Apple Retina iPad mini versus Google Nexus 7
The iPad mini with Retina display has arrived in time to challenge the Google Nexus 7 (2013) in time for the hotly contested holiday season tablet sales. Technically speaking, the iPad mini is closer to an 8-inch tablet, than a 7-inch tablet, although most people see the two devices as going to head in the same market space. Apple actually points out on its website that its 4:3 7.9-inch iPad mini has 35 percent more screen real estate over 16:9 7-inch displays. Screen size is not the only major point of difference for consumers; price is. Starting from $399, the Retina iPad mini is at the high-end for a smaller tablet, while the Nexus 7 starts from $229. So do you let pricing rule your decision making, or is it worth spending the extra dollars on the what is widely considered to be the gold standard of tablets?
Google's Nexus devices get wireless charging accessory
Owners of Google's Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 smartphones and the Nexus 7 tablet can now get a specialized wireless charging device. The device appeared Tuesday in Google's Play Store, and it ships in 1 to 2 business days. The device provides wireless charging for each of the Nexus devices, though it only has room to charge one device at a time.
Unlikely to bother most Mini buyers
The Retina iPad mini has a narrower color gamut next to tablets like the Nexus 7, and even the iPad Air, a number of reviewers are observing. Gamut refers to the range of colors a display can handle. In tests the Retina Mini appears to have the same gamut as its non-Retina predecessor -- about 62-63 percent -- versus the 100 percent color accuracy on full-sized Retina iPads. Even less expensive tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7 are capable of broader colors than the Mini, DisplayMate points out.
KitKat launch delayed Google, Asus in fixing tablet issue
Verizon will not be attempting to certify the Google Nexus 7 for use on its LTE network until Android KitKat is released, the carrier has revealed. Though the carrier advised that it was trying to get the tablet through certification to allow it to activate on the cellular network a few months ago, it has blamed Google for the delay in the process.
Non-profits to use tablets in helping people in areas still affected by Sandy
Google, working with Governor Cuomo, has donated tablets to a New York non-profit in order to help people still affected by Hurricane Sandy, a storm that is estimated to have caused around $65 billion in damage when it hit the eastern seaboard one year ago. A total of 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets worth over $2.7 million at retail were handed to the New York State Community Action Association, and will be provided to a number of locations to help support a range of existing programs.
Payment plans on T-Mobile for new iPads, Nexus 7 revealed
T-Mobile has clarified its free 200MB LTE Internet access offer, advising that it is for all tablets that work with the carrier's network, not just the new iPads. The carrier also revealed that it will be expanding its existing smartphone trade-in program to include tablets, as well as offering tablets under its Uncarrier initiative.
Asus-made Nexus 10 shown in retailer's stock system
Google could be planning to launch an updated Nexus 10 tablet in the coming weeks, according to a leaked store inventory screenshot. The claimed image from a retailer's inventory system arrives at the same time as another rumor suggesting a change of manufacturer for the Nexus 7 tablet could also be on the cards for next year.
Cites touchscreen, built-in GPS issues among concerns
Consumer protection magazine Consumer Reports has now advised readers to "hold off" on buying Google's Nexus 7 tablet, citing significant reported issues with the device's touch screen and built-in GPS. While praising the device generally, the magazine said it would urge caution to its readers until the issues are resolved.
GPS issues remain
Google has released a software update for its second-generation Nexus 7 tablet, responding to customer complaints over touchscreen issues. The Android 4.3 build, referred to as JSS15Q, appears to be limited to the touchscreen fix, rather than bringing additional features or addressing separate issues that have been reported with GPS functionality.
Claimed attempt by retailer to fight online retail media sales
British retailer Tesco is looking towards entering the tablet market with its own device. Though a rumored device, it is suggested that it will be a "high quality" tablet similar to the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, with the hope that a tablet with a British brand name attached to it will help win over potential customers in the United Kingdom.
