Android OEMs not impressed by talk of a Nexus tablet

Android OEMs not impressed by talk of a Nexus tabletEarlier this month we covered comments from Google's Eric Schmidt suggesting that a Nexus-branded Android tablet could be on its way to join the three Nexus smartphones we've seen so far.

But industry sources don't seem overly impressed by the idea, suggesting that such a device would only take sales away from other Android tablets already fighting desperately for some kind of meaningful market share.

Over the past couple of years we've seen the Google Nexus One, the Nexus S and most recently the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, all of which have been released as prestige devices to help showcase the merits of a major new version of Android.

So far, however, the closest thing we've seen in terms of tablets has been the Motorola Xoom, which Google used to demonstrate the tablet-friendly Android Honeycomb a year or so ago. Schmidt has suggested that may soon be about to change, however, and that Google is working on a “tablet of the highest quality”.

But not everyone is happy with the idea, it seems. DigiTimes reckons several Android tablet makers have already expressed their reservations behind the scenes and the prospect of having to compete for sales against a device marketed under Google's own name – especially if the tablet in question arrives with an Android 4.1 evolution of Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than the 4.0 version everyone else is using.

And given how much so many Android tablets have struggled this year to make an impact, we can certainly understand where they're coming from. Things are difficult enough in the tablet market trying to survive on the crumbs from the ultra-dominant iPad's table, but having to fight for those scraps against Google itself will make things even tougher.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2011 at 18:37

Gosh, yeah, mustn't have competition...
How about OEMs take the finger out off their a... - accountants' faces and instead come up with some cool apps that would really add extra value to their tabs? USB ports that can take net dongles? Storage that excedes that of a budget phone?
I'm not saying it hasn't been done, but too many tabs are samey.
A proprietary UI doesn't do it - apps in the market take care of that.
Think of something useful, or - here's an idea - stop building tabs.

Treab  Dec. 27, 2011 at 18:39

or follow asus's lead and create a tablet naptop mix or even their padphone device which makes alot of sense if the price could be kept low enough.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2011 at 19:01

yes, exactly.

jmarcelino  Dec. 27, 2011 at 19:37

What about the OEM's move to Windows 8.. At least then they don't need to worry about Microsoft running them over.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 27, 2011 at 19:45

They don't need to "move over" to windows. Acer and others already sell Win 7 tabs. They don't live bonded to Android.
But they do need to b*tch about Google to keep the shareholders happy. Then we'll all b*tch about Win 8 because the bootliader will be a real sh*t for tweakers and dual-booters. It's great. The illusion of competition and choice...

Treab  Dec. 27, 2011 at 19:47

tbh i dont know why they are surprised? i mean simply put wont it be a moto nexus tabelet? as they now own motorola makes sense for google to continue down motorolas previous path..

jmarcelino  Dec. 27, 2011 at 21:26

Good thing you mentioned Acer since they're said to be reorganising their tablet and mobile divisions and "focusing on profitable products" and "decrease the number of product models"

Would seem they'll be bonded to something soon... Now watch this presentation:

and tell me which one Acer thinks has the best future...


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