Although much of the coverage of the Google Nexus 7 tablet focuses on its features, there’s another aspect to the madness: manufacturing.
Google has made the choice to have Nexus elements (for both the Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q media streamer) manufactured in the USA. This is in contrast to Apple’s oft-maligned manufacturing conditions at FoxConn and other suppliers in China.
The distinction here is not one of technology, but one of sourcing. Google’s move makes logistics, not just technology, an element of people’s purchasing decisions. Time will tell, but it will be interesting to see how Google’s decision impacts other technology purchasing–and related elements.
For example, will potential event hosting clients become more willing to pay more for better services as well as parts? Will people prefer to work more closely with smaller local vendors, instead of going bigger and cheaper? How, if at all, do you think this decision has the potential to impact other markets?