Originally Posted by Quadra 610
They also suffered from the OS itself and the entire Android ecosystem. It's poorly designed and poorly maintained. Period.
Google is not about the User Experience.
The reality of Android is coming home to roost in the tablet market. There are no contracts to sign here. It's about 100% consumer choice, all the time, anytime.
Google has no experience, nor any outlet, to sell physical goods -- they give away services and sell the user's information to advertisers.
They have been successful with Android on phones because others, primarily carriers (or carriers' agents) sell and distribute the physical products.
The tablet does not gain any advantage (to anyone) by being sold by a carrier:
-- Would you buy a tablet that requires a 2 year contract?
-- If not, What's the incentive for the carrier to subsidize the tablet?
-- If there is no subsidy, where's the incentive for the consumer to buy a tablet from a carrier?
So where does the consumer go to buy a tablet -- oh, they go where the sell iPad -- a better price/value offering.
Oddly, the MMI purchase does nothing to change this equation for Android tablets -- except, probably, make it worse.
There is, however, a potential white knight...
That old, famous, established (French?) retailer... Zhae 'Si Pennae with Monsieur Ron Johnson tasked with bringing them into the 21st century.