The Nexus 7/Play Store catch-22
0. phoneArena 13 Jul 2012, 21:07 posted on
The Google Nexus 7 tablet has seemingly already become a success even though it hasn't officially hit store shelves. As we've heard, Nexus 7 pre-orders have already sold out, but of course as we also know, Google isn't making much if any money on the tablet...
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1. JGuinan007 (Posts: 620; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I want one! $199 is the sweet spot for a good quality tab!
2. sprockkets (Posts: 1077; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Another goal is to get the whole android tablet ecosystem going - get a lot of these in the hands of people, then DEVELOPERS will follow.
That way, stupid Tim Cook can't s**t on Android about a stupid app called "Twitter".
3. Riven (Posts: 25; Member since: 25 May 2012)
I think the author is KINDA on point, but how many purchases do people make through the Market/Playstore previously? Heck, with that Google Checkout (now wallet) and all their other services (i got 20gb cloud storage for 5 bucks yearly) i think the "payment" argument loses steam. As far as losing to netflix type of services well...did we really think selling movies was Google's game? No...get users using your roads (search and services) so you can remain data king...and for that you need the Android Tablet marketshare to be strong....
Just my cents Bay Bay!
4. ahomad (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 May 2012)
exactly, the point is not to get profit from the hardware (eventhough they might be getting a little), and not even from playstore sales (which again they might be getting some), the two main points is to get people involved in google ecosystem and improve android tablet sales. in addition, people would be using google maps, search and more importantly GOOGLE ADDS (as we all know googles main source of income is the ADDS). so it is win win for google and for the customers.
9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't agree. It's a good point, and I've edited the article accordingly, because I can't believe it's something I didn't touch upon.
Essentially, this move is bigger than just ad revenue. This isn't a move just for Google, this is a move for the entire Android tablet ecosystem, which needs a kickstart. And, to do that you need to attract developers, and increase developer interest, and you do that by getting people more active in the content store.
5. wickets (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
"did we really think selling movies was Google's game? No" Not sure about how difficult it would be to build, but if goog had a TV feature via roku/bluray etc I would more likely rent/buy from the store than i would from netflix or amazon
Also, if goog wants to build their wallet base they need to make the store more user friendly/special I.E. if i order a just released tablet from the store i expect to get it before a retailer has it avaialable,,,,,24 hours at least is minimum bragging requirement haha
6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i got shipping confirmation yesterday. cant wait... even though its still an anniversary present for the wife.. lol.
I think a very simple solution to the Google Wallet problem is make adding a credit card part of the sign in/set up process when you get the tablet. Putting it front and center (even though there would be a "ill do it later" button) would get a lot of people to put in the CC right then n there. Honestly, they should put that in the phones too. Even if 1/10th of all new activations do it, thats a huge number increase.
14. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Let me know how it is - you can email me...lol
7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Hmm... well, there was some kind of report about the possibility of Amazon and Google talking to each other. Perhaps they've both realized that teaming up Amazon's purchasing power with Google's search capabilities is the way to go instead of each company spending the resources to maintain their own separate devices. Basically, you'd have a "Nexus with Special Offers" device.
8. ThePolak (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
Well, to me it's all about consumption of content, whether they'll be apps, games, movies, books etc. Google didn't cease to support sideloading content, not only apps but also media files. You can access your files from any cloud service or home based multimedia server.
Just because there's no USB connectivity or support for removable memory cards doesn't mean that you are stuck with the content offered in Play Store, thanks to open source system you can still enjoy your favourite content even when it's unavailable in Play Store.
And in my opinion this, apart from smaller amount of offerings in comparison with other stores, is the main point why Google may fail in gaining its customers payment info. If something is missing in Play Store I can still buy or pirate it somewhere else without the need of changing platform or device. I"ll just sideload it on my Android tablet and I'm good to go.
15. networkdood (Posts: 6247; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
A dev will rig it up to use storage on external drive....but, yeah, I have like 6 different cloud storages....
11. yatmiko (Posts: 36; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
if it have 5MP camera and 3G, this is the dream tablet ever...
I don't mind with extra $100 if there is
12. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
agree with the 3G, but will pass 5MP camera for a microSD slot instead.. I don't need a camera in a tablet (which will make me look stupid holding it) and prefer to have ffc instead of bfc..