Having watch the introduction on Google 2012 IO it was pretty impressive to see a 200 buck device. Not to mention the skydiving extravaganza. But even so, I wasn't craving it enough to order one. I still think the size a bit small, and folks will stick to the larger devices for convenience even if not for portability. But is Google going to take over the world? They're sticking their noses everywhere it seems.
The Kindle Fire has Amazon's great content ecosystem. During Google I/O, Google emphasized all ebooks, music, videos and more that Google Play offers. So in a very larger respect, Google is competing against the Fire to make the Nexus 7 a great content consumption device. That's the idea.
I didn't have time to discuss in the video that Amazon is expected to launch one or two more tablets this year, perhaps a ten inch and an improved seven inch.
But from the standpoint of apps, the Nexus 7 wins because it can take advantage of all of the Google Play apps, whereas the Fire can take advantage of a few tens of thousands that are compatible in the Amazon store.
So the Nexus 7 does and doesn't compete with the iPad. But for the hearts and minds of consumers, it, like the Fire, certainly does.
Thanks for the overview of the Nexus 7, Alan. It sounds like the onus is on marketers and developers to make this product a hit. Otherwise, the features are all there, and the price is great. It sounds like it could easily quell desire for the Kindle Fire. From my perspective, though, Kindle Fire hasn't been that great of a hit. So I wonder if it's really the iPad that is the product to beat. If so, it's a tougher fight.
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