Android director says 10" tablets were overpriced and underpowered

Android director says 10
In an interview with The New York Times, Android's director of business development, John Lagerling, shared his views that until now, the 10" Android tablets didn't really provide the substance to justify the price that was asked.

"We felt the 10-inch category was overpriced and underpowered, and we wanted to see what we could do for that from our perspective," said Lagerling. Well, we have to say that they did quite well, bringing us the Samsung Nexus 10's amazing 2560 x 1600 screen for just $399.

When asked how did Google manage to bring the prices of the Nexus 4 and 10 so low, Lagerling admitted that Google wanted to prove that a company doesn't have to charge $600 for the latest technologies, and that such kind of margins can even be unreasonable.

On the subject of whether Google has any more specific plans for Motorola, the director said that Motorola stands where Sharp, Sony or Huawei stand, meaning that they won't be getting any special treatment. Even when it comes to the production of Nexus devices, Lagerling states that Motorola has to bid like everyone else.

source: TheNewYorkTimes via TheVerge

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43 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

Google always has very good balance between their own interests and interests of their customers. Good job Google.

10. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Nexus 10 FTW

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yup, unlike a certain fruit company, who sells subpar products at a premium price so it seems like the best to the rich, Google actually wants to provide the best they've got to everyone.

14. Hemlocke unregistered

Except that the iPad blows the doors off the N10. Nice try, but the Nexus line is still second best.

23. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Blows it out of what water the N10 has a better display then the RESOLUTIONARY display that was the main selling point besides LTE and its cheaper. N10 is to hot for the water your iPad rests in.

34. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Totally missed the point. Whether it is or is not the best matters not. The goal was excellent specs at a reasonable price. Under $400 vs $500 or more sounds like a bargain.

40. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Why the man said, Android tablets are underpowered and overpriced.

27. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

The resolution, processor, amount of RAM and operating system are better than that of the competition, and less expensive, but said fruit company (as much as I hate them) has brilliant marketing to those who don't even consider the competition, and people who are too lazy to do research and see that other products are better.

36. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I cannot for the life of me understand why week harp on the fact that Apple products are expensive and Google's aren't. Apple products have ALWAYS been more expensive than their competition. Google has always had a tendency of giving products out for free or at an extremely low cost. This is not news and after over a decade, you should be tired of complaining about it. I do agree with him though...but I still think most tablets are overpriced. I wouldn't say underpowered though. I've not had a moment when I thought...man I really can't do something I want to do because this tab doesn't have the specs.

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

True, look at their Macbooks...wow, why would anyone spend so much on a Macbook or Mac desktop Mac...crazy...

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Nexus 10 will quite possibly be the ultimate tablet in price-performance ratios for ost part of 2013 as well

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they just want to sell more .. thats all .. there are not any different..

42. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

you mean ..like Apple?

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I wonder what tablet he was referring to !?!?!? ;) :D

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

"The 10" Android tablets didn't really provide the substance to justify the price that was asked." Don't be a troll. Apple actually makes good powerful tablets, even if the OS is a bit old and stale. He said Android tablets, meaning the crappy, laggy, heavily skinned Galaxy Tab line and models similar. I wouldn't buy one of those to save my life. Until now, Asus was the only company making good Android tablets. Okay, maybe with the exception of the Note 10.1. Haven't tried it to see whether or not it's good, but I hear it's good.

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The statement “ the 10" Android tablets……” are not in quotes which means that is an interpretation and not a statement made by him. The next line “We felt the 10-inch category…..” are in quotes which means those are his own words and therefore referring to overall 10-inch tablets market. Just because you think Samsung’s tablets are crappy and laggy doesn’t mean that he was pointing towards Samsung. He was clearly and only referring to 10 inch tablet’s ‘price’. IMO I don’t think he would take a jab at Samsung who clearly have a huge market share in 10-inch android tablets.

21. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

i've tried the note 10.1.thanks to crapwiz it's clunky even with that exynos inside it. -_- not for the most part but yeah the clunkyness is still there.

24. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well we and them and the manufactures no that Android is and was a needed a heavy hardware to push the OS, they still ignored it. Tabs should come with 3GBRAM due to once instaling Skype Tango Anti-Virus Games Task killers calenders widgets. Each of those apps take up 30MB of RAM, leaving you with just 100MB for browsing, when opening 2 pages, Ram drops to 50MB and then starts to lag. How stupid of them to provide with 1GB RAM.

31. g2a5b0e unregistered

Do you ever talk about anything besides specs, man? They aren't everything. Get over it.

41. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Sony makes good tablets too, the original Tablet S and new Xperia Tablet S are nice Android tablets.

3. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

+1 to this.i still have my original galaxy tab 10.1 which i bought a year back.it still costs almost 30k [indian rupees] in india.clunky as f---.even with the official ics update.

5. No_Nonsense unregistered

Er, all android tablets except Nexus ones (specially the ones we get in India) are POS.

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Same here, desperately searching for a cost effective, good tab but no luck. No Nexus tabs here..

9. No_Nonsense unregistered

The only fairly decent tablet is the iPad, irrespective of whatever. No surface, no Nexus tabs. WTF

43. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Agreed, iPad or iOS and even Surface RT for some reason are the only devices that require very little power to run the most demanding applications quickly and smoothly. Android only caught up with it using cortex a15s. Besides having super high benchmarks that mean sh1t for day today performance, it still needs to pay some catch up in terms of optimising it and making it run a lot quicker and smoother

15. Aeires unregistered

My Transformer disagrees.

25. No_Nonsense unregistered

I haven't seen it in person and don't think its available here (officially at least).

17. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

agreed.but we don't get any nexus products here anyways :P gotta order from ebay.

38. toyds123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hmm, I think if its vanilla android it runs better. I have seen galaxy tabs and man they are slow. However, I have an HP Touchpad with official cm9 and it runs really fast. I was surprised that it was really snappy. Way faster than the Gtab 10.1 I tried. I can even play NFS most wanted without lag considering it has an old S3 processor. I think that's why the nexus line up has always performed well.

4. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Google is pushing the limits. nicely done. Show us more of your engineering prowess.

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