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David Hoff, co-founder and senior vice president of operations and technology of Cloud Sherpas, an Atlanta, Ga.-based solution provider and Google partner, said Nexus will be a strong competitor to Amazon Kindle Fire.
“We are not currently an Android hardware reseller, so it is not something that we sell directly,” he said. “I'm sure that it will be available via the mainstream consumer channels, although I'm sure Amazon might not stock it as aggressively as the Kindle Fire.”
Hoff said Nexus 7 has several key advantages over Kindle Fire, including more CPU capacity, the inclusion of Google Play store and a camera. He added that Kindle Fire lacks the support that Google offers, including Gmail and Google Play store. Nexus 7 also will win customers quicker than Microsoft Surface, the tablet scheduled for release later this year.
“Given the low price point and the relatively well-outfitted hardware specs, the Nexus 7 will likely capture a good bit of market share in short order, much more than the Microsoft Surface,” Hoff said.
Overall, Nexus 7 will bring more users into the Google universe of cloud-based products and services, said Tom Mainelli, IDC research director for mobile connected devices.
"The main thing is Google is realizing they need to get more people into their ecosystem," he said.