Google's Nexus 10 tablet may not be selling very well, if an analyst's estimate is correct.
Much as been made about the slow sales of Microsoft's Surface tablet line, but it may be Google that's having more trouble selling its tablets if information extrapolated by an analyst is correct.
Though Google doesn't provide sales figures for its Nexus line of tablets and smartphones, Benedict Evans, a freelance analyst, has deduced that Google has only sold about 680,000 Nexus 10 tablets. Evans bases this estimate on information about Android device screen profiles in the Google Play Store and information released by Google about the total amount of Android devices sold. He emphasizes that the information could be inaccurate, however, although his estimate does still indicate disappointing sales for the device.
By comparison, Microsoft is believed to have sold at least 1 million Surface RT tablets. In mid-March, Bloomberg published a report claiming Microsoft had sold 1.1 million Surface RT tablets. The Surface RT and Nexus 10 were released within a similar time frame, as the Microsoft device launched alongside Windows 8 on Oct. 26 while Google's tablet launched Nov. 13.
The upside for Google is about 6.8 million Nexus 7 tablets are believed to have been sold, according to Evans' estimate. That may also be good news for Microsoft, which is rumored to be working on a 7- or 8-inch tablet, the same size as the Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad mini. Peter Klein, Microsoft's outgoing chief financial officer, recently confirmed the company plans to support smaller-sized devices with its Windows 8 operating system.