Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Google's Nexus Tablet Should Go After The iPad, Not Just The Kindle

The iPad has tons of apps.  You know it, I know it, other folks know it, Google knows it, and Apple keeps reminding us about it.  Said and done.  But it's a condition that Google can change for Android tablet.  And I'm hoping when Google finally releases its Nexus tablets, not only will there be a 7" version but one close to the 10" version of the iPad.

The reason is simple.  It'll look like Google is shying away from fight Apple directly because has admitted defeat.  After all, the new tablet will be going up against the iPad 2 at $399 and the new iPad with the Retina Display at $499.  I'm guess Google will try to price everything at $399 if Google does come out with a 10" tablet.

But that's not all Google has to do.  I am hoping that in addition to the release of new tablets, Google will also release new SDK that allows developers to easily develop new apps for the tablet format but also easily up-convert existing apps to the tablet form.

Apple is going to make a major assault on the education market.  I like to see Google also provide a viable alternative as well.  In past, I"ve advocated that Google drop Chrome OS and incorporate existing technology into Android.  It's too late for that to happen this year but it should happen next year or soon after that.

Chrome OS as it is now is a joke.  You know it and I know it.  The problem isn't that it's good but that Android is much better.  And I know that there are schools using cOS netbooks but that is just bad for the students know.  I'd rather have them use iPads  because there are so much more materials and tools that make learning more fun.

Google has to change that when its tablets come out.  If Larry Page wants to compete with the Kindle with a 7" tablet, fine.  I'm looking for that fight.  But I hope Google also decides to go a few rounds with the iPad.  Remember also, that Windows 8 tablets are just around the corner.  Microsoft's tablets will gain some traction. How much of that has yet to be determined but Redmond can position itself as an alternative to the iPad in the near future, the future of Android tablets could be in jeopardy.

Come on, Google.  Let's do this. 7" and 10" Nexus tablets.

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