How low can Google go? The Mountain View, California-based company blew open the Android tablet market with the $199 Nexus 7 slate earlier this year, but Google (GOOG) is apparently just getting started. The firm added a high-end tablet to its repertoire earlier this week when it unveiled the Nexus 10 with an HD display, but rumors also swirled that the company had a new $99 Nexus slate in the works. Now, Digitimes reaffirms its earlier claims in stating Google is currently prepping an “entry-level Nexus tablet that has not yet been announced.” No additional details were provided.
The $199 starting price on Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 was widely expected to bolster sales, but no one could really project how the affordable Jelly Bean tablet would be received considering the tablet’s relatively limited distribution and the mass market’s all-around indifference when it comes to most Android tablets. According to Asus chief financial officer David Chang, however, Nexus 7 sales have grown significantly and now total nearly 1 million units each month. “At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K,” Chang told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. “This latest month, it was close to one million.” The figure doesn’t approach iPad sales, which are in excess of 1 million units each week, but they are impressive nonetheless considering how much wider iPad distribution is and how much Apple (AAPL) spends promoting it compared to the Nexus 7.
Google (GOOG) had plans to unveil a new Nexus tablet on Monday, but a formidable hurricane forced the company to cancel its big Android press conference. While the world will have to wait a short while longer to meet the high-resolution Nexus 10 tablet (and the Nexus 4 smartphone), another likely announcement was some shifting in the Nexus 7 lineup. Even though the event was canceled, at least one retailer has pushed ahead with the changes anyway. More →
While Google (GOOG) has not officially announced a higher-capacity Nexus 7 tablet, the slate is already available for purchase from select retailers. Office Depot (ODP) on Thursday listed the Nexus 7 tablet with 32GB of internal storage on its website for $249. Oddly enough, the retailer continues to offer the smaller 16GB model for the same price. Google is widely expected to announced the 32GB model, along with other goodies at an Android event on October 29th. It is unclear, however, if the Mountain View-based company will continue to offer the 16GB model at a reduced price. BGR will be on hand at the event to bring you the news as it breaks. Coverage begins on Monday at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
Nobody knows for sure what updates Google (GOOG) has planned for its Nexus 7 tablet. It’s rumored that a 32GB model will replace the 16GB model without a price hike, a $99 model will be released and a 3G model will also debut before the end of the year. Tabletblog.de is now reporting that it has a leaked listing for the 3G-equipped Nexus 7 that shows specs pointing to GSM and WCDMA connectivity. The site believes that Google will only release a 3G Nexus 7 with 32GB of internal storage, and that there will be no 16GB model with 3G.
Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 is now the all-time best-selling Android tablet in the United Kingdom a mere three months after its release, according to mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse. While the Internet giant’s first 7-inch slate continues to lag behind sales of Apple’s (AAPL) various iPad models, the device has sold more in the U.K. than other Android tablets such as the ASUS Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy Tab. More →
Google’s (GOOG) Android Open Source Project technical lead Jean-Baptiste Queru on Tuesday announced a minor update to the Android Jelly Bean operating system. The Android 4.1.2 update delivers various bug fixes and improved performance and stability to the operating system, while also bringing landscape support to the Nexus 7 tablet while on the home screen. The Android 4.1.2 update is said to be rolling out now to pure Google devices such as the Nexus 7 tablet and unlocked Galaxy Nexus smartphones. More →
The Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 might become an even greater value according to Phandroid. The site posted a screenshot revealing that the 16GB Nexus 7 has been declared “EOL” or “end of life.” This might explain why one customer received a 32GB Nexus 7 instead of the 16GB model he originally ordered. Phandroid says it’s very possible that Google will drop the 16GB Nexus 7 and replace it with the 32GB model without increasing its $249 price. It’s also rumored that Google will finally be adding a 3G-equipped Nexus 7 soon. All we have to say is that this holiday season is going to be packed full of 7-inch tablets to choose from. Amazon (AMZN) has its Kindle Fire HD, Google has its Nexus 7 and Apple (AAPL) is preparing its iPad mini. More →
Even with stiff competition from Amazon (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS), Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 is arguably the best 7-inch tablet on the market right now. The only downside to the Jelly Bean-powered tablet is that it only comes in two models: 8GB and 16GB. That’s fine for downloading a few light games and digital books, but it’s not enough for storing tons of HD video. We’ve heard that a 32GB model could launch as early as October 24th, and now Japanese Twitter user “oppese“ has posted photos of a Google slip-up that more or less confirms that a higher capacity Nexus 7 is real. Oppese claims that instead of getting a 16GB Nexus 7, he received a 32GB model. Pictures of the purported 32GB Nexus 7 follow below.
We’ve been hearing rumblings of about a 32GB Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 over the past couple of days, and now Droid-Life reports that the 32GB version of the tablet may start shipping in just a few weeks. An unnamed source has told Droid-Life that resellers are expecting to receive shipments of the 32GB Nexus 7 “some time around” October 24th, although the source said no official date has been set in stone yet. What’s more, Droid-Life found that resellers are initially planning to sell the 32GB tablet for $259.92, although the site cautions that this price is highly speculative and is not related to what Google will actually charge for the device when it launches. Previously Google had only sold the Nexus 7 in 8GB and 16GB models. More →
Given that Google’s (GOOG) own Nexus 7 has proven to be one of the most successful Android tablets yet released, it’s not surprising that Google would want to replicate that success in its own line of Nexus-branded smartphones. Unnamed sources have told DigiTimes that Google is working with several manufacturers “to launch smartphones based on its Nexus 7 platform” sometime in the future. DigiTimes says that Google is giving the OEMs free rein to implement the design and hardware specifications on the devices as long as they “are based on its latest native Android system.” Vendors rumored to be working with Google on project include Samsung (005930), LG (066570), HTC (2498) and Sony (SNE), DigiTimes reports. More →
When Google (GOOG) released its Nexus 7 tablet earlier this year, consumers were disappointed with the limited storage options available with the device. Unlike a majority of Android smartphones and tablets, the Nexus 7 does not include a microSD slot for expandable storage and is only available in 8GB or 16GB models. But according to an image allegedly from Carphone Warehouse’s inventory system obtained by Droid-Life, Google’s flagship tablet may soon be offered with 32GB of internal storage. The same image also mentions the rumored Galaxy Nexus II smartphone, although no further details on the device were given. The latest Nexus from Samsung (005930) is rumored to be equipped with the same 4.65-inch display as the original, and feature an upgrade 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. More →
When Google (GOOG) launched the Nexus 7 tablet earlier this year, the company offered early adopters a $25 credit to its Play store along with each purchase. The Internet giant on Tuesday reminded users on Twitter that the promotion will run for a few more weeks until it expires on September 30th. The redeemed credit will be available for use on apps, books, movies, TV shows, magazines, games and music in the Play store until September 2013, at which time all remaining funds will be lost. The Nexus 7 is available directly from Google and select retailers in 8GB and 16GB models for $199 and $249, respectively. More →