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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:07 PM

“Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.” Google releases Nexus Q, made entirely in America

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Google released the Nexus Q, its first ever consumer electronics product designed AND built by Google. It also did something no one else does nowadays....not only was it designed in America, but built entirely in the USA!



Introducing the Nexus Q(Manufacturing+features)










Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Etched into the base of Google’s wireless Nexus Q home media player, introduced on Wednesday, is its most intriguing feature.

On the underside of the Magic-8-ball-shaped device reads a simple laser-etched inscription: “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.”

It has become accepted wisdom that consumer electronics products can no longer be made in the United States. During the last decade, low-cost China labor and looser environmental regulations have virtually erased what was once a vibrant American industry. Since the 1990s, one American company after another, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Apple, have become design and marketing shells, with huge work forces deployed at contract manufacturers in Shenzhen and elsewhere in China.

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Google’s Q links a TV or home sound system to the Internet cloud in order to play video and audio content downloaded from the Internet. The engineers who led the effort to build the device, which is based on the same microprocessor that is found in Android smartphones, and which contains seven printed circuit boards, said they had been able to almost completely source components from manufacturers in the United States.

Google was able to find a company to make the metal base in the Midwest and another supplier for the molded plastic components like the case in Southern California. Semiconductor chips are more of a challenge. In some cases, the chips are made in the United States, but then shipped to Asia to be packaged with other electronic components.

Google did not take the easy route and encase the Q in a black box. The dome of the ball-shaped case is the volume control — you twist it — a feature that required painstaking engineering and a prolonged hunt for just the right bearing, said Matt Hershenson, an engineer, who is a member of an a small team of consumer product designers who have worked together at companies such as Apple, General Magic, Phillips N.V., Web-TV and now Google.

read the entire article here
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/technology/google-and-others-give-manufacturing-in-the-us-a-try.html?pagewanted=all


Go Google! This is what companies should be doing.
And suck that Apple, who pours billions into Chinese companies like Foxcon.

Android, now made in America. Apple, made in China.


PS: Btw this is a full featured Android computer, with wifi,bluetooth, NFC and other stuff built in for wireless connectivity + is also an Amplifier .

link
https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_q


PS: pics and tech-specs added




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Reply “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.” Google releases Nexus Q, made entirely in America (Original post)
Vehl Jun 2012 OP
aquart Jun 2012 #1
Xyzse Jun 2012 #2
EOTE Jun 2012 #3
teddy51 Jun 2012 #4
marybourg Jun 2012 #5
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #6
Vehl Jun 2012 #7
HopeHoops Jun 2012 #8
a kennedy Jun 2012 #9
Vehl Jun 2012 #13
Vehl Jun 2012 #17
OhioChick Jun 2012 #10
Vehl Jun 2012 #14
ChromeFoundry Jun 2012 #11
Vehl Jun 2012 #16
dixiegrrrrl Jun 2012 #12
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2012 #15
Vehl Jun 2012 #18
Initech Jun 2012 #19
Heywood J Jun 2012 #20
Vehl Jun 2012 #21
Omaha Steve Jun 2012 #22

Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:09 PM

1. And it ain't like Apple is cheap.

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:10 PM

2. Good for them.

If they can pull it off, they should.
Even if it is a novely act.

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:12 PM

3. This is great in so many ways. I look forward to picking one up.

Seems like a really cool addition to the home theater, and the fact that it's made in the U.S. only adds to its appeal. I can't wait to see it in action.

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:12 PM

4. I certain give Google Kudos for that. Now why can't other companies do the same?

 

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:14 PM

5. We'll see how long that lasts. I predict

in less than a year it'll be made in Asia and no one but DU'ers will notice.

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:40 PM

6. Well THAT'S a twist. Cost? Subscription fee?

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:45 PM

7. 299, no subscription fee:)

for the features, this is a killer price...and to consider that it was all made in the US (even down to the small components) is amazing!!

underscores how such things can be made for a reasonable price in the USA....and also points out the insane profit margins companies like Apple who build in China make.

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Response to Vehl (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:47 PM

8. Yeah, that's pretty reasonable, especially for a US made product.

 

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:50 PM

9. Lotsa friends have the Kindle Fire....is this one better or are they similar??

Would consider getting the Google just because it's made here.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:08 PM

13. Google released the Nexus 7(different from nexus Q), which is a tablet for 199$

I believe you are thinking of the Google Nexus 7 tablet released a few hours ago in The Google I/O conference.




It has a 7 inch screen.
Quad Core(also has a 5th companion core) Nvidia Tegra 3 Processor (World's first for a 7 inch tablet)
12 Core GPU (Graphics processor)
1280X720P resolution
The Newest Android version 4.1 (Jelly Beans)
Wifi/NFC/BlueTooth etc etc

comes in two versions, 8Gb and 16 Gb

The 8GB is 199, the 16Gb 249 Also has 25$ store credit.


The Nexus 7 leaves the Kindle fire in the dust. In fact it gives the highest end apple Ipad and other Android tablets a run for its money, and for less than half their price....this is probably the best deal for a 7-inch tablet out there.

And the icing on the cake is that this is a nexus device...and will get immediate OTA(over the air updates) directly from Google..not to mention the fact that the OS and the hardware about 3 generations ahead of the Kindle Fire







I would definitely recommend this over the Kindle fire...or even over many of the sub 450$ tablets out there


PS: link to the site

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_8gb

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:56 PM

10. "Go Google! This is what companies should be doing."



Thanks for posting.

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Response to OhioChick (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:34 PM

14. You are welcome. nt :)

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:00 PM

11. Hell yeah...

thanks for posting this.
Nice to see a company finally manufacture a device in the target region that it will be utilized.

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Response to ChromeFoundry (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:56 PM

16. you are welcome :)

No other major company has done anything similar. Considering the features of the device, and the build quality, I'm pretty amazed that they were able to do it all for 299.

PS:
If Apple built a similar device in China, they will still sell it for 500$ and Ifans would line up to buy it.
On a related note, I wonder how Apple fans would spin this though...will they still splurge for the Chinese built, super-expensive (a.k.a huge profit margin) Apple products?

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:01 PM

12. Being an intensely private person, I don't like the cloud idea at all.

And Google is very nosy.

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:41 PM

15. no way!

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:09 PM

18. Nexus Q teardown: made in the USA

Nexus Q teardown: made in the USA



As The New York Times reports, the Nexus Q was designed and manufactured in the US — including some of the device's semiconductors. Google's decision to manufacture the device in the US is significant when compared to its rivals, like Apple, HP, and others, who routinely assemble their products in China and other overseas locations. As Wired reports, Google selected a number of suppliers in the US to craft the Q, including a rifle-maker in Wisconsin that created its die-cast zinc base.

Google has also provided Wired with a number of images showing off the Nexus Q's many internal bits. The $299 "social streaming media player," revealed today at Google I/O, is a cloud-based device that streams music and video, and can also act as a 25-watt amplifier. In the gallery you can see the Q's internals, including a number of uniquely shaped circuit boards and the same chipset as the Galaxy Nexus

source link
http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/27/3121118/nexus-q-tear-down-manufactured-us

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:28 PM

19. I think I've found my next phone!

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 07:26 AM

20. A good start.

Now, how to root it and install real Linux...

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Response to Heywood J (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 11:51 AM

21. I will take android 4.1 Jelly beans over linux anyday on a tablet :D

The features look awesome. Already love my android 4.0 Ice cream Sand-which and cant wait for two weeks before getting the 4.1

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Response to Vehl (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 07:56 PM

22. K&R!

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