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    January 8, 2013

    Vizio launching stock Android tablets

    Vizio, an American Company, are now betting on the latest trend of Android consumers and are launching a 7-inch tablet running stock Android. It is targeting the Nexus 7 directly, with a Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16 GB storage and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. It will run stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2. In the photo above is also the 10-inch tablet they will be launching, but details are still lacking.

    It seems that more and more consumers are starting to show interest in devices running stock Android from Google. This has been evident with the high sales of the Asus Nexus 7 tablet, and the very high demand (which has not been met yet) of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet. The reason is simple, software updates.

    The biggest problem Android had in the past was the lack of software updates, as the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) would need to chop and change the updates to fit into their ecosystem on their devices. Even though OEMs have started to sort this problem out and are rolling updates out faster these days, people are still yearning after the software updates as soon as Google releases it, and that is where the Nexus range came in. The Galaxy Nexus I‘m using is up to date with the latest Android 4.2 build, and even though it is a year old and only has a dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM, it still runs as smoothly as anything you‘ll find on the market today, because of the updated software and the lack of bloat ware from the manufacturer. It is the pure Android experience.

    Now, though, other companies have decided to slap stock Android onto their devices with no alterations. These aren‘t built with Google as the Nexus devices are, they just simply use the stock Android operating system. It seems like a great idea to the Android purist, but it ultimately depends on the pricing of these devices.

    Would you consider buying a device running stock Android other than a Nexus device?

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