Lest some troll claim “It didn’t happen” or otherwise rewrite history, I thought I would at least document the fact that an Android/Linux product did sell well retail globally. Clearly, Google, Android and ASUS are acceptable brands for the consuming public.
“TABLET VENDOR Googles 16GB Nexus 7 has already sold out in the UK, just days after the tablet was released.”
We get 399K hits for nexus "sells out" on Google.
It remains to be seen whether Google and ASUS will ramp up production as ASUS did for the eeePC or will Google be content to just set a standard. There’s already a lot of competition in Android/Linux devices. OEMs may not welcome Google’s competition. OTOH OEMs may be glad Google is eating its own dog-food.
For Google, I think the number one reason for pushing Nexus 7 is to stimulate the tablet market. They are not happy with iPad’s current share. One clear message may be that Apple can be beaten on price/performance using Android/Linux and OEMs need to concentrate on lowering prices to make iPad too expensive for the majority of buyers. That may be the case now but a high-profile name like Google pushing a modestly-priced tablet makes it clear to most consumers that lower-priced is not a bad thing.