One of the big surprises of the Engadget 2012 Awards held yesterday is that in the year in which Apple has presented three models of iPad (3rd generation, the 4th generation & mini), the winner to the best tablet is an Android, the Nexus 7.
The Nexus 7 has erupted like a bomb in the market of tablets, where before Apple was King, there is now a hard competitor. And just as at the beginning the growth of Android was slow, and then began to skyrocket, the Nexus 7 has been a turning point on the relationship between Android tablets.
Tablets and Android, a bit of history
At the end of 2010, Samsung introduced its first tablet for Android, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The operating system was not yet optimized for tablets, Android 2.2 being Froyo version of reference. Archos and some Chinese manufacturers began to take tablets, but everything was very green.
In January 2011 the Motorola Xoom, that you had with the newly released version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a version of Android exclusively for tablets. It was a very dream news but the adoption by consumers was very low. Yet the seed was planted, since Google had optimized Android for tablets.
From Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich stand tablets came natively, without applying layers by manufacturers. And in fact with Android 3.0, 4.0 and up came out good tablets, primarily from Asus. However consumers still looking almost exclusively to Apple products.
It is then when Google decides to push the issue with a tablet within its program Nexus, the Nexus 7, which came out in June 2012 in the Google I/o. A tablet manufactured by Asus, seven-inch, first device with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a change of interface. The price, one of its main attractions, 199 euros.
The Nexus 7 homogeneous interface, is to stay
One of changes in 4.1 Android in Nexus 7 is that unified interfaces of mobile and tablet. Android 4.2 these changes are extensive to all the tablets, and he has seen 10 Nexus, the elder brother (10-inch) manufactured by Samsung Nexus 7.
According to Matias Duarte, responsible for interface and Android user experience, it is best to unify designs, that people have a smooth and easy transition of mobile tablet. Although it has been heavily criticised, I myself have experienced confusion over a mobile phone to an Android tablet and I think this measure a risky but correct bet.
Perhaps one of the reasons for the success of the Nexus 7, apart from its Super finish and attractive price, is that as an Android smartphone. Perfect for consuming content, to play, and intuitive use.
Applications and the difference with the Nexus 7
Great criticism that has always made the Android tablets has been the amount of apps available, and indeed Apple has used it even in the presentation of the iPad Mini. It is true that Apple has many more applications for tablet Android, but this is changing.
And change is propitiated by the success of the Nexus 7. Programmers are more tablets Android circulating out there, and that they know it. The fact that have left important applications with tablet, such as Skype interface, is an indication that the Android tablets are taking off.
2013: the year of the Android tablets?
Nexus 7 has been a success from design, price and reception, both by consumers as by experts, hence Engadget award to the best tablet for 2012. But let us look to the future.
In 2013, we have a panorama with Nexus 7 for seven-inch and the 10 Nexus for ten inches. The two segments covered. Is it 2013 year of Android tablets? I guess.
When there is an avalanche of products on the market (and will be, the price is very good) creates an ecosystem environment to it. No one can deny that there are very good mobile apps in Google Play and that has been the large number of mobile phones with Android that is in circulation.
The success of the Nexus 7 and the predictable success of Nexus 10 make the ecosystem of Android tablets is going to grow in 2013. For me 2013 will be the year of Android tablets and without doubt, the trigger has been Nexus 7.