Google may be readying a revamped model of the middle sibling in its Nexus line of Android devices for as early as the first quarter of 2013, if the supply-chain snoops at Taiwanese tech news site DigiTimes are correct. Sources in the tech manufacturing sector are whispering that the Chocolate Factory and its manufacturing …
@Fuzz: If storage is a kind of memory and thus capable of being used interchangably since "no one thinks" something, does that mean we can advertise a 4GB Android device as havi g 4GB of memory, or perhaps I should sell you a desktop with 8GB of memory...that actually had 256MB of RAM with an 8GB sd card. Of course, you wouldn't be confused or misled at all, since anyone would know....
Newer, better, faster, cheaper
Now that the Wintel monopoly is broken, choose four.
Lo! Microsft are dead on mobile
Microsoft, through their de-facto hardware division, Nokia/Elop, have no answer for mobile gadgets like this. The Nexus / Android is a beautiful Lamborghini to Windows8 clapped out fibreglass 3 wheeler.
And if Windows is dead on mobile, it's a matter of time before it is dead on the Desktop. Now that MS has betrayed win8 tablet making OEM's by flogging its MS Surface tablet in the retail channels, the OEMs will make an Android desktop or an otherwise Linux desktop that is Android-like.
The moment that happens, MS will implode without the billions a year it needs to keep bumping along.
Re: Lo! Microsft are dead on mobile
Rather a lot of wishful thinking there Eadon. So many businesses (especially small ones) are totally locked into MS and simply don't care anyway - they get what their IT supplier gives them and it generally works.
MS might be doomed in phones and tablets, certainly in the short term, but the business desktop is a different beast and will be much harder to conquer.
Then again my old win2003 server has just been upgraded to *nix so you may have a point.
Have a pint on me - 'tis the season to be jolly.
Re: Lo! Microsft are dead on mobile
Lockin only gets you so far. The bosses are already saying "Make the backend work with iPad and Android. We want these awesome device-independent new things that everybody else has." And that means no Windows-only, IE-only backends. And bang! Like that you retire a bunch of Windows servers. The chains loosen.
Does thinner make sense?
So they use thinner technology for the screen. Probably lighter as well, so it is a benefit. But does a thinner case make sense? I'm not sure, but that feeling could arise from how I hold the thing. I have one of those rubber case-things from Asus, and that thicker package sometimes feels awkwardly thin.
The tech gets thinner, but human hands don't change. And a thinner object is easier to flex, which can be a problem. If the screen component is cheaper as well as thinner, does a thinner case cost too much to design and make?
One interesting thing I have seen is a tablet sold for kids which has a case designed to easily hold. And I wonder if the Nexus-style case is pushing the limits of that particular element of usability. It is a little too easy to touch that touch-sensitive screen with so narrow a bezel.
Goggle, two little letters for your new Nexus
Would be nice if the Nexus 10 was actually purchasable
I have a Nexus 7 already and am quite happy with it - this rumour of a new one isn't the end of the world and will be 9-12 months after the original one, which is the sort of time period you expect a successor model to come out in.
What is upsetting though, is the complete balls-up Google have done with the Nexus 10 launch. Unlike the Nexus 7 (which was available from many online retailers - I got mine from Tesco Direct in the first week of its launch), Google are *only* selling the Nexus 10 on their Play store (and throwing in a dubious 10 quid delivery charge to boot).
Now this would be OK if you could order or pre-order but you can't - the Nexus 10 is almost permanently sold out with tiny periods (less than a few hours) where it re-emerges on sale, only for the Play store to be crushed by the wait of people ordering it.
I can't understand why IT sites aren't screaming blue murder about this every day - the most desirable Android tablet on the market has been basically unorderable since its launch over a month ago. It's a sorry state of affairs and one Google should hang their heads in shame about.
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