When Google and ASUS unveiled the Nexus 7 at I/O earlier this year, both the companies were mum on the global availability of the tablet. With demand and supply somewhat stabilizing in the United States, Google and ASUS have finally turned their attention to other regions of the world.
Starting from today, ASUS and Google will start selling the Nexus 7 in France, Germany and Spain. The price point of the tablet remains the same at €199 Euros for the 8GB variant of the tablet, and €249 for the 16GB variant of the tablet. The tablet will be available for purchase directly from Google’s Play Store.
Google has been showing France and Germany quite a lot of love recently, first with the availability of Movies, then Books and now, the Nexus 7 itself.
Via – TheVerge
The Nexus 7 has met with roaring response. The ASUS-manufactured-Google-branded tablet is without a doubt the most successful Android tablet ever. Ever since its announcement and release, the 16GB variant of the tablet has been hard to get hands on. Thanks to its form-factor and dirt cheap price of $199, the Nexus 7 (16GB variant) sold out pretty soon after it went live on the Play Store. Keeping in mind that the Nexus 7 does not have a microSD card slot, it is not surprising to see a higher demand for the 16GB variant of the tablet.
The tablet recently went out of stock on the Google Play Store with no mention from the big-G as to when it will be back in stock. Earlier today, Google silently updated the Nexus 7 listing to show that the tablet is back in stock. Potential customers who had signed up for email updates, have also got a mail from Google saying that the tablet is back in stock.
If you have been patiently waiting to get your hands on the Nexus 7, now is the time to do so before the tablet again goes out of stock. Do check your local Best Buy before ordering to see if they have any physical stock though. Google is known to ship the product after 1-2 weeks.
Via – Reddit
The Android team over at Google has had a busy month. After rolling out the Jelly Bean OTA update for the Galaxy Nexus and pushing its source code to AOSP, the team rolled out a minor OTA update for the Nexus 7. After this, they rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM.
Last night, the Android team at Google performed the last step of a successful Jelly Bean roll-out by uploading the stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean factory images for the Nexus 7, Nexus S and the GSM Galaxy Nexus, before probably going on a long holiday. These stock Jelly Bean factory images are handy for developers or advanced users, when a bad custom ROM installation leaves them recovery-less.
Sadly, the factory images are not available for the CDMA variants of the Nexus S (Sprint) and the Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) thanks to some proprietary CDMA blobs. Worse, Nexus S 4G and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners need to wait for at least a few more weeks before they get the Jelly Bean update on their handset, all thanks to their operator’s rigorous ‘testing’.
The factory images for the Nexus S, Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus can be downloaded from here.
Via – Droid-Life
To get to that magical $199 price on the Nexus 7, Google and Asus had to make a lot of compromises including ditching a back camera on the tablet. Considering not many people use their tablet to click pictures, this definitely is a wise move. However, the lack of a back camera on the Nexus 7 also means that all apps on the Android Market that rely on a camera, including Instagram, give a “Device Not Supported” error.
Today, the Instagram developers have released a new update for the Android version of the app that adds support for the Nexus 7, along with the ability to share their images to Flickr. Nexus 7 users can now use the 1.3MP front-facing camera on their tablet to click pictures using Instagram.
In some other app related update news, Twitter for BlackBerry also got a major update to v3.1. The new update brings with it an improved tweet details screen including the ability to see who retweeted your tweet, the ability to undo your RTs, and support for three new languages. The update is already available in the BlackBerry App World for users to download.
It looks like Google has started rolling out a minor software update for the Nexus 7. The update is barely an MB in size, 859KB to be precise, and does not bring any noticeable changes. The update does however bump the Android build number to JRO03D.
The update does not remove the universal search feature, so at this point it really remains a mystery as to what this update brings. Possibly, Google rolled out this update to either fix some serious security issues or to circumvent any patent.
If you own a Nexus 7, and have not already got the update, head over to Settings -> About Device and select the System Update buttons. The update will then automatically show up and start downloading.
Via – Droid-Life
Google and Asus may be turning a healthy profit on the Nexus 7 Android tablet after all. The Google Nexus 7 is one of the best and cheapest Android tablets to date, and was launched last month at Google I/O 2012. It is priced at $199 for the 8 GB version and $249 for the 16 GB version, and comes with some impressive hardware running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
When it was launched, everyone assumed that Google and Asus might be selling each tablet either at break-even levels or making just a tiny profit on each tablet, just like the Amazon Kindle Fire.
