We started hearing rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 several months ago, and whether they are true or not, I’m sure it will happen sometime in 2013 based on the competition between Amazon, Google, and Apple. The latest comes from DigiTimes, and they are telling us to expect to see it sometime in the 1st quarter 2013, or more likely the 2nd quarter.
This information comes from the fact that O-Film started shipping what’s called glass-film-film (GFF) screens for the Nexus 7 this month. These GFF displays will not only help cut production costs for this cheaper version, but it will also make it thinner. Although it’s expected that the tab could come in at $99, other experts are questioning if it can even be done, and think $129 to $149 is more likely. For initial shipment estimates, Google and ASUS are shooting for 500,000 to 600,000 units with mostly likely the majority of them going to emerging markets.
After months of rumors and even an early hands-on video, the long awaited official ASUS dock for Google’s Nexus 7 is finally upon us. Well, sort of. Eager owners can now pre-order the charging and audio-supported dock from B&H Photo for $39.99. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when exactly the little guy will ship, but it’s definitely a good sign to see it hit the intrawebs before the end of the year. If you’re the patient type, you can head to the source link below to reserve yours.
Source: B&H Photo
Not much to our surprise, Google’s Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices have all sold out yet again. Customers who still wish to order one or both of these devices now have to wait till Google replenishes their stock. In addition, their 16GB Nexus 7 tablet is also sold out. It seems as if customers are really stocking up on Google’s popular devices for this Christmas. Certainly a good sign for Google, but hopefully in the future Google prepares for such a high demand so that this doesn’t happen again.
Either way, once stock is replenished on these devices, TalkAndroid will be sure to let you all know asap!
source: Google Play
Not long ago we reported that a Nexus 7 dock popped up on Asus Japan’s website with the likelihood of an imminent release. Well, today a new video surfaced of the dock giving us a quick peek at the retail package and the accessory itself, which sports a microUSB port and a 3.5mm speaker jack. The video seems to indicate that the dock will be released in Japan some time this week, so hopefully we will see it showing up in the Google Play store soon after. Check out the unboxing video below.
Perhaps you’ve been holding off on pulling the trigger on Google and ASUS’ latest co-creation in hopes that a solid deal would come along. Well, today may be the day that sets your purchasing decision over the edge. Currently, authorized ASUS dealer “buydig” is selling the 32GB Nexus 7 through eBay for just $230. That’s a savings of around $45, considering the seller will ship it to you free of charge. So, if you’re planning on picking up one of these bad boys as a Christmas gift for a friend, or simply want to treat yourself, hit the source link below. C’mon, you deserve it.
Google TV hasn’t had the runaway success that Android has, but that hasn’t stopped Google and OEMs like Logitech from trying to turn it into something. According to some information leaked from the FCC, it appears that ASUS is next up on the list to try to get Google TV into living rooms.
The FCC has approved a new device called the “Qube” manufactured by ASUS that works similar to a Roku, but built into a small USB dongle, turning the host device into a full Google TV experience. Sounds kinda cool, right? On top of that, some remote apps in the Play Store also link to the Qube. The apps apparently aren’t working with other Google TV boxes, though. If this device turns out to be priced competitively, I could see it gaining steam where the other Google TV devices failed. Hit the break for the source and the Play Store apps. Read more
A couple of months ago there were reports that a $99 Nexus 7 tablet might be in the works, but after the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 was announced, the news on that all but disappeared. Some sites are now reporting that it’s coming sooner rather than later because an ASUS made 7-inch tablet just showed up in the GLBenchmarks under the model ME-172V. On the surface, it looks plausible as this tablet has lower specs than the Nexus 7. This one sports a 1024 x 600 display, a 1GHz processor (cores unknown), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 4270mAh battery.
Those of you who have been hankering for a white version of the PadFone 2 are in luck as ASUS has finally delivered on its promise to bring the white PadFone 2 to the masses. Thanks to VR-Zone, we now see a clear view of what the white PadFone 2 and its tablet dock looks like. As you can see, everything retains its sleek and simple design— the only difference is its almost pure white finish. What’s even more impressive is the fact the device is almost completely white not just on the back, but on the front too.
So now that the phone has officially been outed, all we need now is for ASUS to break down and give up the details on when we can expect the device to hit retailers worldwide. Hopefully prospective customers won’t have to wait too long.
source: Unwired View
Woot! has the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 today for $299. Now it is refurbished, but when you consider the fact that the keyboard dock is included, it’s a really nice deal. The TF300 sports a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and has a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) IPS display. It’s also one of the very few devices that has already been upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If refurbished isn’t your thing, you can grab a new one without the keyboard at Best Buy for $279.99 on Black Friday. This deal ends at midnight tonight or until the supply runs out. Just click on the picture above to get started.
ASUS is no doubt one of the more likeable Android manufacturers simply in part, because they push out timely software updates to most of its premium devices. So with Android 4.2 officially out, ASUS tablet owners are anxiously waiting on if/when their device will get the latest update as well and ASUS seems to have given an indirect answer. According to a recent phone call from a Transformer Prime owner to an ASUS customer service rep, ASUS is currently working on getting the Android 4.2 update out for its products, though the rep failed to mention specifically which tablet models would get the update. The hope is that tablets like the Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets will see the updates since they’ve gotten lots of Jelly Bean love already, though it remains to be seen if devices like the Transformer Pad 300 will get the update.
Naturally, we’ll be on the lookout to post official guidance on its Facebook page regarding the Android 4.2 updates or hopefully see a leak or two in the meantime.
source: Android Planet