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 →
Say what you want about 7-inch tablets being too small to compete with Apple’s (AAPL) iPad, but Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet money can buy right now. That said, the fact that the tablet’s 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera only records in VGA (640 x 480 resolution) is a huge disappointment. XDA Developers member “hillbeast” has tried to remedy this by releasing a how-to guide for tweaking the camera so it can record video in a more-acceptable 1280 x 720 resolution. Intrepid tinkerers should note that they’ll need to root their Nexus 7 before hillbeast’s modified code can be injected, so the camera upgrade isn’t without its risks. Video showing a comparison between the original and modified cameras are posted below. More →
Following the success Google (GOOG) has seen with the current version of its Nexus 7 tablet, the software giant turned hardware peddler is reportedly planning a second version of the slate that will launch in roughly six weeks. MoDaCo’s well-connected Paul O’Brien issued a brief report on Sunday stating that a 3G-enabled version of Google’s popular $200 tablet is already being built. Manufacturing partner ASUS (2357) is currently ramping up manufacturing for a launch in approximately six weeks according to the report, which would place the tablet’s release some time in mid-October. BGR reviewed the Nexus 7 on video in July and called it the best low-cost tablet money can buy. More →
It wasn’t easy for ASUS (2357) to hit that $199 price point with the Google Nexus 7 tablet, but it looks like it’s paying off. Reports of strong demand for Google’s (GOOG) debut tablet were reaffirmed shortly after the Nexus 7 launched, as Google quickly sold out of its entry-level model. Now, new estimates from Tech-thoughts.net based on touch panel shipments suggest Google could sell as many as 8 million tablets by the end of the year, making the Nexus 7 one of the most popular Android tablets to date. Google previously stated that it hoped to sell 3 million Nexus 7 tablets in 2012. More →
Apple (AAPL) was once the king of advertising, from its iconic 1984 Macintosh advertisement to its simplistic iPhone commercials. The Cupertino-based company has seemingly been slacking as of late, however. Its slew of celebrity-endorsed Siri commercials are annoying even to some of the company’s devout followers, and its latest “Genius” campaign has been called embarrassing. According to the ad research firm Ace Metrix, which measures effectiveness of ads by showing them to 500 consumers and scoring them in areas such as persuasiveness and likelihood of watching again, Google’s (GOOG) “Camping” advertisement is more effective than Apple’s latest TV spot. The Nexus 7 commercial scored a 662 out of a possible 950, and was the most-effective TV spot to debut in the last week and the most-effective technology spot in the last 90 days.
Consumer Reports today added Google’s (GOOG) Nexus 7 to its tablet rankings and concluded that while it’s probably the best cheap tablet on the market, it still can’t match the overall quality of the Apple (AAPL) iPad. Overall, the Nexus 7 scored a 79 out of 100 and did particularly well in Consumer Reports’s ratings for both touch response and portability. This gives the Nexus 7 vastly superior scores than similarly-priced tablets such as the Amazon (AMZN) Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble (BKS) Nook Tablet, which scored 66 and 65 respectively. More →