Problems in addition to previously reported Nexus 7 GPS flaws
Similar to the first model of the Nexus 7, a significant percentage of second-generation Nexus 7 buyers are running into what appears to be quality control issues with the device. In addition to widespread problems with inaccurate and malfunctioning GPS location, some users are experiencing issues with phantom touches and other linktexttouchscreen sensitivity issues. Perhaps the most severe issue being reported is devices randomly crashing or rebooting even when the device is not being used.
GPS on refreshed tablet usable for short period, stops
The new Google Nexus 7 tablet appears to be having a few teething issues a short time after its launch. A number of owners of the second-generation device are complaining on forums about its GPS navigation, with position tracking seemingly working fine for a short period of time, before suddenly stopping and becoming unusable.
New version of tablet expected to be available at large range of retailers
According to reports from Asus, the new model of Google's Nexus 7 will launch in the UK on August 28. The launch is one month after the US launch, and will be available at a wide array of retailers other than just the Google Play store as has been the case for previous product launches.
Ad giant relied on limited study that didn't consider main sales outlets
Advertising giant Google has been revealed to have deliberately used a flawed study in an effort to make its Nexus 7 tablet look more popular. During the launch of the latest Nexus 7, a Google executive showed figures that "proved" that the Nexus 7 was the most popular tablet in Japan, outselling the iPad. This has now been debunked with the revelation that the study by Japanese market research firm BCN did not include iPad sales from any of Japan's seven Apple Stores, its two largest telecom partners, or Apple's direct online channel.
Asus and Google take aim at iPad mini
Despite Android's dominance in the smartphone arena, Google and its hardware partners have struggled to compete with Apple in the tablet market. The second-generation Nexus 7 appears to serve as Google's answer to the iPad mini, adding a Retina-resolution display while undercutting the entry price by $100.
Google could partially unify Nexus offerings with LG
The 2013 Nexus 7 has just gone on sale, but there is already speculation on what form its successor might take. Prominent technology industry analyst Mingchi Kuo has published a report postulating that Google will switch away from Asus, which built the last two models of the 7-inch tablet. Instead, Kuo expects that the search giant will partner with Korean tech firm LG for the 2014 model, citing a number of reasons for the possible switch.
Release date of quad-core tablet previously expected July 30
Unexpectedly, Google's newest Nexus 7 tablet has appeared on the Google Play store, starting at $229. Beginning today, orders for the 16 and 32GB versions are available, instead of the previously-announced July 30 release date. Google is likely matching efforts from Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart's online stores, who all started pre-sales of the device either the night before it was released, or the day of.
Android special event now up on YouTube
Google has posted its Android special event from the past Wednesday where it launched the new Nexus 7, Android 4.3, and the Chromecast streaming dongle. Although the one-hour event was streamed live, it has now been made available for anyone who missed the announcements to view in their own time, and is embedded below. The event is notable for the additional pressure that Google has put on Apple to get an iPad mini with Retina display out the door as soon as possible, while its Chromecast device has also put Apple's (albeit more capable) Apple TV media center under some price pressure as well.
Processor claimed 1.8x as fast as previous model, GPU 4x faster
Google has revealed the new version of the Nexus 7 tablet, one year after the launch of the original, at its breakfast event today. Appearing briefly at Best Buy earlier today, the new Nexus 7 is said to be a more portable version of the tablet line, having shaved a few millimeters from each edge and 50 grams of weight, while retaining the screen size of the first version, and will be the first device to ship preloaded with Android 4.3.
Reddit user shows new Google tablet in pictures before launch event
Benchmarks for the revised Google Nexus 7 have leaked online, along with a confirmation of the 1920x1200-resolution display leaked in a Best Buy flyer earlier this week. The specifications list is accompanied by news of a Reddit user receiving the tablet early, and that Best Buy has started off pre-orders for the tablet, all ahead of its expected launch at a Google event later today.
