Google may have sold 800,000 to 1 million Nexus 7 tablets

Google may have sold 800,000 to 1 million Nexus 7 tablets

Summary: Lost in Google's third quarter miss---falling cost per click metrics and Motorola Mobility's losses---was the company's "other income" line

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Google is likely to have sold about 800,000 to 1 million Nexus 7 tablets in the third quarter, according to an analyst.

Lost in Google's third quarter miss---falling cost per click metrics and Motorola Mobility's losses---was the company's "other income" line. Google reported "other" revenue of $666 million, up from $385 million in the third quarter a year ago.

That "other" revenue may have had a lot to do with the Nexus 7 tablet.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a research note:

We believe Google's Other Income of $666 (compared to Street at $477) suggests that Google likely sold 800k-1m Nexus 7s in Q3. Excluding our estimated Nexus 7 impact, core net revenues would have been up 2.5% q/q vs. 4.7%.

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  • Is that a good number?

    I would guess not. If you can't sell more than 1 million units of a $200 tablet, that isn't a good sign. You can't make up slim profit margins without volume and 1 million units isn't a lot of volume, is it?
    toddbottom3
    • The Surface RT will crush these figures.

      iOS is in a battle of disruption of the PC/net book/laptop. This is why the iPad is doing well.

      Android is simply a sustaining technology of cell phones. Android tablets are dot really disrupting an e siting business.

      Surface RT is also a sustaining technology with a bit of disruption to existing PCs/net books/laptops. It might be a solid mix but I doubt MS will see their 95% market shares of the past.
      Bruizer
      • Agree with your last sentence

        "I doubt MS will see their 95% market shares of the past."

        Absolutely, nor would we want them to. I know that the "official" number that is being thrown around is that Apple has something like 60-70% of the tablet market but when you look at actual usage, it is clear that Apple actually controls about 90-95% of the market. That isn't good. It isn't good when MS controls that much and it isn't good when Apple controls that much.

        So will Surface RT crush those figures? If I were a betting man, I'd say yes, at least in the short term. However, day 1 sales figures aren't the least bit representative of long term sales potential. If I were a betting man, I think Surface will fail, and this is coming from someone who bought one. Apple is simply too strong and has too much of a monopoly.
        toddbottom3
        • Handicapped

          The problem with making a Windows tablet for OEMs is that they will be handicapped from day 1 compared to Apple. Apple got larger volumes and get better deals, they don't have to pay the windows tax (Apples own research and development cheap since cost divided on high volumes of iPhone and iPads).

          For a consumer also Apples ecosystem is second to none. Even if you totally retarded, you get a good products that works together if you only buy things with the Apple on it. Windows, Android and Linux requires quite a bit of research and much work to get things to work together. Also you can easily be buying junk if not doing research.
          Oden79
      • The numbers aren't bad for Android

        Google reported 77,000 Android tablet activations per day in September. That only includes tablets activated through Google, so Nexus 7 yes, Amazon Kindle and B&N nook, no. Apple did 188,000 iPads per day in the same period. Windows RT won't hit these volumes in 2012, and most pundits don't believe it will in 2013 either. Some of this depends on just how they deal with the fact no Windows programs actually run on RT, at least in the way regular consumers understand it (eg they're not expecting to have to repurchase every application, most of which won't exist yet). Add to that the face Surface RT is priced directly against the iPad, but offers inferior hardware and software, at least to start with.
        Hazydave
    • It was a supply issue

      They didn't make enough to meet demand but, I believe we will see better numbers rough Christmas.
      slickjim
      • Not making enough to meet demand is not a

        supply issue it's a planning failure. A supply issue is when you planned to make more but something other than time or scale disrupted your plan. I have heard nothing like that for their tablet. They even had the iPad and kindle experience to draw upon.
        Johnny Vegas
        • Therefore

          every iRelease to date has been a planning failure.
          Justin McNair
      • "I believe we will see better numbers rough Christmas."

        Too late. The smaller iPad is dropping in the coming weeks and will garner much of consumers attention. It's not like Google is releasing a new Nexus or anything to get consumers excited.
        dave95.
        • Nexus - iPad mini - WP8

          October 29th is the next Google event and MS shows off WP8
          Sim Lash
  • suspect #

    I like your first sentence "according to an analyst". How does anyone take this comment seriously. Who is this mystery analyst? Tim cook?

    Sorry to say that this is in total contradiction to several reports that I have read over the last 2 months that suggest a number closer to 6 million based on the parts being ordered by google. But good click bait.
    rengek
    • rengek this analist "Tim Cook" is a cousin of

      none other than LOVEROCK DAVIDSON and that is why the article is so lacking.............
      Over and Out
  • So Google

    sold 1 million of these devices from which they are not making a profit and those who bought these are downloading free apps from Google Play...lol @google
    Xenon8
    • Why do you LOL

      Noob, their loss is our gain as consumer... o wait, maybe you are happy to pay a lot more for Apple brand that only cares about taking the major profits out of users... and those iSheeps are happy with that..
      pepe-el-Toro
      • Huh?

        Gioogle doesn't make money on it, they'll toss the product [since that whst Google does quite often] and you ewnd up with a big paperweight in a couple of years when nothing supports it and the battery can't hold a charge.
        Not defending Apple which likes to gouge on the consumers because they know the fanbois and fangurls will pay anything for their latest gadgets.
        Gisabun
    • Bull!

      I have tons of paid content on mine! It is a great little tablet and I plan on getting some family members a Nexus 7 as well.

      My games alone are comparable purchases to what I had on iOS.
      slickjim
      • Do you browse the web on your Nexus?

        Just curious. I'm trying to figure out why historically, Android's web browsing share is so out of whack with iOS's web browsing share. Why are so many Android owners staying off the web?
        toddbottom3
        • A little bit. Not much

          While I do browse on the nexus 7, I do most of my browsing on my PC. I can understand people browsing on the iPad, but I'm amazed that anyone would browse on the tiny iPhone screen, but I have friends who do that. But I use my Nexus 7 daily - much more than I ever used my iPad. I also browse on my S3 - but only when I'm mobile. I could easily browse more on both. But why would I when I have excellent 27" monitors on my PCs?

          What I use daily on both my S3 and the Nexus 7 are apps. Mail, Google Music, Podcast Player, Flipboard, Nook (occasionally - I much prefer the e-Ink Nook) etc. I think Flipboard is probably the most used app on my Nexus 7 and Google Music the most used app on my S3.

          My wife does tend to browse on the Transformer Prime.

          I'm sure that there are
          os2baba
        • A good bit

          I typically install ad blocking software on my Android devices. Most of the articles I see that Apple severely trumps all others in mobile data usage are based upon bandwidth used from ad impressions.

          Not to say iOS web browsing, per capita, isn't higher, but you've always got to delve deeper into those "reports."
          Justin McNair
          • Now THAT is an excellent argument

            "I typically install ad blocking software on my Android devices"

            It would be interesting to see how many iDevice owners install and use browsers with ad blocking enabled (if there are any?). You certainly have no ability to block ads from Safari which is the built-in, embedded, no-choice browser that is pre-installed and can't be uninstalled.

            Thanks Justin, that actually makes a lot of sense.
            toddbottom3