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Google (GOOG +0.1%) officially launches the second-gen Nexus 7. As expected, it has a 1920x1200...

Google (GOOG +0.1%) officially launches the second-gen Nexus 7. As expected, it has a 1920x1200 display, a quad-core Qualcomm (QCOM -0.9%) APQ8064 CPU, and a starting price of $229. The tablet also comes with stereo speakers and dual cameras, and is 2.85mm thinner and 50g lighter than its predecessor. It arrives amidst reports a retina iPad Mini (AAPL) won't launch until 2014. Google is also unveiling Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). The OS mostly provides incremental improvements such as Bluetooth Smart support, OpenGL ES 3.0 support (better 3D gaming), and improved multi-user settings. Google also discloses there are now 1M+ apps in the Play store (the number of non-duplicate apps is likely lower); Tim Cook stated last month the App Store has 900K+ apps. (live blog)
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  • Humble Eagles
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    Well, I hate to go against the grain and not give Google a free pass, but I see big problems in Android land. (Although it has good specs). 1- What does this do to Android tablet manufacturers' motivation? If Google has decided to undercut you by subsidizing a tablet you can't compete against, why make a tablet in the first place? BTW, Goog's partners may be similarly frustrated by the MotoX. 2- The real draw of IOS is stability/app quality, component quality, and customer support via the Apple store. Is IOS worth an extra $100-200? Yep, definitely. No malware, much better longevity, better resale, and should something go wrong...a human to talk to face-to-face who will fix your problem. I see this announcement as a win for Apple!
    24 Jul 2013, 01:13 PM Reply Like
  • Tvaddic
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    Google works with their manufacturers for their tablets, Samsung and Asus make a model. And if didn't like it what can Android manufacturers do, go to Windows where those devices aren't selling as much as Android devices. Or make their own operating system, where they have to compete with Google on apps and Internet services.
    24 Jul 2013, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    >>didn't like it what can Android manufacturers do, go to Windows<<
    They don't like it, and it means they won't pursue Android tablets because they won't produce them at a loss. It means less Android tablets. If Google subsidizes the Moto X at $229, they will stop selling mid to high level Android phones, too. Nobody wants to lose money on hardware so Google can make money on the software. Amazon is the only charity model that may continue.
    24 Jul 2013, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    "1- What does this do to Android tablet manufacturers' motivation? If Google has decided to undercut you by subsidizing a tablet you can't compete against"

     

    Google purposely avoids features like microSD expansion and things like HDMI, USB ports etc. Some of us looking for those features go to other mfgr's of android tablets (namely ASUS and Samsung).

     

    " Is IOS worth an extra $100-200? Yep, definitely. No malware, much better longevity, better resale, and should something go wrong...a human to talk to face-to-face who will fix your problem. I see this announcement as a win for Apple!"

     

    You are literally talking about 50% of the purchase price on a $200-300 tablet. Some people might want to pay that for the presumed benefit of "no malware etc.", but many won't, I suspect. The malware issue is a dead horse that's been beaten way too long btw. I can't remember the last time I came across malware on my devices.
    24 Jul 2013, 02:09 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    Chop, chop, that is hysterical, and I am trying to figure out if you are serious. So, $100-$200 is a huge deal when a customer has to pay that for a higher quality iPad, but when that same customer has to pay $100-$200 more dollars for an HDMI out or USB port, they will be willing to pay it? BTW, you might want to check the specs. Google may "avoid" HDMI ports to give competitors/partners a chance, but the Nexus 7 appears to offer that feature! Just Google (or maybe Bing) malware and Android if you want to see some of the problems. My personal experience was frequent crashes and problems...before I switched to IOS.
    24 Jul 2013, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    who said they have to pay that more for a microSD or HDMI out? The new ASUS Memo HD 7 will have those things at $149 next month.
    24 Jul 2013, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    Chop, you are an exec with ____ and your BOM on a competitive tablet is $180. You can sell it to Best Buy for $180. Do you, A) produce the tablet because that would be a great idea, or B) look somewhere else? Google may be paying Asus to look like they are producing tablets, but I don't see Asus doing it at a loss, or even close to it. Phrased another way. You are looking for a girlfriend, and you hear there is a party. Two beautiful women will be at the party, along with their Navy Seal husbands. Do you A) go to the party and try to steal somebody's wife, or B) just go find another party with eligible girls? It isn't that hard. The better Google does on tablets and phones, the harder it becomes for Android partners that Google has turned into competitors. Look, MSFT even understands the way you draw people to W8 RT is to produce an expensive tablet that nobody will buy, thereby giving OEMs hope.
    24 Jul 2013, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • ChrisCDC
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    If you are parked on third-party apps most of the time like me, than the Nexus is not a bad deal. I don't use gmail or other Google apps that much.

     

    However, I wish the screen was a lot bigger.
    29 Jul 2013, 10:46 PM Reply Like
  • bluedefender8
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    The new $35 ChromeCast essentially gives the tablet an HDMI port wirelessly. There are also adapters for the microUSB that allows a full size USB port or the ability to connect a USB hub which allows devices such as keyboards, mice, and gaming controllers.

     

    As for stability issues, most of the time they don't derive from the core OS (Android) but from manufacturer or carrier add-ons, such as MotoBlur or TouchWiz. From my experience Android 4.0+ is a very stable operating system, on par with iOS 6+.
    1 Aug 2013, 09:03 AM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    I would just add, which do you think Samsung likes better, the Nexus7 and Moto X, or being sued by Apple?
    24 Jul 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • ChrisCDC
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    I wonder why they are getting sued?
    29 Jul 2013, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • Keep It Simple
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    I’ll give Google credit, they did a horrible job improving the looks of their Nexus 7.
    25 Jul 2013, 01:31 AM Reply Like
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