You don’t need me to wax on about the Nexus 7. The Internet is on fire with reviews on how this one tablet will kill the Kindle Fire and cause schools across the globe to abscond from their iPad deployments.
I have a single concern. While the device seems lovely, Andy Rubin is quoted as saying the device as zero margins. It’s my guess this is a $300 device being sold for $200. That’s a problem for two reasons:
- Devices which do not make money give the maker no incentive to continue.
- It really sticks a knife in the back of other hardware manufacturers
Google is eating the development cost on the device and they’re swallowing the marketing costs. And what happens in a year? It ships with Jelly Bean (remember that the previous OS, Ice Cream Sandwich managed a 7% market share of Android handsets) which will receive what level of support. I just see an ever reducing market share for devices. It just seems the whole market is anti-consumer. Is it enough to aim for the alpha geeks and hope they’ll act as unpaid support personnel for the device?
Will Google make a Nexus 7 v2? Will it continue to support the device in the next OS revision? And the next?