ASUS Exec Reveals That Google Is Close To Selling A Million Nexus 7s — A Month


Recently, Chief Financial Officer at Asus, David Chang, has told the Wall Street Journal that Google is nearly the 1 million monthly sale mark for Nexus 7 tablets. Better yet, that figure looks like it might rise. Of course, Apple is smashing that milestone with 14 million iPads for the last quarter alone, but Google is picking up sales, and all those analysts saying that Android tablets are cutting into the market share are actually speaking something of merit.

As Chang told the WSJ:

“At the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to one million.”

It comes to show you that quality offered at an inexpensive price (200 vs. the regular iPad’s $500, and the iPad mini’s $330) can catch on, like wildfire.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Review: This Is Android’s Battleship

We reviewed the Galaxy Note from Samsung. People liked it. People hated it. Some thought it was too big. Others thought it was the perfect size. Whatever people thought (and by “people”, I mean us, the tech press) consumers bought into it, and Samsung has sold millions. So, fast forward to an extravagant press event in New York City, first calling out to the press and then the public, to come and celebrate the coming launch of the Galaxy Note II — a bigger, faster, and better looking successor.

And you know what? In this case, the sequel is better than the original. In fact, it’s the best Android smartphone I have ever used.

Scott Forstall, Jony Ive, And Others Part Of Massive Apple Exec Shuffle

Scott Forstall, the iOS chief, is leaving at the end of the next year; with Tim Cook being advised by him until he leaves. On the flipside, Jony Ive, Apple’s famous design chief is adding the responsibility of Human Interface design. Bob Mansfield is creating a new technology team, John Browett who is the retail chief is leaving Apple, and lastly Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X teams as one. That’s a lot of changes, plus execs are in fact flying out of the company.

Apple is either doing the shuffle, or preparing to fly (or dive) in another direction. Press release after the break.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)

LG Nexus 4 Has Debuted: 4.7-inch HD Display, Android 4.2, And Is $200 On T-Mobile

This is the LG Nexus 4 — the most powerful Nexus phone ever produced by Google. A 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display (1,280 x 768), an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1.3MP HD front-facing, Gorilla Glass 2, NFC/Wi-Fi/GPS/Blueooth/HSPA+ radios, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and the latest rendition of Google Now on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Per usual, Google Maps is included, as are 3D Maps, Street View and the newer Indoor Maps. Now, about availability:

The Nexus 4 will be sold (at least initially) unlocked, supporting some 200 carriers that play by the GSM / HSPA+ radio bands. It’ll be made available in both 8GB and 16GB versions starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia, with pricing set for $299 (8GB) / $349 (16GB. The first American-branded 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a new 2-year contract.

PR after the break.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Announced: Multiple User Support, Gesture Typing, And Wireless TV Display

The newest version of Android isn’t going to wait for a hurricane to tell it when it can launch: wireless TV display, gesture typing, and multiple user account support on tablets are the new things that make Android 4.2 (still called Jelly Bean) a mobile OS powerhouse. The full list of new features is below, one of which includes the long awaiting zooming in Gmail:

  • Photo Sphere panorama photos
  • Gesture typing on the keyboard
  • Lockscreen improvements, including widget support and the ability to swipe directly to camera
  • Expandable notifications with that let you take actions directly
  • Message zooming in Gmail with the ability to reflow text automatically
  • Daydream screensavers
  • Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users.
  • Miracast support for wireless display sharing
  • Google Now can use Gmail as a data source for new cards, including improved flight tracker, hotel and restaurant reservations, movie and music recommendations. Photo Spot card recommends interesting places to take photos based on your location.

Devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 will see Android 4.2 updates in the coming weeks, with the rest of the top-tier Android phones some months after.

New Photo Of Earth Shows Just How Large Hurricane Sandy Is

Some people scoff at the idea of Hurricane Sandy making landfall on New York City. While its intensity isn’t certain until is actually comes here, a photo taken by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite this morning, October 28 at 9:02AM EDT displays just how massive it is. See that swirling, round white thing? That’s the hurricane.

Yup. That’s a big storm.

According to NASA, “Sandy’s western cloud edge is already over the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.” ViaNASA Goddard Flickr

Google’s Monday Press Event Cancelled Due To Hurricane Sandy

Turns out, Google’s upcoming press event (probably for a variety of new Nexus devices) has been cancelled due to the intense rain and winds New York City plans to brace from Hurricane Sandy. And it also turns out that I’d find myself in the hurricane’s path, so everyone here in NYC is in free-for-all mode. Turns out Google would have been able to hold the event on Monday; it’s just that the venue was on the waterfront. But in San Francisco, Microsoft will be holding a Windows Phone 8 event — so it won’t be a total waste of a Monday.