Makers of 7-Inch Tablets Must Watch Prices Carefully
It anticipates what you might want from your search history and the information Google knows about you (which might be more than you know about yourself). It will also tie into Googles other cloud-based packages, from Google + to Google Apps. While the Nexus 7 isnt really aimed at enterprise usersGoogle plainly referred to it as a consumer electronics device in its announcementit will ultimately affect the enterprise. Some of the features, such as the close integration of search with the calendar, will ultimately prove to be very useful to business users as well as consumers, for example.Unfortunately, it may not do a lot to beef up the hardware offerings from the likes of the iPad or the Surface. The Nexus 7 only has a front facing camera and theres no support for external memory. While it will feature an HDMI port, this isnt going to be the enterprise grade tablet that Microsoft is building. Its also not an iPad wanna-be, lacking the ability to support LTE and it lacks anything like a Retina display, for example.But what it will do is keep the price pressure on the midmarket. If Apple decides to launch an iPad Mini, as has been rumored, the Nexus 7, along with the Kindle Fire, set the expected price point. What will more likely happen is that other 7-inch tablets are going to have to up their game and watch their prices carefully. Competing against the Nexus 7 in its own area of the business is going to be tough. The Nexus 7 will also raise expectations for larger tablets. Some of the features of Android 4.1, such as the vastly improved animation, will make other tablets of all types look clunky. The heavy dependence on the cloud will provide nearly instant access to information, while extracting a heavy price from non-WiFi tablet users. But that doesnt mean that users wont want smooth animation. It just means that it will provide another way for carrier data plans to annoy users. Its worth noting that Google also introduced the Nexus Q, a spherical media center Android computer thats designed to be controlled by an Android device and make it easier to share media and display it on large screens. The Nexus Q is intended to cement Google into the whole entertainment ecosystem. Of course it will have to fight Apple and Microsoft for this as well. The good news is that eventually most of these capabilities will filter into the enterprise and make things work better there as well.