Buried somewhat quietly in the noise of Google’s spate of announcements today was an interesting fact: the Nexus Q, Google’s new media streamer and first self-built consumer hardware, is being manufactured in the United States. In fact, Google didn’t talk about it on stage at all, but had stories in The New York Times and Wired timed with the announcement of the product. Google isn’t providing many details about the manufacture of the devices, which isn’t surprising, but we do know they’re being made in San Jose, California. The price for a “made in the USA” streamer? $300.
Search Engine Land will be there, so stay tuned for more out of Google I/O today.
$199 Nexus tablet in the works?
I would definitely consider a $199 tablet running stock Android. If Google (and Asus) don’t totally screw up the hardware. Some quick thoughts:
- I hope the resolution is upped to 1280x800 compared to the Kindle Fire’s 1024x600. That would make a lot of the difference when browsing the web.
- Stock Android. Install a third party media player and you got yourself a hell of a portable media player. Especially if it has a memory card slot for cheap expandable storage.
- The Kindle Fire’s big advantage in the US – its eco system – is what ways it down internationally. I have no use for Amazon’s offerings where I live.
- The Nexus branding: It’s kind of weird, or at least inconsistence, to use the Nexus branding on a dirt cheap tablet. For Android phones, the Nexus brand is saved for the latest and greatest. But I guess consistency isn’t Google’s strongest suit.
- Worth considering. MG Siegler:
The easiest way to sell something cheaply is to make it with cheap components. And that never seems to translate to a great device.
- Even though MG Siegler’s words ring true, I think Asus and Google have a shot at making a compelling Android tablet for the masses.
- Yes, it would probably cut in on the iPad’s market share, but I don’t think it would cut in on the iPad’s success. The market will grow big enough for a lot of different tablets to succeed. However, before this tablet can make any difference at all, in the market or otherwise, there has to be an actual device for sale. Not just rumors.