Flyer claims Google Nexus 7 to be available on a Tuesday
The next version of the Google Nexus 7 has appeared in an advertisement for electronics retailer Best Buy. The marketing material is accompanied by a separate leak showing off a full press render of the tablet, and effectively confirming the appearance of a rear-facing camera for the first time on the tablet line.
Quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, 5MP rear camera suggested
Chat support for Asus may have provided information about the expected update to the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Screenshots shared on Google+ appears to show an employee at the electronics manufacturer stating some unconfirmed specifications for the Asus K009, something which is believed to be the upgraded version of Google's popular Android slate.
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 32GB storage also detailed
An Asus tablet that could be the successor to the Nexus 7 has appeared at the FCC, matching previous rumors. A device by the name of "ASUS Pad" with the model number K009 appeared in a filing, and according to details listed in the Commission's paperwork, would include LTE connectivity as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera.
Tablet to switch from Nvidia to Qualcomm processor
Google is said to be launching a revised Nexus 7 tablet by July, according to a report. The new tablet will apparently replace the Nvidia Tegra 3 inside the current generation with a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, citing a reduction in power consumption, as well as having a higher resolution screen and thinner bezel, and may also cut the price down to $150.
Caveat emptor when it comes to buying hardware from the Play Store
So you see a great deal on some Nexus hardware on Google Play, what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot it seems, if my recent Google customer experience is one by which its customer support can be judged. I have been trying to return my second faulty Google Nexus 7 and I still haven't managed to get it back to Google since first initiating the returns process in January…
Google puts Nexus 7 on sale in Indian Google Play store
Google has opened up the Nexus 7 to pre-order in India, ahead of the April 5th release date. The Google Play store lists the tablet at 16,000 rupees ($295) for 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity, reports ZDnet, and will have the same 32GB option seen in other territories available to purchase. A version with mobile data access is not currently listed in the store.
Android 4.2.2 begins rolling out of Google servers, Nexus 4 MIA
Google has started rolling out the latest version of Android to Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 7 (GSM) and Nexus 10 users, reports Android Police. The ‘Jelly Bean’ update carries the build number JDQ39, although little is known about what the latest build brings with it. One likely fix included in the latest patch is expected to rectify a glitch reported by users when streaming audio over Bluetooth A2DP.
Follows recent introduction of Nexus 10 to Play store
Google has started to sell the 3G-enabled version of the Nexus 7 in Japan, alongside the existing Wi-Fi models. The Wi-Fi + 3G Android tablet, with 32GB of storage and support for W-CDMA and HSPA+, has gone on sale a few days after it's 10-inch counterpart, the Nexus 10, reached the same regional Google Play store.
Samsung, ASUS gain ground
Although the iPad remains the best-selling tablet, Apple's share of the tablet market dropped 8.1 points year-over-year during the last quarter -- albeit based on shipments rather than actual sales to end users, according to new iDC numbers. Shipments rose from 15.1 million to 22.9 million, but the company's marketshare dipped from 51.7 percent to 43.6 percent. Much of the lost ground was claimed by Samsung, which saw share rise from 7.3 percent to 15.1 percent, and shipments rise from 2.2 million to 7.9 million. ASUS also made large strides, advancing from a two percent share and just 600,000 shipments to a 5.8 percent share and 3.1 million tablets shipped.
Puts end to otherwise uninterrupted iPad dominance
The Google Nexus 7 beat the iPad at Japanese retail stores during the holiday season, says research firm BCN. The group surveyed 2,400 electronics stores around the country in December, and found that the Nexus 7 accounted for 44.4 percent of the tablet market, while the iPad took home 40.1 percent. Tablets made by local companies, such as Sony, only accounted for 2 to 3 percent of sales.
