Amazon talking to Google about offering the Nexus 7

Amazon made a big splash last fall with the Kindle Fire. Priced at $199 it was priced to sell. Fast forward 9 months and Google changed the game with the Nexus 7, also priced at $199, but with severely better specs. Now we know Amazon isn’t going to sit back as they probably will offer newer tablets later this year, but would they sell the Nexus 7 directly from their store? They are a full-fledged retailer aren’t they?

Well, not surprisingly they are in talks with Google, and they are considering carrying it. TechRadar was able to get a quote from an Amazon spokesperson, and they said, “People higher up in Amazon are talking to Google regarding the Nexus 7.”

I know Amazon is competing against Google, even though they are using their operating system, but I see no reason why they couldn’t carry the Nexus 7. My opinion is they will bring it in and just not promote it heavily. It simply makes business sense to offer it and make a few bucks for those that want to buy the device though them.

source: techradar


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Mike

    Speaking as a developer, I’d like to see Google offer the Nexus 7 through Amazon, if Amazon agrees to upgrade the Kindle Fir to Jelly Bean. It would be great to develop tablet apps that don’t have to take Gingerbread into account. (Amazon can keep their Kindle skin on JB.)

  • Mei

    I find this funny. Thought Amazon don’t need Nexus 7 since they will be updating their Kindle Fire. Likely, once when their new version of Kindle Fire comes out they will promote it and rate it better than Nexus 7.

  • Robert Mitchell

    Certainly a better deal for Amazon than releasing their own Fire 2. Just market the Nexus 7 with a locked-down bootloader and the Amazon custom UI. Call that the Fire 2.