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Google Nexus 7 Sales Reaching 1 Million Monthly

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It was reported that Google and Asustek’s Nexus 7 sales have steadily increased since it became available. According to Asustek Chief Financial Officer David Chang, the tablet’s sales have grown from a start of about 500,000 units during its first month to “close to 1 million” in recent months.

This suggests that the search engine giant’s low-priced tablet has seen a moderate success in the market. However, it is nowhere as popular as Apple’s iPad. During the last quarter, it was reported that the Cupertino-based company was able to sold 14 million units, which is a 26 percent increase for the same quarter last year.

On the other hand, neither Google nor Asustek disclosed the total sales figure of the Nexus 7. Amazon has also remained mum about the sales figure of their 7-inch Kindle fire tablet.

Nexus 7 vs. Competing 7-inch tablet

Despite the success, the Nexus 7—together with Amazon Kindle Fire—is seeing stiff competition against Apple’s iPad Mini. The Cupertino-based company’s 7-inch tablet will go on sale tomorrow with a starting price of $329.  This places the device at a premium over the $199 entry price of Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

In relation to this, the search engine giant refreshed their tablet, and doubled the capacity of its $199 unit to 16 GB. A 32 GB model is also available for $249. There is also the Google Nexus 7 HSPA+ mobile connectivity with 32 GB that is tagged at $299.

Google’s Nexus 7 debuted in July, featuring the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. It is also seen as an attempt for the search engine giant to counter Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The online retailer’s device also runs a forked version of Android, which is tailored by Amazon in order to sell products through their online store.

Nexus 4 Smartphone and Nexus 10 Tablet

Aside from the overhauled Nexus 7, Google also released the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet.

The mobile phone is developed in collaboration with LG. It features a quad-core processor, 4.7-inch display, and wireless inductive charging. On the other hand, the tablet boasts a 10-inch 2560 x 1600-pixel screen, nine hours of video playback, and more than 500 hours of standby time.

All of the latest products from Google, including the redesigned Nexus 7, sports Android 4.2. The latest OS features Photo Sphere that enables users to take images in 360 degrees.

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