It seems that famous mainboard manufacturer ASUS, also known for its powerful routers, gaming notebooks and innovative tablets, had a very tough time building the Nexus 7 for Google.
Google’s Andy Rubin reportedly
said that there is almost no profit margin for the device, “It just basically gets through.”
Mr. Rubin had only good things to say about the innovative Taiwanese mainboard company, and he added that ASUS
was undoubtedly the only one able to pull this one off.
On the other hand, ASUS
’ Jonney Shih said that designing and building the Nexus 7 was a torture for the company’s engineers that had to work in a 24-hour development cycle to be able to bring the device to the market in just four months.
We have no doubt ASUS
’ American and Taiwanese engineers are well paid when compared with Foxconn’s factory workers in China, but companies these days have little regard for the employees' general well-being.
We wonder just how many extra days of rest ASUS’ great engineers will get for successfully getting through such a difficult and demanding four months and 24-hour development cycles project.
Corporations usually brag about paying employees some "extra" to work extra days and hours.
While the profit is usually many times higher than the extra financial effort, this kind of schedule takes its toll on the worker who does the extra hours, who gets the extra money, but who never gets the much needed additional rest.
We’re still a bit blurry on the details about the profit margin on manufacturing the device, and we believe Google actually pays ASUS more than it charges the Nexus 7 buyers relying on the sale of online media and services to the Nexus 7 owners.