Google starts Nexus 7 tablet sales in Japan, takes on Sony
News On Japan via Reuters -- Sep 25
Google Inc started selling its Nexus 7 tablet in Japan, deepening the competition with Sony Corp, the Japanese hardware maker whose tablets also run on the world's No.1 search engine's operating system.
By taking a greater role in the tablet arena, Google hopes to ensure that its online services remain at the forefront for consumers, as tablets increasingly become gateways to the Web and Web-based content such as movies and music.
Sales of the 7-inch 16-megabit tablet began on the Google Play website on Tuesday with a starting price of 19,800 yen ($250). The device will be available in retail stores from October 2.
Japan is the first country in Asia outside Australia to sell the device. According to the Google Play page it's already available in France, Germany, Spain, Canada, the UK and the U.S.
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