Google Nexus tablet could affect partner tablet sales
posted by Michael H. / Dec 26, 2011, 11:03 PM
The idea is that the Nexus tablet will likely come loaded with Android 4.1, which will not be available to other manufacturers and will have extra features that make the Nexus tablet more enticing than other Android tablet options. However, some other media outlets have used terms like "cannibalize" and DigiTimes itself tries to assert that the Nexus will cause a "conflict" with other manufacturing partners. This seems completely overblown to us, and also seems like an indication that DigiTimes and others haven't really been paying attention to the Nexus line thus far.
The Nexus line always has a newer version of Android which other manufacturers haven't had time to build into their devices, which always means more features. That's the point of the Nexus line: it shows the future that Google sees for Android. But, that has never caused trouble with other manufacturers, because Nexus devices are essentially developer reference devices. Even the Galaxy Nexus, which has been the most widely popular Nexus device to date has never been accused of "cannibalizing" sales of other devices. Google has always known that the power of its ecosystem is in the diversity of devices, and the Nexus is part of that diversity. We're sure a Nexus tablet may shift a few sales away from other manufacturers, but we doubt it will be significant, especially if the major difference is in software which other devices will get eventually anyway.
I can see a Nexus tablet affecting the sales of partner tablets as well (Nice article, Michael). Other than it being called a Nexus device, people can rely on upgrades (timeframe wise and are gauranteed updates) and that it will be stocked Android instead of the software being painted with the Manufacture's UI and/or bloatware. I would definitely buy a Nexus tablet, if it's actually released. Just hope it's not overpriced like these other Android tablets are, which is another reason to why Android sales are currently terrible.
posted on Dec 26, 2011, 11:11 PM 3
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AFFECT. Really at least get the title right. I really want to take the site seriously but it's really hard if the writers keep using EFFECT for affect and effect, or THEIR for their and they're, and etc. :-(
posted on Dec 26, 2011, 11:11 PM 3
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Sorry about that. The original title matched the intro sentence: "could have an adverse effect", and when I edited for length, I accidentally miscorrected myself on that one. That said, it's a small mistake and one that's easily fixed. No need to get all worked up about it.
posted on Dec 27, 2011, 9:04 AM 2
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i would hope google to assign / bid a manufacture to produce the nexus tablet like what they do for the phone line that would at least keep half the people happy... but hopefully they would keep the price decent and not overpriced...
posted on Dec 26, 2011, 11:53 PM 0
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I saw the original article the other day and i just thought "BS". Nexus devices HELP customers of other devices because they help raise awareness of updates and thus customers demand updates on their devices. It obviously works as Samsung has done a 180 on their SGS1 update plans... or lack there of.
posted on Dec 27, 2011, 9:47 AM 0
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