Google is a company that makes money off advertising. Period. The Nexus program isn’t a profit center, and neither is Android. Why did Google create Android then? Because back then, believe it or not, Google was scared of Microsoft taking control of the mobile landscape with Windows Mobile.
Why are we explaining Google’s business model yet again? Because some people are not going to understand today’s story. According to DigiTimes, Google is thrilled that both ASUS and Acer are going to release sub $149 tablets in Asia and South America. Of course Google is thrilled, because that means more people are going to browse the internet. How do most websites fund their existence? Ads. Who is the largest advertising company? Google.
The DigiTimes report also gives us some estimated sales numbers. Acer, with their MediaTek powered Android tablet, hopes to sell around 600,000 units during the first quarter of this year. And then there’s ASUS, who plans to use a VIA chipset in their cheap tablet. They want to sell 5 million of them by the end of this year. That’s a big number, but is it actually significant when it comes to tablets in general?
We really want to see Google taking tablets seriously this year. No more telling developers that their smartphone applications will scale to large screen sizes. And no more ignoring designers either. It’s one thing to tell developers they should make apps for Android, but it’s something totally different to tell those developers how they should work with their design department to make their apps shine.
If you’re in the market for an Android tablet, which one would we recommend? Easy. Try and find a 32 GB Nexus 7 with cellular connectivity. Chances are it’ll get refreshed at some point during the second half of 2013, but that just means the 2012 model will get that much cheaper.
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“Acer, with their MediaTek powered Android tablet, hopes to sell around 600,000 units during the first quarter of this year. And then there’s ASUS, who plans to use a VIA chipset in their cheap tablet. They want to sell 5 million of them by the end of this year. That’s a big number, but is it actually significant when it comes to tablets in general?”
You should answer this question !
Tablets sales have been estimated to have reached 120 millions in 2012 compared to 70M in 2011, so we can expect something like 200M in 2013.
With 7M, those two low-end devices will hopefully account for 3-4% of the market. Not a “big number” for sure !
Sure it might be a cheaper tablet, but when it comes to updates, they’re gonna be left in the dust. Nexus devices exceed in this regard with no questions asked. I’ll gladly pay extra to know my device is directly supported by Google.
They seem to have a similar business model as “free” TV.. Content is there simply so you can watch the ads.
Here’s another new Tablet that stands out as a great deal — this week Ainol Electronics NOVO 7 VENUS launches for only $149 and available at a site called TabletSprint – Ainol Electronics is noted for winning Runner-Up for “Best Tablet of the Year” at
The Novo 7 Venus is a 7″ tablet that offers a QUAD CORE processor and stacks up against the Nexus 7 — offers a high resolution 1280×800 IPS Display– 16GB Memory, Plus HDMI 1080p to play Games on HD TV and to stream movies to a big screen, a MicroSD Card memory storage slot, Google Play installed and much more… TabletSprint also includes $25 in Bonus Apps – certainly worth checking out for this price.
Also introduced next week is the new Novo 10 Hero II – a full size 10 inch Quad Core Android 4.1 tablet packed with features and TabletSprint offers a 32GB version for $249
The problem is, there’s no good retailer and trustworthy for chinese tablet, and their quality control is really bad. I don’t want to get a defective unit, then send it again to china and never got the replacement back.