexus 7.7 and will ship with a display panel close to the size of Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini display.
Google (GOOG) is rumored to be readying the second-generation version of its 7-inch Nexus tablet that will debut later this year. Earlier reports claimed the next-gen Nexus 7 will be equipped with a 1080p full HD display and a quad-core Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon processor. According to Digitimes, Google and ASUS (2357) decided to ditch NVIDIA (NVDA), which supplied Tegra 3 processors for the original Nexus 7, because of Qualcomm’s tight integration with 4G LTE radios. NVIDIA recently announced the quad-core Tegra 4i processor with an integrated LTE chip, however the company may be unable to meet Google’s launch schedule for the second-generation Nexus 7, which is rumored to be set for a debut at the annual I/O Developers Conference in May. Losing Google as a customer will be hard on NVIDIA, which could now see 2013 processor shipments drop by as many as eight million units.
Google (GOOG) doesn’t reveal sales figures for its Nexus smartphones and tablets, however that hasn’t stopped people from speculating and trying to figure out just how many devices the company has sold. Mobile industry analyst Benedict Evans crunched numbers from ASUS (2357), the manufacturer of the Nexus 7, and found that Google likely sold between 4.5 million to 4.6 million units of its flagship 7-inch tablet. The estimates were derived using overall tablet sales reported by ASUS and various statements from the company’s CEO. While sales of nearly 5 million units is respectable, it falls significantly short of the competition. Evans estimates that despite being released in November, Apple (AAPL) may have sold around 10 million iPad mini tablets and Amazon’s (AMZN) new Kindle Fire likely “outsold the Nexus 7 as well.”
Recent reports have suggested that Google (GOOG) is readying a new Nexus 7 tablet that could debut in May. The company is reportedly increasing the pixel resolution of the display to 1920 x 1080, and adding a faster and more power efficient quad-core processor. Unlike the original Nexus 7, however, Google may not partner with NVIDIA (NVDA) to power the 7-inch slate. More →
Google’s (GOOG) follow-up to the popular Nexus 7 tablet will reportedly debut in May as a cooperative effort with manufacturing partner Asus. Digitimes on Tuesday cites multiple unnamed sources from within Google’s supply chain in claiming that the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will feature a tweaked design and a full 1080p high-definition display. The bezel around the screen will be narrower as well according to the report, and the tablet will supposedly run an “upgraded Jelly Bean-based Android operating system to enhance integration between the software and the hardware.” According to the site’s sources, combined first- and second-generation Nexus 7 shipments are expected to total 10 million units this year.
Sales of Google’s (GOOG) low-cost Nexus 7 tablet have reportedly topped Apple’s (AAPL) iPad over the holiday season in Japan. Nikkei cites market research firm BCN in reporting that a survey of 2,400 stores across Japan suggests that Google’s 7-inch tablet accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales by large electronics vendors in the region. Despite the launch of the iPad mini, sales of Apple tablets were said to account for 40.1% of all tablet sales over the period. It is unclear if Apple stores were included in the firm’s poll. More →
Have an old Kindle Fire lying around? Don’t trade it in just yet because with a little bit of tinkering, you can turn it into what amounts to a Google (GOOG) Nexus 7. XDA-Developers user “Hashcode” has written up instructions on how to install Android 4.2.1 on an original Kindle Fire with almost every feature intact. If you can live without the microphone (sound still works), deep sleep mode, Swype keyboard, multi-user profiles and USB camera support, then you’re good to go. All of the major tablet features including hardware-accelerated HD video for YouTube and Netflix (NFLX) work smoothly, and Liliputing’s hands-on video suggests the transformation works really well for browsing and games. The only downside is the battery life is not very good. True, you won’t get the Nexus 7′s higher-resolution display or sleeker design either, but it’s still a handy way to repurpose an old tablet. More →
Despite Apple’s (AAPL) attempts to single out the Nexus 7 as an inferior tablet to its iPad mini, Google’s (GOOG) 7-inch slate continues to sell very well, especially now that it starts at $249 for a 32GB model. According to Digitimes, global shipments and sales of the Nexus 7 are expected to exceed 1 million units in December, up from between 800,000 and 900,000 units shipped in November, as notebook sales continue to slide. More →
It’s been rumored for a while that Google (GOOG) and ASUS (2357) are working on a $99 Nexus tablet. Although benchmarks can easily be faked, a new GLBenchmark for a tablet identified as only “ME172V” and reportedly built by ASUS has popped up with specs well below those of the Nexus 7. According to the GLBenchmark, the entry-level Nexus 7 could have a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 4270mAh battery and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Interestingly enough, the purported low-end Nexus 7 also has a micro SD card slot, which the original Nexus 7 does not. It’s possible that the entry-level tablet could be an entirely new Nexus product, or even not a Nexus-branded tablet at all. In September, ASUS denied it was working on an entry-level Nexus 7 for Google.
As demand for Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 continues to increase, the company has reportedly placed additional orders to meet booming sales. Google originally expected to ship of 2.5 million Nexus 7 tablets in 2012, Digitimes reported. Thanks to favorable reviews and strong user demand, however, Google has reportedly increased its cumulative shipment volume in 2012 to more than 5 million units. More →
Google (GOOG) announced last month that it was discontinuing the 8GB model of its popular Nexus 7 tablet and reducing the price of the 16GB model by $50 to make room for a larger 32GB model. The Internet giant’s announcement didn’t sit well with early adopters who essentially felt duped. ASUS (2357), the tablet’s manufacturer, has now stepped in to make things right, at least for European buyers. For those who bought a Nexus 7 directly from ASUS or Google before the October 29th price drop, the Taiwanese manufacturer is offering customers a €25 voucher after they give a proof of purchase. The offer is available for all of Europe and runs through November 30th, while the voucher, according to The Verge, is valid through December 31st.
Contrary to what Apple (AAPL) is telling people, the Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 is still one of the best 7-inch tablets available. And with a 3G model, the tablet only becomes better. Alongside the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, T-Mobile will also be selling a 3G HSPA+ Nexus 7 on November 13th for $299.99, according to TmoNews. The HSPA+ 21Mbps Nexus 7 will be sold exclusively through the Google Play Store, so if you’re planning on buying one, don’t bother hitting any retail stores. As far as hardware goes, the HSPA+ Nexus 7 has identical specs to its Wi-Fi-only counterpart: 7-inch (1280 x 800 resolution) HD display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 4325mAh battery, NFC and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.