Nexus 7 on Google

Ah, the big guns. Google today has put the Nexus 7 tablet square in the middle of its homepage. That's a page that gets a wee mount of traffic, as you can imagine. It's also a page that, aside from the infamous Google Doodles, doesn't often get clunked up with anything that might distract from Google's true sole purpose -- search. (You'll recall that the number of words on the page traditionally is limited to 28.)

But there it is. "The playground is open," Google says. And the Nexus 7 (read our full review, by the way) is suddenly in front of a lot more eyeballs.

Now some will argue that's a sign that the Nexus 7 isn't selling well. That's certainly a possibility. But then again, we have no idea what Google's sales projections are. Others will argue that it's Google promoting its products where it can. And there's precedent for this -- the original Nexus One got some homepage love as well. Hell, so did the original Motorola Droid. This has happened before, and it will all happen again. Still, this is a strategy Google doesn't use all that often. And not everybody's happy about it

As for us? It's a good thing. The more eyes on the Nexus 7, the better. End of line.

Source: Google; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

There are 22 comments

j_grouchy says:

I'd agree with Gizmodo's take on it...that it's a push to get ahead of the new "rumored" iPad mini.

still1 says:

Yup and they should keep it for at least a month!! The bad thing is Google only keep it for 1 day.

joebob2000 says:

Given that it's the number one visited website in the world (although how much time people spend just on the homepage is another thing entirely) it certainly is a HUGE play at getting sales up. The N7 just went from a geek toy to a household name.

superm1 says:

It looks horrible on that page when you have a custom background set.

tyrelian says:

i like it

SamOliver says:

It's the only advertisement on the homepage of the most popular web domain in the world, if that doesn't increase sales, nothing will.

hakoreh says:

does anyone realize that if you drag the nexus 7 around it gives you options to open tabs? 3 x 3 x 3? or am i crazy

joebob2000 says:

You can drag any link (in this case the Nexus is just an image link animated with some css wizardry) to the tab bar and open it in a new tab (in just about all the browsers). Try it!

Whether or not you're crazy is best left to a medical professional.

kpeste99 says:

Is Apple going to sue because Google is stealing the idea of promoting their products via the web?

j_grouchy says:

I'm surprised they didn't claim the rights to having a two-syllable name.

hmmm says:

The best part of it is that iOS users get to see it.

dchawk81 says:

When I clicked the ad on my Infinity, the link didn't work. It was broken.

tony78201 says:

that looks great. it should stay till christmas

OgravW says:

The nexus 7 is definitely selling well. I work at a Staples and we sell out of them pretty much the same day we get them in.

dtreo says:

Rumor that Apple just filed suit since the Nexus does a bounce when it pops up from the we go again.

Grahaman27 says:

man, whats wrong with google- havent they learned their lesson not to copy?

deviantartjr says:

i don't see that on mine

Hand_O_Death says:

I know three non tech people who bought N7s this week alone. And a few more that have demanded to see mine and will be buying one (or two) soon. Apple had great advertising and word of mouth. Google is finally flexing it's most popular what of getting the word of the N7 out. About time.

rexorz says:

When I went to the movies this weekend, I saw their commercial on the big screen for the N7.
I'm also proud owner of a N7.

I went to the movies last Thursday to see the Dark Knight Rises and saw the commercial in the opening credits as well. Funny thing is I was actually using my Nexus 7 when it came on.

prissysox says:

Love the BSG reference. Maybe Apple is ran by Cylons!

ugaco07 says:

Thankful for ADP in situations like this.