So another big announcement out of Google I/O was the release of the 7″ Google Nexus tablet. Pretty impressive for a $199 device. Of course, right after release the pundits began comparing it to the iPad. Blah, blah, blah. That misses the mark. This device will not directly compete with the iPad–the market for it is the cheaper tablet market, the Kindle Fire, nook Tablet, and similar devices. The hardware specs for the Google Nexus will allow most users, especially those in schools, to get what they need out of a device. Heavy integration with Google Apps, Play, etc, will also help this become an interesting device for K-12.
Google recently had their annual developers’ conference, Google I/O, where they released a large number of updates. One of the largest, the Nexus Q devices, promises much in the aspect of social media sharing. So what does that even mean? First, take a look at the video. Ok, so you see this device serves as the conduit between your mobile devices (tablet, Smartphone, etc) and your home speakers (tv, stereo, etc). So what about schools? I can see this in school music classes, events, where the need to share music comes in handy.
The only question is how the recording industry, RIAA, MPAA, etc will feel about this. Also, if used in schools, what types of performance rights will be needed. Hopefully Google will work this out, as it does hold a lot of promise!
In the latest sage between Apple (read: most evil company in existence) and Samsung, a judge decided to issue an injunction not only on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but also on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Apple, as usual, cares more for litigation than for innovation. Some will argue with that, but really, lately, what do they innovate? Besides their ‘Retina display’ buzz word that no one really notices. And really, I hope all the Google Android folks begin rounding the fence to go after Apple with their blatant copying of Android’s notification pull down. It only strengthens my resolve to never buy another Apple product. I am only one person, but for a company trying to establish a monopoly…I will keep away from them.
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