Do We Need A Google Nexus Tablet?


31.05.2012

Do We Need A Google Nexus Tablet?

The Google Nexus tablet appeared as a rumor, but we might actually see it in flash next month. It seems that ASUS will give birth to the first Nexus tablet, a device with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, 7-inch display and 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution. At least that’s what the dot com rumor mill is bringing.

But do we need a Google Nexus Tablet? There are over 50 Android tablet models already on the market and none of them managed to impress the audience. Well, there is Amazon’s tablet which had tremendous sales, but there are countries where the Kindle Fire experience is far from being completed. May of the Amazon services are restricted to US and UK. On the other hand, comparing Kindle Fire’s sales with iPad’s success you would say that Amazon’s slate doesn’t even exist.

But a Nexus tablet with a price below $250 would become a sales hit instantly. It would come with some of the goodies of the Nexus smartphones: you won’t have to wait for ages until the software updates are released and, more important, the Android experience won’t be altered by a TouchWiz-ish UI. Then comes the symbiosis with the Google Play services which extend way further than an app market. As you probably know you can watch movies or TV shows or download e-books directly from Play Store. But, once more, some of the countries can’t enjoy these features.

The Nexus tablet’s success would boost the morale of other Android tablet makers. The companies would be able to see what it takes to fight against the iPad. May customers find iPad’s user interface old and too minimalist. It’s simply boring some times.

On the other hand, a Nexus tablet without 3G would be a complete fail. A tablet is supposed to offer portability, like an extension of a smartphone, which would allow you to watch videos, play games, browse the web or chat with your friends, all these on a bigger display. It should give you more work space than a smartphone and some extra maneuverability when compared to a netbook or notebook. You would want the tablet both when you are at home or on the road, where a WiFi connection is not available.

I’m not saying that a WiFi-only version would not be popular, but many of the customers interested in traveling would simply not buy it. Plus, you won’t find a WiFi-only Google Nexus tablet on the shelves and in the offers of the carriers. On the other hand I find it odd that Google isn’t thinking of launching a smartphone or tablet developed by Motorola under the Nexus brand, especially now that the acquisition was completed last week when the Mountain View-based giant named a Motorola Mobility CEO and received the approval of US, China and Europe. What are Google’s plans for Moto?

That’s what the Android tablet and smartphone makers are asking, too. The companies are afraid that Google will neglect them and turn its attention to their new baby. Samsung is preparing a major upgrade for Bada, replacing it with Tizen OS. The forecasts for Tizen OS are not positive at all, but Samsung is a giant, with extensions on many fields, and their experience with Android will help them a lot.

ASUS has nothing to loose after they teamed-up with Google and the partnership comes as a confirmation that their Transformer, Slider and Transformer prime were great products. The company constantly rolled out software upgrades and showed that they care about their customers. The had a few GPS problems with Transformer Prime but nothing to serious. They brought an Android 4.0 quad-core tablet in January 2012, and there are certain markets where the Transformer Prime is the only quad-core tablet available for purchase, even though CES and MWC where full of Tegra 3 slates.

I was saying that ASUS cares about their customers and the market feed back. I remind you that when it was discovered that Transformer Prime’s bootloader is locked many of the users complained. The Taiwan-based company heard that and announced they will soon release a tool that will unlock the bootloader. And they kept their word.

Now I’m inviting you to continue this discussion in the comments section below. Are you interested in the new Nexus tablet and what do you think are its chances too succeed on the market?

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