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Google Nexus Q gets torn down, expensive because it's made in the USA

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Google Nexus Q gets torn down, expensive because it's made in the USA
The Google Nexus Q media streamer is a gorgeous black gleaming ball that will fit perfectly every home, but one thing that won’t fit you so much is the price Google is asking for it. The Nexus Q will cost $300 and at least partly, that big price is so high because of the “Designed and manufactured in the USA” approach the search company took.

We can’t remember the last time, we’ve seen a mass device manufactured in the USA, and interestingly a recent report suggests that the company that manufactured the Q is 15 minutes away from Google’s head offices in California, but is the higher price a tradeoff customers will be happy about?

We don’t know the answer, nor do we know what the price would have been had the Nexus Q manufacturing been outsourced to say China. One thing that we like about this experiment though is that Google is willing to try.

“We’ve been absent for so long, we decided, ‘Why don’t we try it and see what happens?’” Android head Andy Rubin said.

The benefits of local manufacturing have started to match the cheaper but far away labor in Asia. Real-time collaboration plays a key role and so do the rising prices in China and growing transportation expenses. The components however are mostly in Asia and this is proving to be the biggest challenge for US-based manufacturing.

Quite honestly, if it wasn’t for the hefty price we’d absolutely love the Nexus Q - it’s beautifully designed and packs a TI OMAP 4460 chip, the very same that powers the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Luckily, the folks at Google (via Wired) have already torn down the Q and you can take a look at its beautiful internals in the slideshow below.

source: New York Times, Wired

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posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:05 14

1. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


made in usa! worth money imo ill get one when price comes down.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 13:01 10

27. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


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posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:48 7

30. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Apple should take notes

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:06 11

2. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Worth it. Personally I think it should be $150-200 but i'll pay more if it's made here.

Good work :)

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:18 3

3. maxkobi (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


sadly im just a poor college kid. i could pick this up at 150 but cant do more =/ hope it comes down a little!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:03 1

10. dickwyn (Posts: 585; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Google should make a budget nexus Q

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:55 1

34. ghostkilla1388 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


wait until black friday, im probably getting a 16gb nexus 7 tab and this if the price is right.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:24 12

4. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


Much better than other US iProducts that made in China.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:46 7

6. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


smh....

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 13:56 2

29. KissyQueeny (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


oh give me a break... as if Apple's products were the only ones manufactured in China. I guess it's comforting for fandroids to blame it all on Apple, like when Apple was the only one using Foxconn's services...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:53 3

31. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


What other American companies with the success level of apple are you speaking of? I'm just not aware of any

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 05:55

39. KissyQueeny (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Who said I am obligated to speak about American companies? I'm speaking about various companies worshiped by the fandroid community. Whether they're American or not plays no role in this case, although there might be those involved as well.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:54

35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6226; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


mu points exactly

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:56

37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6226; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


i meant my point exactly sorry bout that

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:37 1

5. tlsmithsr (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Sep 2010)


Pretty cool product. The price is a little to much for something that I won't use on a daily bases. Maybe when the price drops hopefully it does for the holidays I doubt it though

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:47 6

7. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Awesome. Personally, I believe a tariff of 20% should be established for all electronics made outside the country. You would see a huge surge of phones and all types of electronics made in the good old USA. Can you say jobs??? Kudos to you, Google. Way to go in leading the way...again.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:21 2

12. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you have no clue...lol

PA slaps an article that says Google made Nexus Q in US and you instantly talk about google leading the way hahaha...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:51 1

14. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I seriously doubt you would see a huge surge. The cost savings and benefits to companies right now are a lot more than 20%. We outsource a few products to Malaysia, China, and Taiwan right now and the savings for those particular products are damn near 50% for labor and other overhead costs.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:47 2

8. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


America! F* YEAH!!! lol

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:02 3

9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Man screw it .
Why made it in the USA ? Salary of the workers in high in America and you can't force them to be more productive cause they have strict laws .
I prefer it to be made in south east Asia

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:06 7

11. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


You are exactly what is wrong with the system.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 10:30 4

13. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


You can burn in hell then

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:07 3

25. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Sure... after I squeeze your head till your eyes pop out...lol!!!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 13:11

28. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


I meant thelegend6657 not you

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:13

32. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I retract my comment, then. Sorry.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:07 6

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1566; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Yes lets implement slave labor everywhere so you can save a buck. f**king cheapass...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:05

24. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


everything on SEA is cheap if u come from US or Europe
specially in Indonesia, u can live and eat well only $150/month

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 20:55

36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6226; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


cause we don't want to see any more chinese labor. with those people suicide them selves making over iproducts over seas. and Google is taking risk to manufacture their stuff here in the heartland. plus CHINESE MATERIAL isn't always good as our own U.S. goods

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:20

16. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


What do you guys think the price would be if it was made overseas?

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:29

17. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


199.95?

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:40 3

19. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Depends.

If it was an Apple product, they would probably still charge $299 just for the higher profit margin.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:01

23. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Depends all so to the build quality and the use of Kevlar cones
like B&W speakers....

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:29 2

18. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


American workers are over educated, lazy, spoiled and expensive. And worst of all, they like to form unions. Google should follow the Apple model and manufacture more, not less in China, the new land of opportunity. God bless the Free Markets.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:56 3

22. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


The racist and prejudice got unbanned...
GOD BLESS US ALL.....!!!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:49 1

20. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


WHAT IS IT!???

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:50 5

21. beillax (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Not a Google fan but I am a fan of things made in the USA! We need more things made here!!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 12:14 1

26. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Nice experiment by google, we all know that manufacturing anything in the USA is going to drive up the cost. It's going to be reflected in the price and cost to manufacturer by lowering net profit per item.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:25 3

33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6226; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I'd rather BUY PRODUCST made here IN THE U.S.A than in CHINA

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 02:35 1

38. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I getting one of these! Made in the USA+Awesome+Google=My $300 Dollars. This thing will be awesome for our living room!

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