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Google's new tablet fails to address Android failings: analyst

Google's new tablet fails to address Android failings: analyst

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Google Inc. has fallen short of addressing the weakness of its Android operating system, despite its launch of an aggressively priced tablet, an analyst from research firm Ovum said Thursday. Earlier in the day, Google and Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. jointly unveiled the Nexus 7, the world's first 7-inch quad-core tablet powered by the latest Android 4.1 operating system. The 8GB model of Nexus 7 will start at US$199 when it goes on sale in the United States, while a 16GB version will be available for US$249. Jan Dawson, Ovum's chief telecoms analyst, said in a report that the tablet is an important step forward for Google's Android tablet strategy, in that it breaks the division between low-priced, low performance devices and higher-priced, higher specification devices. Though borrowing heavily from the Amazon Kindle Fire in that it puts content front and center, the Nexus 7 does not solve the biggest challenge for Android tablets -- the lack of mobile apps optimized for the larger screen size. "At 7 inches, this problem is less acute, but it doesn't solve the problem and Google said nothing about how it will address this problem," Dawson said. In addition, the price point likely benefits from some subsidy and therefore is not sustainable in the long term, he went on, adding that Google still needs to solve the fundamental problem of Android tablets. Robert Cheng, head of Taiwan research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, wrote in a note to clients that the overall Nexus 7 specifications are similar to previous market speculation, and said that the low price policy might put further pressure on other tablet makers. "We think the tablet market will become dynamic in the second half of 2012 as a lot of new models will come out then," Cheng said. He forecast that Amazon will launch two low-priced tablet models in 7 and 10 inches in the second half of the year to target the Christmas season, while Apple's iPad will remain dominant in the 2012 tablet market with estimated shipments of 62 million units and a 60 percent market share. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-02-28 08:30 GMT+08:00