ASUS undercuts its own Nexus 7 with new MeMO Pad
ASUS has rolled out its new 7-inch MeMO Pad for just $150. The device undercuts its own co-branded Google Nexus 7 by around $50, but it comes at a cost, including a reduction in storage to 8GB. However unlike the Nexus 7, which only comes with built-in storage, the MeMO comes with a micro-SD slot and support for up to 32GB of additonal storage space.
UK-based price-hike denied, priced in line with US
The dock for the Google Nexus 7 will be shipping in the US in the next two weeks according to reports. If true, the Asus-manufactured official accessory for the tablet will finally go on sale six months after the Android-based slate went on sale, but is overshadowed by reports it will also cost far more than anticipated in the United Kingdom compared to the United States, something the company denies.
Chitika sees iPad share dropping 7.14 percent over holidays
Apple's iPad and iPad mini may have been a top-selling item over the holiday period, but entries from competitors sold strongly enough to slightly loosen Cupertino's stranglehold on the tablet sector. This according to new figures out from Chitika Insights, which looked at hundreds of millions of smartphone and tablet ad impressions from December 1 to December 27, 2012 in Canada and the United States. Chitika found that tablets from Amazon, Samsung, Google, and Microsoft gained a combined total of 5.5 percent market share over that period, while Apple's iPad lost 7.14 percent share.
US, European retailers to stock dock at $40 cost
The dock for the Google Nexus 7 is going on sale later this month in both Europe and the United States, according to reports. Originally leaked during the summer alongside a travel cover, the Asus Dock for Nexus 7 is said to be priced at $40 in the US and 30 euros ($40) in Europe, and is open for pre-orders through various online retailers.
Open webOS port slow, incomplete, but works
A developer working over winter break from his college has managed to get Open webOS -- the descendant of the operating system that powered Palm and HP's ill-fated mobile devices -- to work on the Asus-produced Nexus 7 tablet from Google. The port is still in alpha stages, showing some lag and freezing while running on the Nexus 7, but the developer was able to get Wi-Fi and Internet browsing working on the device. Thanks to prior work done porting Open webOS to Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, the device even supports a "virtual gesture area," allowing it to retain the gesture-driven interface that was a signature of Palm's defunct operating system.
Stylus-enabled new Note tablet could take on iPad mini
Rumors that Samsung is preparing to roll out a 7.x-inch version of its line of Galaxy Note devices received a boost today, as a device with those specifications showed up in the logs of GLBenchmark. The benchmarking site's logs show a Samsung device with the codename GT-N5100. That device appears to run on a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 processor, with a screen resolution of 1280x800.
Google Nexus 7 added to newspaper paywall subscription deal
UK newspaper The Times is offering a discounted Google Nexus 7 as part of a subscription deal. The digital-only subscription would offer access to content hidden behind the paywall for 18 months as well as the 32GB variant of the tablet as a bundle deal. This is seen as an attempt to coerce British readers to pay for its online content, something that newspapers are finding tricky to do.
ASUS ME172V benchmarks suggest cheaper Nexus 7 is close to launch
The rumored $99 version of the ASUS-built and Google-branded Nexus 7 tablet may be nearing release as some alleged performance benchmark scores for the device have been released online. The GLBenchmark results show a device called ME172V that runs on Android 4.1.1. Hardware specs include a 1GHz CPU and 400MHz Mali GPU.
App optimized for 7- to 9-inch tablets
Adobe has released Photoshop Touch 1.4, an update to its illustration and photo-editing app for tablets. The most important upgrade may be support for three pressure-sensitive styli in the iPad app: the Pogo Connect, the Jot Touch, and the JaJa Stylus. Although the Android version of the app doesn't support the styli, Adobe says it has improved its overall brushing engine to allow smoother strokes.
Google now expected to ship five million Nexus 7 units in 2012
The Nexus 7, a joint venture between Google and Asus, debuted to favorable reviews and solid initial sales, and now it appears that Google is ordering even more units of the 7-inch tablet than it had previously anticipated. Strong demand for the Nexus 7 reportedly has Google going back to Asus to produce more units. According to estimates, Google may wind up shipping twice the units it had expected to move in 2012.