However, a recent iSuppli component teardown of the Google Nexus 7 suggests that they might actually be making a decent profit on each unit sold.
According to the IHS iSuppli analysis, the 8 GB Nexus 7 costs nearly $151.75 to build, while the 16 GB Nexus 7 costs around $159.25 to build. This means a neat profit margin of around 24% on the 8 GB variant and 36% on the 16 GB variant.
This means that Google or Asus are definitely fighting off the domination of the Apple iPad to gain market share, but not at the expense of their profit margins. It also means that should Apple choose to launch an iPad Mini, it could launch a similar tablet with higher margins given its excellent economies of scale and Tim Cook’s operational genius. Apple could also easily charge a premium and price its iPad Mini at around $299, ensuring a much juicier margin.
Yesterday, Google pushed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to AOSP thus kickstarting development for Jelly Bean based custom ROMs. Today, the company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Back at I/O 2012, Google had announced that it will push the OTA update for the GSM variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola XOOM and the Nexus S sometime in mid-July. The big-G managed to beat itself by a good 4 days, which will definitely be appreciated by a lot of impatient Android users.
Apart from the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 is also receiving an OTA update to Android 4.1.1. Next in line for an official Jelly Bean OTA update are the Nexus S and the Motorola XOOM, which should hopefully get the update within the next week. Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean makes Android buttery smooth, and puts the OS on par with iOS and WP7 in terms of smoothness.
Read: A Review Of The Preview Build Of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Oh! and Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners please don’t ask when you will get the Jelly Bean OTA update. Verizon will make sure that the Jelly Bean OTA update for the CDMA Galaxy Nexus is delayed by at least a month or so, all thanks to its “testing”.
The recently launched Google Nexus 7 has received rave reviews and is possibly the best budget Android tablet to date. It is priced at just $200, and competes directly with the Amazon Kindle Fire, which held the crown of the best budget Android tablet until a few weeks ago.
However, Amazon is currently working on the successor to the Kindle Fire, which will supposedly be able to compete with the Nexus 7 in a much better way.
Here are some interesting rumors about the Amazon Kindle Fire 2:
1. It will be thinner, lighter and faster than the original (No shit, Sherlock.)
2. It will sport a camera, and will come with a much better high resolution display, possibly 1280 x 800 pixels, same as the Nexus 7. That should give it a much higher pixel density and improve the display quality immensely.
The more interesting part about Amazon’s tablet is its digital ecosystem, which Amazon has been working hard to expand.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire 2 will compete not only with the Google Nexus 7, but also the rumored Apple iPad Mini (if it does launch), as it will be priced in the $300 range.
As expected, the launch of the Google Nexus 7 tablet has sparked off yet another series of rumors about a low end tablet by Apple, also known in the tech press as the iPad Mini.
There have been a lot of rumors so far about the fabled iPad Mini, which Apple will supposedly launch to reign supreme over the entire tablet market, by grabbing even the budget segment from the hands of Google’s Android.
The new rumors suggest that the iPad Mini is already in the works, and will sport a 7.85 inch Sharp IGZO display panel, which supports Retina display resolutions.
Apple will price it in the $249 to $299 range to compete with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. It is supposed to be unveiled later this year, but we would take this rumor with a pinch of salt.
Apple has already managed to almost perfectly optimize its production processes for the iPad. We expect it to drop prices on older iPads to target the budget market rather than launching new variants.
With each new iPad, Apple just drops the price of each older variant by $100 or more. That might be the best way to maintain a consistent experience across devices while ensuring minimum fragmentation. It also enables Apple to maintain its high margins by minimizing costs.
And rest assured, Apple will never take a hit on each unit sold, like Google or Amazon. It doesn’t need to.
Now that its sales have dropped, it seems that Nokia seems to be focusing on other ways to increase its revenue. It is apparently going after Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, claiming that it infringes on certain patents owned by the withering Finnish giant.
According to Nokia, neither Google or Asus have licensed its patents related to the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard for the Nexus 7.
“Nokia has more than 40 licensees, mainly for its standards essential patent portfolio, including most of the mobile device manufacturers. Neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio. Companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license,” said a Nokia spokesperson.
Google has priced its Nexus 7 tablet starting at $199. If licensing costs increase, Google may have to either increase its pricing a bit, or take a hit on each tablet sold, along with Asus.
Nokia is unlikely to drag Google or Asus to the court or seek an injunction on the sales of the Nexus 7, but will request the companies to license its patents instead.