When Google announced the (2013) Nexus 7 last week, the company said the old 2012 model was the best selling tablet in Japan during the holiday shopping season. That’s a pretty bold statement when you consider how massively successful the iPad is. So some people started digging around, and apparently Google lied.
Google launched the new version of their flagship 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7 yesterday to compete with Apple’s iPad mini.
Last year, soon after the iPad mini was launched, Amazon went on the offensive and ran a Kindle Fire ad that openly mocked it. They wanted wanted to show that the Kindle fire was a better device for less money.
New York Times has just added more credibility to the iPad mini rumor. NYT claims that according to “several people with knowledge of the project who declined to be named discussing confidential plans” Apple is also developing a 7.85-inch tablet that will be significantly cheaper than the current iPad.
While the iPad is a big hit and sells in huge numbers, many power users still want a fully powered PC operating system running on a touch based device. That’s the market Microsoft is trying to target with Windows 8, and if you thought Apple’s Mac OS X was out of this race, you might be wrong.
Apple, of course, made its vision of tablet computing very clear, where many desktop metaphors were left behind, but a third party hardware company named Modbook Inc. hasn’t given up on the idea of an OS X based tablet.
Last week Microsoft unveiled its own tablets called Microsoft Surface running Windows 8, which will not only compete with Apple’s iPad and other Android-based tablets, but also Windows 8 based tablets from their OEM partners such as HP, Dell, ASUS etc.
If you were wondering what pushed Microsoft into making their own tablets and competing with their own OEM partners, The New York Times‘ Nick Wingfield provides some interesting background behind Microsoft’s decision.
If you have not been living under the rock, you probably know that Microsoft unveiled their own Surface tablets running Windows 8 at a media event on Monday.
Though Microsoft hasn’t revealed some important information such as the battery life, pricing and availability nor has anyone managed to get their hands on one, we must admit that we were quite impressed with the new Surface tablets and cover-cum-keyboard accessories.
Mashable reports that it has received a media event for a major “Microsoft Event” scheduled for June 18th in Los Angles.