Google providing price protection, Asus offers store vouchers
Google and Asus are distributing vouchers and refunds to Nexus 7 owners burned by the recent price drop. Buyers in the US that ordered the 16GB version of the tablet after the 14th of October are eligible to request Price Protection from the search giant, with affected customers receiving a refund within two weeks.
Nexus 7 to get Android 4.2 mid-November
Owners of Google's Nexus 7 tablet will have to wait until the middle of November in order to receive an update to the latest version of Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Search giant initially promised the update for the 29th of October, but Asus tells CNet that they are still waiting on Google to deliver the code for the update. Version 4.2 will make its official debut next week with the release of the Nexus 4 from LG and the Samsung manufactured Nexus 10 tablet.
Asus and Google making steady inroads on iPad tablet market
Asus has revealed that it is now shipping upwards of 1 million Nexus 7 tablets a month, reports the Wall Street Journal. It is the first insight into just how well the Nexus 7 tablet is faring, although Google has yet to reveal its official sales figures for the device. On launch the Nexus 7 quickly sold out of its initial product run, with its $199 starting price being one of its main attractions.
Nexus 7, convertible sales strong
Asus released its earnings figures for the third quarter today, surprising investors by posting its largest quarterly profit in more than four years. Buoyed in part by solid sales of the Nexus 7 tablet it built with Google and continuing growth in its PC and convertible tablet sales, Asus saw its profits rise 43 percent year-over-year to $229.1 million. The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer forecast continuing growth for the next quarter, raising its estimates of shipments for both tablets and PCs.
Nexus 10 in 16GB, 32GB models, new Nexus 7 revealed
Even though its official unveiling event was canceled, Google has pressed ahead and revealed the devices it meant to reveal today, including the rumored 10-inch tablet meant to take on Apple's iPad. The search giant revealed in its Google Play Store today the Samsung-built Nexus 10, a Wi-Fi only tablet that will run the latest version of Google's Android operating system, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. The company also refreshed its quick-selling line of Nexus 7 tablets, introducing a higher storage capacity as well as a cellular-enabled model.
Store photos, staff confirm launch, pricing
Google will be releasing the 32-gigabyte version of its Nexus 7 tablet either today or tomorrow. The 7-inch tablet will be launched despite the cancellation of the press event in New York, caused by Hurricane Sandy, and has been confirmed to take place in both the UK and the US, as well as a price-drop for the 16GB version. The same cannot be said for the expected 10-inch version, which is more likely to be a future release.
Linux distribution installer to help mobile development efforts
Users of the Google Nexus 7 can now install Ubuntu onto the tablet. The Linux distribution maintained by Canonical can be made to run as the operating system instead of the factory-installed Jelly Bean version of Android, though the exercise is meant to help in developing a future iteration of Ubuntu for mobile devices, and not for general use.
Nexus event delayed due to super storm
Google has sent out an email to press participants informing them that the Nexus event scheduled for Monday, October 29, has been canceled. The cancellation comes as New York prepares to take the brunt of a "perfect storm," in which Hurricane Sandy is predicted to strike the city as a hybrid of hurricane and nor'easter. The search giant has not given any information on when a rescheduled event might be held.
It's now expected Nexus 4, Nexus 7 will be unveiled at Google event on October 29
A newly-spotted FCC listing is hinting that a version of the Nexus 7 tablet with a 3G radio onboard will soon hit the market. With this, it's expected that the Google event scheduled for Monday, October 29 will see this tablet officially introduced.
Mini price exceeds most analyst estimates
Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller has defended criticism over the iPad mini's $329 price tag, which exceeded earlier estimates from many analysts. The company was not expected to match the $199 price of Google's Nexus 7 or Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, but the $129 premium has led some analysts to question the Mini's ability to have a significant impact on sales from its Android-based rivals.