The last few weeks has been quite a nail-biter for owners of various ASUS-branded tablets. While ASUS manufactures the mouthwatering Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet, immediate speculation came regarding ASUS’ existing tablets and whether or not they too would get some Android 4.1 lovin’ too. Apparently, ASUS reps at a conference in the Netherlands stated not all of their tablets would get Jelly Bean, which understandably caused major concern for specifically owners of the older legacy tablets like the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets. In addition, the same source highlighted the Jelly Bean rollout for select devices is unclear, but could perhaps begin in October.
However, in some expected damage control— ASUS Germany then denied their colleagues from the Netherlands have made such a statement about TF101/SL101. In fact— ASUS Germany believes that the idea ASUS reps in the Netherlands only confirmed Android 4.1 upgrade for TF201/TF300/TF700 tablets is just pure speculation. According to ASUS Germany’s current information, the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and Eee Pad Slider SL101 tablets will also enjoy Android 4.1 upgrade too.
We’re not sure who we can believe, but we’ll wait for an official statement from ASUS headquarters regarding this. Nevertheless, if you’re an owner of one of the premium model ASUS tablets out there, you’ll want to keep your fingers crossed and hope that you’ll get the Jelly Bean update. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you posted if we hear of any news folks.
With the exception of those lucky Google I/O attendees, the rest of the world is waiting to get their hands on Google and Asus’ 7″ wonder-tablet. Today brings great news straight from the horses mouth as Google has announced that the Nexus 7 is winging it’s way to a doormat near you. The tablet is scheduled to arrive within 3 business days however you’ll know if your order is on the way as you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail as well as a tracker number, just try not to flood the couriers website by hitting that refresh button too many times!
Here’s the full message from Big G :
“We’re now shipping Nexus 7 pre-orders. The first wave of orders are going out today and all pre-orders are scheduled to ship within the next 3 business days. Once your order has shipped you will receive a confirmation email and tracking number. Though our agents are unable to provide a specific delivery date for individual pre-orders, please rest assured that our shipping team is working to fulfill all orders as quickly as possible.”
The Nexus 7 tablet was the talk of Google I/O, and for good reason. For $199 you get a device with high-end specs that even today’s top tablets have a hard time competing with. With a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, and a 7-inch HD screen, it’s amazing Google and ASUS were able to manufacture this device for so little money. But specs are just specs… does the Nexus 7 live up to the hype? Hit the break for the full review.
The techs over at IHS iSuppli decided to tear down Google’s latest Nexus 7 tablet to see exactly what was used to produce it and, more importantly, how much did it cost to manufacture. In a nutshell, Google spent $151.75 per 8 GB model and $159.25 for the 16 GB model. As you can see, Google is barely breaking even with the 8 GB selling at $199 and making a small profit of $42.50 per 16 GB model sold at $249, after other various small business costs of course.
What’s also interesting is that the Nexus 7 only cost $18 more to make than the Kindle Fire yet has smoking hot specs in comparison. So a big thanks to Google for working hard to bring a high quality tablet at a consumer conscious price.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been making a lot of buzz lately, with orders from Google Play shipping in the next couple of weeks. Although Google intends to sell the bulk of their new tablets directly from their online store, there will be select retailers with in store availability. The latest to announce their intentions is Staples, and they will charge the same $199 for the 8GB and $249 for the 16GB model. According to the press release, we can expect to seem them at the end of the month.
If you want to see the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rocking Nexus 7 in person before taking the plunge head on over to your local Staples when Google makes the tablet available.
Full press release after the break:
The mouthwatering Nexus 7 tablet will soon be in the hands of prospective owners around the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated to some accessories— this time in the form of an assortment of covers. ASUS went ahead and posted its tablet covers— which can be found in a variety of colors. As you can see, the tablet covers completely cover and protect the Nexus 7. However, the Facebook post definitely had something amiss— as there was no mention of the availability and how much the tablet covers would cost. It’s definitely unusual, but enter Google who helps to clear up the picture a little. While ASUS chose to omit the pricing, Google also lists what looks to be the same tablet cover on its Play Store— albeit in only one color (Dark Grey) and for a meager $19.99. Keep in mind the tablet cover is clearly listed as coming soon, so we’d imagine it would be available as soon as the first batches of the tablet are shipped.
So whaddya think? Yea or nay on the tablet cover?
source: ASUS Facebook | Nexus 7 Cover Play Store
Google’s already famous Nexus 7 tablet has been barraged by plenty of pre-orders. I’m sure customers would love to get their hands on it as soon as possible, and there’s been a couple of indications that the device could ship as soon as next week. According to Staple’s official website, the Nexus 7 “will ship between July 12th and July 17th” and that “expected delivery is 1-3 business days, arriving no earlier than July 13th 2012.” Staples has been a reputable company for years, thus we have every reason to believe them.
Also, an XDA user by the name of adiliyo claims he attempted to cancel one of his Nexus 7 pre-orders through Google and received the following e-mail:
At this point it is no longer possible to cancel this pre-order. The pre-order shipment processing on your order has begun, which means that our shipping provider is moving forward with delivery preparation.
There it is folks, if you’ve pre-ordered your Nexus 7, you may just see it land in your hands fairly soon!
source: Android Authority
UK buyers waiting to place their pre-order for a Google Nexus 7 device can do so now through Dixons Retail group stores. These include PC World, Currys, and Dixons. All of the sites indicate they expect availability of the Nexus 7 to be July 19th. The only version available on the store sites is the 16GB model. It is unclear whether the 8GB model will be made available through retail outlets or whether the retailers just don’t anticipate enough demand for the storage deprived 8GB model. The shopping cart systems do not give buyers the option to pick-up in store and expedited shipping does not appear to be an available option, so it is unclear as to when buyers would actually have their hands on a Nexus 7.
Nokia today jumped on the patent infringement bandwagon, this time alleging that the just announced jellybean tablet, the Nexus 7, violates some WiFi patents that Nokia holds near and dear to its heart.
It looks like this one won’t end up in the courts though, as Nokia seems ready and willing to license the patents (for a fee of course).
Since Google is selling this thing for $199, you’ve got to wonder if there is even anything left in that meager price tag to kick a couple bucks up to Nokia… Read more
Not ordered yourself a new Nexus 7 yet? Well it’s about to become a bit easier to get your hands on one. As convenient as it may be to order direct from the Google Play Store, some people out there still enjoy the experience of walking into a store, handing over some cash and walking out with their new toy. (Hard to believe I know)
For the more traditional shoppers amongst you, GameStop have got you covered. They will be stocking the Nexus 7 from launch and have even set up a pre-order page which is live right now. As an added incentive GameStop are accepting trade-ins of other tablets; any trade-in specifically towards the purchase of a Nexus 7 will gain you an extra 30% in store value.
Bargain hunters rejoice as the ultra-affordable tablet just got even more affordable. Check out the full press release after the break.