The end of the year gives the chance of ranking and comparing the best product releases of 2016, with Google drawing an outstanding lead with the upcoming Nexus 7, and the versatile Pixel phones. However, there are many contenders.
2016 has been a good year not only for smartphones and tablets but also for many other carry-on consumer electronics. Supply and demand have grown beyond initial expectations, forcing manufacturers to come up with new ideas and even driving some of them out of business.
Google tops the list for being able to successfully create a piece of hardware that brings together the whole community of software that gives them their fame. Lesser examples of this could include Microsoft’s Surface project, which keeps many reviewers still on the fence.
Google Nexus 7 tablet rumors December 2016
The upcoming Nexus 7 tablet will most likely have a 7-inch QHD display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, a fingerprint scanner, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front snapper, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage with a microSD card slot.
Other rumors point out to the tablet having a 3,000 mAh battery and the Snapdragon 820 processor, making it fast enough to compete with Apple’s upcoming iPad models for 2017 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro models, at what will most likely be an arguably lower price.
Google might also rename this new device to keep in line with the success of its Pixel phones. Some rumors indicate the Nexus 7 could, in fact, become the Pixel 7 tablet.
Google capitalized Apple and Samsung’s moment of weakness to enter the hardware market
The Pixel and Pixel XL did not come out alone but alongside a family of Google-made products meant to work together to improve user experience in all of its facets. This series includes Chromecast Ultra, Daydream VR, and Google Home.
Though the last one is way behind from the others, as its needs to compete directly with Amazon’s Echo Dot assistant, Google made sure it had unquestionable performance, to put its new lineup right at the top with other industries like Apple and Samsung.
In addition to its partners, the Pixel phones already contained a set of specs that put them in the smartphone spotlight.
Pure Android Nougat (which means less trouble), the Google Assistant, high processing power, a premium camera, and 24/7 customer service availability built into the Options menu.
Google’s successful incursion into the hardware market will shift the future of smartphone technology entirely. As the company pays more attention to its very own Android devices, other big names will have to find another way to compete.