The weekend is sacred time, which is why we know many of you disconnect from the internet and go off on your adventures. This doesn’t mean you should miss the news, so we are putting all the bigger stories in one post.
The Nexus 7 lived long and strong. Some of us would go as far as arguing it has been around too long, and Google seems to agree. The era of the Nexus 7 is over. The Search Giant has removed the 7-incher from the Google Store this weekend.
Before you go on to say it could come back, let us tell you that will not be the case. Google was clear to tell us the Nexus 7 has passed on, with the main focus now laying on the Nexus 9.
Opinion: The Nexus 7 is still my favorite Nexus tablet, really. It is powerful, convenient and super portable. A 9-inch tablet isn’t exactly a road warrior. If you agree with me, you best go on the search for a Nexus 7 before they completely run out. Some stores and carriers still have inventory.
Affordable phones are especially important in emerging markets like India. In fact, no phone maker can say they have won in the affordable device competition if it doesn’t have a strong presence in India. This is why Sony is planning to compete in the Indian market with a new entry-level phone. Reports claim this phone will be priced between 8,000 and 10,000 Rs.
The deal here is that Sony is moving away from the affordable market everywhere else in the world. It seems it’s impossible to compete in India if you don’t have some affordable options.
Opinion: Manufacturers seem to be barely noticing that the affordable market is really where the business is at. We love our high-end smartphones, but which are the devices you recommend more often? Spoiler: it’s the low-priced ones that come with a fair build quality and acceptable experience.
Recent reports claim Nokia has plans to come back to the smartphone market in the coming years, news that had even the most skeptic of us pretty hopeful. Nokia makes some of the best hardware out there, which is why we are sad to see them shutting down these rumors.
Nokia has released a statement telling us these rumors are simply not true. They go on to mention they have no plans to manufacture smartphones right now.
Opinion: Will Nokia’s stance on this ever change? We will have to wait and see. We certainly hope the company has a change of heart. Maybe they can have a bigger presence in the Android world next time around!